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U.S. Futsal Team Bows Out of Tiger 5's Tournament in Singapore With 5-5 Draw Against Holland


SINGAPORE (Friday, December 3, 1999) - The U.S. National Futsal Team played Holland to a 5-5 draw earlier today at the Tiger 5's International Tournament at the Indoor Sports Arena in Singapore. The U.S. squandered a 5-1 lead as Holland scored four unanswered goals in the last seven minutes of the match and eliminated the Americans from the competition.

The Americans (1-0-1) finished even on points with Holland (1-0-1) in Group B, but behind on goal differential (+9 for Holland, +4 for the U.S.).

With only the winner of each group and the best second-place team advancing to the semifinals, Italy (1-0-1) took the best-second place spot on goal differential after crushing Singapore, 7-1, in an earlier Group A match. That victory forced the U.S. into a must win situation against Holland in order to earn a spot in tonight's semifinals.

Hank Leatemia opened the scoring for the Dutch in the third minute of play, but forwards Todd Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave - NPSL) and Lee Tschantret (Staten Island Vipers - A-League) scored in the 6th and 11th minutes respectively to give the Americans a 2-1 lead going into the intermission.

The U.S. would increase the lead to 4-1 early in the second half after tallies from defender Ted Eck (Dallas Burn - MLS) and midfielder Johnny Torres (New England Revolution - MLS). After an own goal by Holland in the 33rd minute, the U.S. owned a comfortable 5-1 lead. But the Dutch quickly answered with two goals in a span of two minutes to cut the lead to 5-3. Then, Henny Lattinck notched two more goals for Holland to level the score at 5 and put the Dutch into the semifinals.

The Americans return to the states after finishing fifth overall at the nine-team 1999 Tiger 5's International Tournament.

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