June 8 - 10, 2018
Virginia Beach, VA

FC Barcelona lift U.S. Open title

FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona reclaimed the U.S. Open title at the North American Sand Soccer Championships in Virginia Beach on Sunday with a 6-1 win against Gobeachsoccer.
Barca - champions in 2015 - got past Great Lakes in their semi-final while their opponents in the final beat VB Alliance earlier in the day.

In what proved a tense start to the final in a packed-out stadium, neither side could find a breakthrough in the opening 12 minutes before a brace from Heimanu Taiarui helped Barca into a 4-0 lead with one period to play.

With a clear advantage, Spain’s Antonio added a brace of his own and, while tournament top scorer Frank Velazquez ensured a consolation goal for Gobeachsoccer with two seconds left, the title belonged to a Barca side who had grown steadily stronger throughout the competition.

In the third-place play-off, Great Lakes, from West Michigan, proved too strong for Virginia-based VB Alliance in a 7-1 success.

Sunday fixtures

08:00 - VB Alliance 4-8 Gobeachsoccer (semi-final)

09:10 - Great Lakes 6-3 FC Barcelona (semi-final)

12:00 - VB Alliance 1-7 Great Lakes (third-place)

14:30 - Gobeachsoccer 1-6 FC Barcelona

(Image and Article Source: BeachSoccer.com)