U.S. Men's Team capture World League Round 1 title
CHULA VISTA, Cali – The U.S. Men's National Team advanced to World League Round 2 this afternoon after a dominant performance at World League Round 1 in Chula Vista, California. The U.S. shutout Mexico 8-0 and racked up a total of 24 goals against their two opponents over the weekend. The Americans were fierce and limited opportunities for Mexico to capitalize resulting in the second shutout of the tournament.
“We are really happy with how the team progressed this year and winning this tournament has been truly fantastic,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “I am very happy with the team’s performance overall today and I thought we were efficient in the first twenty-five minutes to set the framework. The second half was slower, but at that point the match was under control so we tried a couple of new things that we have never done before. We begin preparing for World League Round 2 and will look to have some preparation test matches leading up to Rio.”
Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA) opened the scoring for the U.S. with a field goal in the seventh minute. Ginolfi added a second goal in the 55th minute, totaling five goals throughout the tournament.
Patrick Harris (Moorpark, CA) was next on the boards for the U.S. Harris scored three goals against Mexico, earning a second hat trick over the weekend. Andrew Sheridan (Ridgewood, NJ) recorded his first goal of the tournament on a penalty corner in the 18th minute to put the U.S. up 4-0. Also tallying goals for the U.S. today were Will Holt (Camarillo, CA), Christian Linney (San Diego, CA) and Aki Kaeppeler (Ventura, CA).
Two U.S. players were awarded for their individual performances. Harris was named the top goal scorer of the tournament and Kaeppeler, the youngest player on the team, was named player of the tournament. Mexico’s goalkeeper Alejandro Vargas Garcia was named goalkeeper of the tournament.
World League Round 2 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in February 2013. The U.S. Women’s National Team has automatically qualified for World League Round 2 based on world rankings.