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US Soccer

Valentine's Night Sends U.S. Beach Soccer Team into 2015 CONCACAF Championship Quarterfinals

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 31, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team captain Lewie Valentine scored three times on Tuesday night to help the USA earn a 6-2 victory over the Bahamas in its final group match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Valentine opened and closed the USA’s scoring, notching his goals in the second minute, the 33rd and the 35th. Valentine’s goal in the first period was the first time the USA was able to break through and get on the board within the first 12-minutes of play.

Jason Leopoldo added a goal in the fourth minute for his second of the tournament, and helped guide the U.S. into the end of the first period with a lead for the first time in the competition.

Andrew Feld, who scored the opening goal for the U.S. in the tournament against Antigua and Barbado, also tallied a score in the 14th minute.

Unable to do much in the first two periods of the game, the Bahamas found some rhythm in the final period of the match. Lesly St. Fleur sent a right-footed strike inside the near post past Chris Toth to give his team a chance to perhaps ignite the comeback.

However, the USA’s Max Griffin quickly added to the U.S. lead, nabbing his first score of the tournament in the 31st minute.

After a second yellow card was shown to Ryan Futagaki in the third period, the Bahamas took advantage of the U.S. playing a man down and was able to get on the board in the 33rd in a second strike attempt from St. Fleur following a blocked penalty kick.

With a 4-2 lead quickly being reduced, Valentine took charge and closed out the game scoring two of his three goals in the last three minutes of the game.

With the win, the USA finished atop Group C standing with nine points and advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face Jamaica on April 2 at 7:45 p.m. ET. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming the tournament 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, it 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. Bahamas
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        2          1          3          6
BAH                                        0          0          2          2 

USA                Lewie Valentine           2nd minute
USA                Jason Leopoldo           4
USA                Andrew Feld                14
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             26
USA                Max Griffin                  31
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             33
USA                Lewie Valentine           33       
USA                Lewie Valentine           35

Lineups:

USA:  Chris Toth, Jason Santos, Jason Leopoldo Lewie Valentine (capt.), Andrew Feld, Max Griffin
Subs: Harry Abraham, Ryan Futagaki, Chris Cummings, Aldo Balsano, Alessandro Canale
*Nicholas Perera was serving a suspension due to yellow cards accumulation and did not play in the match.
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

BAH:  Christopher Davis, Nesly Jean, Ehren Hanna, Lesly St. Fleur, Gavin Chrsitie
Subs: Tori Ferguson, Daron Beneby, Gary Joseph, Dwayne Forbes, Timothy Munnings, Kyle Williams, Donovan Williamson
Head Coach:  Roberto Ceciliano 

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         7th minute
USA – Andrew Feld    (caution)          14
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         33
USA – Ryan Futagaki (ejection)         33

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Beach Apr 1, 2015

- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Bahamas
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET 
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        2          1          3          6
BAH                                        0          0          2          2 

USA                Lewie Valentine           2nd minute
USA                Jason Leopoldo           4
USA                Andrew Feld                14
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             26
USA                Max Griffin                  31
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             33
USA                Lewie Valentine           33        
USA                Lewie Valentine           35

Lineups: 

USA:  Chris Toth, Jason Santos, Jason Leopoldo Lewie Valentine (capt.), Andrew Feld, Max Griffin
Subs: Harry Abraham, Ryan Futagaki, Chris Cummings, Aldo Balsano, Alessandro Canale
*Nicholas Perera was serving a suspension due to yellow cards accumulation and did not play in the match.
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

BAH:  Christopher Davis, Nesly Jean, Ehren Hanna, Lesly St. Fleur, Gavin Chrsitie
Subs: Tori Ferguson, Daron Beneby, Gary Joseph, Dwayne Forbes, Timothy Munnings, Kyle Williams, Donovan Williamson
Head Coach:  Roberto Ceciliano 

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         7th minute
USA – Andrew Feld    (caution)          14
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         33
USA – Ryan Futagaki (ejection)         33

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US Soccer

Valentine's Night Sends U.S. Beach Soccer Team into 2015 CONCACAF Championship Quarterfinals

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 31, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team captain Lewie Valentine scored three times on Tuesday night to help the USA earn a 6-2 victory over the Bahamas in its final group match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Valentine opened and closed the USA’s scoring, notching his goals in the second minute, the 33rd and the 35th. Valentine’s goal in the first period was the first time the USA was able to break through and get on the board within the first 12-minutes of play.

Jason Leopoldo added a goal in the fourth minute for his second of the tournament, and helped guide the U.S. into the end of the first period with a lead for the first time in the competition.

Andrew Feld, who scored the opening goal for the U.S. in the tournament against Antigua and Barbado, also tallied a score in the 14th minute.

Unable to do much in the first two periods of the game, the Bahamas found some rhythm in the final period of the match. Lesly St. Fleur sent a right-footed strike inside the near post past Chris Toth to give his team a chance to perhaps ignite the comeback.

However, the USA’s Max Griffin quickly added to the U.S. lead, nabbing his first score of the tournament in the 31st minute.

After a second yellow card was shown to Ryan Futagaki in the third period, the Bahamas took advantage of the U.S. playing a man down and was able to get on the board in the 33rd in a second strike attempt from St. Fleur following a blocked penalty kick.

With a 4-2 lead quickly being reduced, Valentine took charge and closed out the game scoring two of his three goals in the last three minutes of the game.

