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RSVP for U.S. Soccer's Women's World Cup Viewing Event at Gallagher Way Outside Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (May 20, 2019) – U.S. Soccer will host a viewing event for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group F match against Chile on Sunday, June 16, at Gallagher Way, located adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., near the intersection of N. Clark St. and W. Addison St.

The viewing event will feature FOX’s broadcast of the match displayed on a giant outdoor video board along with food and beverages available for purchase. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT. It is the second match of the group phase for the U.S. WNT, who will open the tournament against Thailand at 2 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 11 (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App). The USA will also face Sweden at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 20, in its Group F finale (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App).

Gallagher Way
Fans turn out at Gallagher Way to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The event at Gallagher Way is free and open to the public, however, fans are encouraged to RSVP in advance [REGISTER]. Walk-ups are welcome, but space is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are reminded to review the rules of Gallagher Way along with the prohibited items list.

Founded in 1913, the U.S. Soccer Federation has been the official governing body of soccer in the United States for more than 100 years. During that time, and especially over the past 30 years, soccer has grown tremendously at all levels. As U.S. Soccer looks towards the future, its mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. With a long-term and strategic approach, U.S. Soccer is working to accomplish its mission by supporting its members to increase participation at the youth and adult levels and assist in developing world class players, coaches and referees while consistently winning at the highest levels on the international stage. In addition, U.S. Soccer is always striving to serve fans by engaging with them in deeper and more meaningful ways.

ABOUT GALLAGHER WAY 

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville and adjacent to Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way is an entertainment destination where family, friends, neighbors and visitors get together. Gallagher Way is brought to you by — and named after — Gallagher. As part of the Ricketts family’s commitment to be a good neighbor and Gallagher’s desire to contribute to the community, Gallagher Way offers year-round community programming including movie nights, an outdoor fitness series, live music, open-air markets and more. Gallagher Way offers a host of chef-driven restaurants, beautiful Hotel Zachary and is a much sought-after destination for private events. For more information about Gallagher Way, visit www.gallagherway.com.
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Five Things to Know About the FIFA U-20 World Cup

Twenty-one of the USA’s most promising young prospects have gathered in Poland to represent the red, white and blue at the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Entering as champions of Concacaf, they’ll join 23 of the world’s best teams at the 22nd edition of FIFA’s longest-running youth competition. Here are five things to know about the tournament.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Contested every two years, the FIFA U-20 World Cup crowns the world champion for soccer at the Under-20 age level. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999 are age-eligible for this year’s tournament. Twenty-four teams from around the globe have qualified through continental competition to earn their spots in Poland.

The USA qualified from North America alongside Honduras, Mexico and Panama. Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa carry the banner for Africa; Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and Saudi Arabia represent Asia; France, Italy, Norway, host Poland, Portugal and Ukraine earned their berths from Europe; New Zealand and Tahiti come from Oceania, and Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay punched their tickets from South America.

The 24 nations were drawn into six groups of four teams.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Poland

Mexico

Honduras

Qatar

Panama

Portugal

Colombia

Italy

New Zealand

Nigeria

Mali

Korea Republic

Tahiti

Japan

Uruguay

Ukraine

France

Argentina

Senegal

Ecuador

Norway

USA

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

The top two finishers in each group, as well as the four best-ranked third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16. From there, it’s a knockout round bracket to the tournament final. The competition will be played at six venues across Poland.

ABOUT THE U-20S

Head coach Tab Ramos has assembled a deep, talented 21-player roster for the U-20 World Cup, with a developing at some of the world’s biggest clubs. Fourteen helped the USA during its dominating run to the confederation crown at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship. Alex Mendez took home 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year, mostly based on his standout performance in midfield at the tournament.

Brady Scott returns from the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he served as the team’s third goalkeeper, while six players represented the U.S. at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Tim Weah is the lone player on the roster to have debuted with the senior MNT, the attacker picking up eight caps in 2018.

