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USA Falls to Iran in Opening Match of CPISRA World Championship

YEVPATORIYA, Ukraine (May 3, 2012) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team opened the CPISRA World Championships with a 9-0 loss against a highly favored Iran side.

Iran justified their position as one of the best sides in the world, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first half. The USA battled hard in the second half, holding Iran off while generating a few chances of their own.

The USA next faces Argentina on May 4 in their second match of group play at the CPISRA World Championships.

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Iran
Date: May 3, 2012
Competition: CPISRA World Championship
Venue: Yevpatoriya, Ukraine

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                           0 0 0
IRN                           6 3 9

IRN – Mehri Farzad (penalty kick) 6th minute
IRN – Mehri Farzad 8
IRN – Atashafrouz Rasoul 10
IRN – Atashafrouz Rasoul 16
IRN – Akbari Moslem 23
IRN – Heidarimehr Morteza 27
IRN – Ansari Bahman 38
IRN – Ansari Bahman 42
IRN – Ansari Bahman 53

USA: 1-Keith Johnson; 9-Josh McKinney (capt.), 5-Bryce Boarman; 10-Marthell Vazquez, 16-Rene Renteria; 4-Chad Jones (2-Gavin Sibayan, 30), 11-Tyler Bennett (8-Dylan Brown, 50)
Subs not used: 6-Jerreme Wade, 7-Adam Ballou, 12-Charlie Howard, 18-Alex Hendricks
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman

IRN: 1-Nekoee Majd Mehran (Khazaeipirsarabi Moslem, 30); 9-Heidarimehr Morteza (Ansari Bahman, 30),, 8-Gholamhosseinpour Boshehri Ehsan, 2-Rastegarimobin Hashem; Akbari Moslem (3-Bakhshi Jasem, 30), 6-Mehri Farzad (Abdolreza Karimizade, 30); 11-Atashafrouz Rasoul (5-Hassani Sadegh, 30)

Stats Summary: USA / IRN
Shots: 4 / 15
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Gorban (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Zavada (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Secreta (UKR)
Fourth Official: Maksym Tiuterev (UKR)

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