U.S. U-19 men to face Russia in Slovakia Cup final

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, coached by Brad Friedel, clinched a spot in the 2016 Slovakia Cup final by opening Group B play with wins over Georgia (5-1) and Ukraine (2-1). Weston McKinnie  of FC Dallas' academy scored in both games.

The USA wraps up group play against host Slovakia April 28 before facing Russia in the final April 29.


Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer

April 26 in Senec, Slovakia
USA 2 Ukraine 1. Goals: McKennie (Young) 27, own goal 33; Yarmolenko 39.
USA -- Pulisic; Velela (Fossey, 40), Montalvo, Barbir, Arellano; McKennie, Egiluz (Da Silva, 40); De La Torre, Hunsinger (Espinoza, 61), Young (Agu, 76); Vazquez (Gallardo, 80+2)
Ukraine -- Bilyk; Bondar (Antoniuk, 76), Hudz, Matvieienko, Velychenko; Sereda (Zavinskyi, 62), Shkinder, Yarmolenko (Cheberko, 40), Lunov (Mukha, 62); Ivanochko (Kozhushko, 40), Liedniev.

April 25 in Trnava, Slovakia
USA 5 Georgia 1. Goals: Barbir (Vazquez) 10, Hunsinger (Da Silva) 23, Vazquez (pen.) 38, McKennie (Arellano) 45, Espinoza 74; Chogadze (pen.) 50.
USA -- Hale; Fossey, Montalvo (Kibunguchy, 51), Barbir, Arellano; De La Torre (Calvillo, 40) (Des Pres, 64), McKennie; Da Silva (Young, 59), Hunsinger (Gallardo, 40), Espinoza; Vazquez (Agu, 40).
Georgia -- Chochishvili; Mali, Bulukhadze, Lockoshvili, Lakhvekheliani (Kobouri, 40); Kutsia (Kochorashvili, 64), Pochkhua (Megreladze, 40); Chogadze,  Sagrishvili (Molashvili, 74), Chakvetadze (Megreladze, 63); Kavtaradze.
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