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U-17 MNT vs. Cuba: Highlights - Feb. 27, 2015

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 victory against Cuba.

U-17 MNT Posts 5-0 Victory against Cuba to Open 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Feb. 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got off to a strong start at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, earning a 5-0 victory against Cuba in the Group A opener at Estadio Francisco Morazán. 

Joe Gallardo scored three goals, Hugo Arellano and Alejandro Zendejas tallied in the first half, while Christian Pulisic and Luca de la Torre each provided two assists to lead the way for the USA. 

With the victory, the U-17 MNT has now won seven straight group openers at this qualifying event, starting with the 2001 edition of the tournament. 

It was a dominant performance by the USA, which had ample chances to pad the lead in both halves. Gallardo struck the right post in the 20th minute and Haji Wright had a wide-open scoring opportunity but hit the left of the frame in the 50th minute. 

In Friday’s earlier Group A match, Guatemala defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-1. Jamaica and Honduras kicked off their group opener following USA-Cuba. 

The USA next faces Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán (FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic), 5th minute: Pulisic, who had threatened the net just one minute earlier to earn the corner kick, took the set piece opportunity from the left side, whipping the ball into the box to Arellano. The team captain rose over three Cuba defenders and headed it into the right side of the frame for the early lead. It was Arellano’s first goal of the year and second during his U-17 MNT tenure. USA 1, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic), 40th minute: Pulisic and Alejandro Zendejas played a swift give-and-go down the right side and Pulisic crossed from the edge of the six-yard box. Gallardo tapped it home with ease for his second goal of the year and 11th of his U-17 MNT career. USA 2, CUB 0 

USA – Alejandro Zendejas, 43rd minute: Just before halftime, the USA worked the ball in from the left and Cuba’s Felipe Hurtado attempted a header clearance. Zendejas was there to settle the ball and ripped a long distance shot into the left of the frame to push the lead to three goals. Zendejas tallied his first international goal of 2015 and fourth during his U-17 career. USA 3, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), 65th minute: Just seconds after entering the match, de la Torre took two quick touches in the box and set up Gallardo from 20 yards out. Gallardo fired toward the left of the frame, his shot bouncing once in the six-yard box, slightly deflected by Cuba goalkeeper Jesus Enrique Hernandez and finding its way into the back of the net. USA 4, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), 88th minute: The USA wrapped up its scoring when de la Torre played a through ball to Gallardo at close range. Gallardo’s shot was stopped briefly by Jesus Enrique Hernandez, but bounced right back to Gallardo who capitalized on the second chance and found the left side of the frame for the hat trick. He now leads the U-17s this year with four goals this year and has 14 career goals. USA 5, CUB 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CUB – Jesus Enrique Hernandez, 10th and 13th minutes: The Honduras goalkeeper was challenged early and often, required to limit the damage on a couple occasions. In the 10th minute, Hernandez lunched to his right for a diving save on Josh Perez’s strike. Hernandez allowed a rebound, but Christian Pulisic was offside. Then in the 13th minute, Hernandez again dove to his right to smother another Perez shot. 

USA – Will Pulisic, 23rd minute: Cuba’s Eduard Puga drove a free kick into the box that Alejandro Zendejas headed away. But Cuba continued to threaten in the area and had a chance to attack the net again from the left side of the box with much of the back line pushed up. Pulisic alertly darted off of his line and snared the ball at the edge of the box. 

