RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (July 24, 2007) – The U.S. Futsal National Team earned a point with a 3-3 tie vs. Ecuador in its second match of the 2007 Pan American Games.
Denison Cabral converted a penalty goal in the 38th minute to draw the U.S. even in the match and to secure a point for the U.S. With Argentina tying Costa Rica in the other Group B match on Tuesday, the U.S. still has a chance to finish in the top two of the group when they face Costa Rica on Wednesday.
For the second consecutive game, the U.S. gave up the first goal as Gabriel Ordonez scored for Ecuador in the fifth minute, but Don D’Ambra evened the score at 1-1 in the 12th minute. The U.S. took its first lead of the tournament in the 15th minute on a Matt Stewart goal, but that was short lived as Jorge Orellana struck in the 16th minute to level the score going into halftime.
The score remained tied at 2-2 until the 36th minute, when Carlos Galarza scored for Ecuador. Two minutes later Cabral would equalize for the U.S.
D’Ambra, one of the U.S. goal scorers, was shown a caution in his second-consecutive game and will have to sit out the group finale on Wednesday, July 25, vs. Costa Rica.
- Futsal Match Report –
Match: USA vs. Ecuador
Competition: 2007 Pan American Games – Group B
Venue: Riocentro Pavillion 3B - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
ECU 2 1 3
ECU – Gabriel Ordonez 5th minute
USA – Don D’Ambra 12.
USA – Matt Stewart 15.
ECU – Jorge Orellana 16.
ECU – Carlos Galarza 36.
USA – Denison Cabral (penalty) 38.
USA: Nick Vorberg; John Ball, Jamar Beasley, Pat Morris, Don D’Ambra.
Subs: Dension Cabral, Lee Tschantret, Matt Stewart, Troy Dusosky, Enrique Tovar, Joe Hammes
Head Coach: Keith Tozer
ECU: Washigton Alcivar; Macias Diego, Erick Miranda, Gabriel Ordonez, Pedro Garcia
Subs: Jorge Orellana, Delgado Juan, Carlos Moyano, Johnny Delgado, Carlos Galarza, Carlos Sotomayor
Head Coach: Francisco Banguera
USA / ECU
Shots 34 / 20
Shots on Goal 13 / 13
Saves 10 / 10
Corner Kicks 7 / 10
Fouls 10 / 7
ECU – Macias Diego (caution) 12th minute
USA – John Ball (caution) 18.
ECU – Carlos Sotomayor (caution) 34.
USA – Don D’Ambra (caution) 36.
ECU – Washigton Alvicar (caution) 40.
ECU – Pedro Garcia (caution) 40.
ECU – Carlos Galarza (caution) 40.
Referee 1: Sandro Stein Brechane (BRA)
Referee 2: Nestor Valiente (PAR)
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 Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 27 Placement Match Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
July 28 Placement Match Riocentro Pavillion 3B (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Group B Standings
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 1 0 1 4 6 3 +3
CRC 1 0 1 4 7 5 +2
ECU 0 1 1 1 7 9 -2
USA 0 1 1 1 5 8 -3