[VACLAV JEZEK TOURNAMENT]Mukwelle Akale added to his growing reputation as he was named the top player at his second international tournament this year after scoring the winning goal in the U.S. under-18 national team's 1-0 win over Ukraine in the final of the Vaclav Jezek Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. Jonathan Klinsmann was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Akale, whose Cameroonian-born fatherRalph operates a soccer school in the Minneapolis area, was named the MVP of the 2014 Copa del Atlantico in Spain. He spent time in the U.S. U-17 residency program and more recently played for the Minnesota Thunder academy program. He signed a pre-contract to join Spanish club Villarreal when he turns 18 in January 2015.
Akale scored the only goal in the final on an assist from Cameron Lindley in the 47th minute.
The USA had earlier beaten Hungary, 3-1, and host Czech Republic, 3-2. Klinsmann was in goal for the Hungary game.