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.
Goals: 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.
Video of the incident at the end of the USA U19 MNT game against Bahrain. pic.twitter.com/hI9f0VtmUe— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) August 1, 2016