GOALKEEPERS (3): CJ Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Foxchase, Pa.; 2/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.; 4/0), Brady Scott (Köln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands; 8/1), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; Montclair, N.J.; 11/0), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC; Columbus, Ohio; 2/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.; 10/3), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 10/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Birmingham, Ala.; 8/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/0), Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.; 2/0), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; Phoenix, Ariz.; 4/0), Alex Mendez (Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.; 15/8), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas; 9/3), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas; 8/2)
FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Brampton, Ont.; 12/9), Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Miami, Fla.; 2/1), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; Lynwood, Calif.; 11/7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; South Hamilton, Mass.; 13/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.; 5/2), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; Rosedale, N.Y.; 0/0)

The roster is made up of made up of six players born in 1999, 12 born in 2000 and three born in 2001. Nine players are based domestically, while 12 are based internationally in Germany (six), Netherlands (two), Canada, Portugal, Scotland and Spain (one each). Nineteen of the 21 players have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

THE STORY SO FAR

The U-20s enter the World Cup with a 13-2-0 international record and as confederation champions after an authoritative showing at last fall’s Concacaf U-20 Championship in Bradenton, Fla. Thirty-four teams competed in the World Cup qualifying tournament for four spots in Poland, and the U.S. rolled through its six-team group of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname by a combined score of 39-2.

The USA then advanced to a qualification stage group alongside Costa Rica and Honduras. A World Cup berth hung in the balance against Costa Rica, and the U.S. answered the call, taking down Los Ticos in a 4-0 shutout. Alex Mendez opened the scoring with a highlight-reel tally from distance in the early going, then Ulysses Llanez, Juan Pablo Torres and Ayo Akinola added goals to put the game out of reach. The U.S. then faced its tightest test of the tournament against Honduras, edging out a 1-0 victory on a goal from Akinola to clinch a spot in the confederation final.

The USA’s archrival Mexico awaited in the championship match, and the United States once again rose to the occasion. Mendez bagged a brace against El Tri, combining with Paxton Pomykal to create the opening goal in the 17th minute before Pomykal teed up Mendez again in the 50th. The U.S. commanded the run of play throughout, while the back line and Scott recorded the shutout.

The victory marked the USA’s second straight and second-ever Concacaf U-20 Championship title. During its 8-0-0 run, the U.S. outscored its opponents 46-2 and didn’t allow a single goal in the qualification stage against its strongest opposition.

Most recently, the U-20s gathered for two March friendlies in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, earning a 2-2 comeback draw with France and a 2-1 win against Japan. Thirteen players on the World Cup squad were with the team in those tune-up matches.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE LEGACY

A who’s who of MNT legends have played in the U-20 World Cup. In total, 35 players have represented the USA in both a U-20 and senior World Cup tournament. Current U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos was a part of the USA’s second U-20 World Cup squad in 1983 at just 16 years old. Jeff Agoos, Marcleo Balboa, Tony Meola and Kasey Keller all played the 1987 edition in Chile. The team’s best finish at the competition came in 1989, as Keller and future senior team players Mike Burns, Neil Covone and Chris Henderson led the U.S. to fourth place in Saudi Arabia. Keller took home the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second-best player.

In 1999, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo and Tim Howard were part of the USA team in Nigeria, while Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Onyewu represented the red, white and blue in 2001 in Argentina. Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey took the field for the U.S. in Saudi Arabia in 2003. Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley starred for the U-20s at the 2007 tournament in Canada, while DeAndre Yedlin was the last player to appear in both the U-20 and senior World Cup, playing for the U-20s in Turkey in 2013 before joining the senior MNT in Brazil in 2014.

The last two U-20 World Cup cycles have fueled the senior MNT’s recent youth movement. Half the players on the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup roster have made their senior team debut, while six players from the 2017 squad have already picked up their first MNT cap.

