USA defeats Canada in Paralympic soccer “friendly”
The U.S. Paralympic Men’s Soccer Team defeated Canada in a “friendly” match at the Arco Olympic Training Center. The game was the final of the three-game series which saw Canada take the first two matches. Chula Vista, CA, USA. 3rd December 2011
The United States Paralympic National Soccer Team completed a set of three “friendly” international matches against the Canada Paralympic National Soccer Team on Saturday, December 3, 2011, coming away with a 3-2 victory. The win followed two victories by Canada on Thursday and Friday. The series was an opportunity for both teams to try out new players, with several getting their first “cap” for international competition.
The hero of the game for America was team captain Josh McKinney who came in after halftime to score two goals for the win. The Canadians had led 2-1 at the break and had dominated first half play. Momentum swung when McKinney entered the game and the U.S. team pressured the visitors for the entire 30 minute period.
The U.S. team will spend part of January in training, including a series with the United Kingdom Paralympic National Soccer Team. Both the United States and United Kingdom will be among eight teams competing in soccer at the 2012 Paralympics in London in August.