USA into 2016 Slovakia Cup Finals After 2-1 Victory vs. Ukraine

SENEC, Slovakia (April 26, 2016) – The U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team is headed to the 2016 Slovakia Cup final after its 2-1 victory against Ukraine. The USA will face Slovakia in its last group stage match on April 28.

U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie grabbed the first goal of the match in the 27th minute with help from Isaiah Young. Minutes later, the U.S. scored another goal due to Ukraine own goal.

In the 39th minute, Ukraine midfielder Artem Yarmolenko narrowed the scoreline to 2-1. The U.S. defense held strong against the Ukraine attack to keep the lead until the final whistle.

The U.S. will face Russia for the 2016 Slovakia Cup title on April 29 at Myjava Stadium (9 a.m. ET).

-U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date: April 26, 2016
Competition: 2016 Slovakia Cup
Venue: Bernolakovo Stadium; Senec, Slovakia
Kickoff: 9 a.m. ET
Attendance: 100
Weather: 58 degrees; Clear

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

USA – Weston McKennie (Isaiah Young)               27th minute
USA – Own Goal                                                               33
UKR – Atrem Yarmolenko                                            39

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 15-Alexis Velela (2-Marlon Fossey, 40), 5-Hector Montalvo, 4-Danny Barbir, 3-Hugo Arellano; 9-Weston McKennie (capt.), 16-Ander Egiluz (17-Pierre Da Silva, 40); 10-Luca De La Torre, 23-Nelson Hunsinger (11-Ernesto Espinoza, 61), 7-Isaiah Young (20-Colby Agu, 76); 8-Brandon Vazquez (19-Joe Gallardo, 80+2)
Subs Not Used: 21-Nabilai Kibunguchy, 22-Benny Diaz
Not Dressed: 6-Eric Calvillo, 12-Ben Hale, 14-Sebastien Des Pres
Head coach: Brad Friedel

UKR: 12-Oleh Bilyk; 2-Dmytro Bondar (13-Ivan Antoniuk, 76), 15-Stanislav Hudz, 4-Eduard Matvieienko, 3-Mykyta Velychenko; 10-Tomas Nikolas Sereda (19-Yurii Zavinskyi, 62), 5-Vladyslav Shkinder, 17-Artem Yarmolenko (6-Yevhen Cheberko, 40), 8-Maksym Lunov (9-Nazariy Mukha, 62); 16-Iuriy Ivanochko (7-Oleg Kozhushko, 40), 20-Bohdan Liedniev
Sub Not Used: 1-Vadym Chevchuk
Head coach: Volodymyr Tsytkin

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 6 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 7
Fouls: 17 / 14
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA– Luca De La Torre (caution)               70th minute
USA – Pierre Da Silva (caution)                   80

Officials:
Referee: M. Mastis (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: A. Hrmo (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: A. Jekkel (SVK)
Fourth Official: M. Perasin (SVK)

Man of the Match: Brandon Vazquez

* Match was played in two 40 minute halves.