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U.S. Tops Bahamas in Opening Match of CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship


PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (June 17, 2009) - The U.S. Beach Soccer Team gave up an early goal in their opening match of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship but came back behind three goals from Man of the Match, Anthony Chimienti, to post a 6-2 victory over the Bahamas.

The Bahamas, newcomers to the competition, proved to be stern competition for head coach Eddie Sot's men in the opening stages. The island nation scored an early opener, but the U.S. responded with four consecutive goals to take a commanding lead. Any hopes of a comeback were quashed when the Bahamas had an assistant coach and player sent off in the second period.

Sot was pleased with the performance but knows there is work yet to be done by saying, "It was a great win, but we have room for improvement. We weren't as sharp as I would like, but I'll take the three points."

The U.S. faces off against Costa Rica in their next match of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on June 19 at the same venue. A win would qualify the U.S. for the semifinals and a shot at a spot in the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Match: United States Beach Soccer Team vs. Bahamas
Date: June 17, 2009
Competition: CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Unidad Deportiva Agustin Contreras Flores - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 1,500
Weather: 92 degrees, sunny and humid
  
Scoring Summary:        1    2    3     F  
USA                                   2    3    1    6 
BAH                                   1    1    0    2

BAH – St Fleur                                               1st minute
USA – Anthony Chimienti (Taguinod)            2
USA – Brendon Taguinod (Zak Ibsen)          11
USA – Anthony Chimienti                              13
USA – Yuri Morales                                       16
BAH – St Fleur                                                23
USA – Yuri Morales (PK)                                22
USA – Anthony Chimienti (PK)                       35

Lineups:
USA: Bayard Elfvin (Luis Montanez, 25); Giovanni Garcia, Zak Ibsen; Anthony Chimienti, Brendon Taguinod
(Francis Farberoff; Ryan Futagaki, Yuri Morales, Ronald Silva)
Subs not usedJoshua Nolz, Raphael Xexeo
Head Coach: Eddie Sot

Bahamas: Ferguson, Smith, Christie, St Fleur, Jean (Beneby, Daniels, Forbes, Hanna, Davis)
Subs not used: N/A

Stats Summary: USA / BAH   
Shots: 4 / 3  
Shots on Goal: 13 / 8
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Zak Ibsen (caution)        19th minute
BAH – Jean (sent off)                23   
 
Sierra Mist Man of the Match:
Anthony Chimienti

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