USA v. CANADA draw in First Ever AMF FutSal International Match in US.
The AMF FutSal squads of the USA and CANADA played a great first match at the City College of New York on Saturday, January 19th. The first ever AMF FutSal International match was played in front of a crowd of 400 people where the presence of youth FutSal players was overwhelming! In respects to the match, the US squad started the game with control of the game and possession of the ball although very nervous to be playing at home for the first time. The nerves would show when the Canadian's opened the scoring through a Victor Samaniego finish and then go up by 2 when World Cup striker, the young Carlos Rojas scored a rocket from the left side by the 10 minute mark of the first half. By the 13 minute mark, the introduction of midfielder Diego Mayanga proved to be the difference as he quickly put the US on the board. Mayanga would then pull the game even by the end of the half. Canada would score again off a scramble in the box which Joshua Jaramillo put in the back of the net and US Captain Steven Amaya tied the match with a wonderful strike from the right side and 10 meters out that crossed the goalmouth and stuck on the lower corner of the far post. US players; Ian Pilarski, Steven Amaya, Diego Mayanga, and Juan Peralta would come close to the victory with many missed opportunities in the final minutes of the game and actually scored a second after the game clock signaled the end of the match.
USA line-up: Romero, Amaya, Batista, Lesmes, Acevedo
subs: Peralta, Pilarski, Mayanga, Escobar, Garcia, Ferrante (GK), Amable
First Victory in the history of US AMF FutSal National Team 7-5 in Second Match v. Canada
The Second Match of the Series proved to start one sided as the US Squad was inspired by the home crowd that came to see a young but determined team win its first International Match of its short 9 month history. With a 4-0 first half the game became interesting in the second half with the introduction of US substitutions and a flurry of Canadian attacks that overwhelmed reserve keeper Alessandro Ferrante. Canada cut the deficit by two only to see the US strike right back to never let go of the lead. The inclusion of the Fifth Attacker by Canada was held off as US starting keeper Mauricio Romero and the careful marking of the US team proved to be too much and held off Canada to come up with a 7-5 victory. US goals were scored by Alan Acevedo (3), Diego Mayanga, Julian Escobar, Steven Amaya and a rocket from a free kick by lefty Roberto Garnica. Canada's goals were scored by Carlos Rojas (4) and Rafael Fuentes.
USA line-up: Romero (30), Amaya (18), Mayanga (19), Lesmes (21), Acevedo (19)
subs: Garnica(22), Pilarski (25), Escobar(20), Batista (21), Garcia (23), Amable (21), Ferrante (30) (GK)
* Age in ().
(U-17) CRUZ AZUL TORONTO edges Daulis FutSal League (U-17) 5-3 with goals by Andy Quintanilla (2), Marcos Rodriguez, Mario Ollo, and Enrique Valencia. For Daulis FutSal League; Juan Dominguez (2) and 14 year old Alex Zorrilla scored.