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U.S. Beach Soccer Team Qualifies FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
By: UCLA Athletics

May 14, 2013

Nassau, Bahamas - UCLA assistant coach and U.S. Beach Soccer head coach Eddie Soto led the U.S. squad to the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship over the weekend, earning the team a spot in the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti.

Former UCLA soccer players Mike Enfield, Jason Leopoldo, Ryan Futagaki and Kyle Nakazawa all participated for the U.S. in the tournament. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Guatemala before going on to win Group A and storm into the semifinals. In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica, 4-2, to move on to the finals to play El Salvador. The team then sealed its CONCACAF Championship with a dramatic 5-4 overtime win over El Salvador. Futagaki, who served as the U.S. captain, scored two goals in the final.

The victory is the USA's second CONCACAF crown. The USA won the first CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in 2006 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica before winning again in 2007. As finalists, the U.S. and El Salvador will represent CONCACAF at the World Cup, which takes place Sept. 18-28 at To'ata Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti.

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UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 04
at Maryland
College Park, MD
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Monday, Sep 07
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
L, 1 - 3
Sunday, Sep 13
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Friday, Sep 18
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Monday, Sep 21
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Sep 25
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 27
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3 (OT)
Friday, Oct 02
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1 (2OT)
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 3 - 2 (2OT)
Monday, Oct 12
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Monday, Oct 19
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Oct 23
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
T, 2 - 2
Sunday, Oct 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 4
Sunday, Nov 01
at Akron
Akron, OH
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Nov 08
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Nov 14
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
L, 0 - 1 (2OT)
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 0
Sunday, Nov 22
at Seattle
Seattle, WA
L, 0 - 1