Mexico and El Salvador qualify
Mexico won the CONCACAF qualifying tournament to this July's FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but the biggest surprise was that El Salvador claimed the region's second ticket to Marseille. After losing their opening match 4-2 to the eventual champions, the El Salvadorians responded with a shock 6-5 victory over USA and then edged Costa Rica in their concluding match to finish on five points, two above the third-placed Americans.
The Mexicans took maximum points from their three outings in Puerto Vallarta, with a 7-0 reverse of Costa Rica and a 2-1 defeat of USA following their curtain-raiser. They will not attempt to repeat their heroics of last year, when they finished as unexpected runners-up up to Brazil at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, in Marseille from 17 to 27 July.
"Our team deserved this win more then anything," said Mexico ace Ricardo Villalobos. "These past few days have been amazing. We were stronger then we have ever been and we have to thank the people of Puerto Vallarta who supported us massively. I think there were 3,000 people standing outside the stadium following the game on big screens. We just had to award them with a victory."