 HOW TO FOLLOW

The USA kicks off the U-20 World Cup on Friday, May 24 against Ukraine, face Nigeria on Monday, May 27 and wrap up the group stage on Thursday, May 30 vs. Qatar. All three matches will be broadcast on the Fox Sports family of networks and Universo. 

U.S. Schedule – 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Date

Match-up

Venue

Broadcast

Friday, May 24

Ukraine`

Bielsko-Biiala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala

FS1, Universo

Monday, May 27

Nigeria

Bielsko-Biala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala

FS1, Universo

Thursday, May 30

Qatar

Tychy Stadium; Tychy, Poland

FS2, Universo

Fans can follow all of the action from Poland on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


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Sand Pioneer: Nick Perera's Next Goal - Lift Beach Soccer

Nick Perera is bold about his ambitions. He wants to win. He wants to entertain. He wants to set scoring records. He wants to be the best.

But most importantly - he wants to raise the profile of the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team and the discipline itself.

At 6-3, he’s putting the sport and the team on his broad shoulders. Already the USA’s leading scorer in World Cup qualifying and with five goals in his lone FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup appearance in 2013, the team captain was recently re-elected to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Athletes’ Council.

“I wanted to involve myself in the Athletes’ Council because I felt that we need to give this beautiful game what it deserves,” Perera said. “I think this game deserves to be at a national level, international level, on television – everything.”

This is the abridged story of how a Spanish-born, Belgium-raised American became a NCAA College Cup champion, the Most Valuable Player of the Major Arena Soccer League and an international beach soccer star.

“I’m an extremely arrogant guy,” he admits. “But when it comes to my soccer and my willingness to learn, I’m extremely humble.”

That happens when the path to your destination is not a straight line.

Nick Perera - U.S. Beach Soccer

Prudencio and Dione Perera met in Montpellier, France some 30 odd years ago. Dione was there on a college exchange program from her hometown of Los Angeles and Prudencio was finishing his doctorate from his much closer hometown of Madrid, Spain.

They started their family in Spain, where Nicolas was born. He was a little over a year old when they moved to Belgium after Prudencio got a job with the European Commission.

Nick was raised speaking both English and Spanish. Living in Belgium, he quickly also learned French and Dutch.

”My mom’s always had an affinity for languages, I think I picked that up from her,” he says of Dione, who is fluent in English, French and Spanish and worked as a simultaneous interpreter. “I’ve always enjoyed that- to be able to go to different places and be able to speak the language.”

He’s since become proficient in Italian and Portuguese, a result of his international travels and knack for learning.

Nick did not hit his growth spurt until his late teens. Like most kids who take to sports in Europe, he was drawn to soccer.

“It was always soccer,” he said. “My dad loved soccer. I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I played another sport other than soccer.”

The family would often travel to Los Angeles for the winter holidays and spend every summer in Spain. There, he and his friends would play futsal on a neighborhood court for hours almost every day. In the afternoons, it was off to the beach – where they also would bring a ball to kick around.

Nick was the outgoing, active kid, but his younger brother, Lucas, was on the other end of the spectrum. Lucas is non-verbal autistic and extremely low-functioning. He lacks a sense of safety or security and doesn’t recognize danger, so he requires constant care.

“Every decision we’ve ever made as a family has been based on Lucas’s condition,” Nick said. “The primary reason for our move to the U.S. was that health care in the U.S. for special needs children was superior to Europe.”

While Lucas’ interpersonal communications are not necessarily warm, the family’s love and support for each other is always visible.

“You could tell things based on what he was doing and his body language,” Nick said. “He’s tough to read in some areas, but easy in others. He sees us and he lights up in his own way, but it’s very different. It’s hard to explain but it’s something that shapes every decision in your life - the way you see the world.”

In 2004, the Pereras moved to southern California. Nick was 18.

For someone as enthusiastic about his studies as he was about soccer, college was the perfect introduction to life in the USA.

Nick was set to attend the University of California-Santa Barbara, though since he was unknown, an athletic scholarship was not offered. Instead, he tried out for the soccer team that summer.

