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USA Opens Season With Triumph Over Monaco

Date:    Saturday, June 6, 2015

It was a delightful opening day as the Monaco Polo Team made it's grand debut in the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series XXIV, Presented by BMW on Saturday June 6 at 5pm, on the polo grounds at Glen Farm. Although USA started strong to hold the lead, Monaco rounded the fifth chukker scoring eight goals to keep a close behind and ending the match with a final score of 17 to 13.

The match began with the raising of the Monaco flag and national anthem to welcome the team representing the 31st nation to play in the Polo Series.

Playing for Monaco was Francesco Mitrano, Kiko Casanova, Ivan Weiss and Aly Kashef. Sam Clemens, Heather Souto, Dan Keating and Jim DeAngelis represented team USA. 

The first chukker ended two to one, led by USA, with both goals scored by Keating and a goal for Monaco by Kashef. During the second chukker, USA burst into action scoring five more goals, while Kashef snuck, yet again, another goal past the USA’s defense. USA pulled further ahead with three more goals, as Kashef scored a third time for Monaco on a penalty shot, ending the third chukker with a half-time score of USA 10, Monaco 3.

Monaco regrouped at half-time and was out with Kashef and Weiss scoring two more goals for Monaco, and USA scoring another three goals by the end of the bell in the fourth chukker. Monaco began to close the gap in the fifth chukker with two goals by Casanova and two by Kashef, while Souto snuck in one point for USA. Rounding out the final chukker, Monaco mustered another four goals by Mitrano, Casanova and Kashef, while USA pushed through to victory with three final goals by Clemens and DeAngelis, leading the USA to a season opening win.

One lucky spectator was awarded the weekly door prize from Rockport, as well as a prize for the Best Tailgate, sponsored by our friends at Stella Artois.  The 2-hour match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation of the inaugural USA vs. Monaco silver perpetual cup, naming of the Best Playing Pony, autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.

During their visit, the Monaco team enjoyed America's Cup Charter sailing; paddle boarding - courtesy of Island Surf & Sport; tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame; helicopter tours with Bird's Eye View Helicopter ToursNewport Mansion tours and a team dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House for a truly memorable visit to the City by the Sea.

This is the 24th season of the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and AniAtria Senior LivingBalfour Beatty CommunitiesForty 1º NorthHyatt Regency Newport Hotel & SpaVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke HouseRockstar LimoVeuve ClicquotMcGrath ClambakesNewport Daily NewsRockportStella ArtoisPure Brazilian Coconut WaterNewport J HouseCox Communications, and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and SportThe Cocktail Guru, and Discover Newport. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.

Discover Polo!  Watch it, Play it, Support it.   Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXIV, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, (a founding member of the United States Polo Association offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.  Information about Newport Polo's spectator events, polo lessons, and sponsorship can be found on these web pages, using the links at the top of this page, including About Newport Polo.