U.S. PNT Qualifies for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

CHICAGO (June 27, 2015) – For the first time in its history, the U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated Argentina 4-1 to finish in seventh place at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St. George’s Park, and qualify for next summer’s 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"To beat Argentina for the first time in USPNT history is always going to be special, but to win 4-1 in the World Championships it’s fantastic,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The players stood up well to a tough team who had a lot of experience. I am proud of the character shown by every player on the field. However, to get to this position in the tournament, it took a full squad effort and without the bench players and the players who have trained with the USPNT throughout the year, this would have not been possible.”

A brace from David Garza propelled the USA to victory, as the red, white and blue became one of eight teams to clinch a spot for Rio 2016.

The U.S. PNT will now compete at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto later this year before fully setting its sights towards the Paralympic Games.

“To say I am proud would be an understatement,” Sharp continued. “We have qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and we will enjoy this moment before we reset our focus for the Para American Games in Toronto this coming August.”

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 - U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Competition: 2015 C.P. World Championships

Venue: St. George’s Park; Staffordshire, England

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 100
Weather: 65 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
ARG                             0          1          1             

USA – David Garza                   30th minute
USA – Seth Jahn                       45
ARG – Matias Salvat                 46
USA – Adam Ballou                   57

USA: 23-Marthell Vasqeuz 5, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 6-Adam Ballou 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (4-Tyler Bennett 7 56’), 10-Kevin Hensley (capt.) 8, 11-Mason Abbiate 7, 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 3-Bryce Boarman 5, 19-Michael Moore 7
Suspended: 5-Jordan Weise 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp 

ARG: 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 2-Pablo Molina 7 (1-Claudio Figuera 7 29’), 3-Mariano Cortes 7, 4-Rodrigo Luquez 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8 (10-Mariano Morana 8 39’), 7-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 7
Subs not used: 6-Maximiliano Fernandez 7, 8-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 13-Matias Salvat 5, 14-Alberto Alabarce 7
Head Coach: Osvaldo Jorge Hernandez 

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 9 / 7
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offsides: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Gustavo Nahuelquin (ejection)                 29th minute
ARG – Matias Fernandez (caution)                      31
ARG – Mariano Morana  (caution)                       51
ARG – Mariano Cortes (caution)                         60

Referee: Kyunyong Park
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley List
Assistant Referee 2: Scott Henry
Fourth Official: Jon Burridge

Please Note: Games are 60 minutes long.