• Saturday Oct 21, 2017

    Mexico looks to make most of beach soccer opportunity

    Mexico’s Angel Rodriguez (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Colombia in the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup on October 20, 2017, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Photo: beachsoccer.com)

    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Mexico struck for the last three goals to launch its 2017 Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup campaign Friday with a 5-2 win over Colombia at the Estadio Municipal Agustin Flores Contreras.

    It was a bright start to the three-day competition for the host, which made its fifth appearance in a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup earlier this year in the Bahamas.

    “For any team, in any tournament, it is ideal to start with a win,” said Mexico head coach Ramon Raya.  “It gives you confidence.  You can work better in the preparation for the next matches, especially in these types of tournaments where you have matches every day.”

    The Mexicans have two more games on their schedule, facing France on Saturday and then the United States a day later.

    Raya appreciates the opportunity get his team together and be tested by international opposition.

    “Having these types of tournaments in our country, where we don’t have a professional league, is a great benefit,” the 49-year-old finished.  “We are competing.  We have a stadium.  We are simulating what you see in World Cup Qualifying and in the World Cups.

    “If we don’t have these types of tournaments, it will be very difficult for the Mexican players to learn how to play beach soccer correctly, which is different to conventional soccer.”

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