SANTIAGO, Chile (Sept. 24, 2002) - The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team was defeated by a stronger Argentinean team 3-1 at the CP-ISRA Pan American Soccer Championship in Santiago, Chile on Tuesday. The tournament began Sept. 19 and will continue until Sept. 29 where the winner will earn an automatic berth in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Argentina started the scoring off with their first goal just 13 minutes into the game, but the U.S. answered back in the 37th minute on a restart pass from midfielder Geoff Glass that was overlapped by defender/midfielder Mike Peters. Peters carried the ball to the end line where he crossed to midfielder Josh McKinney, who finished nicely into the upper left corner of the goal.
Argentina would add two more goals for the 3-1 victory.
Paralympic soccer is played by athletes with Cerebral palsy, or athletes who have suffered brain injuries or stroke. The rules of FIFA apply, yet some minor distinctions set the game apart from its non-disabled counterpart in order to accommodate certain disabilities, such as the allowance of one-arm throw-ins or roll-ins, a no offside rule and a slightly smaller field and goal.
U.S. Paralympics is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of all persons with disabilities.
USA Line-up: 19-Aaron Myers (21-George Sansonetis); 4-Mike Peters, 10-Geoff Glass, 9-Josh McKinney, 5-Josh Blue, 11-Eli Wolff, 2-John Theobald (Substitute: 14-Jon McCullough).