NEWPORT BEACH — On this day, the power play was working for the U.S. men's water polo national team.
In roughly two months, Team USA hopes to make an Olympic power play on an even bigger stage in London.
Momentum could be gained from a good result Sunday afternoon. There the Americans were, in front of an overflow crowd estimated at 1,700 at Newport Harbor High. Their opponent was a familiar one, Hungary, a rematch of the 2008 Olympic gold-medal game won by the Hungarians.
The United States left no doubt about the outcome in this showcase. Team captain Tony Azevedo scored six goals as Team USA used a strong start to beat Hungary, 12-9.
Team USA, which features former Corona del Mar High and Cal standout John Mann as well as UC Irvine alumni Ryan Bailey, Jeff Powers and Tim Hutten, came out strong in the six-on-five. A day after converting just two of 13 chances in an 8-7 loss against Croatia, the Americans went 10 for 16 on extra against Hungary.