Dembakwi “Boxi” Yomba’s second goal in as many games lifted the United States U-20 team to a 1-0 win over Ireland’s U-20s on Saturday in the 2014 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain.
The Atletico Madrid product picked off an errant Irish pass and darted in to score the only goal of the game in the 13th minute.
The win comes on the heels of a thrilling 4-3 win over Russia’s U-21 team that included a match-winning PK earned with the States down to 10 men thanks to a second yellow card to Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC).
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Also scoring in that game for the Tab Ramos-led team was Yomba as well as a pair from Romain Gall, who played thrice for the Columbus Crew this season after transferring back to the States from FC Lorient.
The States will hope to finish the tournament undefeated on Tuesday against Canada’s U-20s. As you can see from the linked roster, these aren’t your father’s US youth teams. There are only two non-MLS or European academy players on the roster.
Watch the highlights here (The second goal, from the USYNT’s Andrija Novakovich, is filthy):