GENOVA, Italy, June 19. THE USA Men's Senior National Team produced perhaps their most convincing win thus far of the 2008 FINA World League Super Final as they dispatched Spain 11-4 following a sluggish opening quarter. The squad now meets up with Montenegro on Friday to find out potential placing in the semi-final on Saturday.
Both teams were off to a slow start in the first as the score was tied at 2-2 after one. In the second Team USA came alive opening up a 7-2 advantage as their defense took it up a notch creating counter attack opportunities. In the third quarter Spain cooled the USA offense as both teams scored two goals apiece but it was enough to leave Team USA in control at 9-4 with playing going to the fourth.
In the final frame Team USA tacked on two more goals and pitched a shutout to come away with the 11-4 victory. The team was effective in the man-up game going 6-11 in 6×5 while Merrill Moses was solid in the cage turning aside 11 shots. "This was a good win for us. We played very well as a team and we look forward to returning to the top four of the World League which we haven't done in a long time," said Team USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder.
Special thanks to USA Water Polo for contributing this report.