U.S. Paralympic National Team Ties Venezuela in Parapan American Games

TORONTO (Aug. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team came back to tie Venezuela 1-1 at the Parapan Am Fields in Toronto at the 2015 Parapan American Games.

The U.S. went down in the 41st minute when Asdrubal Olivares Mora capitalized on a penalty kick.

"We went into this game firmly focused on getting a win and therefore a draw was far from the desired result," said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. "The game had no rhythm to it with the Venezuela players constantly using delay and some unsavory tactics throughout the match. No excuses though, we once again could not finish the multiple chances we had to win the game and got drawn into a scrappy encounter that was below our standard of play. We are now faced with two very difficult games that will see goal difference come into play if we want to make it into the Bronze medal match later in the week."

David Garza pulled on back for the U.S. in the 61st minute when Seth Jahn found Garza with a throw in from the right said. Garza headed it past goalkeeper Frank Pineda Teran to level the score.

The U.S. faces Argentina on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and closes out the group stage against Brazil on Thursday, Aug. 13.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Venezuela
Date: Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 Parapan American Games
Venue: ParaPanAm Fields; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
VEN                            0          1          1            

VEN – Asdrubal Olivares Mora         41st minute
USA – David Garza                           60+1

USA: 1-Keith Johnson (22-Marthell Vazquez, 45); 4-Tyler Bennett (14-David Garza, 31), 5-Jordan Weise, 6-Adam Ballou, 9-Seth Jahn, 10-Kevin Hensley, 11-Mason Abbiate
Subs not used: 2-Gavin Sibayan, 3-Bryce Boarman, 12-Daniel Hoffman, 19-Michael moore, 20-Jackson McCabe
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

VEN: 99-Frank Pineda Teran; 3-Peter Alvarado Gonzalez, 5-Daniel Sanchez, 6-Richard Mogollon Melendez, 8-Asdrubal Olivares Mora, 11-Saul Torres Villegas, 17-Jose Quintana (9-Angel Molina Camacho, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Marlon Bello, 2-Gabriel Medina Diaz, 4-Marcos Cardenas Nieto, 7-Pedro Suarez Rico, 10-Jessy Yari Villegas, 12-Carlos Carasquel Torres
Head Coach: Jose Betancor Perez

Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 22 / 11
Shots on Goal: 13 / 9
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
VEN – Peter Alvarado Gonzalez (caution)              14th minute
VEN – Jose Quintana (caution)                              25
VEN - Asdrubal Olivares Mora (caution)                 60
VEN – Angel Molina Camacho (caution)                 60+5

Referee: Yusri Rudolf (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Miryam Jabali (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Skye Arthur-Banning (USA)
Fourth Official: Alexis Vaughan (CAN)