U.S. Futsal National Team Wins 2022 Umag Nations Cup

USA Defeated Czech Republic U21s, Slovenia U21s and France U23s in Friendly Tournament in Croatia; Also Went 2-0-1 in Three Friendly Matches

CHICAGO, Ill. (Oct. 11, 2022) – The U.S. Men’s Futsal National Teams won the 2022 Umag Nations Cup 2022 in Croatia after defeating the Czech Republic U21s (5-3), Slovenia U21s (5-2) and France U23s (5-3) in the friendly tournament played at the Novigrad Sports Hall.

 

The FNT also played three friendly matches during the two-week trip, tying and defeating Montenegro’s full team prior the tournament, and beating the Czech Republic U21s again on the last day. Ten players made their USA debuts as the team went undefeated over the six matches.

 

Oct. 4: USA 3-3 Montenegro (Friendly #1)

 

Raphael Araujo put the USA up midway through the opening half by finishing a nice set up from Luciano Gonzalez. Araujo doubled the lead before the break by jumping on a rebound off the goalkeepers hands from a corner kick. Montenegro leveled with quick goals in the second half on Diego Moretti. Zach Reget put the USA back ahead with a shot through the goalkeepers legs off a long pass from Diego Burato, though Montenegro would tie it late on a back post shot from a flying goalkeeper possession. Six players made their USA international debuts.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                           2          1          3

MNE                          0          3          3

 

USA - Raphael Araujo (L. Gonzalez)       10th Minute

USA - Raphael Araujo (unassisted)          17’

MNE - Filip Markovic                                   26

MNE - Kenan Tafic                                      28’

USA - Zach Reget (D. Burato)                   29’

MNE - Ivan Asanovic                                   37’      

 

Lineups: * = USA Debuts

USA: 12-Robert Damron, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 9-Raphael Araujo, 10-David Ortiz, 15-Luciano Gonzalez

Substitutes: 1-Diego Moretti, * 2-Manuel Andrade, * 5-Sebastian Mendez, * 7-Diego Burato, 8-Zach Reget, 9-Raphael Araujo, 13-Diego Bobadilla, * 14-Klisman Sousa, * 16-Erik Macias, * 21-Wilder Arboleda

Inactive: 6-Jeremy Klepal, 13-William Eskay, 11-Ado Jahic, 22-Christopher Moura (gk), 24-Luiz Morales, 25-Franck Tayou

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

MNE: 1-Milin Sekulic, 4-Ivan Asanovic, 5-Filip Markovic, 6-Milos Koprivica, 7-David Puiletic

Substitutes: 12-Borisav Cirkovic, 2-Kenan Tafic, 3-Goran Delic, 9-Pavle Vukcevic, 16-Lazar Milanovic, 20-Luka Zivkovic

Head coach: Ljesar Sveto

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Erik Macias (caution)           24th Minute

MNE - David Puiletic (ejection)      32’

 

Oct 5: USA 3-1 Montenegro (Friendly #2)

 

After going down early on a defensive miscue, Luciano Gonzales roofed a short corner from Diego Burato to level for his seventh career goal. Newcomer Luiz Morales then scored his first international goal at the back post on a flying possession that included Burato, Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Sebastian Mendez. Veteran Alencar Ventura-Junior scored his first USA goal in the second half to ice the match, which saw four more players make the USA debuts, including goalkeeper Christopher Moura, who held Montenegro scoreless in the second half.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                           2          1          3

MNE                           1          0          1

 

MNE - Pavle Vukcevic                                7th Minute

USA - Luciano Gonzalez (D. Burato)       9’

USA - Luiz Morales (D. Burato)                 16’

USA - Alencar Ventura-Junior                   32’

 

Lineups: * = USA Debuts

USA: 1-Diego Moretti, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 9-Raphael Araujo, 10-David Ortiz, 15-Luciano Gonzalez

Substitutes: *22-Christopher Moura, 2-Manuel Andrade, *3-William Eskay, 5-Sebastian Mendez, 7-Diego Burato, 9-Raphael Araujo, *11-Ado Jahic, 13-Diego Bobadilla, 14-Klisman Sousa, *24-Luiz Morales, 25-Franck Tayou

Subs Not Used: 12-Robert Damron

Inactive: 6-Jeremy Klepal, 8-Zach Reget 16-Erik Macias, 21-Wilder Arboleda

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

MNE: 1-Milin Sekulic, 4-Ivan Asanovic, 5-Filip Markovic, 6-Milos Koprivica, 7-David Puiletic

Substitutes: 12-Borisav Cirkovic, 2-Kenan Tafic, 3-Goran Delic, 9-Pavle Vukcevic, 16-Lazar Milanovic, 20-Luka Zivkovic

Head coach: Ljesar Sveto

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Luiz Morales (caution)         18th Minute

MNE - Milos Koprivica (caution)    34’

 

Oct 7: USA 5-3 Czech Republic U21s (Umag Nations Cup)

