LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Australia Under-17 Men’s National Team 2-1 in the nightcap of the second day of the 2014 Nike International Friendlies at the Premier Sports Campus.
Goals by forward McKinze Gaines in the 15th minute and midfielder Luca de la Torre in the 69th minute lifted the USA past the Joeys after an early goal from Australian captain Joe Caletti had given Australia the 1-0 lead.
It was Gaines’ fifth goal of the year and his U-17 tenure, and de la Torre scored his first U-17 goal.
With the victory, the USA is in a strong position to repeat as Nike International Friendlies champion. The U.S. is 2-0-0 (6 points) and needs a win or a draw against Brazil (1-0-1, 4 points) on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to clinch the tournament title. Tuesday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com.
The U.S. U17 MNT began Sunday’s game slightly off balance as Australia went on the attack early with a shot in the second minute that was just tipped by U.S. goalkeeper William Pulisic. On the following play, Australia’s corner kick was batted away by Pulisic, but Caletti ran onto the deflected ball just outside the box and slotted it into the right side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
After a couple of missed shots to the far post by both teams, the USA regrouped and began creating some opportunities. The best one came on the 15th minute when forward Pierre Da Silva played the ball into the penalty box area through the left side and sent a cross to a perfectly placed Gaines, who kicked it right into the middle back of the net, tying the score at one apiece.
“I didn’t need to do much,” Gaines said of converting the goal. “Pierre did a lot of the work; it was a great cross. He just found me right in front of the goal and I just had to tap it in.”
In the second half, the USA threatened early after making three subs to open the second half. In the 50th minute, a free kick by Da Silva hit forward Haji Wright in the knee on what would have otherwise been an open lane toward the goal.
Australia responded with a couple of good opportunities, especially a free kick shot on the 60th minute, but the USA was the one that converted when it mattered.
In the 69th minute, Australia turned the ball over in its half and the USA took advantage. Wright dropped the ball off for de la Torre, who fired right-footed from nearly 25 yards out and into the upper left corner for the 2-1 lead and ultimately the game-winner.
The USA had one more big opportunity in the closing minutes of the game to add to its tally. During an 86th-minute free kick from midfielder Christian Pulisic, de la Torre received the ball and tried to kick it into the net, however Australia’s goalkeeper Brandon Osipov punched it out. U.S. defender Daniel Barbir got the rebound and tried to head it home, but the shot hit the crossbar. After hitting the woodwork, Osipov jumped up and grabbed it before allowing any potential rebound.
The 2014 Nike International Friendlies conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 2, with Australia taking on England at 3 p.m. ET and the USA facing Brazil for the tournament title at 6 p.m. ET. Both games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
- Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Australia U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 30, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 68 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
AUS 1 0 1
AUS – Joe Caletti 3rd minute
USA – McKinze Gaines (Pierre Da Silva) 15th
USA – Luca de la Torre (Haji Wright) 69th
USA: 12-William Pulisic; 5-Hugo Arellano (14-Daniel Barbir, 46), 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (9-Alejandro Zendejas, 46), 11-Josh Perez (7-Haji Wright, 46), 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-McKinze Gaines (8-Luca de la Torre, 60), 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Tyler Adams, 20-Keegan Kelly (10-Christian Pulisic, 59)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela
Head Coach: Richie Williams
AUS: 12-Brandon Osipov; 2-Malcolm Ward, 5-Zac Speth, 6-Joe Caletti (capt.) (17-Nicholas Panetta, 50), 7-Daniel Maskin (22-Cameron Joice, 50), 8-Daniel Arzani (10-Jamie Dimitroff, 76), 9-Panos Armenakas (24-Marc Tokich, 70), 11-Peter Kekeris (15-Jackson Bandiera, 76), 16-Danny Kim (14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika, 70), 20-Perry Fotakopoulos, 23-Kosta Petratos
Subs Not Used: 13-Christian Verbi, 18-James Delianov
Head Coach: Tony Vidmar
Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 16 / 16
Offside: 2 / 3
AUS – Danny Kim (caution) 39th minute
Referee: Chipalo Street (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Hutchison (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez (USA)
CHICAGO (July 4, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 38 players to a training camp that will take place from July 5-12 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.
The large camp will help Williams and his staff determine the rosters for a pair of upcoming international tournaments set to run from the end of July into August in Denmark and Mexico, respectively. The 2014 Nordic Open Cup Tournament in Kolding, Denmark, runs from July 24-Aug. 3, overlapping the third annual Copa de Mexico in Mexico City, the group stage of which will take place July 30-Aug. 11.
While in camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center, the U-17 MNT will train for the first four days before playing a pair of matches on July 9 – the first against Orange County Blue Stars at 10 a.m. PT and the second against Club Tijuana’s U-18 team at 5 p.m. PT. The players will also take in both FIFA World Cup semifinal matches on July 8 and 9 before finishing camp with two more friendly games on July 12; the first against Orange County Blue Stars will be at 10 a.m. PT and the second against the LA Galaxy Academy U-17/18s at 12:30 p.m. PT.