With the win, the USA finished atop Group C standing with nine points and advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face Jamaica on April 2 at 7:45 p.m. ET. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming the tournament 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, it 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. Bahamas
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        2          1          3          6
BAH                                        0          0          2          2 

USA                Lewie Valentine           2nd minute
USA                Jason Leopoldo           4
USA                Andrew Feld                14
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             26
USA                Max Griffin                  31
BAH                Lesly St. Fleur             33
USA                Lewie Valentine           33       
USA                Lewie Valentine           35

Lineups:

USA:  Chris Toth, Jason Santos, Jason Leopoldo Lewie Valentine (capt.), Andrew Feld, Max Griffin
Subs: Harry Abraham, Ryan Futagaki, Chris Cummings, Aldo Balsano, Alessandro Canale
*Nicholas Perera was serving a suspension due to yellow cards accumulation and did not play in the match.
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

BAH:  Christopher Davis, Nesly Jean, Ehren Hanna, Lesly St. Fleur, Gavin Chrsitie
Subs: Tori Ferguson, Daron Beneby, Gary Joseph, Dwayne Forbes, Timothy Munnings, Kyle Williams, Donovan Williamson
Head Coach:  Roberto Ceciliano 

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         7th minute
USA – Andrew Feld    (caution)          14
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution)         33
USA – Ryan Futagaki (ejection)         33

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Beach Apr 1, 2015

Beach National Team vs. Bahamas: Highlights - March 31, 2015

The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team topped Group C at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship after beating the Bahamas 6-2 to sweep all challengers in group play. Read more
Beach Mar 31, 2015
US Soccer

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team in El Salvador Ready to Defend CONCACAF Crown

The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will begin its quest to defend its title at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship when it faces Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at 7:45 p.m. ET at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador. U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto called a 12-player roster that is now in San Salvador ready to kick things of Read more
Beach Mar 28, 2015
US Soccer

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Names 12 Players For 2015 CONCACAF Beach Championship

CHICAGO (March 23, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 12-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, running from March 28-April 4 in Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Seven of the 12 players on the roster were part of the team that won the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas and qualified the USA for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti. At the 2013 World Cup, the U.S. lost its first two group matches and won the third, but finished in third place in its group and was unable to advance to the knockout stage.

All 12 players have been part of a U.S. Soccer Beach National Team before.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at 7:45 p.m. ET, take on Barbados on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, and play the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. For game results and updates visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer

For the first time in its history, the tournament 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.

ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aldo Balsano (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (4): Harry Abraham (SD Fusion; San Diego, Calif.), Chris Cummings (UCLA; Chatsworth, Calif.), Jason Santos (California Davis; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.).
FORWARDS (5): Alessandro Canale (UC San Diego; Venice Beach, Calif.), Andrew Feld (University of San Diego; Carlsbad, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Fountain Valley, Calif.), Max Griffin (Minnesota United; Riverside, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.).

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Beach Mar 23, 2015
US Soccer

Eddie Soto Names 15-Player Roster for U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Camp in California

CHICAGO (March 10, 2015) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 15-player roster for its final domestic camp of 2015 from March 11-15 in Oceanside, California.

The camp will serve as preparation before the team heads to San Salvador, El Salvador to defend its title at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which runs from March 28-April 4 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua & Barbuda on March 28, take on Barbados on March 30, and play the Bahamas on March 31.

For the first time in its history, the tournament 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.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aldo Balsano (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Chris Toth (San Diego Sockers; Fallbrook, Calif.), Carlos Quezada (Miami United; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Harry Abraham (San Diego Fusion; San Diego, Calif.), Chris Cummings (UCLA; Chatsworth, Calif.), Richard Flores (UCLA; Lennox, Calif.), Giovanni Garcia (Miami United; Miami, Fla.), Jason Santos (California Davis; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Joseph Santos (CETF; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alessandro Canale (UC San Diego; Venice Beach, Calif.), Andrew Feld (University of San Diego; Carlsbad, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Fountain Valley, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (UCLA; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.)

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Beach Mar 10, 2015
US Soccer

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Drawn into Group C at 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Jan. 27, 2015) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will face the Bahamas, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda in Group C at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, from March 28-April 4 in El Salvador. The Official Draw took place today at the Intercontinental Real San Salvador Hotel.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua and Barbuda on March 28, face Barbados on March 30, and the Bahamas on March 31 to wrap up group matches.

"We are eager and looking forward to defend our championship," said U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto. "These next few weeks are key for us in preparing for the tournament. Although we are familiar with Bahamas and Barbados, Antigua is a bit of an unknown. With 16 nations fighting for two World Cup spots this will be the most difficult qualification yet. CONCACAF and the LOC in El Salvador have worked hard to host a first-class event."

A record of 16 participating nations were separated into four groups of four, all of which will engage in round-robin play over the tournament’s first four match days, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the next round. All eight teams will then play on the remaining match dates. Quarterfinals will then take place on April 2, semifinals on April 3 and finals on April 4.

The two finalists will then compete for the regional crown and also automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal, July 9-19.

The defending CONCACAF champions, the USA has won the event twice, once in 2006 and most recently in 2013. Its latest title came after an undefeated championship run that culminated with a 5-4 victory over El Salvador in the tournament final. Alongside Mexico, the USA is the only other nation in the Confederation with two titles in the event.

Group A will consist of El Salvador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Belize. Group B is made up of Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe and Turks and Caicos. Group D is headed by Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All tournament matches will be held at Estadio de Futbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, capital city of El Salvador. The complete tournament schedule will be released at a later date.


First Round Groups

Group A

  1. El Salvador
  2. Jamaica
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. Belize

Group B

  1. Mexico
  2. Trinidad & Tobago
  3. Guadeloupe
  4. Turks and Caicos

Group C

  1. USA
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Antigua & Barbuda

Group D

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Guatemala
  3. Panama
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands
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Beach Jan 27, 2015
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