Soccer  > General Soccer  > Beach champ El Salvador opens with win
December 2, 2010, 11:42 AM
PUERTA VALLARTA, Mexico - Defending champion El Salvador twice beat back rallies to defeat Canada 6-3 on the opening day of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on Wednesday, while Mexico needed a late spurt to overcome Jamaica 3-2.

The two-time champion United States recovered from an early deficit to subdue debutante Guatemala 6-2, leaving it atop Group B just ahead of Costa Rica, which opened the five-day championship with a 5-2 victory over the Bahamas.

Frank Velasquez scored three times, twice in the last five minutes, and Walter Torres had a pair to lead El Salvador. Torres' first gave "Los Cuscatlecos" a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, then traded goals with Marcus Johnstone, whose pair twice pulled Canada within a goal, the last time four minutes into the final period.

Velasquez's then added his insurance tallies in the seventh and 11th minutes - scoring with a blast high from the left and a left-footed volley -- to give Salvador a comfortable margin.

Mexico 3, Jamaica 2

Franz Torres equalized with less than five minutes to go and Morgan Plata tallied the winner with two minutes remaining to rescue Mexico from a shocking upset.

Andre Reid and Kevin Wilson twice gave the lead to Jamaica, which held the advantage midway through the third period after Mexico had an equalizing goal disallowed and the Reggae Boyz hitting the crossbar.

Plata finally gave Mexico its first lead with just over a minute remaining, heading in a corner kick at the near post.

United States 6, Guatemala 2

Ryan Futagaki equalized a minute after Marco Avila put Guatemala ahead, and Anthony Chimienti scored four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to rally the Americans.

Yuri Morales' right-footed volley put the United States ahead 2-1 with two minutes remaining in the first period and the United States never trailed again. Chimienti, the second-most experienced player on the U.S. roster with 20 caps, exploded for his quartet starting midway through the second to turn a 3-2 lead into an easy victory.

Costa Rica 5, Bahamas 2

Jonathan Sanchez led a three-goal first period as Costa Rica started its campaign to return to the CONCACAF final. Sanchez finished with a pair of goals, and Greivin Pacheco also had a pair for "Los Ticos."

Lesly St. Fleur and Gavin Christie scored for the Bahamas, making its second straight appearance in the CONCACAF championship.


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