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U.S. Men's Paralympic Team To Begin Play at 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece


U.S. Team Opens Play Against Brazil at 7:00 a.m. ET on Sunday

CHICAGO (Sept. 17, 2004) – The United States Men's Paralympic Soccer team opens play at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece on Sunday with a tough match-up against Brazil at the Olympic Hockey Centre. The match is the first of three for the U.S. in Group B action, as the team will continue in the tournament against Russia on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and the Netherlands on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The eight-team tournament is the premier event for Paralympic soccer athletes. The U.S. qualified for the event last October in the Paralympic Soccer World Championship in Argentina.

Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a small field by athletes who have Cerebral Palsy, a traumatic brain injury or are stroke survivors. The Athens tournament is composed of two groups of four teams each and runs from Sept. 19-27, 2004.

Below is the complete schedule for the event.
 
2004 ATHENS PARALYMPICS
— Match Schedule by Group —

GROUP A
Ukraine
Ireland
Argentina
Iran

GROUP B
Brazil
USA
Russia
Netherlands

GROUP A
Date        Teams                           Venue      Local Time   ET
Sept. 19  Ukraine vs. Ireland       Athens      10:00 a.m.   3:00 a.m.
Sept. 19  Argentina vs. Iran         Athens      12:00 p.m.   5:00 a.m.
Sept. 21  Iran vs. Ukraine            Athens        2:00 p.m.   7:00 a.m.
Sept. 21  Argentina vs. Ireland    Athens       4:00 p.m.    9:00 a.m.
Sept. 23  Ireland vs. Iran              Athens      10:00 a.m.   3:00 a.m.
Sept. 23  Ukraine vs. Argentina  Athens      12:00 p.m.   5:00 a.m.

GROUP B
Date        Teams                               Venue     Local Time    ET
Sept. 19  Brazil vs. USA                  Athens     2:00 p.m.      7:00 a.m.
Sept. 19  Russia vs. Netherlands   Athens     4:00 p.m.      9:00 a.m.
Sept. 21  Russia vs. USA                Athens  10:00 a.m.      3:00 a.m.
Sept. 21  Netherlands vs. Brazil      Athens  12:00 p.m.      5:00 a.m.
Sept. 23  Russia vs. Brazil              Athens     2:00 p.m.      7:00 a.m.
Sept. 23  USA vs. Netherlands      Athens      4:00 p.m.      9:00 a.m.

PLACEMENT MATCHES
Date          Teams                    Venue     Local Time     ET
Sept. 25    7th Place Match    Athens    10:00 a.m.      3:00 a.m.
Sept. 25    5th Place Match    Athens     12:00 p.m.     5:00 a.m.

MEDAL ROUND
Date          Teams                           Venue         Local Time     ET
Sept. 25    Men’s Semifinal 1        Athens        2:00 p.m.        7:00 a.m.
Sept. 25    Men’s Semifinal 2        Athens        4:00 p.m.        9:00 a.m.

Sept. 27    Bronze Medal Match   Athens        1:00 p.m.        6:00 a.m.
Sept. 27    Gold Medal Match      Athens        3:30 p.m.        8:30 a.m.


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