“I was cut after one week, because I couldn’t keep up with the level of physical demand of college soccer,” he admits. “Every part of my body was destroyed within five days. I don’t even think we touched the ball for the first four or five days.”

It was an awakening of sorts. Nick ended up playing club soccer that year and improved so much that he was able to walk on to the UCSB team the following spring. The minutes were tough to come by but he was adapting and improving.

The next year, seemingly out of nowhere, the Gauchos of UCSB won the 2006 NCAA College Cup as Perera scored the opener in a 2-1 win over UCLA.

“It was amazing,” Nick recalls. “We were a team with a lot of players who kind of fell through the cracks, who had a lot of grit and determination. We were unseeded, unranked and we went on to win the whole thing.”

Nick was offered a contract by Major League Soccer to leave college early and enter the league’s SuperDraft.

“My parents shot that down immediately,” Nick said. His family’s advice was to finish school, and deep down he knew that was the right decision.

He graduated in 2009 as an English major and walked in the summer before his senior season, which allowed him to take lighter classes and focus on soccer.

“I just wanted to have a well-balanced experience,” he said. “But as the season started progressing, I was way more invested in the athletic side. I kind of saw that there was an avenue for myself and soccer was what I always really loved. I just didn’t think I would ever live off of it. So it was something where I was kind of doing well and started thinking, ‘Maybe I could play at the next level.’”

Nick Perera

“I wish I knew then what I know now… about soccer, professionalism, taking care of your body, because I think I could have had a good outdoor career had I known. I didn’t care about weights, or strength training… I just wanted to play.”

Nick was invited to the MLS College Combine, but admits that he did not make a noticeable impression. He went undrafted.

He went to preseason with Chivas USA that spring and was offered a developmental contract. Coming from an extremely studious family with real-world professions, it was not appealing.

He decided to give soccer in Spain a shot, joining Segunda B side Benidorm, although he was loaned out to a third division team. The reality of soccer abroad hit fast. The club stopped paying its players after four months and two months later Nick cut ties and moved back to Southern California.

“I thought my stock would have gone up since I played in Spain, but it was the opposite,” he said.

He had trials here and there with teams in various lower-level leagues, but they rarely presented realistic opportunities to be seen and were often filled with broken promises.

“Honestly I hated it,” he said of that time. “Outdoor was this massive disappointment.”

Back in the San Diego area, he found himself playing indoor soccer to pass the time and developed a real affinity for it – it served as a throwback to those summer days in Spain. An opportunity to join the San Diego Sockers soon popped up.

It was a legendary team in the community and hosted a veteran-heavy squad. One teammate – Aaron Susi – saw Nick’s potential and recommended him to Keith Tozer, head coach of U.S. Futsal and the Milwaukee Wave. Tozer brought Nick to a futsal camp and then offered him a contract with the Wave.

“The team was unbelievable and I learned so much,” Nick said. “I loved indoor – I felt that as a target attacking player, the smaller size of the game and roster, I was much more involved. Milwaukee was amazing. I learned every day with coach Tozer and our group of players was special.”

That first year indoors also saw his beach career get started. The San Diego Sockers entered a team in a local beach soccer tournament. One of the other teams was a USA selection that U.S. Beach National Team head coach Eddie Soto put together to observe some lesser-known players.

Perera and the Sockers won the tournament. Afterwards, Soto invited Nick to join the Beach Soccer National Team in Miami the following week for friendlies against Mexico, Brazil and Spain.

Nick scored his first two goals on sand against Mexico.

“Everything started coming together for me,” he said. “The small-sided game started presenting options for me. As Milwaukee and the beach thing happened, I closed the book on outdoor. It was over.”


Perera at the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Perera took Concacaf by storm in his first regional Beach Soccer Championship, scoring 11 goals in the 2013 tournament while leading the USA to the confederation title and a spot at the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti.

