USA Battle Until the Final Seconds Against Mexico at the IHF Trophy Continental Phase

Nov. 18, 2018, 11 p.m. (ET)

On Saturday night, USA started out slow in their first match of the IHF Trophy Continental Phase, falling 4-0 initially to Martinique. At half time, USA trailed 11-6 and had to dig deep to comeback. Giona Dobrani led USA with 6 goals, and Amar Amitovic with 4 goals. Zachary Rietz and Per Logan Eriksson added 3 a piece, and one from Nikolas Zarikos and Eleyes Baltagi helped secure USA’s second half dominance of 12:5, making the final score a victory for Team USA 18:16. Due to roster ineligibility, Martinique will nullify their match results for all matches in the tournament.

USA headed into their match against Mexico hungry for some points in the competition. USA and Mexico exchanged goals and Mexico had moments where they pulled away in the first half. USA always kept their fighting spirit and never let Mexico fall too far out of reach. Coached by Mark Ortega this evening, USA bounced back from a 12:11 deficit at half time, and brought the game to a draw in the final minute.

USA never lost their fighting spirit throughout the game, even while an unruly crowd cheered loud for their opponent, Mexico. Amar Amitovic shot lights out with 9 goals, and Giona Dobrani added 6 goals for a second night in a row for Team USA. Zachary Rietz added 4, Austin Koury with 3, and Matthew Reedy, William Kennedy and Per Logan Eriksson each with one goal. Final score Mexico 25-25 USA.

Mexico closes out the round robin with 3 points, and USA currently has 1 point with the draw this evening. USA will take on Guadeloupe in the final match of the round robin at 19:00 Central time. A tie or win for Team USA will secure a spot in the Gold Medal match on Tuesday. The game will be livestreamed on IHF's Facebook page

The winner of the IHF Continental Phase will advance to the IHF Intercontinental Phase, where a place at the 2019 Men’s Junior World Championship will be decided.

Remaining Schedule for the Junior category (U21) of the IHF Trophy Challenge Continental Phase tournament:


Monday 19 November

17:00     MEX-MTQ*

19:00     USA-GLP


Tuesday 20 November

15:00     Bronze: 3rd-4th

19:00     Gold: 1st-2nd

*Exhibition match due to roster ineligibility.