SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Beach National Soccer Team kicked off the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship with a 4-1 victory against Group C opponent Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Keeping things close in the first period, Antigua & Barbuda aimed to pack the defensive area with players and prevented the U.S. from building many significant chances.
But, the second period was a different story, and the USA quickly converted with its first goal coming in the 13th minute after Andrew Feld sent a right-footed strike inside the near post.
Antigua found the equalizer minutes later, but a perfect goal kick from U.S. goalkeeper Chris Toth went straight from his own goal area into the opposing net in the game’s 20th minute.
Toth’s goal, the eventual game-winner, spurred the USA on to find its rhythm and continue the pressure. Lewie Valentine sent a header to the near side netting in the 25th minute and U.S. captain Nicholas Perera added a bicycle kick-goal in the 35th minute to close out the third period and the match.
The USA faces Barbados on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET and the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET to wrap up Group C play. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming all the tournament games live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer.
The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.
- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Date: March 28, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary: 1 2 3 F
USA 0 2 2 4
ATG 0 1 0 1
USA Andrew Feld 13th minute
ATG Omarie Daniel 19
USA Chris Toth 20
USA Lewie Valentine 25
USA Nicholas Perera 35
USA: Chris Toth, Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings, Lewie Valentine, Nicholas Perera
Subs: Aldo Balsano, Harry Abraham, Alessandro Canale, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos
Head Coach: Eddie Soto
ATG: Tahari Lewis, Troy Dublin, Dave Carr, Desmond Bleau, Odel Murray
Subs: Prince Walter, Omarie Daniel, Gershum Philip, Stephen Hughes, Sherwin Warner, Elvis Thomas, Teon Miller
Head Coach: Janiel Simon
USA – Nicholas Perera 34th minute
Referee: Gonzalo Martinez