Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Edged By Spain 10-9 In Second Match At 2016 Olympic Games


Bret Bonanni scored four goals in the loss to Spain
Aug. 8, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August 8 - The U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team came up short against Spain losing 10-9 in their second match at the 2016 Olympic Games. After going up 7-6 with 3:54 left in the third on a Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC goal, the United States allowed four unanswered as Spain built a 10-7 lead with 4:11 to play in the fourth quarter. A late rally from the United States wouldn't be enough as Spain hung on for the one goal win. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) went the distance in net stopping 10 shots.  Team USA now falls to 0-2 in Group B action with France coming up on Wednesday at 11:40am/10:40am et/7:40am pt. The match will be LIVE on NBC at 10:40am et and on delay at 10:40am pt. The match will also stream live on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App at 10:40am et/7:40am pt. For more information on USA Water Polo at the Olympics, click here

A physical match throughout with three different players given game exclusions, it was Spain striking first on a score from Gonzalo Echenique, for the first of his three goals on the day. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) returned fire for Team USA evening the game at 1-1 about a minute later. Luca Cupido (Newport Beach, CA/California/Newport WPC) gave Team USA their first lead on a score with 3:56 to play in the first. Echenique then scored two straight followed by another from Guillermo Molina for a 4-2 lead after one period.

Team USA rallied in the second quarter outscoring Spain 3-1 on two scores from Bonanni and another from Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) to even the game at 5-5 at intermission. Molina scored the first goal of the third quarter for a 6-5 lead with 5:05 to play. That was followed by a game-tying goal from Bowen and the go ahead goal from Bonanni. From there it was all Spain until late in the fourth. Albert Espanol scored two of the four goals for Spain over the next several minutes, capped off by a Mallarach goal to make it 10-7. Bonanni and Bowen followed with goals to make it 10-9 with just under a minute to play but the United States couldn't find the back of the net to force the draw.

The United States went 3/12 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Spain was 3/13 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots. Team USA needs to finish in the top four in their group to advance to the quarterfinals.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 9 (2, 3, 2, 2) B. Bonanni 4, A. Bowen 3, T. Azevedo 1, L. Cupido 1 
ESP 10 (4, 1, 3 2) G. Echenique 3, A. Espanol 2, G. Molina 2, A. Munarriz 2, G. Mallarach 1
Saves - USA - M. Moses 10 - ESP - D. Lopez 7
6x5 - USA - 3/12 - ESP - 3/13
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - ESP - 1/1

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