ASUNCION, Paraguay — The United States dropped its second consecutive match at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Saturday night.
The Americans lost to Japan, 4-3, on a pair of set-piece goals by captain Ozu Moreira.
The result dropped the USA to 0-2 in Group A, while the Japanese (2-0) climbed into sole possession of first place.
Alessandro Canale put the Americans into the lead with a diving header before Ozu, a defender, equalized from a free kick.
Japan’s Naoya Matsuo and U.S. goalkeeper Christopher Toth exchanged goals for a 2-2 deadlock.
Teruki Tabata lifted Japan the lead with a bicycle kick before Canale another header to knot things up at 3-3.
The score did not last that long as Ozu scored immediately from a free kick again.
The USA meets Paraguay in its final group stage match Monday.