CHICAGO (June 21, 2015) – Despite a valiant effort from the U.S. Paralympic National Team, Brazil’s speed proved to be too much and the USA lost 6-0 at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St. George’s Park on Sunday afternoon.
"We knew this was going to be a difficult game for us,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The result wasn't ideal but I am happy, particularly in the second half, with the players’ effort level. Coming into the World Championships we knew it was going to be tough with so many players struggling to be fully fit but despite this, we met our first objective of getting out of the group and the players deserve great credit.”
With the loss, the USA finished Group C (2-1-0) with six points and in second place. It will now face the Netherlands, who won Group D, on Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 a.m. ET, for a spot in the semifinals. The game will be streamed live on the official tournament website at http://www.cp2015.com/. The championship game of the World Championships is set for June 28.
“The U.S. is now in the top eight of the world, therefore from now on, there are no easy games. We will do our best to patch up the players and once again give it our all for the country."
The tournament serves as the main qualifier for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and after capturing six points in the group stage the USA positioned itself in a good spot to secure its ticket to next year’s event.
- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Competition: 2015 C.P. World Championships
Venue: St. George’s Park; Staffordshire, England
Weather: 52 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
BRA 4 2 6
BRA – Ubirajara da Silva Magalhães 10th minute
BRA – Wanderson Silva de Oliveira 14
BRA – Celso Alves Vieria 16
BRA – Jose Carlos Monteiro 27
BRA – Wanderson Silva de Oliveira 39
BRA – Felipe Rafael da Silva Gomez 59
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 3-Bryce Boarman, 5, 4-Tyler Bennett 7 (2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 48), 5-Jordan Weise 7, 11- Mason Abbiate 8, 14-David Garza (capt.) 6, 19-Michael Moore 7
Subs not used: 9-Seth Jahn 6, 10-Kevin Hensley 8, 23-Marthell Vasqeuz 5
Suspended one game: 6-Adam Ballou 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
BRA: 1-Marcos Dos Santos Ferreira 7, 3-Fernandes Celso Alves Vieira (capt.) 8 (13-Diego Delgado da Silva 6 50’), 4-Jose Carlos Monteiro Guimarães 6 (12-Wesley Martins de Souza 6 31), 6-Ubirajara da Silva Magalhães 7, 7-Ronaldo de Souza Almeida 5, 10-Wanderson Silva de Oliveira 6 (5-Felipe Rafael da Silva Gomes 7, 44), 11-Jan Francisco Brito da Costa 7
Subs not used: 2-Jonatas Santos Machado 6, 8-Evandro de Oliveira Gomes de Souza 6, 9-Igor Romero Rocha 8, 14-Gilvano Diniz da Silva 5
Head Coach: Dolvair Castelli
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 5 / 26
Shots on Goal: 3 / 11
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 3 / 2
Offsides: 0 / 0
Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley List
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Barbisan
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
Please Note: Games are 60 minutes long.