USA Falls to Canada in CONCACAF Futsal Championship Second Leg Qualifier

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (May 5, 2016) - The U.S. Futsal National Team lost to Canada 5-3 at BN Arena on Thursday night. Following Wednesday’s 4-4 draw, the U.S. gave way to Canada for the final spot in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Robert Renaud put Canada ahead in the 15th minute, but U.S. defender Adriano Dos Santos tied the match one minute later. The U.S. came inches away from a lead in the 17th minute when defender Patrick Healy’s back-heel attempt was denied by the post. One minute later, Renaud responded with his second goal of the night for Canada.

The action continued in the second half when Canada’s Nazim Belguendouz and Ian Bennett scored in the 22nd and 25th minutes, and Renaud completed a hat trick in the 29th to put Canada up 5-1 with 10 minutes left to play.

Despite the deficit, the U.S. did not back down. FNT goalkeeper and captain Danny Waltman came out of the goal as a fifth attacker in 34th minute of play, interchanging with defender Brian Harris, who netted an impressive shot in the 38th minute. Midfielder Daniel Mattos also scored in the last minute of the match with an assist from Tony Donatelli.

The Legacy of Tozer
Once captain of the ’86 U.S. FNT, head coach Keith Tozer has dedicated a 20-year coaching career to the U.S. National Futsal program. Tozer led the U.S. to the first-ever title in the history of the CONCACAF tournament in 1996 and helped the team earn the title again in 2004.

In addition to Tozer, the FNT is led by a passionate and visionary trio dedicated to the growth of futsal in the United States that also includes assistant coach Vava Marques and goalkeeper coach Mark Litton, who have been with the team for 18 and eight years, respectively.

- U.S. Futsal National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Futsal National Team vs. Canada
May 5, 2016
2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship – Qualifier
BN Arena; San Jose, Costa Rica
8 p.m. CST (10 p.m. ET)

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          2          3
CAN                            2          3          5 

CAN – Robert Renaud           15th minute
USA – Adriano Dos Santos    16
CAN – Robert Renaud           18
CAN – Nazim Belguendouz    22
CAN – Ian Bennett                  25
CAN – Robert Renaud           29
USA – Brian Harris                 38
USA – Daniel Mattos              39                                                                         

USA: 1-Danny Waltman (capt.); 4- Patrick Healey, 7- Bryan Perez, 6-Tony Donatelli, 10- Kraig Chiles
Subs: 2- Joey Tavernese, 3-Brian Harris, 5-Adriano Dos Santos, 8- Nelson Santana, 9- Daniel Mattos, 14- Franck Tayou
Subs not used: 12- Eduardo Macias, 11-Taylor Bond, 13- German Felipe Gonzalez
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

CAN: 1-Joshua Lemos, 5-Matias Dimarco, 6-Ian Bennett, 7-Vahid Assadpour (capt.), 8-Nazim Belguendouz
Subs: 3-Desmond Humphrey, 4-Eduardo Jauregui, 9-Frederico Moojen, 10-Marco Rodriguez, 11-Daniel Chamale, 12-Jacob Orellana,13-Robert Renaud
Subs not used: 2-David Campusano, 14-Vincent Cournoyer

Head Coach: Kyt Selaidopoulos

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 31 / 19
Shots on Goal: 15 / 17
Saves: 12 / 12
Corner Kicks: 14 / 14
Fouls: 4 / 6

Misconduct Summary:                    
USA – Adriano Dos Santos (caution)             19th minute
CAN – Ian Bennett (caution)                          25       

Referee 1: Luis Aguilar (PAN)
Referee 2: Leroy Brown (GUA)
Referee 3: Jose Barrera (SLV)
Timekeeper: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA) 

U.S. Soccer Man of the Match: Danny Waltman