• Saturday May 11, 2013

    U.S., El Salvador qualify for Beach World Cup

    NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States and El Salvador won semifinal matches at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on Saturday to qualify for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. They will face each other on Sunday at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility to determine the confederation's champion.

    This marks the fourth time that both teams have qualified for the FIFA tournament. The U.S. advanced previously in 2005, 2006 and 2007, while El Salvador qualified in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

    Here's a recap of the day's action in Nassau:

    United States 4, Costa Rica 3
    The United States rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Costa Rica 4-3 and qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time since 2007. Lewie Valentine gave the Americans their first lead (3-2) with eight minutes remaining in the second period and Anthony Chimienti sealed the victory two minutes later.

    Goals from Greivin Pacheco and Aramis Lopez staked Costa Rica to a 2-0 advantage. Just seconds before the first period concluded, however, U.S. forward Nicolas Perera netted his tournament-best ninth tally.

    Francis Farberoff struck off a brilliant individual effort to make it 2-2 three minutes into the second period and, then, Valentine and Chimienti got their names on the scoresheet.

    Jose Mendoza pulled one back for the Ticos with seven minutes left in the game, but U.S. goalkeeper Christopher Toth made four tremendous saves in the final three minutes to clinch the win.

    Mexico 3 (0), El Salvador 3 (1)
    In a game pitting the 2011 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship finalists, El Salvador overcame Mexico 1-0 on penalty kicks after the sides battled to a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time.

    Mexico had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period thanks to a Jorge Rodríguez goal after eight minutes.

    Agustin Ruiz equalized with two minutes left in the second period, setting up an action packed third period that saw each team score two goals during a seven-minute flurry.

    Walter Torres swept the Central Americans ahead 2-1 with nine minutes left on the clock, Angel Rodríguez knotted the score six minutes later.

    Quickly afterwards, Frank Velasquez restored El Salvador's lead, only for Mexico to level once again through Morgan Plata.

    The encounter went to penalty kicks after neither team could find the back of the net in extra time.

    Ricardo Villalobos had his attempt from the spot saved by Salvadoran goalkeeper Herbert Ramos.

    Torres converted successfully for the Cuscatlecos, placing his team among the world's elite once again.


    Match for 7th Place
    Trinidad & Tobago 4, Canada 3
    Trinidad & Tobago defeated Canada 4-3 for seventh place in the third meeting between the sides in two days.

    Makan Hislop netted three goals, including the game-winner eight minutes into the third period. Chad Apoo contributed a single tally in a winning effort.

    Yannick Rome-Gosselin and Pascal Aoun scored to give the Canadians a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second period.


    Match for 9th Place
    Jamaica 6, Puerto Rico 3
    Jamaica finished its participation at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on an upbeat note, defeating Puerto Rico, 6-3, capture ninth place. Daemion Benjamin scored twice for the winners.

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