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July 3, 2012
US Team drops match to Panama

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - The U.S. Futsal National Team dropped its Group A opening match 5-2 against Panama in the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Panama opened the scoring in the sixth minute with Miguel Lasso, who scored four of the teamís five goals, carrying up the ball up the left flank and cutting inside before letting loose a short-range blast into the net. Lasso made the score 2-0 in the 14th, 35 seconds before Bryan Perez put the US on the board with a one-timer past Panama goalkeeper Jose Victoria.

Lasso capped the frantic sequence ten seconds later, completing his hat trick on the second shot after his first attempt was blocked and leaving Panama with a 3-1 lead at the half.

The U.S. came out with renewed energy after the break, getting off five shots in the first two minutes. In the 27th minute, Panama forward Apolinar Galvez was booked for taking down Myers as he streaked toward goal on a breakaway. On the restart, midfielder Angel Rivillo passed to the left for Kraig Chile, who slammed it low and into the near corner past the sprawling Victoria for his fifth career goal.

A late decision to pull U.S. goalkeeper Danny Waltman for an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the score backfired, however. Panama took advantage of the open net, scoring two almost identical goals in the final two minutes. Lasso netted his fourth in the 39th minute, dispossessing the last defender and carrying the ball into the open net. Alquis Alvarado followed suit with a similar maneuver, netting the capper with 34 seconds left in the game.

The U.S. next faces Canada at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 3, before taking on the defending champion and host Guatemala at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 4, in what will be the 100th CONCACAF Futsal Championship match. All of the games are streamed live on

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