ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay – The U.S. Beach Soccer men’s national team returns to the global stage with its opening match of Group A play at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup against Switzerland at Estadio Mundialista “Los Pynandi” Thursday (3:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo).

The USA also will face Japan Saturday and the hosts, Paraguay Monday. Fans can watch all the matches on FS2 and Universo, and follow the team on Instagram at @ussoccer_beach and Twitter at @ussoccer. The World Cup hashtag is #BeachSoccerWC.

U.S. head coach Eddie Soto brought back five players who he took to the USA’s last FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup appearance in 2013 in Tahiti, including captain Nick Perera, last year’s MVP of the Major Arena Soccer League, and goalkeeper Chris Toth, who were named among the Top 50 Beach Soccer players in the world for a third consecutive year.

Also returning are Alessandro Canale, Jason Leopoldo and veteran Ryan Futagaki, who also played for the USA at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria.

USA roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Toth (Fallbrook, Calif.),

DEFENDERS (4): Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), Ryan Futagaki (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)

FORWARDS (6): Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (Scottsdale, Ariz.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.) Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Lucas Roque (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Cali.)

Sixteen teams make up the field for the 2019 Beach Soccer World Cup, divided into four groups of four. The top two teams from each group after round-robin play will advance to the quarterfinals.

In the latest Beach Soccer Worldwide Rankings, all four teams in Groups A and B are ranked in the top 15. Rankings in parenthesis.

Group A: Paraguay (7th), Switzerland (8th), Japan (12 th), USA (15th)
Group B: Italy (4th), Tahiti (9th), Mexico (11 th), Uruguay (14th),
Group C: Russia (2nd), Senegal (10th), United Arab Emirates (13th), Belarus (18th)
Group D: Brazil (1st), Portugal (3rd), Nigeria (21 st), Oman (22nd)

Group A Schedule:

 

  • Thur., Nov. 21: Switzerland vs. USA (3:50 p.m. ET)
  • Thur., Nov. 21: Paraguay vs Japan (7 p.m. ET)
  • Sat., Nov. 23: USA vs Japan (3:50 p.m. ET)
  • Sat. Nov. 23: Paraguay vs Switzerland (7 p.m. ET)
  • Mon., Nov. 25: Japan vs Switzerland (3:50 p.m. ET)
  • Mon., Nov. 25: USA vs Paraguay (7 p.m. ET)