U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team falls to Mexico 2-1 at Torneo delle Nazioni
SAVOGNA D’ISONZO, Italy – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost its second game of the Torneo delle Nazioni on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the Mexico U-16 Men’s National Team in Group C play.
The U-15 BNT (0-2-0; 0pts) will finish tournament play against China PR (0-2-0; 0pts) on Sunday.
Mexico grabbed an early advantage as Joaquin Esquivel Martinez was left unmarked on a corner kick in the third minute and headed the ball home to make it 1-0.
The U.S. replied just before the break. Center back Kyle Gruno lofted a long ball over the Mexico back line for striker Lucas Del Rosario to run onto. The Capital Area RailHawks Academy product raced onto the ball and chipped it over Mexico goalkeeper Isai Romero Abraham from outside the box to knot the match at 1-1.
Mexico struck again early in the second half, and Kevin Raul Lara Herrera’s 54th-minute goal after a missed U.S. clearance was enough to earn his side the win.
– U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Mexico U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Competition: Delle Nazioni Tournament
Venue: Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo – Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CEST (11:30 a.m. EST)
Weather: 64 degrees; Rainy, overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
MEX 1 1 2
MEX – Joaquin Esquivel Martinez 3rd minute
USA – Lucas Del Rosario 40
MEX – Kevin Raul Lara Herrera 54
USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 2-Angel Uribe, 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr.; 7-Juan Torres, 6-Adolfo Trujillo (25-Marty Raygoza, 51), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 22), 10-Jose Carranza; 20-Jeanpaul Marin, 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez, 2-Gabe Kash, 1-Leo Marquez, 15-Sam Vines, 21-Hanif Wright
Head Coach: Hugo Perez
MEX: 1-Isai Romero Abraham; 3-Joaquin Esquivel Martinez, 4-Francisco Eduardo Venegas Moreno, 5-Ulises Torres Mendez, 11-Kevin Uriel Magana Araujo (17-Kevin Raul Lara Herrera, 45); 2-Diego Cortes Padilla (13-Cristian Osvaldo Gonzalez Bautista, 42), 15-Alejandro Zamudio Galindo (7-Fernando Beltran Cruz, 53), 8-Nahum Gomez Del Rosal, 6-Alan Cervantes Martin del Campo; 9-Claudio Zamudio Godinez (16-Brandon Vazquez Toledo, 59), 10-Ricardo Marin Sanchez (18-Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro, 30)
Subs not used: 12-Fernando Daniel Hernandez Mata, 14-Daniel Alejandro Zamora Hernandez
Head Coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga Herrera
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 2 / 16
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 1
MEX – Nahum Gomez Del Rosal (caution) 24th minute
MEX – Diego Cortes Padilla (caution) 39
MEX – Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro (caution) 57