LIVESTREAM: 2018 IFAF U19 World Championships Bronze Medal Game – Team USA v. Team Sweden, July 22, 1p (2p EST, 8p CEST)

Team USA will face Team Sweden in the bronze medal game for the 2018 IFAF U19 World Championships, July 22 at Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium.

This is an unusual position for Team USA. For the first time in the 10 year history of the U19 World Championships they will not be playing for the gold medal. For Sweden, this is the first time they have advanced to the medal round.

The United States opened the tournament with a convincing 38-0 win over Team Outback from Australia. But in the second round game, the Americans were stunned, losing to Mexico 33-6. That was the first time Team USA had ever lost to the Mexicans in the U19 World Championships.

Sweden dropped their opener when they were soundly beaten by Team Canada 49-6. But the Swedes rebounded against Australia defeating them 19-6 in a physical game. In that victory, Sweden relied on their run game with running back Jonathan Gustafsson rushing for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Dennis Isberg threw a 31 yard touchdown pass to Klas Mazetti for the other score.

Team USA is led by quarterback Alek Jacobs who accounted for three touchdowns in the win over Australia. The powerful rushing attack of the Americans was also apparent in the opening day win with Treshaun Ward, Chaise Ellis (22) and Randy Rivera (3) leading the way. Ward scored the lone touchdown against Mexico.

Both head coaches are aware of the significance of this game. Team USA head coach Matt Hennesy:

“The mark of the true character of a man is not when things are going easy; it’s when you face hardships, what do you do now? And that’s what we talked about. I think our kids will come back and respond well and win this bronze medal game.”

Andreas Ehrenreich, head coach of Team Sweden:

This is a huge game for us. It is really tough to know how good Team USA is until you face them. Athletically, they are better than we are. But we think we have a good game plan. We have to get a good start, this is so important mentally. If we can score first, some of the pressure will ease. But we have to stop their big plays like they had against Australia. And one of the biggest keys will be on the line of scrimmage. We have to play well on both sides of the line to have a chance.”

Watch the game live here with English play by play presented by Krown Countdown U, YareTV and American Football International.  Team USA v. Team Sweden, July 22, 1p (2p EST, 8p CEST)

The livestream feed is being provided by Maximo Avance. Registration is free.

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