• Thursday May 12, 2016

    CFC Preview: Semifinals

    Costa Rica players (pictured) acknowledge the home fans after defeating Curacao in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship on May 10, 2016, in San Jose. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – With each of the four available tickets to the next FIFA Futsal World Cup already claimed, the four semifinalists at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship (CFC) will now focus on lifting the trophy.

    Three of the sides – host and defending champion Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama -- are making a return to the final four from four years ago, while Cuba is back for the first time since 2008.

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day’s games:

    2016 CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (CFC)
    San Jose, Costa Rica – BN Arena
    Thursday – May 12, 2016

    SEMIFINAL #1

    Panama v Cuba, 7:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local)
    Cuba leads all-time CFC series: 2W-0D-0L (6GF, 1GA)

    26.07.04:         Heredia, Costa Rica                     Cuba 2, Panama 0           Group Stage
    07.06.08:         Guatemala City, Guatemala         Cuba 4, Panama 1           Semifinals

    Panama
    - 2016 CFC Results: 4-1 win v Guatemala (Edgar Rivas 12:13; Jorge Perez 19:10; Claudio Goodridge 19:49; Fernando Mena 22:43); 10-3 win v Honduras 1-0 (Joshua Brown 7:13; Edgar Rivas 11:54; Carlos Perez 15:41; Claudio Goodridge 19:08, 29:29, 36:00; Jose Vasquez 21:54; Angel Sanchez 29:52, 39:56; Oscar Hinks 31:20); 4-3 win v Mexico (Claudio Goodridge 20:38; Fernando Mena 28:32, 32:43; Carlos Perez 34:29)
    - Appearances: 4-2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
    - Best Finish: Third Place-1 (2012)
    - All-Time Finals Record: W-8; D-3; L-5; GF-63; GA-52
    - Qualification Method: Runner-up, Central America
    - Qualifying Record: W-3; D-0; L-1; GF-28; GA-12
    - Qualifying Results: 15-0 win v Belize (Angel Sanchez 5:57, 29:46; Edgar Rivas 6:40, 33:12; Jorge Perez 8:08, 27:31; Claudio Goodridge 8:28, 16:39; Abdiel Castellon 11:56, 23:50, 33:51; Daniel Atencio 18:50; Oscar Hinks 22:25, 36:39; Michael De Leon 25:38); 3-0 win v El Salvador (Claudio Goodridge 8:15; Michael De Leon 11:58; Jorge Perez 29:43); 6-4 win v Honduras (own-goal, Norman Vega 22:09; Angel Sanchez 28:47, 37:32; Carlos Perez 30:33; Michael De Leon 31:07; Jorge Perez 33:03); 4-8 loss v Guatemala (Claudio Goodridge 19:04; Carlos Perez 33:01; Abdiel Castellon 34:13, 35:02)
    - Qualifying Scorers: Abdiel Castellon, Panama (5); Claudio Goodridge, Jorge Perez, Angel Sanchez (4); Miguel De Leon (3); Oscar Hinks, Carlos Perez, Edgar Rivas (2); Daniel Atencio, own-goal in favor of (1)
    - 0W-0D-2L in CFC semifinal games (2008: 1-4 loss v Cuba; 2012: 1-4 loss v Costa Rica)
    - 4W-0D-0L in last 4 CFC games (team-best winning streak in competition) … scored 4 goals or more in each win (Last loss: 1-4 v Costa Rica in 2012 semifinals)
    - Improved to 4W-0D-0L in last game of a CFC group stage with 4-3 win v Mexico on May 10
    - Set new team record for most goals in a CFC game with 10-3 win v Honduras on May 9
    - World Cup Appearances: 1-2012

    Cuba
    - 2016 CFC Results: 1-1 draw v Curacao (Karen Mariño 14:17); 0-6 loss v Costa Rica; 7-4 win v Canada (Reynier Fiallo 14:07, 26:45, 28:02; Daniel Hernandez 28:56; Jhonnet Martinez 29:27; Reinier Socarras 36:08; Breniht Suarez 38:02)
    - Appearances: 6-1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
    - Best Finish: Runner-up-4 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
    - All-Time Finals Record: W-13; D-5; L-7; GF-103; GA-68
    - Qualification Method: Champion, Caribbean
    - Qualifying Record: W-4; D-0; L-0; GF-19; GA-1
    - Qualifying Results: 5-0 win v St. Maarten (Ricardo Castillo 12:00; Jhonnet Martinez 19:07, 34:30, 35:40; Sandy Dominguez 19:41); 4-0 win v Guadeloupe (Sandy Dominguez 8:57; Karen Mariño 24:00; Brenieht Suarez 37:38; Ricardo Castillo 38:53); 5-1 win v Jamaica (Karen Mariño 1:01; Ricardo Castillo 7:14, 10:45, 17:14; Jhonnet Martinez 18:26); 5-0 win v Curacao (Fernando Chapman 5:06, 28:17; Jhonnet Martinez 19:02; Karen Mariño 33:09, 34:28)
    - Qualifying Scorers: Ricardo Castillo, Jhonnet Martinez (5); Karen Mariño (4); Fernando Chapman, Sandy Dominguez (2); Brenieht Suarez (1)
    - 4W-0D-0L in CFC semifinal games (1996: 2-1 win v Mexico; 2000: 4-2 win v USA; 2004: 5-4 win v Mexico; 2008: 4-1 win v Panama)
    - Snapped 4-game CFC winless streak in 7-4 win v Canada on May 10 (1W-1D-3L)
    - During 4-game winless streak, became first team in CFC history to score 1 goal or fewer in 4 straight matches
    - In 7-4 win v Canada became only 2nd team in CFC history to surpass the 100-goal mark … now 103 goals … Costa Rica holds record at 122 goals
    - Conceded 11 goals in 2016 CFC group stage … allowed only 7 goals through same stage in 2012 edition
    - World Cup Appearances: 4-1996, 2000, 2004, 2008

