Soccer  > General Soccer  > Four return to beach soccer semifinals
December 3, 2010, 11:05 AM
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - El Salvador led Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States back to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, making a second straight year the same four teams will complete for the confederation's two World Cup berths.

Frank Velasquez scored four times to help El Salvador rally from an early 3-1 deficit to a 9-5 lead and an eventual 10-8 victory over Jamaica.

Costa Rica topped Guatemala 5-2, the United States overpowered the Bahamas 6-3 and Mexico held off Canada 3-1. The victories left United States and Costa Rica tied atop Group B, and El Salvador with Mexico in Group B while eliminating the losers with their second defeat in as many days.

The group leaders will face off Friday for final position and seeding in preparation for crossover semifinals on Saturday. The winners of Saturday's matches will qualify for the World Cup next year in Italy.

El Salvador 10, Jamaica 8

Rohan Reid scored three of his tournament-high six goals in the first five minutes to give Jamaica a 3-1 lead. But two goals by Velasquez and solo efforts by Jose Agustin Ruiz, Tomas Hernandez and Jose Membreno by the middle of the second period rallied "Los Cuscatlecos" to a 6-3 advantage and a lead it would never relinquish.

Agustin Ruiz, the leading scorer in last year's championship with eight goals, would finish with three and Hernandez two for El Salvador. It was the second narrow loss for Jamaica, which fell to Mexico 3-2 in the opener.

Mexico 3, Canada 1

Gustavo Rosales and Hugo Lopez scored two minutes apart late in the second period to guide Mexico to another low-scoring victory.

Unlike Thursday, when it had to rally against Jamaica, Antonio Barbosa gave Mexico the lead five minutes after the opening kickoff but Bruno Xavier replied three minutes later to equalize.

United States 6, Bahamas 3

Anthony Chimienti scored twice more, including sparking a three-goal third period that carried the United States over the Caribbean islanders.

Chimienti, who had four in Thursday's 6-2 victory over Guatemala, opened the scoring in the ninth minute and then had another in the second minute of the final period to put the Americans ahead to stay 4-3. Oscar Gil scored twice for the United States, who also had goals by Yuri Morales and Zak Ibsen.

Costa Rica 5, Guatemala 2

Jonathan Sanchez scored two of his three goals in the third period to turn a 2-2 game into a 4-2 lead. Debutante Guatemala took the lead with Marco Avila's goal in the fourth minute, and the two teams traded the lead until Sanchez scored his pair to give "Los Ticos" control.

Jeffren Chavarria added the final insurance for Costa Rica, which finished runner-up last year to El Salvador and are looking for another trip to the World Cup.


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