June 9 - 11, 2017
Virginia Beach, VA

U.S. OPEN 2016

U.S. OPEN


The 2016 U.S. OPEN, held in Virginia Beach June 10-12, 2016.

Team Pugg
Champions - Team Pugg, MA

FBS FC
Finalists - FBS FC, FL

FC Barcelona
Bronze Medalist - FC Barcelona, Spain

Costa Rican National Team
4th Place - Costa Rican National Team

Special recognition to:
Nick Perera
Most Valuable Player Award & "Golden Toe" Award - Nick Perera, FBS FC, FL


Leandro Fanta
Best Goalkeeper Award - Leandra Fanta, Team PUGG, MA


The 2016 U.S.OPEN selectees

Alliance, VA
Costa Rica National Team
ETA United, VA
FBS FC, FL
FC Barcelona, Spain
Great Lakes BSC, MI
HRSC Elite, VA
McLean BSC, VA
META BSC, Colombia
PA Azzurri, PA
Mountaineers, WVA
North End United, VA
Portland BSC, OR
Team Canada, Toronto
Team Pugg, MA
Tidewater Captains, VA

MEET THE GLADIATORS!
Profiles of 2016 US OPEN participants:
The U.S. OPEN was created in 2001 by NASSC to attract top USA and international teams as the sport expanded globally. The first USA event of its kind to offer a significant cash purse, competition began as the “U.S. National Finals”. The venue was soon retitled the “U.S. OPEN” and participants representing over 20 countries have made their way to Virginia Beach to compete for a $25,000 purse. Sixteen teams competed this year.

COSTA RICA - Costa Rican National Team has been working in a new process during 2016 with great quality players. The Team classified for the last FIFA World Cup 2015 in Portugal and since then the team hasn’t stop training to obtain the desired results. This will be a very important tournament so we can prepare for the World Cup Qualifiers.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica


FC BARCELONA - One of the top professional beach soccer clubs worldwide. “FCB” is the first European-based team to compete in the U.S. OPEN, thanks to a new affiliation between NASSC and Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), FIFA’s beach soccer operations, based in Barcelona. Leading FCB as player/coach is Ramiro Amarelle, a true icon in beach soccer who took MVP honors last year. Teammate Noel Ott won the Golden Toe award as top scorer. FCB is the parent club for outdoor stars including Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Luis Suarez.
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


HRSC ELITE - The Elite, initially formed as the “HRSC ALL STARS” in the late ‘90’s, represent the NASSC - producing “Hampton Roads Soccer Council”. Consisting of former college stars including All Americans, former professionals and members of the USA National Beach Soccer team, the Elite have won the U.S. OPEN on a record three occasions, while competing annually since the OPEN was created in 2001. COUNTRIES: USA, Turkey, Peru
HRSC Elite
HRSC Elite, Virginia Beach, VA


PA AZZURRI - The Azzurri are one of the U.S. OPEN “legend” teams, having competed since the OPEN was created in 2001. Known for their highly competitive style of play, the team’s former collegians and US National Beach Soccer team veterans have frequently made it into the final rounds of NASSC competition and, with their aggressive play, always in the medals hunt .COUNTRIES: All USA
PA Azzurri
PA Azzurri, Lansdale, PA


ALLIANCE - The Alliance have been a regular competitor at the US OPEN for the past 12 years. They began as a group of undergraduate soccer players at James Madison University and have transitioned to a group of highly skilled college veterans and semi-pro athletes hailing from Virginia, The District of Columbia and beyond, who are among the best advocates of NASSC and beach soccer in general. COUNTIRES: All USA
Alliance BSC
Alliance BSC, Virginia Beach, VA


FBS FC – FBS FC is one of the legends of NASSC/OPEN, having been associated with the festival since the mid-‘90s when they first arrived in Virginia Beach as the “Flamilia”. Based in South Florida and primarily consisting of players with roots in Brazil, Flamilia first demonstrated to NASSC other participant/families how the sport of beach soccer was meant to be played. Later competing as “Team Rio” Florida Beach Soccer, and now FBS FC, the teams have won numerous beach soccer competitions, including two US OPENs, The BagoSport tournament in T&T and the MLS-Clearwater tournament. Countries: USA, Brazil
FBS FC
FBS FC, Miami, FL


GREAT LAKES - Great Lakes visited the OPEN in 2014. Consisting primarily of collegiate players from the Region, the team fared well in their first Virginia outing. As winners of seven earlier sand soccer tournaments and with two Michigan City champion ships in their trophy cases, the team is shooting for a berth in the OPEN Final Four, if not higher! Countries: All USA
Great Lakes
Great Lakes BSC, MI


MOUNTAINEERS – 2014 was the first year that the West Virginia University fielded a beach soccer team in the OPEN. Composed primarily of D-1 collegiate players competing in the Big East Conference, The Mountaineers fared well in their first outing, including downing the 2013 OPEN champions 3-2. With many veterans of having national team experience in the USA and abroad, plus MLS credentials, the Mountaineers are a sure force to be reckoned with in ’16. Countries: USA, New Zealand, Panama, Ireland, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Canada
Mountaineers
Mountaineers, Morgantown, WV


PORTLAND BSC – Portland has competed twice in previous U.S. OPENS. They compete in West Coast beach soccer tournaments, and placed well in Oceanside while taking the championships in both Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz. Armed with National Team players from Costa Rica and China, the squad will be strengthened by guest players from Portland, Oregon’s BSC, playing under the “Port Angeles” banner. With significant beach soccer history, Portland BSC is expected to be very competitive in Virginia Beach.
Portland
Portland BSC, OR


TEAM CANADA – One of the most high-mileage teams at the OPEN (13 hour drive to Va Beach) , Team Canada, returns to defend its 2014 US OPEN title after downing Portugal’s powerhouse CD Nacional. The diverse international squad earned 2012 NASSC runnerup honors and were a finalist in Tobago’s 2014 beach tournament. COUNTRIES: Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Montenegro, USA, Canada
Team Canada
Team Canada, Toronto, Canada


META BSC - Meta, Colombia is making its first appearance in the US OPEN. Founded in 2009 in Villavicencio, Meta has since won nine national championships and recently earned third place in Tobago’s beach soccer tournament. The squad travelling to Virginia Beach will include four Colombian National Team players, along with the Colombian National Team coach. Countries: All Colombian
Meta BFC
Meta BSC, Colombia


MCLEAN BSC - McLean competed in 2015 as “PJ’s FC”. The club was formed in 2012 and initially competed in the “Beach 5 Sand Soccer Series” in Ocean City, Maryland and subsequently in Atlantic City, New Jersey, capturing the Championship in that competition. After their experiences in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. OPENs, McLean returns as a formidable side eager to make its presence known throughout the beach soccer community. Countries: USA, Germany, Tunisia
MCLEAN


TIDEWATER CAPTAINS - The Captains, primarily graduates of Christopher Newport University, originally commenced US OPEN competition as the “Miami Maupau”, keyed on CNU alumni living in Florida joining the team as players. The Captains include in their ranks former collegiate All-Americans, plus those with national team experience and Semi pro credentials. Countries: USA, Bolivia, Puerto Rico
Tidewater Captains
Tidewater Captains, Hampton Roads, VA


ETA UNITED
ETA United


NORTHEND UNITED
Northend United