SOURCE: United States Polo Association

United States Polo Association

March 29, 2015 20:46 ET

The United States Polo Team Defeats Brazil 9-7 to Win Its Bracket at the FIP World Polo Championship

United States Is Undefeated Going Into Tuesday's Semi-Final Match Versus England

LAKE WORTH, FL--(Marketwired - March 29, 2015) - The United States Polo Association® (USPA) today announced that the United States defeated Brazil today 9-7 at the 10th Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Polo Championship, being held in Santiago, Chile. The United States has defeated both of its opponents, Argentina and Brazil, to win its bracket and advance to Tuesday's semi-final round, where they will face England. The winner will play for the FIP World Championship on Wednesday, April 1 against the winner of the Chile versus Brazil semi-final.

Taking the field today for the United States national polo team were:

Jesse Bray (5-goal) from Indio, California, age 22
Remy Muller (2-goal) from Santa Barbara, CA, age 22
Patrick Uretz (3-goal) from Malibu, CA, age 23
Felipe Viana (4-goal) from Charlottesville, VA, age 25

The United States jumped out to a fast start, building a 5-1 lead by the end of the second chukker. Brazil narrowed the lead to 7-6 by the end of the fourth chukker and tied the match 7-7 at the beginning of the 5th. The United States did all the scoring after that, winning 9-7. 

Jesse Bray had his second consecutive six goal performance at the FIP World Polo Championships, and Patrick Uretz contributed the United States other three goals. Team USPA's Bray is the tournament's leading goal scorer thus far.

"Argentina and Brazil have dominated the World Polo Championship since it began," said Team USPA coach Joel Baker. "It is a really a big deal for United States polo to be in a difficult bracket and come out undefeated. Now it's on to the semi-finals. We have a lot of work ahead of us."

"After today's game against Brazil and moving ahead to the semi-finals we feel that the team is going very well and has great chemistry," said Team USPA captain Mason Wroe. "The semi-final round will only get tougher but we feel very confident in our abilities and feel that more good things are still to come for Team USPA."

"Two years ago in the 24 goal Nation's Cup, United States coach Joel Baker guided our team to defeat Argentina for the first time since 1936," said United States Polo Association President Joe Meyer. "To be undefeated in such a strong bracket and going to the semi-finals is yet another indicator of how well Joel organizes a team to take on strong competition."

"I could not be more proud of our United States team competing at the FIP World Polo Championship in Chile," said Chief Executive Officer of the United States Polo Association Peter Rizzo. "It took a superlative national effort on so many levels to remain undefeated at this stage of the competition."

This year's field of six teams was divided by random draw into two brackets, one consisting of Chile, Pakistan, and England, and the other consisting of Argentina, USA and Brazil. In the FIP World Polo Championship, each team plays the other two in its bracket and the two teams with the best records from each bracket will advance to a single-elimination semi-final round, followed by the semi-final winners playing a single match for the world championship.

The FIP World Polo Championship is played every three or four years and was inaugurated in 1987. The United States has qualified for the final round of the tournament six out of the nine times it has been held, winning fourth place in 1992 and 1998 and winning the championship in 1989. The United States qualified for the 2015 final round in Chile by winning the FIP Zone A playoffs, going undefeated against regional rivals Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

The United States Polo Association will provide highlights and updates from all Team USPA matches through Twitter (https://twitter.com/PoloAssociation) with the official hashtag #GoTeamUSPA, and Facebook/Instagram (https://www.facebook.com/USPoloAssociation). 

About the United States Polo Association ®
Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo in North America and is one of the oldest sport governing bodies in the United States. With over 270 member clubs and 40 national tournaments, the USPA governs polo handicaps, tournament rules and safety regulations, to ensure the welfare and being of both pony and player. Funded by sales from the officially licensed consumer brand, U.S. Polo Assn., the USPA purposefully re-invests revenue by underwriting numerous development programs to expand and sustain the sport of polo. For more information please visit www.uspolo.org.

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