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USA edges Canada in final match of preliminary round at the 2019 UANA Cup

Credit : Satiro Sodré/SSPress/CBDA  
(Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 25, 2019) – The Canadian men fell to the United States in their last round-robin match at the 2019 UANA Cup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Despite three close quarters, the Canadians were unable to come back from a 0-6 sequence by the Americans in the second quarter. The Canadian squad battled hard in the second half, but, in the end, the United States confirmed the 18-9 win to finish in first place.

Sean Spooner opened the scoring for Canada with a powerful shot early in the first quarter. The United States responded almost immediately, but Nicolas Constantin-Bicari won his battle in front of the net to give Canada a 2-1 lead. The two teams traded goals before Gaelan Patterson tallied one on the power play to even the score 4-4. The last minutes of the first quarter belonged to the US, and they scored two goals to take the 6-4 lead. The Americans picked up where they left off extending their lead to 12-4 in the second quarter.

The battles were much closer in the third quarter as both teams scored three goals (15-7). Still behind, the Canadians continued to put pressure in the fourth quarter. Reuel D'Souza and Aleksa Gardijan found the back of the net for Canada, but the Americans were able to confirm the 18-9 win.

The Canadian men’s team (2nd) will face Brazil (3rd) in the semi-final, today at 17:15 Local / 14:15 EST. The United States (1st) will face Argentina (4th) in the other semi-final. In addition to reaching the final, the two winning teams will secure their qualifications for the 2019 FINA World Championships. The webcast is available HERE (registration required). Water Polo Canada will also make updates via Twitter.

Canada 9 – 18 USA (4-6, 0-6, 3-3, 2-3)

Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson (2), Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (1), Justin Boyd, George Torakis, Sean Spooner (1), David Lapins, Devon Diggle (1), Aleksa Gardijan (1), Jérémie Côté (1), Reuel D’Souza (2), Milan Radenovic.



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