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Beach MNT Falls to Switzerland in Opening Match of 2024 El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup

Beach MNT Falls to Switzerland in Opening Match of 2024 El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador (March 28, 2024) – The U.S. Men’s Beach Soccer National Team fell 5-0 to Switzerland in the opening match of the 2024 El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup.

Switzerland received goals from Tobias Steinemann and Noel Ott in the first, before Jerome Kofli, Michael Rodrigues and Glen Hodel found the back of the net in the second.

Guided by interim head coach Ian Carry, the USA utilized six players from the 2024 World Cup squad. Additionally, forward Sasha Karlov started in his Beach MNT debut, while 2021 World Cup squad members Jason Santos and David Mondragon, as well as  Mikel Palmerin earned their first appearances after lengthy spells away from the team.

NEXT UP: The Beach MNT will look to bounce back against hosts El Salvador on Friday, March 29 (10 p.m. ET; ESPN3).


  • Defender Nico Perea captained the Beach MNT for the fourth time.
  • Two-time World Cup defender Jason Santos earned his 63rd cap and first Nov. 6, 2022 vs. Japan.
  • Fellow two-time World Cup veteran David Mondragon made his 37th career appearance and first since Aug. 23, 2021 against Paraguay at the 2021 Beach Soccer World Cup in Moscow.
  • Forward Mikel Palmerin gained his seventh career appearance and first since May 18, 2014 vs. Germany.
  • Forward Sasha Karlov started in his debut for the Beach MNT.
  • The USBMNT moves to 0-3 all-time against Switzerland.



Match: United States Beach Men’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 28, 2024
Competition: 2024 El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup
Venue: Costa del Sol Stadium; Costa del Sol, El Salvador
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. ET (5:15 p.m. local)
Weather: 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1          2          3          FT
SUI                                         2          3          0          5                     
USA                                        0          0          0          0           

SUI – Tobias Steinemann                                      9:33 (1st Period)
SUI – Noel Ott                                                          6:18 (1st Period)
SUI – Jerome Knopfli (Tobias Steinemann)      9:40 (2nd Period)
SUI – Michael Rodrigues                                       6:26 (2nd Period)
SUI – Glen Hodel                                                     2:13 (2nd Period)

USA: 1-Austin Collier; 2-Tanner Akol, 4-Cody Valcarcel, 5-Nico Perea (capt.), 8-Sasha Karlov
Substitutes: 3-Antonio Chavez, 6-Jason Santos, 9-Mikel Palmerin, 10-Andres Navas, 11-David Mondragon
Did not play: 12-Andres Diaz, 
7-Alvaro Franco
Head coach: Ian Carry

SUI: 13-Eliott Mounoud, 5-Michael Rodrigues, 6-Tobias Steinemann,10-Noel Ott (capt.), 11-Glenn Hodel

Substitutes: 1-Gabriel Caldas, 7-Sandro Spaccarotella, 12-Patrick Rüttiman, 15-Angelo Schirinzi, 16-Jerome Knöpfli, 17-Ariel Schranz

Head coach: Angelo Schirinzi

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Austin Collier (Caution)                6th minute (1st Period)
SUI – Tobias Steinemann (Caution) 2nd minute (3rd Period)

Referee: Gonzalo Perez (SLV)
Second Referee: David Trinidad (SLV)
3rd Referee: Mario Severiano (MEX)
Timekeeper: Fredy Ibañez (GUA