“When I watch tapes from 2013 and watch myself play now, there’s a big difference,” he notes. “The tools I have now are far more polished. In 2013 I was really hungry. I showed up with something really big to prove. And we did really well. It was amazing – the first time I tasted international success with the National Team and it opened this entire world to me.”

Nick scored five goals for the USA at the World Cup in Tahiti and offers to join European beach soccer leagues quickly followed.

“It doesn’t click until you’re done,” he said of the experience in Tahiti. “We talk with the guys about savoring these moments, because you never know how many you get. You never know when it will be the last time you get to put on a U.S. National Team jersey.”

Nick continued playing professional indoor soccer. This past year, not only did he become player/coach for the Tacoma Stars, he was also voted MASL MVP. He’s also the Director of Coaching for San Marcos Revolution, a youth club near San Diego. 

“It’s tough. It’s a passion for playing,” he said. “In order to access the soccer side I have to take care of the business side. It comes at large cost, and when I have these large life decisions, the only people who I look to for advice are my wife and my parents. Their support is enormous to me.”

Nick and his wife, Michelle, have a four-year old daughter, Sofia, and a two-year-old son, Theo. They live in Carlsbad, Calif.

He’s also part of the 20-member U.S. Soccer Federation Athletes' Council, which seeks to improve communication between athletes and the Federation.

“The more involved I’ve become with U.S. Soccer on the Athletes’ Council, the more I care and the more I realize the privilege that we have,” Nick said. “It gives you a better sense of the scope of the Federation and lets you see how things are done.”

This past year Nick played against U.S. Men’s National Team legend Landon Donovan in the Major Arena Soccer League.

“I know that I’ll never go down in the record books for U.S. Soccer as someone like Landon Donovan will but within the game of beach soccer I have goals on what I want to accomplish and numbers for the Federation that I want to accomplish also,” he said.

He might not be on Donovan’s level, but he’s making a dent in his own discipline. He’s already the USA’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup qualifying. 

“Nick is someone who has committed himself to our sport, and he’s one of the best target forwards in the world right now,” said Soto. “His ability to play in different spots is a threat. He can build for us, shoot from distance or he can be a target and throw bikes. He’s a massive threat.”

And it’s not just homer talk. Josep Ponset is the Director of Competitions for Beach Soccer Worldwide, the Barcelona-based organizing body for international beach soccer competitions.

“Nick Perera is undeniably one of the most important players not only in Concacaf but also on the global stage,” Ponset said. “He’s one of the deadliest strikers in our sport, who combines great technique, strength and a deep knowledge of the game. Moreover, his bicycle kicks are some of the most dangerous and difficult to stop in the world.”

Nick understands the role he’s playing on the U.S. team and for the sport in general.

“I love the game,” Nick said. “But I also want to leave a footprint so that in 10 years, whatever I’m doing, this sport doesn't look anything like it does now. We can be the trailblazers of what it can be.”

Beach soccer fans worldwide have come to appreciate his thunderous bicycle kick goals. In 2016, a tally he scored against Russia was nominated for U.S. Soccer Goal of the Year.

“I’ve grown up thinking that sports are an avenue but sports are also entertainment – you have to entertain a crowd,” he said. “That’s been part of something I try to do, I try to put on a show. I want to show up on every field, and if someone asks a random fan ‘Who’s the best player?’ I want them to say me. I’m never satisfied, I’m really hungry and I think that’s led to some success.”

While he’s raised his personal profile, he won’t be satisfied until his team – the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team – earns the same respect.

“Teams in our region may look at us as a powerhouse but on the larger international stage people still don’t have the respect for us that I would like them to have,” he said. “Nobody takes you seriously unless you start beating teams. Little by little we’re carving away at it. We have a group of players who are extremely hungry to prove what we’re trying to do here, – not just to Concacaf, but to the whole world.”

