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USA vs. Morocco Match Report

Date:    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

USA outlasted Morocco 9-4 in a spirited match on Sunday, August 5th, 2018, the fifth international faceoff of the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series 27, presented by BMW.  

With Moroccan and US national flags rippling over the pitch, the national anthems of both countries followed the introduction of players.  Wearing white and red for Morocco in the #1 position was Imad Ounnisi, with Karim Drif at #2, Taissir Kadiri at #3, and Nour-Dean Anakar at #4.  

Representing USA in navy was Michel Nseir in the #1 position, with Minnie Keating at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Peter Friedman at #4.  

D. Keating put team USA on the board first with the lone goal of the first chukka. Friedman followed suit for USA and scored two consecutive goals in the second chukka to give his team a 3-0 lead. Kadiri finally responded for Morocco, putting them on the board with a 2-goal deficit at the end of the second chukka. Morocco gained momentum, and Drif and Ounnisi were able to score two goals to end the first half in a 3-3 tie. 

USA began the second half firing, with two immediate goals from Nseir to put his team up 5-3. The father/daughter duo of D. Keating and M. Keating scored two more goals for USA in the fourth chukka, putting the navy team in a 7-3 lead. The fifth chukka began with Friedman's third goal of the match, which was answered with a goal for Morocco by Kadiri. Nseir scored his third goal at the beginning of the sixth chukka, which gave USA a 9-4 victory over Morocco.

During the match, a lucky lady from North Kingstown, Rhode Island won a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in the weekly door prize drawing.  An extravagant tailgate party in space 68 wowed the judges by decorating their tailgate with a Moroccan theme. Specialty vendors and concessionaires were present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, and included the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, Flint & Flame, and gourmet food trucks.

After 6 chukkas, the match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players.  The USA vs. Morocco Cup was presented by Daniele Barbi, Director of Hospitality at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marins, host of Team Morocco. 

While in Newport, the Morocco Team enjoyed many of the best attractions and highlights in the City by the Sea, including riding in style in a BMW X5 SUV; Newport Mansion tours; Secret Garden Tours of Newport for exclusive access to the private gardens of Newport's Point District; a glorious sunset sail;  Sightseeing courtesy of Scooter World;  Tennis on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame;  Paddle boarding with Island Surf and Sport; cocktails & dancing at the Season Kickoff Bash on the eve of the match at the one and only Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.

"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe, and we are honored to have teams traveling great distances to play in Newport," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad.  "A following of Scottish fans from throughout the region has grown each time the Scotts are on the schedule, wearing kilts and waving 'the Saltire' St. Andrews cross in lively support of their fellow countrymen."

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.  

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Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are available for individual lawn or Pavilion seating, reserved tables, corporate tailgates & VIP lounge tables to take in all 18 weeks of polo action.  

This is the 27th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, Peru and Poland.

Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI.  This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600's.  Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2018 sponsors including Gallo Thomas InsuranceNBC - 10BMW Centers of Rhode IslandModern Luxury BostonGrace HotelsGurney's Newport Resort & MarinaHotel VikingVanderbilt International PropertiesThe Chanler at CliffwalkVeuve Clicquot ChampagneBrahminClarke Cooke HouseFlint & Flame, Rockstar LimoStella ArtoisNewport Daily NewsWhere BostonAtria Senior LivingGoslings RumThe Hermitage Club and promotional partners including International Tennis Hall of FameAmerica's Cup ChartersNewport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportMcGrath Clambakes and Scooter World. “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.

There's no sport like polo. Be a part of it!  Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVII, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association.