The camp roster includes 22 players currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, and a handful of internationally-based players, including Monterrey FC (Mexico) duo Joe Gallardo and Jonathan Gonzalez, Vitesse (Netherlands) forward Kai Koreniuk, and Fiorentina (Italy) midfielder Josh Perez. The camp is the first with the U-17 program for Perez since December, when he helped the U.S. win the 2013 Nike International Friendlies. Additionally, it represents the first U.S. National Team call-up at any age level for Koreniuk.
Other players receiving their first National Team call-ups include: Francisco Contreras (Bathesda-Olney), Alejandro Lopez (Santa Cruz Breakers) and Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake Academy), while Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic) and Mattias Tomasino (Kendall SC) are making just their second appearance at a YNT event.
The roster is primarily composed of players born in 1998 with the exception of six who were born in 1999. Five of the six ’99-born players are core pieces of the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, including: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf), Gonzalez and Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy); the sixth, Edwin Lara (De Anza Force), has been a consistent contributor with the U-17 program throughout the current cycle.
Thirty-one of the 38 players on the roster are registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team NTC Camp Schedule:
Date Opponent Time (PT)
July 9 vs. Orange County Blue Stars 10 a.m.
vs. Club Tijuana U-18s 5 p.m.
July 12 vs. Orange County Blue Stars 10 a.m.
vs. LA Galaxy Academy 12:30 p.m.
U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (12): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake Academy; Point Reyes, Calif.), Mattias Tomasino (Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Francisco Contreras (Bethesda-Olney; Fredrick, Md.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey FC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Alejandro Lopez (Santa Cruz Breakers; Watsonville, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (11): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy - CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (ACF Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a resounding 4-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina to win the Josip Katalinski International Tournament on Sunday.
Spurred by the attacking triumvirate of Christian Pulisic (two goals), Haji Wright (two goals) and Joe Gallardo (two assists), the young Americans win in the final captured their third consecutive international tournament title, a run that also includes winning the 2013 Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., last December and capturing the Aegean Cup in Manisa, Turkey in January.
U-17 MNT center back Hugo Arellano won the competition’s Josip Katalinski Award, which recognizes the tournament’s best defender. The individual award is the latest in an impressive and diverse string of honors players from the U-17 MNT have collected at international tournaments this cycle. Previously, goalkeeper Will Pulisic earned Golden Glove recognition at the Aegean Cup, while cousin Christian was voted MVP of the Nike Friendlies. Also at the Nike Friendlies, Wright won the Golden Boot award with five goals in three matches, and goalkeeper Kevin Silva earned the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
The U-17 MNT will next travel to Croatia for a pair of friendlies against the Croatia U-17 national team in Zagreb on April 8 and 10.
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date: April 6, 2014
Competition: Josip Katalinski International Tournament; Final
Venue: Stadium Grbavica; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. UTC1 (9 a.m. ET)
Weather: 53 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
BIH 0 1 1
USA - Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo) 37th minute
USA - Christian Pulisic (Joe Gallardo) 56
USA - Christian Pulisic (Edwin Lara) 60
BIH - Amar Suljić 65
USA - Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 73
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 6-Eric Calvillo, 5-Hugo Arellano, 3-Edwin Lara; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Alexis Velela, 8-Luca De La Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 61), 11-Pierre Da Silva (20-Alejandro Zendejas, 51); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (14-Tyler Adams, 61)
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 13-John Nelson, 15-Tanner Dietrich, 17-Daniel Barbir, 18-George Braima, 19-Elijah Rice, 21-McKinze Gaines, 23-Weston McKennie
Head coach: Richie Williams
BIH: 12-Jasko Keranović (1-Valentino Jović, 61); 2-Ognjen Davidović (15- Besim Šerbečić, 61), 3-Sandi Husić, 4-Mato Stanić, 5-Mijo Miletić; 6-Toni Nikić, 7-Amar Suljić (20-Alan Delić, 78), 8-Denis Žerić (18-Mak Varešanović, 78), 10-Zinedin Mustedanagić; 11- Ermedin Demirović (19-Ajdin Mujagić, 53), 21-Said Behram (9-Emir Bijelić, 53)
Subs not used: 13-Sandro Hadžiabdić, 14-Savo Đokić, 16-Aras Sadiković, 17-Amir Mašić
Head coach: Sakib Malkočević
Stats Summary: USA / BHI
BIH – Ajdin Mujagić (caution) 77th minute
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 77
Referee: Vladimir Bjelica
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Drašković
Assistant Referee 2: Haris Baković
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto
Date of Birth
Apr 16, 1998