CUB – Jesus Enrique Hernandez, 62nd minute: U.S. forward Joe Gallardo found a window to shoot from 21 yards out. Hernandez once again made a diving save to his right, making up for a Cuba back line that allowed plenty of space for the USA to work the ball in. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT resumes Group A play against Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is now 4-1-0 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 6-0-2 all-time against Cuba in this tournament’s history.
  • Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured a 4-3-3 formation, with Will Pulisic in net and a defensive line that included John Nelson at left back, Matthew Olosunde at right back and a center back duo of team captain Hugo Arellano and Alexis Velela.
  • The midfield trio comprised of Alejandro Zendejas, Eric Calvillo and Christian Pulisic in an attacking role.
  • The front line featured Josh Perez on the left, Haji Wright on the right and Joe Gallardo in the middle.
  • Christian Pulisic and Wright earned their 30th international caps in this age group, tying for the most by any player in this cycle.
  • Every starter – other than Gallardo who was injured for much of 2014 with a leg injury – has earned 19 or more caps in this age group.
  • The USA was forced to burn an early substitution in the 28th minute when Tyler Adams entered for Calvillo, who suffered a lower leg injury.
  • Midfielder Luca de la Torre made his first appearance of the year when he entered for Zendejas in the 64th minute.
  • In the 84th minute, McKinze Gaines entered the game for Wright. Gaines is the only USA player to appear in all five international matches this year.

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 86 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F

USA                            3 2 5 
CUB                            0 0 0

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic)                   5th minute
USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic)                      40
USA – Alejandro Zendejas                                         43
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de le Torre)                      65
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)                      88

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (18-Tyler Adams, 28), 20-Alejandro Zendejas (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright (13-McKinze Gaines, 86), 9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Josh Perez
Subs Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-Pierre da Silva, 19-Brandon Vazquez
Head coach: Richie Williams

CUB: 12-Enrique Hernandez; 2-Felipe Hurtado (18-Neisser Sando, 54), 3-Dariel Morejon, 4-Carlos Borromeo (capt.), 15-Jeffrey Delgado; 5-Jansiel Blanco, 6-Jonathan Ramirez (17-Yordan Alonso, 66), 7-Raycharles Herrera (16-Brian Savigne, 87), 10-Eduard Puga, 13-Serguey Campillo; 8-Yosniel Gonzalez 
Subs Not Used: 1-Lazaro Garcia; 9-Carlos Sebrango, 11-Nelson Betancourt, 14-Yon Hernandez, 19-Omar Romero, 20-Yordanis Barreto  
Head coach: Fidel Salazar

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 21 / 6
Shots on Goal: 13 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
CUB – Felipe Hurtado (caution)                                39th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)                        51
USA – Haji Wright (caution)                                     69

Officials: 
Referee: Mathieu Boudeau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kenroy Willis (CAY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelar
Fourth Official: Drew Fisher (CAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Joe Gallardo

Selección Masculina Sub-17 Vence a Cuba 5-0 en Primer Partido del Grupo A

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (27 de febrero, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos abrió su paso por el Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015 con una victoria de 5-0 contra Cuba tras un triplete del delantero Joe Gallardo.

Hugo Arellano y Alejandro Zendejas también anotaron, aumentado el registro de la Sub-17 de EE.UU. a 4-1-0 en el 2015. Es la séptima vez consecutiva que EE.UU. arranca la fase de grupos de un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF con una victoria, una racha que se inició en el torneo del 2001.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira el segundo partido del Grupo A, el lunes, 2 de marzo, contra Trinidad y Tobago. El partido está programado para las 6 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes.

En el primer partido de hoy del Grupo A, Guatemala derrotó a Trinidad y Tobago 4-1. Jamaica y Honduras iniciaron su partido al concluirse el encuentro entre Estados Unidos y Cuba.

Después de ayudar a abrir el marcador con un pase que conllevó al gol de Arellano, Christian Pulisic anotó dos tantos, pero ambos fueron anulados por estar en fuera de lugar.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos ahora se enfrenta a Trinidad y Tobago el lunes, 2 de marzo, a las 6 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A sigue contra Guatemala (5 de marzo; 6 p.m. ET), contra Honduras (8 de marzo; 9:30 p.m. ET) y contra Jamaica (11 de marzo; 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic), minuto 5: Christian Pulisic y Hugo Arellano conectaron para el primer gol en el quinto minuto. Pulisic cobró un tiro de esquina que envió al centro del área, en donde Arellano cabeceó el esférico a la red. USA 1, CUB 0

USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic), minuto 40: Estados Unidos aumentó su ventaja a dos cuando Christian Pulisic jugó una pared con Alejandro Zendejas. Pulisic recibió el balón y lo mandó perfectamente para Joe Gallardo, quien la tocó de primera al centro de la portería. USA 2, CUB 0.

