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U.S. Futsal National Team Advances to Final Round of Qualifying with Two-Game Sweep of Honduras

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 20, 2004) – The U.S. Futsal National Team downed Honduras on Thursday evening to take the teams' two-game Preliminary Round CONCACAF qualifying series 7-1 on aggregate. The victory moves U.S. into the eight-team CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament, which will be played in Costa Rica from July 23-31 and will determine the region’s two participants in the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 - Dec. 5.

Entering Thursday's action with a 5-1 advantage after their victory on Tuesday, the U.S. picked up a second-half goal from Lee Edgerton in the 25th minute and an own goal in the final minute of play to ease into the next round of qualifying. Edgerton, a star for the Cleveland Force in the Major Indoor Soccer League, scored in his second straight game after earning his first-ever international cap on Tuesday.

In the other two match-ups between Northern Zone and UNCAF representatives in the Preliminary Round, Canada will face Panama and Mexico will square off against El Salvador.

At the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica, the three winners will join up with the host Costa Rica, Cuba, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Surinam. The U.S. is looking to get back to the World Championship after not reaching the final tournament four years ago when they finished in third place at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in 2000. The U.S. had qualified for the first three FIFA Futsal World Championships (in 1989, 1992 and 1996), finishing in the top three twice. The U.S. earned a third-place finish at the inaugural World Championship in Holland in 1989 and a second place finish at the 1992 event in Hong Kong, but failed to advance out of their group in Spain in 1996.

With the two-game sweep, head coach Keith Tozer improved his overall record to 16-8-3 since taking over the U.S. Futsal reigns in 1996. Tozer is the winningest coach in U.S. indoor history with over 500 victories.

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court, with no walls and a low bouncing ball, unlike the traditional sport of U.S. indoor soccer played with a six-man squads and walls. Great soccer super stars such as Pele, Zico and Ronaldo grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills.

- U.S. Futsal National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Futsal National Team vs. Honduras
Date: May 20, 2004
Competition: Game #2 - Two-Game Preliminary Round CONCACAF Qualifying Series
Venue: U.S. Cellular Arena; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: 203

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

USA – Lee Edgerton (Johnny Torres)   25th minute
USA – own goal (Gonzalez)                 39.

USA – 12-Nick Vorberg – 2-Lee Tschantret-C, 4-Greg Howes, 5-Johnny Torres, 9-Joel Shanker
Subs used: 3-Donny D’Ambra, 6-Lee Edgerton, 7-Pat White, 8-Giuliano Celenza, 10-John Ball, 11-Danny Kelly
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

HON – 1-Josué Guzman Diaz – 7-Guillermo Alvarado, 8-Luis Villars-C, 9-Luis Martinez, 10-Héctor Cardona
Subs used: 5-Roger Rodriguez, 6-Merlin Anariba, 11-Yorlin Portillo, 13-Carlos Lopez, 14-Fabio Gonzalez.
Head Coach: David Turcios

Statistic Summary: HON/USA
Shots: 13/23
Saves: 9/7
Corners: 6/8
Fouls: 8/6

Miconduct Summary:
HON – Villars (caution)   7th minute

Referee:  Donald Campos (NCA) 
Second Referee: Carlos del Cid (GUA)