RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (July 25, 2007) – The U.S. Futsal National Team topped CONCACAF rival Costa Rica 6-5 with two goals in the closing minutes in the final Group B game of the 2007 Pan American Games.
The win gives the U.S. four points from three games, but a minus two goal differential leaves them in third place in the group behind Argentina (7 points) and Costa Rica (4 points / +1 goal differential). The U.S. begins play in the consolation bracket on Friday vs. Guatemala.
The first half was relatively quiet on the score sheet, with a fourth minute goal by Pat Morris of the U.S. being the only tally for either team.
The second half, however, was a different story. Costa Rica came out with a 22nd minute goal by Jefryd Ruiz, but the U.S. then scored the next three as Matt Stewart (29th minute), Joe Hammes (31st minute) and Denison Cabral (32nd minute) all scored in a four minute span.
Costa Rica battled back, however, answering as Ruiz, Vindas (2) and Alejandro Paniagua gave the ticos a one goal lead going into the final minute of the game.
The U.S. side, however, provide it’s resilience as Stewart and Cabral each scored their second goal of the game in the 40th minute to give the U.S. its first victory of the Pan Am games.
– Futsal Match Report –
Match: USA vs. Costa Rica
Competition: 2007 Pan American Games – Group B
Venue: Riocentro Pavillion 3B - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
USA 1 5 6
CRC 0 5 5
USA – Pat Morris 4th minute
CRC – Jefryd Ruiz 22.
USA – Matt Stewart 29.
USA – Joe Hammes 31.
USA – Denison Cabral 32.
CRC – Jefryd Ruiz (double penalty) 34.
CRC – Adonay Vindas 35.
CRC – Alejandro Paniagua 37.
CRC - Adonay Vindas 38.
USA – Matt Stewart 40.
USA – Denison Cabral 40.
USA: Brett Phillips; John Ball, Jamar Beasley, Pat Morris, Lee Tschantret.
Subs: Dension Cabral, Matt Stewart, Troy Dusosky, Enrique Tovar, Joe Hammes.
Head Coach: Keith Tozer
CRC: Didier Herrera; Jefryd Ruiz, Yanan Montoya, Marco Carvajal, Julio Mendez.
Subs: Randal Rey, Daniel Colindres, Jonathan Quiros, Alejandro Paniagua, Danny Aguilar, Michael Cordoba, Adonay Vndas
Head Coach: Carlos Quiros
Statistics Summary: USA / CRC
Shots 22 / 30
Shots on Goal 14 / 17
Saves 12 / 8
Corner Kicks 8 / 5
Fouls 13 / 10
CRC – Yanan Montoya (caution) 25th minute
USA – Pat Morris (caution) 25.
USA – Enrique Tovar (caution) 28.
USA – Troy Dusosky (caution) 37.
CRC – Michael Cordoba (caution) 38.
Referee 1: Nestor Valiente (PAR)
Referee 2: Gean Coelho Telles (BRA)
U.S. Futsal Schedule/Results – Pan-American Games
Date Opponent Result/Venue
July 23 Argentina 2-5 L
July 24 Ecuador 3-3 T
July 25 Costa Rica 6-5 W
July 27 Guatemala Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 28 Cuba / Ecuador Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Group B Final Standings
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 2 0 1 7 11 3 +8
CRC 1 1 1 4 12 11 +1
USA 1 1 1 4 11 13 -2
ECU 0 2 1 1 7 14 -7