PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The United States continued its stellar play at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship by recording a 5-1 victory over Guadeloupe in the quarterfinals Friday.
Nick Perera and Tanner Akol, who have paced the Americans (4-0) in the goal-scoring department in the opening four matches, led the way with two goals apiece.
Sylrick Phirmis pushed the Caribbean side into the lead via a goal past goalkeeper Chris Toth (Ontario Fury) with 11:06 remaining in the first period before the U.S. took control of the game.
Perera, the MVP of the past Major Arena Soccer League season as a player-coach with the Tacoma Stars, equalized with 7:46 left in the period past keeper Mikael Germain. Akol tallied the first of his brace to snap the tie with 4:47 to go in the second period.
The Americans added to their lead as David Mondragon and Perera found the net within a span of 56 seconds late in the period (with 2:28 and 1:32 remaining, respectively.
Tanner Akol closed out the scoring with 1:11 to go in the match.