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U.S. Beach Soccer Falls to Mexico, Eliminated from FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for First Time

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (April 19, 2007) -- The U.S. Beach Soccer Team fell to Mexico, 2-1, in the third and final game of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Brandon Farberoff scored for the U.S. in the second period, but the U.S. could not overcome a first-period deficit.

The U.S. started off strong at the tournament in Puerto Vallarta with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica, but could not keep their momentum going, falling to El Salvador in a 6-5 upset, and to Mexico to close out their campaign.

The two losses were enough to keep the team out of the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time in the event's four-year history. El Salvador and Mexico will represent CONCACAF at the tournament.

U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date         Opponent       Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 17    Costa Rica      7-2 W    Albuquerque (2), Chimienti (2), Morales, Taguinod, Silva
April 18    El Salvador      5-6 L     Chimienti, Albuquerque, Astorga (2), Taguinod
April 19    Mexico              1-2 L     Farberoff

U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date        Match up/Result
April 17   USA 7, Costa Rica 2
April 17   Mexico 4, El Salvador 2
April 18   El Salvador 6, USA 5
April 18   Mexico 7, Costa Rica 0
April 19   El Salvador 4, Costa Rica 3
April 19   Mexico 2, USA 1

U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Standings
Mexico 3 0 0 13 3 +10
El Salvador 2 1 0 10 12 -2
USA 1 2 0 13 10 +3
Costa Rica 0 3 0 5 18 -13

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bayard Elfvin (Newark, N.J.), Luis Montanez (Hayward, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Benyam Astorga (Miami, Fla.), Francis Farberoff (Miami Beach, Fla.), Jacob Long (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Austin Roman (Santa Monica, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jevin Albuquerque (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Yuri Morales (San Francisco, Calif.), Joshua Nolz (Virginia Beach, Va.)