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

Match: U.S. Beach National Team v. Trinidad and Tobago
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship – Group Stage
Venue: Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility, Nassau, Bahamas
Weather: 80 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          3          F
USA                             1          1          3          5
TRI                              0          0          1          1

USA – Irvin Garcia                  11:00 (1st Period)
USA – Irvin Garcia                  23:00 (2nd Period)
USA – Alessandro Canale        28:00 (3rd Period)
USA – Oscar Reyes                  31:00 (3rd Period)
TRI – Kevon Woodley            32:00 (3rd Period)
USA – Alessandro Canale        35:00 (3rd Period)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Christopher Toth (12-Juan Cervantes); 6-Jason Santos (5-Lewie Valentine); 2-Jason Leopoldo (3-Ryan Futagaki), 11-Irvin Garcia (8-Matthew Van Zytveld) (10-Oscar Reyes); 7-Nick Perera (9-Alessandro Canale) (4-Andrew Feld)
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

TRI: 2-Zane Coker (1-Victor Thomas); 6-Ryan Augustine (8-Jesse Bailey) (5-Makan Hislop), 12-Chad Appoo (7-Lemuel Lyons), 10-David McDougall (4-Shallun Bobb) (9-Hakeem King), 11-Kevon Woodley (3-Kelvon Charles)
Head Coach: Benyam Astorga

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Nick Perera (sent off)               16:00 (2nd Period)
USA – Andrew Feld (caution)              27:00 (3rd Period)
TRI – Ryan Augustine (caution)          31:00 (3rd Period)
USA – Lewie Valentine (caution)         32:00 (3rd Period)

Officials:
1st Referee: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)
2nd Referee: Carlos Santamaria (CRC)
3rd Referee: Gumercindo Batista (PAN)
4th Referee: Warner Porra (CRC)

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US Soccer

Five Things to Know About the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The U.S. Beach National Team is currently in Nassau, Bahamas competing at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. While the team gets ready to take on Trinidad and Tobago in their Group C finale Thursday (8 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook) here are five things to know about CONCACAF’s Beach World Cup qualifying tournament.

The Tournament

The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship is the regional championship for beach soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament serves as CONCACAF’s regional qualifying tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, with the 2017 edition taking place from April 27-May 7 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Beginning in 2005, qualifying for the Beach Soccer World Cup was a combined event between North and South America, but following the 2007 edition, CONCACAF has hosted its own Beach Soccer qualifying tournament.

Since parting ways with CONMEBOL, there have been seven editions of the CONCACAF Championship, with Mexico claiming three titles (2008, 2011, 2015), USA taking the crown twice (2006, 2013), and one crown for El Salvador (2009).

The USA and Mexico are the only two countries that have qualified for every edition of the tournament (joint and separate), while Costa Rica has only missed the 2005 edition.

Tournament Format

The format of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship begins with 16 teams divided into four, four-team groups. The top two finishers from each group advance to the knockout stage, where the two finalists join World Cup hosts, the Bahamas as CONCACAF’s three representatives to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Should the Bahamas or non-FIFA member Guadeloupe advance to the final, the next highest finisher would earn the spot or spots.

Team USA

Team USA brought an experienced squad to the tournament and has found its groove early, using a Nick Perera hat trick to defeat U.S. Virgin Island 8-1 (Feb. 20) before a brace from Lewie Valentine led them past Antigua and Barbuda 7-2 (Feb. 22).

The U.S. Beach team currently sits atop Group C as they take on second place Trinidad & Tobago in their group finale on Feb. 23. The U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago have both accumulated six points, but the USA sits in first place by virtue of a superior goal differential. With both teams already qualified for the Knockout Round, Thursday’s match will determine which team advances in first place of Group C.

U.S. Beach National Team

Key Opponents

While the U.S. Beach squad is a top contender, they’ll have to get through some serious competition to qualify for the 2017 World Cup. Tournament host, Bahamas, has won all three matches in their group. Although they have already automatically qualified for the World Cup as hosts, the Baha Boyz will be on the hunt for their first CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship title.

Group B includes three-time winners and defending champions Mexico and 2006 runners-up Canada. Meanwhile, Group D contains two of CONCACAF’s heavy hitters. El Salvador and Costa Rica are ranked second and fourth for the region according to the overall world rankings and are favorites to progress in the tournament.

Where to Watch

The U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago to close out group play on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can watch this match and every other match of the tournament live on CONCACAF’s Facebook page and TV on UDN.

The knockout round and placement matches kick off on Feb. 24, with the tournament final set for Sunday, Feb. 26.

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US Soccer

Soto Calls 12 Players for 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2017) – U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 12-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which will run from Feb. 20-27 in Nassau, Bahamas. The tournament will serve as CONCACAF’s regional qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, set to kick off on April 27 also in Nassau.

The 12-player qualifying roster includes eight players who took part in the team’s last major tournament, the 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, held in Dubai last December.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Toth (San Marcos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (3): Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Los Gatos, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
FORWARDS (7): Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Andrew Feld (Carlsbad, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Gahanna, Ohio), Irving Garcia (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Matthew Van Zytveld (Grand Haven, Mich.) 

The format of the CONCACAF Championship consists of the sixteen teams being divided into a group stage containing four groups of four teams each. The top two finishers from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, while the third- and fourth-placed teams will continue playing in placement matches over the final three match dates. Two additional CONCACAF teams will join host Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives in the Beach Soccer World Cup. The finalists will earn the tickets, unless host Bahamas – already qualified for the World Cup – or non-FIFA member Guadeloupe advances to the final, in which case the next-highest finisher would earn the spot. 

The USA is in Group C of the tournament, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago. They will face the U.S. Virgin Islands Feb. 20, Antigua and Barbuda on Feb. 22 and finish out the group stage with a Feb. 23 matchup against Trinidad and Tobago.

Group A is composed by tournament host Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, and Jamaica. Group B features Barbados, Canada, Guadeloupe and Mexico, while Group D is composed of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, and Turks and Caicos.

All U.S. matches will be broadcast on beachsoccer.com.

USA’s 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule

Group C

DATE

MATCH

TIME (ET)/RESULT

VENUE

Feb. 20

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Antigua & Barbuda

3 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

Feb. 20

United States vs. US Virgin Islands

6:45 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

Feb. 22

US Virgin Islands vs. Trinidad & Tobago

1:45 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

Feb. 22

Antigua & Barbuda vs. United States

6:45 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

Feb. 23

Antigua & Barbuda vs. US Virgin Islands

3 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

Feb. 23

United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago

8 p.m.

Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility; Nassau, Bahamas

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