SPYTIHNEV, Czech Republic (Aug. 20, 2014) – Led by Sebastian Elney’s second-half brace, the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to beat Hungary 3-1 in the USA’s opener of the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek.
Trailing 1-0 after a first half full of chances for the U.S., Elney scored the equalizer in the 50th minute off of a Ben Swanson assist.
Just four minutes later, Elney struck again to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute, with Pablo Pelaez recording the assist.
The U.S. would get an insurance goal in the 82nd minute when Haji Wright scored from a Collin Fernandez assist to extend the lead to 3-1.
With the win, the U.S. sits in second place in Group A and will face the Czech Republic on Thursday, Aug. 21, for the top spot in the group. Both teams are tied with three points, but the Czech Republic holds the goal-differential tiebreaker due to its 4-1 victory over Hungary on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The Czech Republic needs either a draw or a win to earn first in the group.
-U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: United States U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Hungary
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: 21st International Youth Tournament of Václav Ježek
Venue: Spytihnev; Spytihnev, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Weather: 68 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
HUN 1 0 1
HUN - Benedek Murka 4th minute
USA - Sebastian Elney (Ben Swanson) 50
USA - Sebastian Elney (Pablo Pelaez) 54
USA - Haji Wright (Collin Fernandez) 82
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Kyle Duncan, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 15-Mauricio Pineda, 3-Pablo Pelaez, 20-Jackson Yueill (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 62), 6-Ben Swanson, 10-Mukwelle Akale (14-Collin Fernandez, 77), 13-Victor Mansaray (19-Haji Wright, 61), 18-Sebastian Elney (7-Jorge Ruiz, 86), 8-Cameron Lindley
Subs Not Used: 4-Justen Glad, 9-Coy Craft, 16-Malcolm Jones, 17-Sean Wilson, 22-JT Marcinkowski
Head Coach: Javier Perez
HUN: 12-Renato Boros; 14-Daniel Kertai (13-Daniel Kutai, 77), 3-Imre Feher, 5-Bonifac Csonka, 6-Donat Szivacski, 4-Noel Laszlo, 8-Andras Erdei (15-Krisztofer Orlik, 53), 16-Miklos Kitl, 18-Benedek Murka (9-Alex Pendl, 56), 11-Zsolt Ovari (17-Milan Toth, 61), 10-Roland Sallai
Subs Not Used: 1-Peter Ipacs, 2-Balazs Farkas, 7-Patrik Ternovan
Head Coach: Istvan Mihalecz
Stats Summary: USA / HUN
Shots: 14 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 5 / 2
HUN - Daniel Kertai (caution) 43
USA - Pablo Pelaez (caution) 77
USA - Sebastian Saucedo (caution) 85
Referee: Vit Ondras
Assistant Referee: Petr Antonicek
Assistant Referee: Petr Vyslouzil
Fourth Official: N/A