In its opening match of the Slovenia Nations Cup, the U.S. U-19 men’s team cruised to a 5-0 win over Malta.
Rodrigo Neri, who plays for Atletico Madrid's U-18s, scored twice. The New England Revolution's Esmir Bajraktarevic scored and assisted, as did Orlando City's Alex Freeman.
Coach Marko Mitrovic brought to the three-game series of matches comprised evenly of players born in 2004 and 2005 — all eligible for next summer’s U20 FIFA World Cup. (Coach Mikey Vargas' U.S. U-20s are playing at the Revelations Cup in Mexico.)
USA-Croatia Friday, Sept. 23, 1 pm ET.
USA-Scotland Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11am ET.
Streaming on Facebook (B4 Slovenia)
Sept. 21 in Terme Catez, Slovenia
USA 5 Malta 0. Goals: Reed Baker-Whiting (Esmir Bajraktarevic) 16, Esmir Bajraktarevic (Alex Freeman) 57, Rodrigo Neri (Zach Booth) 60, Rodrigo Neri (Favian Loyola) 68, Alex Freeman (Favian Loyola) 87.
USA Starting XI: Antonio Carrera, Reed Baker-Whiting, Nolan Norris, Thomas WIlliams, Kobi Henry (c), Esmir Bajraktarevic, Zach Booth, Marcel Ruszel, Jack Panayotou, Rodrigo Neri, Sergio Oregel.
• U.S. U-19 Roster.