ARNHEM, Netherlands (Oct. 23, 2009) -- The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team dropped its opening match against Russia 5-0 at the CPISRA 7-a-Side Football Championship in the Netherlands.
Russia, which is ranked one of the top two teams in the world along with Ukraine, opened the scoring on a U.S. own goal in the ninth minute and never looked back, adding goals in the 10th, 11th, 17th and 50th minutes as Ivan Potekhin registered a hat trick.
The U.S. was drawn into Group B with Russia and Scotland, whom the team will face Oct. 25.
Group A consists of Ukraine, Ireland and Ghana. Group C drew Iran, Netherlands and Canada, and Group D includes Brazil, Australia and Japan. The top two teams in each of the four groups will advance to the next round.
Match: U.S. Men's Paralympic National Team vs. Russian Paralympic Team
Date: Oct. 23, 2009
Competition: CPISRA 7-a-Side Football Championship
Venue: Papendal, Arnhem, Netherlands
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. local time
Weather: 50 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
RUS 4 1 5
RUS - Own Goal 9th minute
RUS - Potekhin 10
RUS - Potekhin 11
RUS - Potekhin 17
RUS - Chesmin 50
USA: 1-Keith Johson, 4-Chad Jones, 3- Jason Slemons, 5-Bryce Boarman, 10 - Marthell Vazquez, 9- Josh McKinney, 8 - Tommy Latsch (2- NickCreasey '42)
Subs not used: 6- Chris Ahrens, 7- Adam Ballou, 13, Tyler Penn, 15- Moises Morales
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman
RUS: 12 - Alexander Lekov, 15- Viacheslav Larinov (2- Amdrey Lozhechnikov '36), 11-Stanislav Kolykhalov, 8 - Ivan Potekhin (4 - Pavel Borisov '30), 6 Alexy Tumakov (5 - Georgy Nadzharyn '45), 13 Lasha Murvanadze, 7 - Alexy Chesmin
Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 5 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 13
Saves: 9 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 5 / 3