Team USA participated in the summer 2012 London Olympic Games from July 27th- Aug 12th. Tony led the team to a strong start winning the first three games, but the tournament ended in a disappointing finish.
Team USA was in an initial bracket with five other teams: Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania and Great Britain. The first game was against Montenegro, followed by Romania, Great Britain, Serbia and Hungary. (The other bracket consisted of Greece, Australia, Croatia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Spain).
The top four teams in each bracket advanced to the next round and played each other in the opposite order (so #1 from Bracket 1 played #4 from Bracket 2, #2 played #3 etc.). The top four results from this round moved on to the semifinals and finals of the medal round.
USA Men’s Water Polo Olympic Game Results
|7/29/2012||Preliminaries||vs. Montenegro||7:40 PM||
|7/31/2012||Preliminaries||vs. Romania||7:40 PM||
|8/2/2012||Preliminaries||vs. Great Britain||6:20 PM||
|8/4/2012||Preliminaries||vs. Serbia||7:40 PM||
|8/6/2012||Preliminaries||vs. Hungary||3:30 PM||
|8/8/2012||Quarterfinals||vs. Croatia||6:40 PM||
|8/10/2012||Semifinals||vs. Spain||2:30 PM||
|8/12/2012||FINALS (Men’s Classification 7th-8th Place)||vs. Australia||10:20 AM||
USA Men Open 2012 Olympic Games With 8-7 Win Over Montenegro
7/29/2012 12:00:00 AM
London, England – July 29 – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team opened up competition at the 2012 Olympic Games with an 8-7 win over Montenegro at the Water Polo Arena. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored what would prove to be the game winner with just :57 left in the match. Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) spurred the offense with three goals while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) did the job in net, posting 11 saves. The victory puts Team USA at 1-0 in Group B standings. They meet Romania in their next match on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:40pm local time (2:40pm est/11:40am pst).
Scoring - Scoresheet
- USA 8 (1, 3, 2, 2) P. Varellas 3, T. Azevedo 1, A. Wright 1, L. Beaubien 1, R. Bailey 1, T. Hutten 1
- MNE 7 (1, 1, 2, 3) A. Ivovic 3, D. Brguljan 1, V. Paskovic 1, A. Radovic 1, V. Gojkovic 1
- Saves – USA – M. Moses 11 – MNE – M. Scepanovic 4, D. Sefik 2
- 6×5 – USA – 2/6 MNE – 2/8
- Penalties – USA 0/0 – MNE – 0/0
USA Men Top Romania 10-8 For Second Straight Win At 2012 Olympic Games
7/31/2012 12:00:00 AM
London, England – July 31 – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Water Polo battled back from a first half deficit to down Romania 10-8 in preliminary play. The win moves Team USA to 2-0 in Group B as they ready for a match with Great Britain on Thursday evening. Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF) and Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) each scored three goals on offense while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) posted 12 saves in the victory. Bailey’s second effort goal off a rebound of his own miss with just :50 to play sealed the deal for Team USA. The United States next match against Great Britain is set for 7:40pm local time/2:40pm est/11:40am pst. The match will air live on NBC on the east coast and on delay on the west coast at 12:20pm.
Scoring - Scoresheet
- USA 10 (3, 1, 3, 3) P. Varellas 3, R. Bailey 3, A. Wright 2, J. Mann 1, L. Beaubien 1
- ROU 8 (3, 2, 0, 3) C. Radu 4, A. Iosep 1, R. Georgescu 1, A. Ghiban 1, K. Kadar 1
- Saves – USA – M. Moses 12 – ROU – Stoenescu 8
- 6×5 – USA – 5/13 – ROU – 3/12
- Penalties – USA 0/0 – ROU 0/0