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USA Futsal team vs Brazil friendlies results
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 01:00

The US National Futsal team drop four games against Brazil Professional Clubs in preparing for the 2008 Futsal World Cup which begins later this month. Report on USA vs UNISUL(Sept 1 & Sept 4), USA vs UNESC (Sept 2) and USA vs  A.D. Colegial (Sept 6) matches. Checkout the Comments from Denison Cabral (US Team Captain) on the first three matches

CRICIÚMA, Brazil (Sept. 1, 2008) The U.S. National Futsal team was defeated, 6-0, by Brazilian club side, UNISUL, on Sept. 1. In Brazil, UNISUL is part of the Liga Futsal, one of the professional leagues in the South American country where futsal enjoys immense popularity. The U.S. is on a four game tour of Brazil, gearing up for the FIFA Futsal World Cup which begins in Brazil later this month. Following the matches in Brazil, the U.S. will head to Milwaukee for games against Japan on Sept. 12 & 14.

Forward Jamar Beasley was injured in the second half of the game, however a post-match x-ray was negative. Though Beasley will not be available for the rest of the games on the trip in Brazil, he is likely to be fit for the games against Japan in Milwaukee.

Scoring Summary:        1     2     F
USA                            0    0    0
UNISUL                        2    4    6

UNI        9th minute
UNI        18th
UNI        37th
UNI        38th
UNI        39th
UNI        39th


CRICIÚMA, Brazil (Sept. 3, 2008) - The U.S. National Futsal team lost, 4-1, to UNESC, a Brazilian club side, on Sept. 2. Three goals in the first half proved to be enough of an advantage for UNESC, and, though the U.S. pulled a goal back through Matt Stewart in the 27th minute, the lead was insurmountable for Keith Tozer's side.

Scoring Summary:             1    2    F
UNESC                            3    1   4
USA                               1    0   1

UNE                               14th minute
UNE                               24th
USA    Matt Stewart         27th
UNE                               28th
UNE                               39th

CRICIÚMA, Brazil (Sept. 5, 2008) - The U.S. National Futsal team lost, 2-1, to UNESC on Sept. 4. The U.S. took the lead through Pat Morris in the 17th minute, but goals from UNESC in the 22nd and 32nd minutes just shaded the game for the Brazilian club side.

Scoring Summary:           1    2    F
UNESC                           2    0    2
USA                              1    0    1

USA     Pat Morris                17th minute
UNE                                     22nd
UNE                                     32nd

Florianópolis, Brazil (Sept. 8, 2008) - The U.S. National Futsal team concluded its tour of Brazil with a 6-2 loss against Brazilian club side A.D. Colegial on Sept. 6. The U.S. now turns its attention towards its final tune up matches before the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup, including games with Japan on Sept. 12 and 14 at the Kern Center in Milwaukee.

Scoring Summary:            1    2    F
Colegial                          3    3    6
USA                               1    1    2

COL                            3rd minute
COL                            16th
COL                            20th
COL                            25th
USA    Pat Morris           27th
COL                            37th
USA    Mike Apple          38th
COL                             39th

Game comments from Denison Cabral's Blog ( Source )

This week has consisted of positive training and scrimmages against top Futsal clubs in Brazil. The following is a recap of games and an updated schedule of the US Futsal National team. The main goal is finishing the first part of pre-season in preparation for the 2008 Fifa Futsal World Cup in Rio De Janiero, Brazil beginning Sept. 30th.

The US team has played three matches challenging two professional D1 teams in the beginning of the week; UNISUL and UNISEC. Loosing the first game against UNISUL 6-0, the first place team in the professional Brazilian Futsal league, was difficult but a great learning experience for the group. The US team was loosing 2-0 before 3 minutes left in the match but after pulling the 5th attacker and looking to get the magic goal, the experienced Brazilian team countered scoring four additional goals. The Brazilians were surprised to see a hard working and solid defensive unit from such a young team. The goals were a result in simple mistakes which were reviewed the following day through an intense and positive training session conducted by head coach, Keith Tozer and assistant coach, Vava Marquez.

The second game was a definite improvement by the US side. The squad played with a more compact defense allowing only one goal before half time. During the second half, Sandre Namouski played a well weighted pass into the feet of Matthew Stewart who finished cleanly. The Brazilians were able to rebuddle with 3 more goals in the 2nd half, finishing the game 4-1. While the score may not have dictated the game, there were positives to take from the match.

