Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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I n a wild finish, Travieso rallied in the second half to win the coveted USPA North American Cup, Oct. 27, at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida. Trailing by five goals (9-4) at halftime, Travieso (Tony Calle, Grant Ganzi, Juan Cruz Merlos, Pite Merlos) staged an incredible comeback for a stunning 14-13 overtime victory over Audi (Wes Finlayson, Brandon Phillips, Pablo Spinacci, Marc Ganzi) in one of the most exciting finishes in the cup's history. Travieso was relentless in the second half, shutting out Audi in the fifth chukker, 4-0. Travieso outscored Audi 9- 4 in the final three chukkers before Grant Ganzi came up with the game- winning Penalty 2 conversion with 3:41 left in sudden death. Audi played a near-perfect first half, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the opening chukker with goals from Finlayson and Ganzi and two goals on handicap. Audi continued to control the momentum in the next two chukkers to extend its lead to 6-3 after two chukkers and 9-4 at the half. Travieso clawed its way back into the game in one of the most amazing turnarounds. Merlos scored two goals and Ganzi converted a Penalty 3 to outscore Audi, 3-2, in the fourth chukker, to trail 11-7. Travieso outscored Audi, 4-0, in the fifth to tie the game at 11-11 on Ganzi's goal off a rebound with 24 seconds left. Former 10-goaler Pite Merlos was 46 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O R E P O R T D I S P A T C H E S F R O M T H E W O R L D O F P O L O Travieso's MVP Pite Merlos gets past Audi's Brandon Phillips in the 20-goal USPA North American Cup. Merlos scored four second-half goals, rallying his team and winning the match. TRAVIESO CLINCHES NORTH AMERICAN CUP F L O R I D A

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