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USA Clinches FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Berth With Penalty Kick Win vs. El Salvador

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (May 18, 2019) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team clinched a berth at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a dramatic, penalty kick win over El Salvador after the teams drew 3-3 through three periods and added extra time. The win also advanced the USA to the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship title match on Sunday, May 19 against Mexico, which defeated Panama 3-0 in the other semifinal. This is the fifth time the USA has qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and first since 2013.

For the second consecutive game, the USA conceded the opening goal when El Salvador’s Exon Perdomo put away a hard shot after picking up a loose ball some 15 yards from goal. El Salvador nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes in when a shot hit the crossbar but landed and stuck on the goal line. With the opening period clock running out, Nick Perera drew a foul some twelve yards out and put away the shot in the upper 90 to draw even.

USA goalkeeper Chris Toth was put under heavy pressure in the second but time again he came through, including diving saves on two bikes and a point-blank scissors attempt. El Salvador finally broke through in the last minute of the second period when Perdomo ripped a shot past Toth.

WATCH: Highlights of the USA's World Cup Clinching Win vs. El Salvador

And there was little Toth could do when Perdomo hit a fantastic bike off a long pass to put El Salvador up by two goals midway through the third period. However, the USA reacted quickly, with Toth ripping a 25-yard shot at goal that Alessandro Canale redirected in front of the ‘keeper to cut the deficit back to one.

With one minute and twenty seconds remaining, David Mondragon caught El Salvador napping with a quick throw-in from the far sideline, finding Adriano dos Santos inside the box. Dos Santos deftly headed the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper and the stadium watched as the ball seemed to slowly trickle in to tie the match.

After a scoreless overtime the USA scored on all five penalty kick attempts before El Salvador’s Elmer Robles hit his kick over, setting the stage for the USA to celebrate the return to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Up Next: The USA will play Mexico for the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship on Sunday, May 19 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on UDN, Concacaf’s Facebook page and the ConcacafGo app, and follow on Twitter at @ussoccer or Instagram at @ussoccer_beach.

NOTES:

  • The USA has now qualified for five of the soon to be 10 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2019, trailing only Mexico which has qualified for six including 2019.
  • The last time both the USA and Mexico qualified from Concacaf was in 2007.
  • Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay (host), Nigeria, Senegal, Japan, Oman, and United Arab Emirates have also qualified for the 16-nation World Cup field. Oceania’s lone berth will be known in June and Europe will round out the field by determining the final five entries from a tournament in July in Russia.
  • Nick Perera, Jason Leopoldo, Ryan Futagaki and Chris Toth were also on the 2013 Concacaf Championship team that last qualified.
  • This was the fifth meeting between the USA and El Salvador in this competition, and the first in the elimination round since the USA defeated El Salvador 5-4 in added extra time on a goal by Nick Perera to claim its last Concacaf Beach Soccer title. The teams also split group round matches and El Salvador won the third-place game in 2017.
  • Nick Parera scored his 11th goal of the tournament, tying his personal and USA single-cycle World Cup Qualifying record set in 2013. He is tied with teammate Tanner Akol for most goals in this tournament.
  • With 34 goals the USA is the top scoring team at this tournament, and the nine goals conceded in five games is the fewest.
  • Alessandro Canale scored his third goal and Adriano dos Santos his second in this tournament.
  • The USA and Mexico meet for the first time in this tournament since the 2015 semifinals, when Mexico edged the USA 4-3 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • The USA defeated Mexico in the group stage of the first three World Cup Qualifying tournaments – 2005 (7-2), 2006 (7-6) and 2007 (5-4) – before losing in 2008 (1-2). Mexico also defeated the USA in the 2009 third-place match and 2010 semifinals.


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USA Moves Within One Game of Beach World Cup With 5-1 Win vs. Guadeloupe

PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MEX. (May 17, 2019) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship with a 5-1 win against Guadeloupe in Puerto Vallarta. The tournament’s top two scorers – Tanner Akol and Nick Perera – each scored twice and David Mondragon added his third of the competition.

