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U.S. U-18s fall to Bosnia in first of two April friendlies




Despite snagging the lead in the 22nd minute, the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team was forced to settle for defeat against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s U-19s on Wednesday.

The U-18s allowed a pair of second half goals en route to a 3-1 loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday in Medjugorge, Bosnia, in the first of two friendlies against the European nation.

Mukwelle Akale opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 22nd minute via a penalty kick, one that was drawn as forward Brooks Lennon took down a long pass and moved past a defender into the box before being dragged down. Akale stepped to the spot and buried the penalty kick to give the U.S. the 1-0 lead, one that would last just five minutes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Andrej Modic equalized with a deflected free kick in the 27th minute before Amer Gojak and Kerim Memija contributed goals in the 57th and 63rd minutes, respectively, to seal all three points for the Europeans

The U.S. will get another crack at Bosnia on Thursday in a rematch.

What do you think of the result? What do you expect from the U.S. U-18s on Thursday?

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  1. First half lead blown in the second half. Like father like son. And I see Johnny has been named the captain of the U18s. Guess that’s his reward from US Soccer for mocking one of the USA’s all-time greatest players

      • enlighten us as to how he learned his lesson? I heard he never apologized and within a week of the tweet was called up the national team (U team). I guess he deleted his twitter account . . . is that what you’re talking about ? Must have been rough on him

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