United States national beach soccer team

The United States national beach soccer team represents the United States in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the USSF, the governing body for soccer in the United States.

United States
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachEddie Soto
FIFA codeUSA


First colors


Second colors
Biggest win
 United States 14–1 Bonaire 
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; May 13, 2019)
Biggest defeat
 United States 1–13 Brazil 
(Copacabana beach, Brazil; February 20, 2003)
World Cup
Appearances13
Best resultRunners-up (1995)
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Appearances8 (first in 2006)
Best resultChampions (2006, 2013)

History

Early years

The sport of beach soccer originated in Brazil, where locals played soccer on the beaches for recreation. In 1992, the United States created official rules and a national team for the South American sport, which led other countries to do the same. Then in 1993, the United States held the first ever professional beach soccer event, which included national teams from Brazil, Argentina, and Italy. A year later in 1994, the U.S. team competed in the first ever Beach Soccer World Championship tournament in Brazil. The U.S. team competed in World Championships again in 1995 and 1997.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup era

The sport of beach soccer, and the United States national beach soccer team, became a recognized part of FIFA – the main international governing body of soccer – in 2005, in which CONCACAF – the Confederation of North & Central America and Caribbean Association Football – became the officiating body for qualifying tournaments. The U.S. national beach soccer team went on to compete in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup tournaments from 2005 through 2013 against some of the 98 total national teams from all around the world.

In 2005, the U.S. team made it to the World Cup in Brazil. In the group stages, they were unable to win either of their games, resulting in them not making it through to the play-offs.

Results of 2005 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup:

Opponent Result U.S Goal Scorer's
Japan 2–3 L Astorga, Testa
Portugal 3–9 L Braga, Astorga, Farberoff

In 2006, the men's national team won the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship and qualified for the FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil. Due to them only winning one game in the group stages, they did not qualify for the play-offs.

Results of 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup:

Opponent Result U.S Goal Scorer's
Japan 4–8 L Xexeo, Farberoff, Morales, A. Chimienti.
Poland 4–2 W A. Chimienti (2), Taguinod, Astorga.
Brazil 6- 10 L Xexeo (3), Astorga (2), Taguinod.

In 2007, the team made it to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil again. They ended up losing in the group stages and were unable to make it through to the play-offs.

Results of 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup:

Opponent Result U.S Goal Scorer's
Spain 4–8 L Xexeo, Ibsen, Albuquerque, A. Chimienti.
Iran 7–6 W Nolz (2), A. Chimienti (2), Morales, Astorga, Ibsen.
Portugal 5–6 L Astorga (2), Nolz, A. Chimienti, Albuquerque.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the U.S. team fell in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships and did not qualify for the World Cup. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup changed to being held every other year, meaning the next opportunity for the U.S. to qualify would be in 2013.

In 2013, the men's national beach soccer team won the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship and qualified for the World Cup which was held in Tahiti. Unfortunately, they did not make it through the group stages and were out before the play-offs.

Results of 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup:

Opponent Result U.S Goal Scorer's
Spain 4–5 L Futagaki, Perera, A. Chimienti, Valentine.
Tahiti 3–5 L Own Goal, A. Chimienti, Perera.
United Arab Emirates 6–4 W Perera (3), Canale(2), Leopoldo.

Anthony Chimienti is the U.S. all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup play with 9 goals, participating in 3 World Cups.

At the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, the U.S. lost in the semifinals and did not qualify for the World Cup. In 2017, they lost in the quarterfinals and once again did not qualify for the World Cup.

At the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, the U.S. lost in the finals, but their 2nd place finish qualified them for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Current squad

The following 12 players were named to the roster for the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Chris Toth
12 GK Juan Cervantes
4 DF Adriano dos Santos
6 DF Jason Santos
8 DF Tanner Akol
10 DF Oscar Reyes
No. Position Player
11 DF David Mondragon
2 FW Jason Leopoldo
3 FW Ryan Futagaki
5 FW Tomas Canale
7 FW Nick Perera
9 FW Franck Tayou

References

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