Youth: Reyna scores decider in U.S. U-17 boys' tourney win in Spain

Giovanni Reyna's stoppage-time goal against Norway earned the U.S. U-17s the 2018 Sportchain Cup title in Benicassim, Spain. The NYCFC academy playmaker scored two minutes into stoppage time in the final game of a four-game competition in which Coach John Hackworth's team beat Norway twice and India twice.

The Northern California native Josh Pynadath, who plays for Ajax Amsterdam's Academy, scored both gamewinners in each of the USA's 1-0 wins over India. Both of his goals were set up by Diego Lopez of Atlanta United 2.

In the USA's first win over Norway, Sporting Kansas City's homegrown signee Gianluca Busio assisted on the opening goal by Real So Cal's Adam Saldana and scored the second in a 2-0 win.

April 21 in Benicassim, Spain
USA 1 Norway 0.
Goal: Reyna (Judge) 92.
USA -- Damian Las; Joseph Scally, Mason Judge, Axel Alejandre, Kobe Hernandez; Adam Saldana, Gilbert Fuentes (Peter Stroud, 94), Gianluca Busio (Beni Redzic, 82’); Andres Jasson (Luis Flores, 64’), Giovanni Reyna, Ray Serrano (Diego Lopez, 46).
Norway -- Sander Tangvik (Frank Stople, 7); Mikkel Tveiten, Brage Skaret, Nicolas Pignatel Jensen, Nils Vallotto; Trygve Aarstad, Mikail Maden (Xiaolong You, 89’), Iben W. Bergenheim, Christian Bell; Herman Geelmuyden, Apipon Tongnoy.

April 19 in Benicassim, Spain
USA 1 India 0
Goal: Pynadath (Lopez) 16.
USA -- Aaron Cervantes; Peter Stroud, Michael Barragan, Tayvon Gray, John Tolkin; Cesar Garcia (Luis Flores, 49’), Jack Imperato (Ray Serrano, 76’), Beni Redzic (Andres Jasson, 76); Josh Pynadath, Diego Lopez, Adam Armour (Gilbert Fuentes, 69).
India -- Nirat Kumar; Shabas Amammed, Moirangthen Thoiba Singh, Harpreet Singh, Gurkirat Singh; Givson Singh Moirangthe, Vikram Partap Singh, Ricky John Shabong (Subungasa Basumatary, 69’), Rohit Danu; Ridge Melvin Demello (Ravi Bahadur Rana, 62), Lalchhanhima Sailo

April 17 in Benicassim, Spain
USA 2 Norway 0.
Goals: Saldana (Judge, Busio) 35, Busio (Serrano) 72.
USA -- Damian Las; Joseph Scally, Mason Judge, Axel Alejandre, George Bello; Luis Flores (Gilbert Fuentes, 72), Adam Saldana, Andres Jasson (Adam Armour, 72’); Gianluca Busio, Giovanni Reyna, Beni Redzic (Ray Serrano, 58).
Norway -- Frank Stople; Mikkel Tveiten, Brage Skaret, Nicolas Pignatel Jensen, Nils Vallotto; Trygve Aarstad, Mikail Maden (Mikael Baisotti, 58’), Lars Kristian Moldestad, Christian Bell (Thelo Aasgaard, 66’); Herman Geelmuyden, Apipon Tongnoy.

April 16 in Benicassim, Spain
USA 1 India 0
Goal: Pynadath (Lopez) 59.
USA -- Aaron Cervantes; Michael Barragan, Tayvon Gray, Kobe Hernandez, John Tolkin; Peter Stroud, Cesar Garcia, Gilbert Fuentes (Jack Imperato, 47); Ray Serrano (Adam Armour, 36), Diego Lopez, Josh Pynadath.
India -- Nirat Kumar; Shabas Amammed, Moirangthen Thoiba Singh, Harpreet Singh, Gurkirat Singh; Adarsh Rai Das, Ricky John Shabong (Lalrokima, 67), Lalchanhima Sailo, Bokoy Oram (Ridge Melvin Demello, 30’); Giuson Singh Moirangthon, Rohit Danu.

U.S. U-17 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire Academy; Chicago, Ill.).
DEFENDERS (8): Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), Michael Barragan (Atlas/MEX; Guadalajara, Mexico), George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.), Tayvon Gray (New York City FC Academy; Bronx, N.Y.), Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Mason Judge (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Flores (Shattuck-Saint Mary's; Half Moon Bay, Calif.), Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Cesar Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Carrollton, Texas), Jack Imperato (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Andres Jasson (New York City FC Academy; Greenwich, Conn.), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls Academy; Chester, N.J.).
FORWARDS (7): Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.), Diego Lopez (Atlanta United FC 2; Chino, Calif.), Joshua Pynadath (Ajax/NED; Amsterdam, Netherlands), Benjamin Redzic (FC Dallas Academy; Carrollton, Texas), Giovanni Reyna (New York City FC Academy; Bedford Corners, N.Y.), Ray Serrano (Sounders FC 2; Graham, Wash.).

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