Gil helps US defeat Israel 2-0 in Milk Cup opener
Young MLS stars came up big on Monday for the US U-18 national team as
they opened their Milk Cup title defense with a 2-0 defeat of Israel in
their tournament opener in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado broke a scoreless
deadlock seven minutes into the second half when he headed Jose
Villareal’s cross into the top-left corner past Israeli ‘keeper Ron
In second-half stoppage time, it was Luis Gil’s turn to add to the
score line. The Real Salt Lake starlet — subbed in for Villareal in the
69th minute — made a long break down the right flank and centered the
ball for German-born Hertha Berlin youth product Jerome Kiesewetter, who
put it in for the insurance tally.
Salgado is participating in his second consecutive Milk Cup for the US
U-18s. He was replaced Monday in the 84th minute by Chicago Fire Home
Grown midfielder Victor Pineda.
FC Dallas Juniors duo Michael Ambrose and Boyd Okwuonu and New York Red
Bulls Academy product Bryan Gallego also featured as starters on the US
back line. D.C. United Academy players Jalen Robinson and Marcus
Salandy-Defour were subbed in after halftime.
Mike Matkovich’s American squad returns to Milk Cup action on Wednesday when they face Mexico.
USA – Omar Salgado (Jose Villarreal) 53
USA – Jerome Kiesewetter (Luis Gil) 90+2
ISR – Shmuel Malul (caution) 57
USA – Jordan McCrary (caution) 85
ISR – Omri Altman (caution) 88
USA -- Cody Cropper; Boyd Okwuonu (Jalen Robinson,
46), Walker Zimmerman (capt.), Bryan Gallego, Juan Pablo Ocegueda;
Jordan McCrary, Jose Villarreal (Luis Gil, 69), William Packwood; Jerome
Kiesewetter (Javan Torre, 90+3), Omar Salgado (Victor Pineda, 84),
Michael Ambrose Marcus Salandy-Defour, 46).
Subs not used: Jon Kempin,Luis Rendon
Israel -- Ron Shushan; Shmuel Malul, Omri Zeid, Shakad
Goldschtein (Osher Abu, 89), Tomer Yeruham; Heytem Halvy, Omer
Tzalisher (Barbi Tsach, 78), Omer Nachmani (Omri Altman, 54), Kenneth
Saief (Ido Ahiel, 78); Gidi Kanuk (capt.), Michael Veksler.
Subs not used: Bar Avitan, Den Akafi, Yoav Jerafi