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    SEMIFINAL #2

    Costa Rica v Guatemala, 10:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. local)
    Costa Rica leads all-time CFC series: 1W-0D-0L (3GF, 2GA)

    08.07.12:     Guatemala City, Guatemala                 Guatemala 2, Costa Rica 3             Final
    Goals: Alan Aguilar 17’; Edgar Santizo 27’ / Jorge Arias 7’, 24’; Diego Zuñiga 7’

    Costa Rica
    - 2016 CFC Results: 3-2 win v Canada (Erick Brenes 19:36, 34:42; Alejandro Paniagua 21:17); 6-0 win v Cuba (Yariel Sandi 6:27; Juan Cordero 13:37; 38:03; Erick Brenes 14:42; Edwin Cubillo 28:36; Diego Zuñiga 35:12); 6-3 win v Curacao (Edwin Cubillo 1:27; Juan Cordero 2:03; Yariel Sandi 5:47; Isaias Mora 7:11; Adonay Vindas 11:19; Christopher Molina 14:25)
    - Appearances: 5-1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
    - Best Finish: Champion-2 (2000, 2012)
    - All-Time Finals Record: W-18; D-2; L-3; GF-122; GA-53
    - Qualification Method: host
    - 2W-0D-1L in CFC semifinal games (2000: 3-2 win v Mexico; 2004: 0-4 loss v USA; 2012: 4-1 win v Panama)
    - 7W-0D-0L in last 7 CFC games … conceded 2 goals or fewer in each of those outings until allowing 3 v Curacao on May 10
    - Holds record for longest winning streak in CFC history: 8 (July 20, 2000 – July 27, 2004)
    - FIFA Futsal World Cup Appearances: 3-1992, 2000, 2012

    Guatemala
    - 2016 CFC Results: 1-4 loss v Panama (Patrick Ruiz 25:43); 6-2 win v Mexico (0-1 Roberto Alvarado 0:43; Rafael Gonzalez 3:59; Miguel Santizo 18:25, 34:25; Carlos Merida 37:34; Wanderley Ruiz 39:20); 6-4 win v Honduras (Jonatan Arevalo 8:12, 13:27, 20:30, 24:59; Jose Mansilla 11:37, 16:15)
    - Appearances: 4-1996, 2008, 2012, 2016
    - Best Finish: Champion-1 (2008)
    - All-Time Finals Record: W-9; D-3; L-5; GF-59; GA-48
    - Qualification Method: Champion, Central America
    - Qualifying Record: W-4; D-0; L-0; GF-34; GA-9
    - Qualifying Results: 13-2 win v Nicaragua (Edgar Santizo 1:40, 20:18; Miguel Santizo 8:46; Wanderley Ruiz 11:41; Alan Aguilar 18:26, 31:55, 36:53, 37:42; Patrick Ruiz 25:05, 33:08; Marvin Sandoval 27:18; Roberto Alvarado 38:36; Jose Mansilla 38:50); 6-2 win v Honduras (Jonatan Arevalo 5:29, 9:56, 28:07; Jose Mansilla 14:44, 21:58; Miguel Santizo 15:19); 7-1 win v El Salvador (Ervin Coronado 13:22, 23:54; Alan Aguilar 24:21; Wanderley Ruiz 30:23; Jonatan Arevalo 31:12; Roberto Alvarado 38:02; Marvin Sandoval 39:22); 8-4 win v Panama (Jonatan Arevalo 5:12, 23:08, 39:54; Wanderley Ruiz 11:08; Miguel Santizo 25:29; Edgar Santizo 27:20; Marvin Sandoval 33:39; Roberto Alvarado 37:49)
    - Qualifying Scorers: Jonatan Arevalo (7); Alan Aguilar (5); Roberto Alvarado, Jose Mansilla, Wanderley Ruiz, Marvin Sandoval, Edgar Santizo, Miguel Santizo (3); Ervin Coronado, Patrick Ruiz (2)
    - 2W-0D-1L in CFC semifinal games (1996: 3-7 loss v USA; 2000: 4-0 win v USA; 2012: 3-0 win v Mexico)
    - Won 2-straight CFC games after losing twice in a row
    - Scored 12 total 12 goals in last 2 CFC games after netting 8 in previous 4 outings
    - 4W-2D-2L in games after a win in the same CFC
    - Failed to win CFC opener for 1st time in 1-4 loss v Panama (3W-0D-1L)
    - World Cup Appearances: 3-2000, 2008, 2012

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