SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (April 2, 2015) – With a dominating performance from the start, the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team took care of business against Jamaica in the quarterfinals to defeat the Caribbean nation 7-3, and advance to the semifinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Once again, U.S. captain Nick Perera, who returned from a one-game suspension after yellow card accumulation, led his team to victory notching four goals in the match to secure the USA a place among the four best teams left in the tournament.
Alessandro Canale wasted no time for the USA, scoring on the second minute of play. Perera made his first contribution to the U.S. effort four minutes later, putting the USA on top 2-0 with more than half of the first period still left to go. Jamaica didn’t stay quiet and in the final minutes got on the board with a counterattack strike from Rohan Reid to keep it a one-goal game.
The U.S. continued its dominance in the next 12-minutes. Perera scored a hat trick in the period and despite another shot from Reid, the score was now 5-2, and Jamaica’s opportunities started to dwindle down.
Finally, in the third and final period, the USA added two more tallies. One more from Canale in the 25th minute, and the other from Christ Toth in the 35th to close out the match and secure a spot in the semifinals for the stars and stripes.
The USA faces Mexico in the semifinals on April 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The winner will not only advance to the championship match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship but will also secure one of two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be held in Portugal from July 9-19.
- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: April 2, 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
Scoring Summary: 1 2 3 F
USA 2 3 2 7
BAH 1 1 1 3
USA Alessandro Canale 2nd minute
USA Nick Perera 6
JAM Rohan Reid 9
USA Nick Perera 13
USA Nick Perera 16
JAM Philip Venroy Peddie 18
USA Nick Perera 20
USA Alessandro Canale 25
JAM Rohan Reid 34
USA Chris Toth 35
USA: Chris Toth, Lewie Valentine, Jason Leopoldo Nick Perera (capt.), Alessandro Canale
Subs: Harry Abraham, Chris Cummings, Aldo Balsano, Max Griffin, Jason Santos
*Ryan Futagaki (ejection from previous game) and Andrew Feld (yellow card accumulation) were serving a suspension and did not play in the match.
Head Coach: Eddie Soto
JAM: Kirk Andre Porter, Philip Venroy Peddie, Ryan Powell, Andre Reid, Rohan Reid
Subs: Elvis Neil Hart, Gerald Neil, Kevin Wilson, Derrick Planter
Head Coach: Andrew Francis Prince
JAM – Rohan Reid (caution) 5th minute
USA – Jason Leopoldo (caution) 18