Central Connecticut junior goalkeeper Chris Jones helped lead the United States to a fourth place finish at the first-ever World Deaf Football Championships, which were held in Patras, Greece from July 2-12. Jones went 3-3 in goal, recording one shutout and a shootout win while playing every minute for the U.S.
The U.S. squad opened the championship with a 2-0 pool play victory over the Netherlands. After losing, 3-0, to France, the U.S. earned a 2-1 win versus China and advanced to the quaterfinal round. The team played to a 2-2 tie in regulation time against Italy. Jones propelled the team to the semifinals with a 4-2 shootout win over the Italian side. The U.S. ended its run with back-to-back losses, falling to Turkey in semifinal action before losing 2-0 against France in the third place game.
Germany won gold with a 5-3 shootout win over Turkey in the championship game. The teams were tied, 3-3, at the end of regulation.