The U.S. U-18 men's national team began its title defense of the Milk Cup in winning fashion, beating Israel 2-0 on Monday.
Second-half goals from Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter proved to be the difference in the tournament opener. Salgado scored shortly after halftime while Kiesewetter netted an insurance goal off a low cross from substitute Luis Gil in the waning moments of the match. Cody Cropper was in goal and earned the cleansheet for the Americans.
Up next for Mike Matkovich's team is Mexico on July 27 at 3pm ET.
Below the jump is the United States' starting XI for the match:
USA Starters: Cody Cropper; Boyd Okwuonu (Jalen Robinson, 45'), Walker Zimmerman, Bryan Gallego, Juan Pablo Ocegueda; Jordan McCrary, Jose Villareal (Luis Gil, 69'), William Packwood; Jerome Kiesewetter, Omar Salgado, Michael Ambrose (Marcus Salandy-Defour, 45')
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