FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
- Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship ran from 17-23 May
- Two tickets for this yr’s Beach Soccer World Cup have been up for grabs
- Tournament winners El Salvador and runners-up USA heading to Russia
The 2021 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship got here to a conclusion yesterday in Costa Rica with El Salvador and USA taking the highest two spots and duly qualifying for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™.
The former shall be collaborating within the world showpiece for the fifth time, whereas the Stars and Stripes shall be making their second consecutive and sixth total look there.
The certified sides
In Sunday’s ultimate, El Salvador triumphed 6-4 over their North American opponents, within the course of taking a second regional title following their maiden success in 2009.
The Salvadorans, who made the World Cup semi-finals in 2011, shall be again on the world stage for the primary time since Tahiti 2013.
The hero of the ultimate was La Selecta’s Exon Perdomo, writer of 4 targets.
El Salvador additionally picked up a number of of the person awards. As effectively as being the highest scorers with 48 targets of their six video games, they’d the main particular person marksmen in Francisco Velasquez (11) and Ruben Batres (10), with the latter designated the event’s greatest participant. For his half, Salvadoran shot-stopper Eliodoro Portillo was voted greatest goalkeeper.
Joining them in Russia this August shall be a USA facet who fought valiantly within the decider – lowering the deficit to three-2 after going 3-0 down – however have been finally unable to include Perdomo.
For the Stars and Stripes, this was a second consecutive defeat within the regional decider after falling on the ultimate hurdle in 2019 to then hosts Mexico.
Francis Farberoff’s expenses ended the event with 33 targets. Gabriel Silveira (7) and Tomas Canale (6) have been their high scorers. Most notably, their talisman and seasoned seashore soccer star Nick Perera reached (and surpassed) the 100-objective milestone for his nation throughout the event.
With his 11 targets in Costa Rica, Francisco Velasquez has now struck 99 instances in 80 video games for El Salvador and is his nation’s all-time main scorer.
With their World Cup qualification, USA are actually tied with Mexico because the Concacaf facet with most appearances on the world occasion.
Now we’ve made it to the World Cup in Russia, we’ll go there to compete and strive for the type of end we achieved right here in Costa Rica. The purpose is not only to participate, however to compete and symbolize Concacaf effectively, whereas progressing via the rounds and getting so far as attainable.
It was collective effort and teamwork that bought us to the World Cup. Everybody did a tremendous job.
It was Mexico’s first event because the departure of Ramon Raya, the coach who led them to 6 World Cups in whole, together with the ultimate of the 2007 version. His facet have been unable to defend their regional crown and completed fourth after shedding their semi-ultimate to USA (5-2) and match for third place (additionally 5-2) to Guatemala, who loved their greatest-ever end at this occasion.
Also notable was the failure of Panama, Concacaf champions in 2017 and fourth two years later, to make it previous the quarter-finals, the place they succumbed 4-3 to USA.