Perera Nets Hat-Trick for U.S. in 5-3 Beach Soccer Loss to Egypt

DUBAI (Nov. 3, 2016) – Nick Perera continued to showcase his brilliance for the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team in a 5-3 loss to Egypt in its third match of the 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup.

The match was a back-and-forth effort from the get-go. Egypt struck first, getting past U.S. goal keeper William Morlock early in the game. Perera leveled the score with 2:44 minutes left in the first period, but Egypt once again took the advantage about a minute later.

Lightning struck twice for Perera, who once again tied the game in the second period. However, Egypt notched two more goals, bringing the score to 4-2 in their favor at the end of the second frame. Perera scored his third goal of the match and sixth of the tournament towards the end of the third period to bring the U.S. within one.

The crowd was in for a thrilling end to an incredibly hard-fought match. With momentum seemingly on the USA’s side, Egypt managed to put away the game with another goal in the final seconds, ultimately handing the U.S. a 5-3 loss in their final group stage match of the tournament.

The U.S. will now face Poland on Nov. 4 at 7:15 a.m. ET in a battle for fifth place in the 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup.

-U.S. Beach National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Beach National Team v. Egypt Beach National Team
Date: Nov. 3, 2016
Competition: 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup
Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kickoff: 8:15 a.m. ET
Attendance: 385
Weather: 89 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          3          F
USA                             1          1          1          3
EGY                            2          2          1          5

EGY – Moustafa Samir Mohamed                              11:39 (1st Period)
USA – Nick Perera                                                     02:44 (1st Period)
EGY – Moustafa Samir Mohamed                              01:39 (1st Period)
USA – Nick Perera                                                     08:40 (2nd Period)
EGY – Ali Mohamed Ali Mohamed Ahmed                  06:04 (2nd Period)
EGY – Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed Shaaban               00:30 (2nd Period)
USA – Nick Perera                                                     02:53 (3rd Period)
EGY – Mohamed Abdelnaby Aly Aly Hassan 00:25 (3rd Period)

Lineups:
USA: 1-William Morlock, 2-Jason Leopoldo, 3-Ryan Futagaki, 6-Marcus Amorim, 7-Nick Perera (Captain), 8-Jonathan-Luke Greenfield, 9-Alessandro Canale, 10-Oscar Gil, 11-Matt Van Zytveld, 12-Aldo Balsano
Head Coach: Francis Farberoff

EGY: 1-Adelaziz Sabah Abdelaziz Ibrahim, 3-Alaa Sobhy Yahya Aly, 6-Hassan Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Salama, 7-El Moatazbellah, 8-Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed Shaaban, 9-Mohamed Abdelnaby Aly Aly Hassan, 10-Ali Mohamed Ali Mohamed Ahmed (Captain), 12-Mohamed Fawzy Mohamed Shaaban, 14-Moustafa Samir Mohamed, 15-Karim Sayed Ali Elsayed
Head Coach: Ahmed Mohamed Abd Elrazek

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alessandro Canale (caution)               05:34 (2nd Period)
EGY – Mizo (ejection)                                     03:08 (2nd Period)

Officials:
1st Referee: Ebrahim Al Mansory (UAE)
2nd Referee: Ahmed Salamy (UAE)
3rd Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (MAL)
4th Referee: Sergio Soures (POR)