The USA found itself trailing for the first time in the tournament when Guadeloupe’s Sylrick Phirmis did well to hold a defender off before spinning and shooting past Chris Toth early on. The lead lasted just five minutes, as Nick Perera was fouled on a bike attempt in the box and converted the penalty kick.

A patient U.S. side finally broke the game open with three goals in the final five minutes of the second period – all off bicycle kicks. Akol gave the team the lead when he spectacularly biked a Ryan Futagaki throw-in on the fly into the back of the net. David Mondragon followed with his own bike that bounced over the goalkeeper, and Nick Perera finished the period by flicking up his own set-up before slamming in a powerful bike from inside the box.

The USA changed goalkeepers midway through the third period, and Juan Cervantes was up to the test with successive saves, first tipping a shot over the crossbar and then a quick reaction dive to his left to prevent Guadeloupe from inching closer. Akol then put the game away with another scoop bike for his tournament leading 11th goal.  

Up Next: The USA is through to the semifinals where they’ll face El Salvador on Saturday, May 18  (5:45 p.m. ET). El Salvador defeated the Bahamas in the other Quarterfinal earlier in the day, setting up a rematch of the 2013 Final, which the USA won 5-4 in overtime. The winner will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay and play for the Concacaf title on Sunday. Fans can watch games live on UDN, Concacaf’s Facebook page and the ConcacafGo app.

NOTES:

  • This was the first meeting between the USA and Guadeloupe in the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship.
  • The USA has now advanced to the semifinals in five of the six Concacaf Beach Championships in which the winner was decided by a title game rather than standings, missing out only in 2017.
  • With 11 goals, Akol has tied Perera’s USA single tourmanet scoring record set in 2013.
  • David Mondragon scored his third goal and first since the opener versus Bonaire.
  • Akol and Perera (10 goals) are the leading scorers in the tournament. El Salvador’s Augustine Ruiz is next with 9.
  • As a team, the USA’s 33 goals are most in the Championship, followed by El Salvador’s 31.
  • The semifinal matchup against El Salvador will mark the first time the teams have met with elimination on the line since the 2013 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship final, when the USA defeated El Salvador 5-4 in added extra time on a goal by Nick Perera to claim its last Concacaf Beach Soccer title.
  • El Salvador won the last meeting in the 2015 third place match (2-5). They also previously won in the 2009 Semifinals (3-5). The teams split group play matches in each of their first two meetings (USA W 9-5 in 2007, SLV W 6-5 in 2008).

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

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Guadeloupe
Date: May 17, 2019
Competition: 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship; Quarterfinals
Venue: Visit Puerto Vallarta Stadium, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: 84 degrees, sunny

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

GLP – Sylrick Phirmis                             1st minute
USA – Nick Perera (penalty)                   6’
USA – Tanner Akol                                19’
USA – David Modragon                         21’
USA – Nick Perera                                 23’
USA – Tanner Akol                                33’

Lineups:

USA: 1-Chris Toth, 4-Adrian dos Santos, 5-Alessandro Canale, 7-Nick Perera, 8-Tanner Akol
Substitutes: 12-Juan Cervantes, 2-Jason Leopoldo, 3-Ryan Futagaki, 6-Jason Santos, 9-Franck Tayou, 10-Oscar Reyes, 11-David Mondragon
Head coach: Eddie Soto

GLP: 5-Mikael Germain, 3-Benoit Zembama, 5-Terry Shillingford, 10-Sylrick Phirmis, 11-Sebastien Hell
Substitutes: 12- Jordan Sennoaj, 2-David Bordelai, 4-Ricardo Mezence, 6-Gael Geolier, 7-Alan Lefort, 8-Melaick Breter, 9-Theo Gelas
Head coach: Damien Granchi Constant

Misconduct Summary:
GLP – Alan Lefort (caution)                     31st minute

Officials:
Referee: David Cruz (SLV)
Second Referee: Jair Robles (MEX)
Third Referee: Juan Andres Angeles (DOM)
Fourth Official: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: --

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