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U.S. Ends FIFA Futsal World Cup with 8-1 Loss to Portugal in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Oct. 6, 2008) – The U.S. finished a difficult 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup with an 8-1 loss to Portugal on Monday. Portugal jumped out to an early lead at the Maracanãzinho and never looked back, as the U.S. struggled to find their rhythm.

“Portugal proved why they are one of the top five teams in the world today,” said U.S. head coach Keith Tozer. “They came out and scored two early goals against us, both in the first and second half, and that was the telling sign. I take my hat off to what is a very good team.”

The U.S. kept the game close with Portugal throughout the first half, with Jamar Beasley barely missing on a pinpoint pass from Matthew Stewart. At halftime, down only two goals, the U.S. tried to muster a comeback but it was not to be.

Portugal scored early in the second half, and the Europeans' silky passing game overwhelmed the Americans. By the time Sandre Naumoski finally put the U.S. in the board in the 37th minute, the game was well out of reach. The U.S. applied pressure on the Portugal defense and capitalized on a giveaway by Israel. Naumoski was first to the loose ball and his one time shot found the top corner from eight yards away.

Despite the loss, the game was not without its hard performances. Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg made 20 saves in the U.S. net, while Stewart was industrious as ever in his running and creating space.

“The next step is learning from this, figuring out where we are in our program and deciding what we need to get to the next level,” said Tozer.

-- U.S. National Futsal Team Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. Portugal
Date: October 6, 2008
Competition: FIFA Futsal World Cup – Group B
Venue: Maracanãzinho – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. BRT
Attendance: 3,908

Scoring Summary:    1    2    F
USA                             0    1    1
POR                             2    6    8

POR – Leitão (Arnaldo)            2nd minute.
POR – Leitão (Arnaldo)             3.
POR – Gonçalo                         21,
POR – Arnaldo (Leitão)            24.
POR – Leitão (Ricardinho)       28.
POR – Jardel                              28.
POR – Bibi (Israel)                    30.
USA – Naumoski                       37.
POR – Cardinal (Pedro Cary)   37.

USA: 1-Nick Vorberg (GK); 4-Jamar Beasley, 5-Denison Cabral, 10-Sandre Naumoski, 11-Matthrew Stewart
Subs: 2-Joe Hammes (capt.), 3-Mike Apple,  7-Ptah Myers, 9-Andrew Jacobson, 13-Pat Morris, 14-Brett Wiesner
Subs not used: 12-Jeff Richey (GK)
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

POR: 1-Joao Benedito (GK); 2-Ricardinho, 9-Gonçalo, 10-Arnaldo, 11-Leitão
Subs: 3-Márinho, 5-Bibi, 6-Pedro Cary, 7-Cardinal, 8-Israel, 12-Bèbè (GK), 13-Jardel
Subs not used:
Head Coach: Orlando Duarte

Stats Summary:    USA / POR
Shots                           8 / 32
Shots on Goal             4 / 28
Saves                        20 / 3
Corner Kicks               7 / 9
Fouls                           3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
POR – Ricardinho (caution)           6th minute
USA – Jamar Beasley (caution)    34th minute

Referee: Li Zhizhong (CHN)
2nd Referee: Kazuya Isokawa (JPN)
3rd Referee: Hector Mesen (CRC)
Timekeeper: Elix Peralta (PAN)