Dave van den Bergh and the U.S. U-15 national team traveled to Rosario, Argentina to participate in the 2016 International Festival Tournament and came away the champions.
The U-15s opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Club Atletico Talleres. Talleres got on the board in the 3rd minute via a Mateo Namani goal. However, Efrain Alvarez took over the match, scoring three goals and assisting on two more by George Bello and Cade Hagan.
The U.S. tied Newell's Old Boys, 2-2, in their second match. Marco Ceja and Hagan scored for the U.S.
In the third and final match, the U-15s took down Uruguay, 2-0, to clinch the title. Alvarez scored his fourth goal of the tournament and Giovanni Reyna added an insurance goal in the second half. Damian Las was in goal for the shutout and made two saves.
This was van den Bergh's first tournament in charge of the U-15s and you can't ask for a better debut.
Roster via U.S. Soccer:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Las (Chicago Magic; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.)
DEFENDERS (8): Axel Alejandre (Chicago Fire North; Chicago, Ill.), Noah Atanda (Bethesda Olney; Olney, Md.), George Bello (Ambush; Douglasville, Ga.), James Crath (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Max Goeggel (Ballistic United; San Francisco, Calif.), Jake O'Connor (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, N.J.), Juan Zuniga (Storm; Bluffton, S.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Gianluca Busio (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Gilbert Fuentes (Ballistic United; Tracy, Calif.), Cade Hagan (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.), Jack Imperato (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Maunsell (Oakwood; Oxford, Conn.)
FORWARDS (4): Marco Ceja (Central CA Aztecs; Bakersfield, Calif.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Texas), Kanoa Kelii (Maui United; Waianae, Hawaii), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Bedford, N.Y.)