FIUMICELLO, Italy (April 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team defeated England 6-5 in a penalty shootout to advance to the fifth place match at the 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni.
The game went back and forth between the U.S. and England with the U.S. tallying the first two goals just minutes apart. John Hilton opened the scoring in the seventh minute off a Marcelo Palomino pass. In the 10th minute, Konrad De la Fuente tallied thanks to Palomino again. England countered in the 18th minute when Rayhaan Tulloch scored. Just two minutes later, the U.S. increased its lead to two when De la Fuente assisted Jose Rivas, sending the young Yanks into halftime with a 3-1 advantage.
England started the second half strong when Arvin Appiah scored in the 37th minute. The U.S. increased its lead in the 43rd minute after Alexsi Morel assisted Gabriel Segal to put the USA up 4-2.
In the final 10 minutes, England’s Tulloch scored his second goal in the 60th minute and Appiah equalized in the 67th to send the match directly to penalty kicks.
After five rounds, both teams were tied with five goals apiece, when England forward Zico Asare missed his penalty, giving the U.S. the advantage. Captain Taylor Booth kept his nerve to slot the ball just past the keeper for the U.S. victory.
- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report –
Match: United States U-16 Boys' National Team vs. England U-16 Boys’ National Team
Date: April 29, 2016
Competition: 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue: Fiumicello, Italy
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather: 70 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
ENG 1 3 4
USA – John Hilton (Marcelo Palomino) 7th minute
USA – Konrad De la Fuente (Marcelo Palomino) 10
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch 18
USA – Jose Rivas (Konrad De la Fuente) 20
ENG – Arvin Appiah 37
USA – Gabriel Segal (Alexsi Morel) 43
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch 60
ENG – Arvin Appiah 67
USA – Indiana Vassilev (goal), Nicholas Mendonca (goal), Ulysses Llanez (goal), Roberto Hategan (save), Leo Sepulveda (goal), John Hilton (goal), Taylor Booth (goal)
ENG – Arvin Appiah (goal), Xavier Amaechi (goal), Curtis Jones (goal), Rayhaan Tulloch (save), Thomas Doyle (goal), Nathanael Ogbeta (goal), Zico Asare (miss)
USA: 1-Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen; 17-Alexsi Morel, 14-Eduardo Blancas, 5-Leonardo Sepulveda, 2-John Hilton; 6-Taylor Booth, 7-Jose Rivas (20-Nicholas Mendonca, 50), 19-Konrad De la Fuente (11-Ulysses Llanez, 50), 21-Indiana Vassilev; 10-Luis Arriaga (17-Dominic De Almeida, 65), Marcelo Palomino (9-Gabriel Segal, 36 (15-Roberto Hategan, 68))
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Rando, 13-Sebastian Serpa, 3-Luke Hansen
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris
ENG: 13-Joshua Oluwayemi; 2-Dylan Crowe, 5-Nathanael Ogbeta, 9-Rayhaan Tulloch, 11-Xavier Amaechi; 12-Bali Mumba, 14-Curtis Jones, 15-Tareq Shihab, 16-Zico Asare; 17-Arvin Appiah, 18-Fabio Sole (8-Thomas Doyle, 27)
Subs Not Used: 1-Luca Ashby-Hammond, 3-Bukayo Saka, 4-Elijah Dixon-Bonner, 6-Faustino Anjorin, 7-Luis Longstaff, 10-Danny Cashman, 19-Bobby Duncan, 20-Trae Coyle
Head Coach: Kevin Betsy
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 3
USA – Marcelo Palomino (caution) 2nd minute
USA – Taylor Booth (caution) 23