 

USA Pivo Zach Reget opened the scoring on a nice turn and shot from 12 yards, but the Czech Republic would answer immediately. Diego Burato then scored his first two USA goals - first on a back post pass from Luciano Gonzalez, then by converting a penalty drawn by Luiz Morales. The teams traded goals in the second, with William Eskay notching his debut goal, and David Ortiz sealing the game with his debut goal. The game saw eight yellow cards, with two Czech players ejected.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                           3          2          5

CZE                            1          2          3

 

USA - Zach Reget                           8th Minute

CZE - Matēj Maur                            8

USA - Diego Burato (L. Gonzalez)12’

USA - Diego Burato (PK)                17’

CZE - Tarik Luksija                          24

USA - William Eskay                       28’

CZE - Zdenek Sita                           35

USA - David Ortiz                            39'

 

Lineups:

USA: 1-Diego Moretti, 2-Manuel Andrade, 6-Jeremy Klepal, 8-Zach Reget, 15-Luciano Gonzalez

Substitutes: 3-William Eskay, 5-Sebastian Mendez, 7-Diego Burato, 9-Raphael Araujo, 10-David Ortiz, 14-Klisman Sousa, 16-Erik Macias, 24-Luiz Morales,

Subs Not Used: 12-Robert Damron

Inactive: 22-Christopher Moura, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 11-Ado Jahic, 13-Diego Bobadilla, 21-Wilder Arboleda, 25-Franck Tayou

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

CZE: 16-Jan Žežulka, 7-Zdenek Sita, 8-Matēj Maur, 9-Adam Knobloch, 10-Dominik Balog

Substitutes: 1-Martin Dzudza, 2-Jan Gajdos, 3-Filip Tilinger, 5-Daniel Hajas, 11-Tarik Luksija, 12-Tomas Kuchta, 14-Jiri Zapotocky, 18-Jaraslav Zapotocky

Inactive: 6-Marek Vojtisek

Head coach: Marek Kopecky

Misconduct Summary:

CZE - 12-Tomas Kuchta (caution)            5th Minute

CZE - 12-Tomas Kuchta (ejection)           11’

USA - Sebastian Mendez (caution)          11’

USA - Raphael Araujo (caution)                12’

CZE - Matēj Maur (caution)                        15’

CZE - Matēj Maur (2nd caution)                25’

CZE - Zdenek Sita (caution)                      38’

USA - David Ortiz (caution)                        40’

 

Referee 1: Jordan Feltesse; Referee 2: Alen Bozic; Referee 3: Josh Wilkens

 

Oct. 9: USA 5-2 Slovenia U21s (Umag Nations Cup)

 

Slovenia took the early lead, but the USA drew level when William Eskay’s corner kick was inadvertently redirected in for an own goal. With the USA having committed six fouls, goalkeeper Robert Damron stopped two Slovenia second penalty kicks to keep the score even before Luiz Morales put the U.S. ahead with a rip from the left flank. David Ortiz extended the lead early in the second half with a goalmouth tap-in after Sebastian Mendez’s shot was slowed by the goalkeeper. Zach Reget put the game away late with two 30-yards shots on empty nets as Slovenia pressed with the flying goalkeeper.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                           2          2          5

SVN                           1          2          3

 

SVN - Rok Snofl                               7th Minute

USA - Own Goal (Timi Debeljak)  5’

USA - Luiz Morales                         18’

USA - David Ortiz                            25’

SVN - Tilen Rajter                            36

USA - Zach Reget                           39’

USA - Zach Reget                           40’

 

Lineups:

USA: 12-Robert Damron, 3-William Eskay, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 6-Jeremy Klepal (captain), 8-Zach Reget

Substitutes: 5-Sebastian Mendez, 10-David Ortiz, 11-Ado Jahic, 16-Erik Macias, 21-Wilder Arboleda, 24-Luiz Morales, Franck Tayou

Subs Not Used: 22-Christopher Moura

Inactive: 1-Diego Moretti, 2-Manuel Andrade, 7-Diego Burato, 9-Raphael Araujo, 15-Luciano Gonzalez, 14-Klisman Sousa

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

SVN: 1-Nik Ambrozic, 3-Jure Suban, 7-Timi Debeljak, 8-Tod Ciuha, 11-Aleksander Stanic

Substitutes: 12-Ziga Menard, 4-Rok Snofl, 5-Gasper Trdin, 6-Tilen Rajter, 9-Patrik Ostredkar, 10-Ziga Knezevic Mrak, 13-Adrijan Trstenjak, 15-Nik Plestenjak

Head coach: Milivoje Simeunovic

Misconduct Summary:

SVN - Patrik Ostredkar (caution)   4th Minute

SVN - Aleksander Stanic (caution)10’

SVN - Ziga Knezevic Mrak (caution)11’

SVN - Tilen Rajter (caution)           32’

USA - Luiz Morales (caution)         33’

SVN - Gasper Trdin (caution)        34’

