- Los Ticos declare fourth Concacaf title
- USA return to World Cup after lacking final two editions
- Guatemala and Panama the area’s different two representatives in Lithuania
Costa Rica lived as much as their billing because the area’s main futsal aspect by successful their fourth Concacaf title, and third in a row, within the self-discipline. Victory earned them a spot on the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™, the place they’ll head a quartet of contenders from their area.
Los Ticos took the title with victory within the last over USA, who loved their greatest efficiency within the competitors since 2004, once they have been champions. The Stars and Stripes can now look ahead to their first World Cup since Brazil 2008.
Just like 4 years in the past, the rostrum was accomplished by hosts Guatemala, who acquired the higher of Panama within the match for third place, within the course of guaranteeing a fourth consecutive look on the international occasion. Los Canaleros, for his or her half, can be taking part of their third consecutive version.
Neither Mexico, who graced Thailand 2012, nor Cuba, who have been at Colombia 2016, may safe a return to the world stage. The match’s shock bundle have been Suriname, who, on their third try, lastly made it previous the group stage earlier than going out within the quarter-finals to eventual winners Costa Rica.
Carlos Quiros’ Costa Rica by no means regarded at risk of surrendering their crown, successful all 5 of their video games whereas boasting essentially the most potent assault (30 objectives) and meanest defence (5 in opposition to).
Moreover, they have been solely behind on two events all through the match, in opposition to Panama within the semis and USA within the last, though they might go on to win each these video games.
In a stable and properly-balanced aspect, Milinton Tijerino and Cesar Vargas, voted Best Player and Best Goalkeeper respectively, stood out from the remainder. And if that weren’t spectacular sufficient, the crew additionally picked up the Fair Play Award.
Since turning into USA head coach in September 2019, Dusan Jakica has had just one purpose in thoughts: to information his crew again to the World Cup.
This he did in type after the Stars and Stripes received their part with two wins and a draw, earlier than reserving their place in Lithuania with victory over Dominican Republic within the quarters. The crew’s subsequent triumph in opposition to the hosts within the semis was testomony to its character, however not even that was sufficient to cease Costa Rica within the decider, the place they suffered their solely defeat of the marketing campaign.
In a really even squad, particular point out goes to goalkeeper and captain Diego Moretti, in addition to Raphael Araujo, Luciano Gonzalez and Tomas Pondeca – with the latter voted Best Young Player on the occasion.
Being hosts, third place was not precisely what Guatemala have been hoping for however Estuardo de Leon’s prices nonetheless dealt with the strain properly, prevailing in tight video games to high their group earlier than sealing qualification on penalties in opposition to El Salvador within the final eight.
They recovered from the frustration of their semi-last defeat to USA on penalties to beat Panama by a single purpose within the match for third place. Their fourth consecutive high-three end on the occasion was due in no small half to contributions from main gamers like Roman Alvarado, Edgar Santizo and Jose Mancilla.
Panama, against this, missed out on a podium end for the primary time since 2008, when additionally they completed fourth, the distinction being that again then it was not ample to safe a World Cup berth.
Once once more, Los Canaleros have been grateful to the ending abilities of Carlos Perez. A veteran of the 2012 and 2016 World Cups, the pivot completed as match high scorer with eight strikes in 5 video games, together with hat-tips in opposition to Suriname and Mexico.
USA are the Concacaf aspect with essentially the most appearances (six) on the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Next on the record are Costa Rica, Guatemala and Cuba (all 5), Panama (three) and Canada and Mexico (one apiece).