USA Falls to Croatia 2-1 in Opening Match of 2016 Tournament Dell Nazioni

SLOVENIA (April 26, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team fell to Croatia 2-1, in its opening match at the 2016 Tournament Delle Nazioni in Slovenia.

The U.S took the lead in the 16th minute with Gabriel Segal assisting Ulysses Llanez for the first goal. Minutes later, Croatia’s Ivan Brnic equalized. In the 24th minute, Croatia took the lead with a strike from Nino Kukovec, creating the final 2-1 scoreline.

The U.S. will face Slovenia on April 26 at 11 a.m. ET.

- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-16 Boys' National Team vs. Croatia
Date: April 25, 2016
Competition: 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue: NK BRDA; Slovenia
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F             
USA                                    1              0              1
CRO                                    2              0              2             

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Gabriel Segal)                           16th minute
CRO – Ivan Brnic                                                             19
CRO – Nino Kukovec                                                       24

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen; 3-Luke Hansen, 5-Leonardo Sepulveda, 4-Michael Pellegrino (14-Eduardo Blancas, 49), 2-John Hilton; 10-Luis Arriaga, 6-Taylor Booth, 8-Marcelo Palomino, 11-Ulysses Llanez (7-Jose Rivas, 49); 9-Gabe Segal (19-Konrad De la Fuente, 56), 21-Indiana Vassilev (20-Nicholas Mendonca, 56)
Subs Not Used: 18-Dominic De Almeida, 15-Roberto Hategan, 17-Alexsi Morel, 12-Alex Rando, 13-Sebastian Serpa
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

CRO: 1-Renato Josipovic; 2-Nikola Mihanovic, 3-Raul Milinovic, 4-Mario Vuskovic, 6-Toni Fruk, (9-Mateo Nikl, 46); 8-Ivijan Svrznjak, 10-Tomislav Krizmanic, 11-Luka Jancic (19-Ivan Dakovic, 60); 15-Marin Vujcic, 17-Ivan Brnic (18-Matteo Tadic, 46)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tin Hrvoj, 7-Bruno Jenjic,12-Luke Dubrovic, 13-Marko Ravlija, 14-Mario Nikolic, 16-Domagoj Stranput
Head Coach: Mladen Ivancic

Stats Summary: USA / COR                                         
Shots: 8 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Marin Vujcic (caution)                      25th minute
CRO – Renato Josipovic (caution)              70

*Match was played in two 40 minute halves.