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Gutierrez Gains Attention in Futsal Demo at Revolution Match

From: New England Futsal

FOXBORO, Mass. (10-5-06) - The New England Revolution and New England Futsal collaborated once again, for the 2nd year in a row, on promoting both the sport of soccer and Futsal.

On Saturday, September 23, New England Futsal 100_0219[1].jpg (171451 bytes)sponsored demonstration Futsal games right at the Soccer Celebration area of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, before the clash between the Revolution and Kansas City Wizards.

High school and  club soccer teams from around the area were invited to play Futsal on an improvised court. Hundreds of children had the opportunity to either show their individual skills or taste Futsal for the very first time. It was a tremendous success.

(Photo: Goalkeeper Andre Gutierrez stopped all the shots except this one from Collin Correia, out of picture at right. Courtesy New England Futsal.)

"This is the second year in a row that we've organized such an event together with the Revolution management, and now that Futsal is part of the Pan American Games this coming July in Rio de Janeiro, we feel that the sport will continue to grow and we are positive that the Futsal will be part of the Olympics very soon," said New England Futsal CEO John Kinnane.

In addition to the Futsal games at the soccer celebration, the best was yet to come. It was also High School Night, where high school players from around New England were invited to a half time show where they would play a "pass and shoot" game against U.S. Futsal Federation champion goalie Andre Gutierrez of Revere, Mass. If any player scored a goal, he or she would win a personalized official Revolution game jersey. At halftime of the Revolution match, the Futsal goals were brought to the center of the pitch for the Futsal showdown.

Each high school player would pass the ball to USFF National Director of Coaching Bill Sampaio, who in turn would lay the ball out for a one-time shot. With an attendance of over 16,000 strong at the Gillette Stadium, some of the high school players felt the pressure. Goalie Andre Gutierrez made some very impressive saves and was beaten once by Greater New Bedford Vocational High School standout Collin Correa. It was a hard low shot to the far post. Andre dove for it but it was too late.

Sampaio said after the shoot out that he trained Andre for the past four years and that he is recommending Andre to try out
for the U.S. Futsal team that will travel to Brazil this coming July for the Pan American Games.

New England Futsal is the provider of several Futsal leagues, training academies, clubs and fitness programs that are sanctioned by the USFF. Support and participation in the Futsal programs have grown each year. For more information, visit their website at www.newenglandfutsal.com.

Below is the list of high schools and players who enjoyed a memorable Futsal night at the Revolution.

High School

Participant

Bedford

Alisha Silvestrone

Bridgewater- Raynham

Vanessa Pereira

ConVal

Ben Frehner

Coventry

Ashley Liese

Cumberland

Caitlin Anderson

Dighton- Rehoboth

Tiffany Pacheco

Dover

Nicole deJong (pronounced de-young)

Dracut

Michael Brustas

Durfee

Caitlin Belanger

GNB Voc

Collin Correia

Hopedale

Alex Maret

Masconomet

John O'Donnell

Nazareth

Stacie Aversa

Nokomis

Sydney Gass

Oak Hill

Nathan McDonald

Revere

Asley Barrios

Tewksbury

Joe Grilo

Ursuline

Brittany Sullivan

Winchester

Anya Battaro

Winnacunnett

Chris Devine

For additional information or photos please contact:

New England Futsal
USFF Affiliate
Tel 401-624-1764
Email: nefutsal@cox.net
Web: www.newenglandfutsal.com

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