U.S. U-19 men beat Russia to lift Slovakia Cup

The U.S. U-19 men’s national team, coached by Brad Friedel, beat Russia, 2-1, to win the Slovakia Cup after reaching the final thanks to group-stage wins over Georgia (5-1) and Ukraine (2-1).

In the final, the USA came back after going down 1-0 in the 14th minute with goals by Nelson Hunsinger of of Florida's Leg A-Z in the 15th minute and Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City B) in the 65th minute. Tijuana’s Brandon Vazquez assisted on both goals.

U.S. captain Weston McKinnie, of FC Dallas, who scored against Georgia and Ukraine and was named tournament MVP.

In the U.S. U-19s first tournament under Friedel, they lost to Spain, France and the Canary Islands in February's Copa Atlantico. Only five players from the 23-player Copa Copa Atlantico squad -- goalkeepers William Pulisic (Richmond United) and Benjamin Hale (FC Dallas), defender Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas), midfielder Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos) and Da Silva -- returned for the Slovakia Cup.

Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer

April 29 in Myjava, Slovakia
USA 2 Russia 1. Goals: Hunsinger (Vazquez) 15, Da Silva (Vazquez) 65; Kuchaev (Chalov) 14.
USA -- Pulisic; Fossey, Montalvo, Barbir, Arellano; De La Torre, McKennie; Da Silva (Agu, 79), Hunsinger (Gallardo, 51), Espinoza (Young, 40); Vazquez.
Russia -- Maksimenko; Matviichuk, Tataev, Kalugin, Lomovitskiy; Galanin (Kamenshchikov, 48), Makhatadze, Obliakov; Viznovich, Chalov, Kuchaev (Krapukhin, 70).

1 comment about "U.S. U-19 men beat Russia to lift Slovakia Cup".
  1. ROBERT BOND, May 3, 2016 at 9:32 a.m.

    good job!!!

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