After beating Spain, U.S. U-19s ousted by Bahrain

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, after having upset host Spain, was eliminated from the Sub-20 l'Acudia COTIF tournament with a 3-1 loss to Bahrain in a game that ended with a brawl.

Coach Brad Friedel’s team entered its final Group A game, after opening with a 2-0 loss to Venezuela and 1-0 wins over Mauritania and Spain, needing a win to advance to the semifinals.

The USA took the lead over Bahrain with a goal from German-American Kevin Lankford, who plays for the U-19 team of German second division club Heidenheim.

But the USA gave up three goals with 18 minutes. Shortly before the final whistle, U.S. midfielder Pierre Da Silva was fouled and while on the ground, a Bahrain player kicked the ball into Da Silva’s head, setting off a brawl that saw two players from each team ejected.

With the loss, the USA finished in fourth place in Group A while Bahrain, which had lost, 3-0, to Spain and tied Venezuela, 0-0, finished third.

In the semifinals, Spain faces Qatar and Venezuela meets Argentina.

Aug. 1 in Valencia, Spain
USA 1 Bahrain 3.
Lankford 33; Abdulaziz 44, 50, 62.
USA -- Vom Steeg, Arellano, Fossey (Munjoma, 56), Mckennie, Da Silva, Vázquez, Nelson, Trusty, Mihailovic (Vega, min. 41), Pines, Lankford (Young, min. 41).
Bahrain -- Yusuf, Mubarak, Jameel, Mahmook, Talal Ali (Redha, 41), Sayed (Ahmed, 53), Ebrahim (Faisal, 58), Abdulaziz, Mohamed, Zeyad (Jasim, 41), Shawqi (Hasan, 58).
Yellow cards: USA -- Arellano, Lankford, Da Silva; Bahrain – Jasim, Mohamed.
Red cards: USA – Arellano, Vazquez; Bahrain – Jameel, Mahmook.
Att.: 3,500.

6 comments about "After beating Spain, U.S. U-19s ousted by Bahrain".
  1. Jogo Bonito, August 2, 2016 at 3:46 p.m.

    How does Brad Friedel become head coach with a US youth national team? I suppose that it's nice that ex-national team players want to get into coaching at the youth national level. However, after listening to his banal contributions as a color commentator, it's clear to me that this ex-goalkeeper that looks like he can't juggle a ball 10 times can't possibly be what's needed to develop players. He can't possibly offer a resume that includes coaching and teaching experience that would qualify him as an outstanding developer of young players. I watched 2 games and his team played the same coached, shape-keeping, non- creative US Soccer/Northern European/College/coaching school brand of ball that develops nothing and wins nothing.

  2. Goal Goal, August 2, 2016 at 7:18 p.m.

    We go down to another country known for its soccer ability.

  3. Goal Goal, August 2, 2016 at 7:27 p.m.

    I am reading this story and I have a bad hiccup . Julian Green just scored a hat trick fr Bayern. What did he do under JK? I wonder if it has something to do with coaching and tactics. You think??

  4. Richard Brown, August 3, 2016 at 2:22 p.m.

    I think Julian plays normally for their reserve team who do they play their games against other reserv teams in the 4 division. Our own MLS players can beat any team in Germany's fourth division.

    To get better you have to play with and against better. That does not happen in their 4 th division.

  5. Richard Brown, August 3, 2016 at 2:25 p.m.

    In my oppionion ex keepers for the most part do not make good coaches. There are always exceptions but for the most part they don't. It's like making your captain a keeper if you only use one captain.

  6. Goal Goal, August 4, 2016 at 5:10 p.m.

    Yu beat Spain then lose to Bahrain. Help me!!!

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