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USA U-19s crash out of 2016 COTIF Tournament

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Slow start, slow finish.

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The United States under-19 men's national team finished in fourth place in Group A of the 2016 COTIF Tournament.

The squad, led by head coach Brad Friedel, dropped its first match to Venezuela, 2-0.

They rebounded in their second match, beating Mauritania, 1-0, on the strength of a goal from Djordje Mihailovic.

Club Tijuana's Brandon Vazquez scored the U.S.'s lone goal in 1-0 win over tournament hosts Spain.

The U-19s needed three points in their final group match against Bahrain to advance to the semifinals. The U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead via a goal from Kevin Lankford, but Bahrain scored three straight goals to eliminate the Little Yanks/USMNT/Americans.

The match ended with a brawl that will surely generate international headlines:

Six points, three goals, two wins, and one brawl adds up to a team that's going home early. It's a disappointing finish to the tournament, and time will tell if there will be any additional fallout from the brouhaha.

Roster for the tournament listed below:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brady Scott (De Anza Force Academy; Petaluma, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.), Justin Vom Steeg (Unattached; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Marlon Fossey (Fulham F.C.; Surbiton, Great Britain), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Eddie Munjoma (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Donovan Pines (DC United; Clarksville, Md.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (Stanford University; Cupertino, Calif.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Christian Enriquez (Nomads FC; San Diego, Calif.), Nelson Hunsinger (Leg A-Z; Mary Esther, Fla.), Kevin Lankford (FC Heidenheim; Heidenheim, Germany), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Devin Vega (FC Dallas; San Antonio, Texas)

FORWARDS (4): Colby Agu (Capital Area Railhawks; Cary, N.C.), Abdulkadir Haji (Seacoast United; Manchester, N.H.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.)