KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Sept. 25, 2023) – The U.S. Men’s Deaf National Team rallied with second half goals from Tate Lancaster and Chris Bourdon, but ultimately fell 3-2 to Egypt in its second match of the 2023 Men’s World Deaf Football Championships at Padang UITM Stadium on Monday. Despite the defeat, the USA remains in strong position to advance to the Knockout Round heading into Wednesday’s group finale against Germany.
Following an even first 30 minutes, Egypt got on the board when a centering pass deflected of USA defender Kevin Fitzpatrick and past Erik Jaspers to take the African side into halftime up 1-0.
After Jaspers was judged to have pulled down an attacker in the box, Egypt went up 2-0 in the 56th minute as Mohamed Hamed Abdelhay beat the U.S. goalkeeper from the penalty spot.
The USA made it 2-1 in the 68th minute as Chad Johnson’s free kick from 25 yards was initially saved by Egypt ‘keeper Gamal Saber before Tate Lancaster poked home the rebound.
As the U.S. continued to press numbers up the field, Egypt restored its two-goal lead with Maher Taman tallying in the 80th minute.
Chris Bourdon cut the deficit back to one goal in the 87th minute. A long ball was played to Michael Schmid who flicked on a header into Bourdon’s run on the left, allowing the winger a finish toward the far post.
The U.S. pushed forward late in search of the equalizer, and nearly found it when a scramble in the box led to Thomas Salvi’s shot that careened off the crossbar in what was the last big chance of the match.
The result combined with Germany’s 8-0 defeat of Malaysia on Monday see the USA move down to third in Group A. The top three teams in each group, along with the best fourth-place finisher, advance to the Knockout Round.
Next Up: The USA will look to bounce back in Wednesday’s group stage finale against Germany at 8:30 a.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time). The match is expected to stream live via the Malaysia Deaf Sports Association’s YouTube Channel.
- U.S. MEN’S DEAF NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT -
Match: U.S. Men’s Deaf National Team vs. Egypt
Date: September 25, 2023
Competition: 2023 DIFA Men’s Deaf Football World Championships
Venue: Padang UITM Stadium; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kickoff: 4:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. local)
Weather: 85 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
EGY 1 2 3
EGY – Own Goal (Kevin Fitzpatrick) 32nd minute
EGY - Mohamed Hamed Abdelhay (penalty kick) 56
USA – Tate Lancaster 68
EGY – Maher Taman 80
USA – Chris Bourdon (Michael Schmid) 87
USA: 12-Erik Jaspers; 2-David Dircio, 16-Kevin Fitzpatrick, 5-Will Frentz (capt.), 3-Eddie Perry; 6-Trip Neil (10-Raul Silva, 65), 11-JP Kanashiro (9-Thomas Salvi, 82), 17-Tate Lancaster (14-Dawson Anderson, 90+); 13-Chad Johnson, 22-Michael Schmid (20-Kelly Grant, 90+), 7-Chris Bourdon
Subs not used: 1-Eric Setzer, 21-Samuel Lang, 8-Braden Anderson, 15-Jullian Mitchell, 18-Luke Haubruge, 19-Arthur Goncalves
Not dressed: 4-Tristan Torbett
Head Coach: David Kunitz
EGY: 23-Gamal Saber; 4-Mohamed Hussien, 6-Abdalla Salem, 7-Hamada Yassein, 9-Ahmed Emad (12-Elsayed Abdelhamid, 68), 10-Mohamed Ahmed (14-Maher Aly, 90) 11-Ismail Abdelwahed, (22-Omar Nasser, 90), 13-Mohamed Hamed Abdelhay, 15-Mohamed Helal (capt.), 18-Amr Elshirbeny (19-Mostafa Fariz, 68), 21-Maher Taman
Subs not used: 1-Said Mekawi, 16-Abdelrahman Abdallah, 2-Mohamed Saleh, Hassan Bastawy, 5-Ahmed Tawfik, 8-Elsayed Kasim, 17-Moustafa Hassan, 20-Moustafa Abdelrazek
Head Coach: Fouad Abdelhamid
Stats Summary: USA / EGY
Shots: 8 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 9
USA – Erik Jaspers (caution) 53rd minute
USA – Tate Lancaster (caution) 86
Referee: Firdaus Dahlan
Assistant Referee 1: Suresh Jayaraman
Assistant Referee 2: M. Hafiz Zhonf
Fourth Official: Kamil Zakaya
About Deaf Soccer
Deaf soccer is contested by deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes. Under international criteria, players must have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels in their better ear. Hearing loss below this level has been shown to negatively impact hearing. All players competing in deaf matches must remove all hearing aids before playing.
For more information on the sport or to inquire about athlete eligibility, please contact U.S. Soccer's Extended National Teams Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.