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OTHSL: Safira defeat Toronto United in 2017 Futsal Copa North America

05/14/2017, 10:30am EDT
By Sean Bakhtiari

OTHSL: Safira defeat Toronto United in 2017 Futsal Copa North America


It was a thrilling conclusion to a three-day tournament for the 2017 Futsal Copa North America Championship on the campus of Cleveland State University. Mass Soccer's Safira Soccer are the reigning United States Futsal champions and advanced to the finals against Canadian Champions, Toronto FC. In a wild finish that saw several ejections, a player carted off by the EMS on a stretcher, and a near brawl, Safira Futsal was able to keep their composure and outlast Toronto United by a score of 8-5 to take home the Silver Cup trophy. Safira scored three goals in the final three minutes and thirty-one seconds to secure the title. The tournament’s leading goal scorer Andre Carvalho had two goals late in the game and completed what was a remarkable run for him. Marcio Leite also played a big role in the victory with two first half goals. The President of Canada Futsal Kris Fernandes shared his thoughts on what was special about Safira Futsal to get them to the championship game. “Safira has dominated for years and gained excellent experience doing so. They have won more tournaments than any other team over the last ten years in multiple countries. They have a lot of Brazilians on the team as well. It really has helped them build their program and become dominant.”



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