USA – Alejandro Zendejas, minuto 43: Estados Unidos tenía el balón por la banda izquierda y envió un balón bombeado al centro del área grande, donde tres defensas cubanos y un delantero estadounidense saltaron para buscar el balón. La pelota pegó en el montón y el rebote le cayó a Alejandro Zendejas, quien tomó su tiempo, se perfiló hacia la portería y soltó un cañón de primer toque desde justo adentro del área grande que pasó por un lado de Hernández. USA 3, CUB 0.

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), minuto 65: Menos de un minuto después de ingresar al partido, Luca de la Torre le dio un pase a Joe Gallardo que terminó al fondo de la red. Estados Unidos tomó el saque de banda que terminó a los pies de de la Torre, quien picó el balón para Gallardo en el borde del área. El joven delantero controló el balón y deslizó un disparo que rebotó debajo de los brazos estirados del portero Enrique Hernández. USA 4, CUB 0.

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), minuto 88: Luca de la Torre y Joe Gallardo volvieron a conectar a dos minutos del final. De la Torre envió un balón a un Gallardo habilitado frente a la portería. Gallardo disparó pero Enrique Hernández estaba bien parado para que el balón rebotara en su cuerpo. El remate le volvió a caer a Gallardo, cuyo segundo disparo reboto en él y en Hernández antes de cruzar la línea de gol para completar su triplete. USA 5, CUB 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:

USA – Joe Gallardo, minuto 21: En el minuto 21, Joe Gallardo controló el balón adentro del área grande y se quitó a su defensa. El portero cubano Enrique Hernández ya se había comprometido a salir y Gallardo envió el balón por un lado del portero y hacia la red vacía pero el balón pegó en al segundo poste y volvió a entrar al terreno de juego para ser despejado por la defensa cubana.

USA – Haji Wright, minuto 50: El medio campo de EE.UU. jugó un balón largo hacia delante, habilitando a Haji Wright detrás de la defensa cubana. El hábil delantero se quitó al portero y envió el balón hacia la portería sola, pero la pelota estalló contra el poste y volvió a seguir dentro del terreno de juego.


- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Cuba
Fecha: 27 de febrero, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 81 grados Fahrenheit

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                         3          2          5
CUB                                        0          0          0

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic)         minuto 5
USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic)            40
USA – Alejandro Zendejas                              43
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)            65
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)            88

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (18-Tyler Adams, 28), 20-Alejandro Zendejas (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright (13-McKinze Gaines, 86), 9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Josh Perez

Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-Pierre da Silva, 19-Brandon Vazquez
Director Técnico: Richie Williams

CUB: 12-Enrique Hernández; 2-Felipe Hurtado (18-Neisser Sando, 54), 3-Dariel Morejon, 4-Carlos Borromeo (capt.), 15-Jeffrey Delgado; 5-Jansiel Blanco, 6-Jonathan Ramírez (17-Yordan Alonso, 66), 7-Raycharles Herrera (16-Brian Savigne, 87), 10-Eduard Puga, 13-Serguey Campillo; 8-Yosniel González 

Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Lazaro García; 9-Carlos Sebrango, 11-Nelson Betancourt, 14-Yon Hernández, 19-Omar Romero, 20-Yordanis Barreto 
Director Técnico: Fidel Salazar

Resumen estadístico: USA / CUB
Tiros: 21 / 6
Tiros a Gol: 13 / 0
Atajadas: 0 / 8
Tiros de Esquina: 4 / 2
Faltas: 11 / 14
Fuera de Lugar: 4 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
Felipe Hurtado (amonestación)                        minuto 39
Alejandro Zendejas (amonestación)                 51
Haji Wright (amonestación)                             69

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Mathieu Boudeau (CAN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Kenroy Willis (CAY)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Zachari Zeegelar
Cuarto Oficial: Drew Fisher (CAN)

Jugador del Partido: Joe Gallardo

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