SVN - Timi Debeljak (caution)       39’

 

Referee 1: Jordan Feltesse; Referee 2: Alen Bozic; Referee 3: Josh Wilkens

 

Oct. 10: USA 5-3 France (Umag Nations Cup)

 

Zach Reget scored twice and Luiz Morales recorded his first career hat-trick to lead the USA over France in the final game of Umag Nations Cup. Reget put the USA ahead early, though France tied it less than a minute later. France committed it’s sixth foul with three minutes left, setting Morales up for his first goal, a powerful strike from the second penalty spot. Morales added another powerful shot from the left just before the break, but once again France pulled one back seconds later. Morales completed his trick halfway through the second with a similar left-footed blast, and Reget again scored late from distance on an empty net to secure the Cup.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                           3          2          5

FRA                           2          1          3

 

USA - Zach Reget (L. Gonzalez)  3rd Minute

FRA - Haoues Betgha                     10

USA - Luiz Morales (2nd PK)        17’

USA - Luiz Morales                         20’

FRA - Nama Traore                         20

USA - Luiz Morales                         29’

FRA - Jerome Pasquier                  31

USA - Zach Reget                           36’

 

Lineups:

USA: 1-Diego Moretti, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 7-Diego Burato, 8-Zach Reget, 15-Luciano Gonzalez

Substitutes: 2-Manuel Andrade, 5-Sebastian Mendez, 6-Jeremy Klepal, 9-Raphael Araujo, 10-David Ortiz, 14-Klisman Sousa, 16-Erik Macias, 24-Luiz Morales

Subs Not Used: 12-Robert Damron

Inactive: 22-Christopher Moura, 3-William Eskay, 11-Ado Jahic, 13-Diego Bobadilla, 21-Wilder Arboleda, 25-Franck Tayou

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

FRA: 16-Faysal Jallouli, 5-Anatole Melaine, 7-Nama Traore, 8-Jerome Pasquier, 10-Haoues Betgha

Substitutes:  1-Thibault Garros, 3-Matthieu Faupin, 6-Amine Bencherif, 9-Theo Reynaud, 11-Tanguy Mokwaka, 14-Inza Kone, 17-Houmany Dembele, 19-Abdoul Ndiaye, 21-Ibrahima Niakate

Head coach: Benoit Subrin

Misconduct Summary:

FRA - Anatole Melaine (caution)   11th Minute

USA - Diego Moretti (caution)        10’

FRA - Houmany Dembele (caution) 13’

FRA - Amine Bencherif (caution)  16’

USA - Raphael Araujo (caution)    33’

 

Referee 1: Alen Bozic; Referee 2: Josh Wilkens; Referee 3: Jordan Feltesse

 

Oct. 11: USA 3-1 Czech Republic U21s (Friendly #3)

 

USA Ala William Eskay put the USA up halfway through the first half with his second of the week on a tap-in off an Ado Jahic corner kick. Manuel Andrade then scored his debut goal, finishing a nice build up that started in the back with Klisman Sousa finding Wilder Arboleda on the right, who sent the ball across to Andrade to finish. Czech Republic pulled one back in the second half, but Raphael Araujo scored from distance on an empty for fourth career goal and secure the team’s six-game unbeaten run over the two-week trip.

 

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F

USA                            2          1          3

CZE                            0          1          1

 

USA - William Eskay (A. Jahic)     11th Minute

USA - Manuel Andrade (W. Arboleda)     13’

CZE - Tomas Kuchta                       29’

USA - Raphael Araujo                    37’

 

Lineups:

USA: 22-Christopher Moura,  5-Sebastian Mendez, -Raphael Araujo, 13-Diego Bobadilla, 16-Erik Macias

Substitutes: 2-Manuel Andrade, 3-William Eskay, 6-Jeremy Klepal, 11-Ado Jahic, 14-Klisman Sousa, 15-Luciano Gonzalez, 21-Wilder Arboleda, 25-Franck Tayou

Subs Not Used: 1-Diego Moretti

Inactive: 12-Robert Damron, 4-Alencar Ventura-Junior, 7-Diego Burato, 8-Zach Reget, 10-David Ortiz, 24-Luiz Morales

Head coach: Dusan Jakica

 

CZE: 1-Martin Dzudza, 5-Daniel Hajas, 9-Adam Knobloch, 10-Dominik Balog, 12-Tomas Kuchta

Substitutes: 16-Jan Žežulka, 2-Jan Gajdos, 3-Filip Tilinger, 7-Zdenek Sita, 8-Matēj Maur, 11-Tarik Luksija,14-Jiri Zapotocky, 18-Jaraslav Zapotocky

Inactive: 6-Marek Vojtisek

Head coach: Marek Kopecky

 

Misconduct Summary:

CZE - Anatole Melaine (caution)   11th Minute

USA - Diego Moretti (caution)        10’

 

 

Referee Josh Wilkens; Referee 2: Jordan Feltesse