USA 4, Slovakia 2

Team USA Top Slovakia 4-2 in Thrilling Comeback

After falling behind 2-0 with only 15 minutes to play, Team USA looked hard-pressed to notch a second consecutive group stage victory at the ISF Socca6 World Cup, but quick goals from Tony Cascio and Mo Salama erased the deficit, and the United States eventually came away 4-2 winners.

Slovakia controlled the first half, limiting Team USA to mostly low-percentage shots, and took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Scott Crandall (Small Goal Soccer) came out furiously for the United States in the second half, putting pressure on Slovakia to make a mistake, and he was nearly successful on two occasions. Unfortunately though, Slovakia doubled their lead in the 25th when their counter-attacking shot was deflected into Andrew Weber’s goal.

It was all Team USA after that.

In the 28th, Noel Castillo (Sporting AZ FC) sent a long pass to Crandall who was open in the Slovakia box. Crandall drew out the Slovakia keeper and deftly one-timed the ball into the path of Cascio (Sporting AZ FC) who fired into the empty net.

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Just three minutes later, Danny Arrubla (Sporting AZ FC) fed club teammate Salama at the top of the area, and Salama scored neatly inside the near post.

With less than a minute to go, Crandall again found Cascio with a nifty backheel. This time Cascio took two touches to misdirect the keeper, and shot firmly into the net from a narrow angle to take the lead. Almost before the celebration had ended, Noel Castillo was 1-on-1 with the Slovakia keeper and slotted home for the jubilant 4-2 result.

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The United States next face Group E opponents England, at 3 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. PDT, Thursday, September 27. England face Kazakhstan tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. EDT. The United States will clinch passage to the knockout stage with a draw or a Kazakhstan loss.

All Team USA match streams can be found on specialty broadcaster mycujoo.

Kyle Kepner