U.S. Paralympic national team drops first match of Parapan American Games in Toronto

By U.S. Soccer | Aug. 09, 2015, 10:11 p.m. (ET)

Seth Jahn, pictured above in white, scored the sole goal in the matchup against Canada. 

TORONTO (Aug. 9, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team kicked off the 2015 Parapan American games with a 2-1 loss to host Canada. Seth Jahn opened the scoring for the U.S., but Canada came back with two goals to earn three points.

"It goes without saying this was a disappointing result today against the host nation,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “We dominated the game for long spells but didn’t engage defensively when required and couldn’t convert our possession into goals despite having 29 shots on goal. At any level of soccer if you don’t take your chances in front of goal it can come back to haunt you and this was case today. All credit to Canada who worked hard to hang on for the result and counter attacked well when the opportunity was there to do so.”

U.S. captain Kevin Hensley drove the ball up the field in the 11th minute and had a one-two combination with Adam Ballou. Ballou shot hard at the Canadian goalkeeper who was unable to control the ball. Jahn was ready for the rebound and tapped the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Canada pulled even just four minutes later when Trevor Stiles made a quick move to the goal line and blasted a shot past U.S. goalkeeper Marthell Vasquez into the top left corner of the net. Sam Charron gave Canada the lead it wouldn’t relinquish in the 45th minute, slipping the ball past Vasquez after a three-on-one breakaway.

“This was our first time together since reaching the quarterfinal of the World Championships and qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics, but that’s in the past,” said Sharp. “The players need to realize the price of such a successful year means that other teams will up their games against us and we need to be ready for that challenge.

“This reality will be tested again tomorrow with our next game against a lively Venezuela team followed by two difficult games against Argentina and Brazil later in the week. The encouragement in the stands today from the USA supporters was fantastic and unrelenting. This support, together with some internal discussions, will drive us on and hopefully ensure we can contribute to the TeamUSA medal count by the end of the Para Pan Am Games.”

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