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U.S. Futsal Team Wins Futsal Goal Cup Championship with 7-0 Victory Over Mexico


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2003) - The U.S. National Futsal Team thumped Mexico 7-0 on Sunday evening to win the 2003 Futsal Goal Cup, a four-team event being staged at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.  The U.S. opened the tournament with 5-3 victory over Canada on Friday only to suffer a tough 1-0 loss to Guatemala on an own goal on Saturday. Guatemala finished second in the event with six points, even with the U.S., but behind on plus-8 to plus-5 on goal differential.

Futsal Goal Cup Standings
Team                 W   L   T      GF     GA     GD   PTS

United States    2    1     0      12        4       +8       6

Guatemala        2    1     0      13        8        +5       6
Canada             1    1     1      10       10         E       4
Mexico              0    2      1        5      18      -13        1

MEXICO RECAP - Dec. 7, 2003

Forward Don D’Ambra lead the U.S. offense with three of his tournament leading four goals against Mexico, while midfielders Steve Butcher, Kevin Sloan, forward Bernie Lilavois and defender Pat Morris all added a tally in the 7-0 victory. In the first match of the day, Canada upset Guatemala 5-3, clearing the way for the USA's tournament triumph.  

GUATEMALA RECAP - Dec. 6, 2003

In their first meeting since 1996, which was won by the U.S., 7-3, the Guatemala-USA encounter was scoreless going into the second half, as both sides missed several scoring opportunities. The only goal of the game came with six minutes remaining when the Guatemala scored after midfielder Erick Acevedo’s cross was redirected into the U.S. net by defender Pat Morris for the own goal.

With Mexico and Canada drawing 2-2, the Guatemala victory leaves them in sole possession of first-place in the four-team competition with six points, while the U.S. is second with three points.

CANADA RECAP - Dec. 5, 2003

U.S. midfielder Steve Butcher gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the first half, but Canada equalized six minutes later with a goal by midfielder Steffan Holdt. After U.S. forward Joel Shanker and Canada's Geordi Lyall exchanged goals, defender Pat Morris scored for the U.S. just as the first half concluded to give the United States a 3-2 edge. Shanker increased the USA lead to 4-2 in the 22nd minute of the second half, but Canadian forward Jason Jordan answered a few seconds later and cut the deficit to  4-3. Forward Don D’Ambra closed out the scoring with five minutes remaining for the U.S.

In the opening match of the tournament, Guatemala beat Mexico, 9-3. The tournament continues on Saturday and Sunday with the U.S. facing Guatemala and Mexico, respectively.

- U.S. National Futsal Team Game Reports -

Participants:  U.S. National Futsal Team vs. Mexico
Competition: 2003 Futsal Goal Cup
Location: Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, Calif.
Date: December 7, 2003

Scoring Summary:
                                             1st     2nd     Final
United States                            2        5          7
Mexico                                     0        0          0

USA –  Don D'Ambra         10th minute
USA –  Kevin Sloan           17.
USA –  Bernie Lilavois        22.
USA –  Pat Morris              22.
USA –  Steve Butcher        32.
USA –  Don D'Ambra         34.
USA –  Don D'Ambra         38.

Lineups:
USA – Otto Orf, Andrew Gregor, Andrew Jacobson, Jeff DiMaria, Dewayne Gilpatrick.
Subs used: Kevin Sloan, Omid Namazi, Steve Butcher, Doug Miller, Bernie Lilavois, Pat Morris, Don D’Ambra, Joel Shanker.
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

MEX – Marcelo Trepman – Miguel Ángel Olvera Sánchez, Victor Hugo Huerta, Carlos Alberto Ramírez, Arturo López Cervantes.
Subs used: Jesús Bravo García, Erick Marzano Ocana, Azareel Barriga Sánchez, Mario Alberto Vertí García, Alberto Montiel Aguilar.
Head Coach: Jesus Bravo Reyna

Miconduct Summary:
USA – Dewayne Gilpatrick      19th minute.
MEX – Ramirez                      22.
USA – Doug Miller                  25.

Referee: Carlos del Cid (GUA)
Second Referee: Terry Mashino (USA)

 

Participants:  U.S. National Futsal Team vs. Guatemala
Competition: 2003 Futsal Goal Cup
Location: Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, Calif.
Date: December 6, 2003

Scoring Summary:
                                                1st     2nd     Final
United States                            0        0          0
Guatemala                                 0        1          0

GUA – Own Goal (Pat Morris)         34th minute

Lineups:
USA – Nick Vorberg, Kevin Sloan, Pat Morris, Don D’Ambra, Joel Shanker.
Subs used: Omid Namazi, Jeff DiMaria, Dewayne Gilpatrick, Steve Butcher, Doug Miller, Andrew Gregor.
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

GUA – Carlos Merida, Jaime Estuardo De León, Reinaldo Rosales Acevedo, Marlon Noj, Erick Acevedo.
Subs used: Omar Castillo, Carlos Eduardo Estrada Ramírez.
Head Coach: Carlos Eduardo Estrada


Miconduct Summary:
USA – Steve Butcher         10th minute.
GUA – Acevedo                  30.
GUA – Alvaro Coronado    34.
GUA – Castillo                    34.

Referee: Emilio Dongu (MEX)
Second Referee: Terry Mashino (USA)


Participants:  U.S. National Futsal Team vs. Canada
Competition: 2003 Futsal Goal Cup
Location: Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, Calif.
Date: December 5, 2003

Scoring Summary:
                                                1st     2nd     Final
United States                            3        2          5
Canada                                     2        1          3

USA – Steve Butcher           3rd minute
CAN
– Steffan Holdt             9.
USA – Joel Shanker          16.
CANGeordi Lyall            20.
USAPat Morris               20.
USA – Joel Shanker          22.
CANJason Jordan         22.
USA – Don D'Ambra         35

Lineups:
USA
Otto Orf, Omid Namazi, Sean Bowers, Steve Butcher, Johnny Torres.
Subs used: Jeff DiMaria, Kevin Sloan, Doug Miller, Pat Morris. Booked: none
Head coach: Keith Tozer

CAN
Glen Gehlert, Geordie Lyall, Patrick Leduc, Kyriakos Selaidopoulos, Chris Sarantopoulos.
Subs used: Bradley Daviss-GK, William DeSilva, Alfredo Valente, Kurt Bosch, Steffan Holdt, Tiarnan King, Sean Fraser, Jason Jordan, Nico Craveiro.
Head coach:
Ross Ongaro

Miconduct Summary:
None

Referee: Carlos del Cid (GUA)
Second Referee: Emilio Dongu (MEX)

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