The USA fell to 0-2 at the Futsal World Cup in Brazil when it gave up six unanswered goals and lost to Italy, 6-1.
The Americans, who lost to Paraguay, 5-0, in their first team,
scored first on a goal by Andy Rosenband
, who had sat out the first game with a suspension.
But within six minutes, the Italians had taken the lead
on goals by Adriano Foglia
and Sandro Zanetti.
"I can't fault the guys' effort; it was much better than we
had in the first game," said U.S. coach Keith Tozer
. "We played with passion, heart and did all the things we talked about."
The USA faces
Thailand on Saturday. Oct. 2 in Rio de Janeiro USA 1 Italy 6.
Rosenband 5; Foglia 8, Zanetti 11, Nora 32, Grana 36, Bertoni 37, Assis 40. USA --
Richey, Rosenband, Myers, Morris, Wiesner, Subs: Hammes, Farias,
Jacobson, Naumoski, Stewart. Italy --
Feller, Jubanski, Morgado, Zanetti, Nora. Subs: Grana, Pellegrini, Bertoni, Assis, Fabiano, Foglia. Att.: