The U.S. under-16 boys national team captured third place at the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland with a 5-1 win over Israel on Friday.
The Americans, coached by
, broke the Larne Plate final open with three goals in five minutes in the first half. Ryan Finley
scored twice on assists by Cooper Barham
and Ben Speas
, who scored the third goal on an assist by Zarek Valentin
. Californians Amobi Okugo
and Eder Arreola
scored four minutes apart
in the second half.
Ireland, which handed the Americans their only defeat, captured the title with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland in the final. Northern Ireland's Daniel Kearns
was named the tournament's top player.