The U.S. Beach Soccer Team finished in fourth place at the three-day Mundialito from July 25-27 at Espinho in Portugal. Host Portugal won its fifth Mundialito, followed by Japan, Hungary and the USA.
The USA’s best opportunity for a victory came in the opener, a 5-4 loss in extra time to Japan on Friday, July 25. U.S. captain Nick Perera had two tallies, and after back-to-back goals from Michael Zaher and Andrew Feld, the USA held a 4-3 lead in the final period. Japan responded, however, with one goal in regulation and then scored in the second minute of extra time for the 5-4 victory.
On Saturday, July 26, the USA fell 14-1 to host Portugal, as Alessandro Canale had the lone goal for the U.S. in that match.
The U.S. Beach Soccer squad capped off the tournament with a 5-2 loss on Sunday, July 27, to Hungary, which had a 4-0 lead early in the third period. Canale and Chris Cummings each tallied a goal for the USA down the stretch to make it 4-2, but Hungary responded late to take third place in the tournament.