The third game was a rematch against UNISEC. Again, the US side improved their abilities both offensively and defensively. The US was able to score first through a nice combination between Brett Weisner and Pat Morris. After leading the first half 1-0, the Brazilian side managed to score 2 goals in the second half, winning the game 2-1.

The past 3 games have been ideal for the US team in preperation for the Futsal World Cup. Each game presented different challenges allowing us to further improve our game. Each traning session and game, the team gained more chemistry and knowledge. These games in Criciuma have been nothing but positive and we look forward to getting a result Friday in Florianopolis.

After the Brazilian camp we will resume training in Milwaukee, WI. There we will play 4 games, 2 against the Japan national team and 2 against a talented New York side in order to finalize our preparation for the World Cup.

U.S. National Futsal Team
Training Camp
Aug. 30 - Sept. 7, Criciúma, Brazil
Sept. 11 - Sept. 14, Milwaukee Wis.

U.S. National Futsal Team Schedule
Date        Opponent       Location                                             Time
Sept. 1    UNISUL                Criciúma, Brazil                                
Sept. 2    UNESC                Criciúma, Brazil                               
Sept. 4    UNISUL                Criciúma, Brazil                               
Sept. 6    A.D. Colegial         Florianópolis, Brazil                               
Sept. 12  NY Ecuador Futsal       Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.   (USA win 10-1. Click here for Story)  
Sept. 12  Japan              Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.    (USA tie Japan 4-4. Click here for Story)
Sept. 13  NE Futsal       Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.     10 a.m. CT
Sept. 14  Japan              Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.     1 p.m. CT

US Fustal National Team with Bronze at CONCACAF June 2008
U.S. Futsal Team Roster By Position

Goalkeepers (3): Jeff Richey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Nick Vorberg (Grants Pass, Ore.), Danny Waltman (Gig Harbor, Wash.);
Defenders (2): Joe Hammes (Cedarburg, Wis.), Pat Morris (Philadelphia, Pa.);
Midfielders (7): Denison Cabral (Baltimore, Md. ), Dan DeGeer (Portland, Ore.), Matt Hatzke (San Jose, Calif.), Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Matthew Stewart (El Paso, Texas);
Forwards (4): Mike Apple (Akron, Ohio), Jamar Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chile Farias (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wis.).

U.S. Futsal Team Roster
NamePos.Ht.Wt.Birth DateHometownClub
Mike AppleF6'1"1906/22/1977Akron, OhioDetroit Ignition (MISL)
Jamar BeasleyF5'10"16510/11/1979Fort Wayne, Ind.Detroit Ignition (MISL)
Denison CabralM5'4"1601/26/1974Baltimore, Md. Baltimore Blast (MISL)
Dan DeGeerM5'9"1559/4/1985Portland, Ore.--
Chile FariasF5'6"1555/15/1976Los Angeles, Calif.Chicago Storm (MISL)
Matt HatzkeM5'9"15512/27/1985San Jose, Calif.San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Joe HammesD6'1"1805/9/1979Cedarburg, Wis.Milwaukee Wave (MISL)
Pat MorrisD5'9"1956/6/1977Philadelphia, Pa.Philadelphia KiXX (MISL)
Ptah MyersM5'10"1755/25/1982Columbus, OhioPhiladelphia KiXX (MISL)
Sandre NaumoskiM5'8"1607/3/1979Philadelphia, Pa.Philadelphia KiXX (MISL)
Jeff RicheyGK6'0"1802/6/1978Fort Wayne, Ind.Chicago Storm (MISL)
Andy RosenbandM5'7"1504/27/1981Hammond, Ind.Chicago Storm (MISL)
Matthew StewartM5'8"1459/17/1976El Paso, TexasChicago Storm (MISL)
Nick VorbergGK6'0"1852/10/1975Grants Pass, Ore.Milwaukee Wave (MISL)
Danny WaltmanGK5'10"1809/19/1981Gig Harbor, Wash.Detroit Ignition (MISL)
Brett WiesnerF5'11"1655/12/1983Brookfield, Wis.Milwaukee Wave (MISL)
National Team Staff
Head Coach: Keith Tozer (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Assistant Coach: Vilmar "VAVA" Marques (Mountain View, Calif.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Mark Litton (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Team Coordinator: Bryan Koch (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Team Doctor: Dr. Robert Lim (Chicago, Ill.)
Athletic Trainer: Jim Bollinger (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Equipment Coordinator: Marthell Vazquez (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Press Officer: Mark Liskevych (Chicago, Ill.)