33-6 loss to Mexico places U.S. National Team in Bronze Medal match versus Sweden
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
The U.S. National Team made their way out to Arizona where they endured a two-week training regimen to prepare themselves for the International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championships. Following their training camp, the U.S. National Team set their destination for Mexico City, Mexico having full intentions of playing in the gold medal game on July 22. Coached by Matt Hennesy, they were able to knock off Australia 38-0 last Saturday setting up a match with Mexico on Wednesday afternoon. In front of a heavy home crowd, Mexico was able to knock off the United States 33-6.
“We didn’t come out and match the passion and the effort they gave, but we still have to represent our country. The thing I think America’s been built on is things not always going right, and not always winning, but coming back and finding a way to win after that,” Coach Hennesy told Adam Wire of USA Football after the match.
Mexico struck first with a touchdown pass from Ivan Gutierrez to Sebastian Hernandez. In the second quarter, Castillo Hurtado extended their lead to 14-0. Jara Gonzalez brought in a 7-yard touchdown catch from Gutierrez right before the half to extend Mexico’s lead to 20. Treshaun Ward finally broke the game open for the U.S. in the third quarter with a 22-yard touchdown run, but by then, Mexico had already extended their lead to 30.
The U.S. had aspirations of matching the same intensity they brought against Australia, however; as a whole they accumulated 33 penalties called against them which would hinder even the most greatest of teams. Rick D’Abreu (Thomas Dale), Stone Snyder (Monacan), Ali Jennings (Highland Springs) and Immanuel Hickman (Matoaca) are the only 4 prospects from the state of Virginia participating. Jake O’Donnell committed to James Madison University in late January, but he played his high school football at Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida.
The U.S. will get right back to work in preparation for the bronze medal game slated for July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Their opponent will be a Sweden team that defeated Australia on Wednesday 19-6, but suffered a loss to Canada the Saturday prior 49-6.