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World Beach Games - Qualifier El Salvador 2019
08 Aug 2019

"We are excited, honoured and ready for more"

The US Women's National Team captain, Megan Wharton explains the sensations of playing with the National jersey for the first time


The USA Women's National Team played their first ever international competition in this last World Beach Games Qualifier El Salvador. The Stars and Stripes could not get the win they were longing for, but their presence in the competition, their international debut, was a huge triumph in itself, the victory of the determination of a group of players that have been training hard, dreaming for that day to come.

Megan Wharton, the team's captain, is one of the examples of how the passion for beach soccer and the determination to follow a dream. This Graphic designer from Columbus, Ohio, is a regular on the National Sand Soccer Championships in Virginia, where she played for Shoreline BSC this season. But behind that there is also a story of hard work, training in hard conditions and a sacrifice ethic. A hard world that was finally rewarded.   

Asked about the feelings of the team when representing the national team jersey for the first time, Wharton explains that it was a mixture of joy and responsibility. "We felt extremely excited, honoured, and ready for more. We are really hungry for more top-class beach soccer, and can't wait for the next step. We are really determined to keep working together and grow the sport." 

The thing that surprised her the most when playing at international level for the first time was, a part from the level of the competitors, and their strength in the game, the amazing atmosphere, and how it helped the motivation when hitting the sand. "The high energy you could feel in the stadium is just awesome. You don't get that kind of crowd when playing at a national level. It becomes a whole new game, it makes you step out of your comfort zone and become a better player". 

Ther e was much more that playing and trying to win involved in this first ever international experience for Eddie Soto's girls, but that did not became an obstacle for Wharton and her teammates to make the most of this opportunity: "We felt a little bit of extra pressure for being wearing the US Soccer and representing the country, but we felt it in a positive way. We wanted to lay a good foundation for the years to come. This is the first ever US Soccer Women's team and we wanted to start it off on a good note". 

So what's next now for the US Women's National Team? The answer is clear: "We have to continue training together, getting to know each other even better, understanding how we play and grow the team from there". 

Despite her deep background as a eleven-a-side football player, she focuses on keeping improving on beach soccer because of its specifics: "The most difficult thing about beach soccer I would say is the unexpectedness of where the ball can land, you have to be agile and ready to react, and, especially, that most of the time the game is aerial. Everything is up in the air, your touch has to be delicate".

When asked to choose a player she tries to mirror to grow her game, she chooses a teammate: Lauren Leslie. "Because of her passion, her skill, but most of all because of her hard-work ethics". 

Precisely, hard-work is what the US Soccer Women's team will not be short on in the coming years, to see the team grow stronger. They will not be in the World Beach Games Qatar, but they look forward to their next International experience. Without a doubt, and seeing the passion with which they play and train, they will be even stronger this next time. 

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Sportingportugal SCP 2 2 0 0 10 1 9 6
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 2 2 0 0 9 5 4 6
Arturmusic ARM 1 1 0 0 12 3 9 3
Marseille MAR 2 1 0 1 8 9 -1 3
Rostockerrobben RSR 2 1 0 1 8 6 2 3
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22 DUS 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 3
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 1 1 0 0 5 4 1 3
Emblema nazarenos GDON 2 0 1 1 7 11 -4 1
Untitled design 12.40.36 NTB 2 0 0 2 8 13 -5 0
Shmanapoli web NPL 2 0 0 2 6 11 -5 0
Logotipo sotao web SOT 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0
Logo MLN 1 0 0 1 3 12 -9 0
Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logotipo sotao web SOT 2 2 0 0 11 4 7 6
Untitled design 12.40.36 NTB 2 1 0 1 9 11 -2 3
Marseille MAR 2 0 0 2 4 9 -5 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Braga SCB 3 3 0 0 33 3 30 9
Arturmusic ARM 3 2 0 1 30 13 17 6
Cartel waterloo %28bel%29 WAT 3 1 0 2 5 33 -28 3
Portsmouth ladies bs PBS 3 0 0 3 3 22 -19 0
Group Stage - Group C
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Sportingportugal SCP 3 2 1 0 19 10 9 8
Shmanapoli web NPL 3 1 1 1 15 17 -2 5
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22 DUS 3 1 0 2 16 17 -1 3
Logotorrejon TJN 3 0 0 3 11 17 -6 0
Group Stage - Group D
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Kristall KRS 2 2 0 0 16 2 14 6
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 2 1 0 1 13 9 4 3
Cs olimpia   stels %28mda%29 CSO 2 0 0 2 3 21 -18 0
Group Stage - Group E
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 3 3 0 0 18 6 12 9
Emblema nazarenos GDON 3 2 0 1 10 13 -3 6
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.47 BEM 3 0 1 2 13 17 -4 2
Sigla web ACS 3 0 0 3 9 14 -5 0
Group Stage - Group F
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logo MUN 3 3 0 0 24 7 17 9
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 3 2 0 1 15 7 8 6
Logo grap copia web ADP 3 1 0 2 11 17 -6 3
Fc vybor VYB 3 0 0 3 5 24 -19 0
Group Stage - Group G
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logo MLN 3 2 1 0 14 7 7 7
Rostockerrobben RSR 3 2 0 1 19 13 6 6
Cs djoker DJO 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3
Untitled design %281%29 SOT-B 3 0 0 3 13 25 -12 0
Round of 16
Logotipo sotao web SOT 4 - 2 GDON Emblema nazarenos
Logo MUN 9 - 3 NTB Untitled design 12.40.36
Logo MLN 6 - 4 GCZ Grasshopper club zurich
Kristall KRS 7 - 1 MAR Marseille
Sportingportugal SCP 3 - 6 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Braga SCB 9 - 1 DUS Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22
Arturmusic ARM 8 - 1 RSR Rostockerrobben
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 9 - 6 NPL Shmanapoli web
Play-off for 15th Place
Shmanapoli web NPL 0 - 3 NTB Untitled design 12.40.36
Play-off for 13th Place
Marseille MAR 4 - 6 DUS Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22
Play-off for 11th Place
Rostockerrobben RSR 6 - 8 (AET) GDON Emblema nazarenos
Play-off for 9th Place
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 3 - 5 SCP Sportingportugal
Play-off for 7th Place
Logo MLN 5 - 7 SOT Logotipo sotao web
Play-off for 5th Place
Arturmusic ARM 11 - 5 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Quarter-finals
Logotipo sotao web SOT 2 - 3 MUN Logo
Kristall KRS 13 - 3 MLN Logo
Braga SCB 6 - 0 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 7 - 7 (3 - 1) (PSO) ARM Arturmusic
Semi-finals
Braga SCB 6 - 3 MUN Logo
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 0 - 8 KRS Kristall
Play-off for 3rd place
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 6 - 7 MUN Logo
Final
Kristall KRS 3 - 3 (1 - 0) (PSO) SCB Braga
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