Philadelphia Union Academy graduate Auston Trusty had one of his best nights as a youth international Friday in helping to lead the United States U19 team to a 1-0 victory over host Spain in the COTIF International Tournament.
Trusty, who has starred this season as an amateur for Bethlehem Steel FC, was seemingly everywhere in the game to cut down wave after wave of attacks from a Spain team that scored three goals in each of their first two matches.
An awkward clearance that nearly led to an own goal was one of the few moments when the 17-year-old wasn’t in command in a game where U.S. goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg and the rest of the back line - Hugo Arellano, John Nelson and Marlon Fossey - were all up to the task.
During a tape delayed broadcast of the match on CBS Sports Net Friday night, the announcer calling the game said Trusty’s name repeatedly and heaped praise on the Media, Pa. native for his performance in the tournament so far.
Christian Enriquez scored the goal for Brad Friedel’s club on a beautiful free kick set up by charging run by former Union Academy forward Isaiah Young, a Berlin, N.J. native who played for the U16s in 2013-14.
A win over Bahrain on Monday would put the U.S. through to the semifinals of the prestigious U20 tournament. The U.S. lost 2-0 to Venezuela in the first game and edged Mauritania in the second.