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USA U-19s win Slovakia Cup


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The United States under-19 national team captured the 2016 Slovakia Cup with a 2-1 win over Russia in the final.

Playing at Spartak Myjava Stadium in Myjava, Slovakia, the U.S. went down early when Konstantin Kuchaev scored in the 14th minute. However, the U-19s rebounded one minute later when Nelson Hunsinger tied the match off a Brandon Vazquez assist.

Pierre Da Silva won the match and the tournament with a goal in the 65th minute.

This is the first tournament win for the U-19s and head coach Brad Friedel.

The U.S. opened the tournament and play in Group B with a 5-1 win over Georgia. Danny Barbir, Hunsinger, Vazquez, Winston McKennie, and Ernesto Espinoza scored in the victory.

They clinched a spot in the final with a 2-1 win over the Ukraine on the back of a McKennie goal and an Ukranian own goal.

The U.S. dropped their final, meaningless group play match to Slovakia, 3-1. Colby Agu scored the U-19s' lone goal.


Tournament roster (via U.S. Soccer):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Benn Diaz (Queretaro; Los Angeles, Calif.), Ben Hale (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)

DEFENDERS (6): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Nabilai Kibunguchy (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos; Palmdale, Calif.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Sebastien Des Pres (RSL Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Ander Egiluz (Athletic Bilbao; Getxo, Spain), Nelson Hunsinger (Leg A-Z; Mary Esther, Fla.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas)

FORWARDS (5): Colby Agu (Capital Area Railhawks; Cary, N.C.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Joe Gallardo (Unattached; San Diego, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.)