The U.S. U-19 men's national team upset host Spain, 1-0, at the l'Acudia COTIF tournament thanks to a free-kick goal by Brandon Vazquez, a Southern Californian product who joined Tijuana Xolos' youth program before playing for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup.
Coach Brad Friedel’s team, which faces Bahrain on Monday, opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Venezuela and a 1-0 win over Mauritania on a goal by the Chicago Fire academy’s Djordje Mihailovic. The USA is in third place in Group A, tied on six points with second-place Spain, which has a superior goal difference, and one point behind first-place Venezuela.
Spain faces Venezuela in its final group game. The top two finishers in Group A and will reach the semifinals against the top two finishers in Group B, which is led by Argentina and Mexico, followed by Qatar, Costa Rica, Morocco.
July 28 in Valencia, Spain
USA 1 Mauritania 0.
Goal: Mihailovic 40.
USA -- Vom Steeg, Arellano, Fossey (Munjoma, 61), Young, Da Silva, Vázquez (Colby, 61), Mihailovic (Hunsinger, 81), Nelson, Vega (McKennie, 41), Trusty, Pines.
Mauritania -- Mbarek, Abeid (Babeker, 76), Niass (Konate, 61), Abdou, Traore, Teguedi (Alasanne Diop, min. 76), Tanjy (Mohamed, 61), Dellah Yaly, N’Diaye, El Hacen (Lemrabott, 61), El Ide, Sleimane.
July 26 in Valencia,
USA 0 Venezuela 2.
Goals: Heber 48, Balza 53.
USA -- Silva; Arellano (Pines, 73), Montalvo (Nelson, 41), Bashti (Mihailovic, 41), Fossey, McKennie (Enríquez, 73), Young (Monjoma, 57), Da Silva (Lankford, 57), Trusty, Hunsinger (Haji, 41), Agu (Vázquez, 57).
Venezuela -- Fariñez, Quero (Hernández, 41), Fuentes, Rivas (Pinto, 74), Herrera, Chacón (Balza, 41), Soteldo (Silva, 74), Peña (Acebedo, 41), Ramírez (Heber, 30), Mejías, Hernández.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brady Scott (De Anza Force), Kevin Silva (PDA), Justin Vom Steeg (Unattached).
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy II), Marlon Fossey (Fulham/ENG), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas academy), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG), Donovan Pines (D.C. United academy), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (Stanford Univ.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC B), Christian Enriquez (Nomads FC), Nelson Hunsinger (Leg A-Z), Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim/GER), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas academy), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire academy), Devin Vega (FC Dallas academy).
FORWARDS (4): Colby Agu (Capital Area Railhawks), Abdulkadir Haji (Seacoast United) Brandon Vazquez (Tijuana/MEX), Isaiah Young (PDA).