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U.S. U-17 MNT Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Brazil

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.

However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.

Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.

The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.

More information from Thursday’s game against Brazil will be available shortly on

2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

U-18 MNT Midfielder, Mukwelle Akale - Bio
In a rare feat for any player, Akale earned a pair of MVP honors at two international tournaments with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in 2014. The former U.S. U-17 Residency player and Minnesota Thunder Academy product was named MVP during the 2014 Copa del Atlantico in February, becoming just the second player from outside Spain or the Canary Islands to receive the award since its inception in 2009. Akale followed up with top player honors at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic. In the latter tournament, the 17-year-old Akale scored the lone goal during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Ukraine in the championship match on Aug. 23.

U-20, U-23 & MNT Midfielder, Emerson Hyndman - Bio
The 18-year-old Dallas native had a groundbreaking year. He was called in by Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for multiple camps and made his MNT debut during the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. Hyndman has represented both the U-23 and U-20 Men’s National Teams this are, helping both squads in their preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and 2016 Summer Olympics, respectively. He started for the U-23 MNT in its Oct. 14 match against Brazil in Brasilia and earned his first two U-20 MNT caps during the USA’s November trip to Spain for the 2014 U-21 Marbella Tournament, starting against Russia’s U-21s and the Republic of Ireland’s U-20 national team. Hyndman made his English Championship debut with Fulham in mid-August and has earned regular starts as a central midfielder for the club. Hyndman is a former member of the FC Dallas Academy and the grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.

U-17 MNT Midfielder, Christian Pulisic - Bio
Since earning MVP honors during a championship run at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies last December, the 16-year-old playmaker maintained his well-rounded game throughout 2014 with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. Prior to the U-17 MNT’s trip to Chile for the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, Pulisic tallied 12 goals and six assists in 16 international matches this year. The PA Classics product had a particularly strong performance at the third Copa Mexico de Naciones in August, leading the USA with six goals, opening with a hat trick against China PR. Pulisic is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

U-17 MNT Forward, Haji Wright - Bio
Wright has been the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s top scoring presence over the past year. Heading into the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile, Wright led the U-17s with 15 goals in 16 international matches, as well as five assists. For his U-17 MNT tenure, the former LA Galaxy Academy striker has accumulated 21 goals in 20 matches. Wright has three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. Additionally, Wright has featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT this year, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August. Wright is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

MNT Defender, DeAndre Yedlin - Bio
Yedlin’s star has risen for the past two years, but it was his performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took his game and career to another level. Yedlin earned three caps and provided 115 effective minutes off the bench in both an outside back and midfield role as the U.S. Men’s National Team advanced out of the “Group of Death” in Brazil. Yedlin was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the MNT this year, earning his first start during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10. Additionally, the Seattle Sounders FC Academy product earned a transfer to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur through his play for club and country this year.

Current U-17 MNT Crop Reflects on Donovan’s Impact

While most people tend to focus on U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan’s accolades on the senior team, it was his U-17 Men’s National Team impact that immediately put him on the map.

As Donovan prepares for his MNT swan song on Friday against Ecuador to cap off his illustrious 15-year career, caught up with three players on the current U-17 MNT to get their perspective on Donovan: midfielder Christian Pulisic, forwards Haji Wright and defender Hugo Arellano.

The trio sat down with U.S. Soccer during its impressive three-game sweep to win the Panama U-17 International Tournament. Wright and Arellano both have ties to the Development Academy’s LA Galaxy, and Pulisic is a PA Classics product:

U-17 MNT Wins Panama Tournament, Tops Host Side 1-0

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team wrapped up the Panama U-17 International Tournament in thrilling fashion at Estadio Maracana. Christian Pulisic scored an 86th-minute goal and the USA defeated hosted Panama 1-0 to win the event.

Pulisic scored his 12th goal this year in international play with the U-17s, tallying off of a Haji Wright assist.

The USA went a perfect 3-0-0 during the tournament, previously posting a 5-2 win against Costa Rica on Oct. 1 and a 2-0 victory against Canada on Friday, Oct. 3.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is now 15-5-1 in international competition in 2014.

This marks the team’s fourth tournament crown over the past 10 months. The USA also won the 2013 Nike International Friendlies in December, the Aegean Cup in January and the Josip Katalinski International Tournament in April.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 5, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Estadio Maracana
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 1 1
Panama                     0 0 0

USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)      86th minute

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano (14-Daniel Barbir, 38), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre (18-Pierre Da Silva, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 72), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (13-Tyler Adams, 90+2), 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic,15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-Elijah Rice, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams

PAN: 1-Javier Cruz; 14-Andres Andrade (3-Jorge Gutierrez, 84), 13-Cesar Blackman, 23-Emanuel Chanis, 2-John Del Busto; 17-Chamel Asprilla (19-Joel Thompson, 72), 6-Giandermir Jaen (8-Carlos Kirton, 43), 20-Adalberto Carrasquilla (capt.), 10-Damaso Santos; 9-Ronaldo Cordoba (15-Rafael Rodriguez, 83), 7-Jose Rodriguez
Subs Not Used: 4-Luis Arias, 11-Leandro Avila, 12-Marcos Mendez, 16-Kevin Nelson, 18-Rodolfo Forde, 21-Randolf Ramos, 22-Luis Vasquez
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Cubilla

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)              10th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)   44
PAN – Ronaldo Cordoba (caution)      57
PAN – Emanuel Chanis (caution)        77
USA – Haji Wright (caution)               89

Referee: Roberto Moreno
Assistant Referee 1: David Barria
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria
Fourth Official: John Pitti

U-17 MNT Blanks Canada at Panama Tournament

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half and shut out Canada 2-0 in the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament. Alejandro Zendejas and Haji Wright each scored a goal, both assisted by Pierre Da Silva.

Zendejas wasted little time giving the USA a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with a strong dribble past three Canada defenders in the left side of the box and shooting to the far right corner of the frame.

The score stayed that way until the 69th minute when Da Silva took a left-footed corner kick on the right side and whipped the ball into the six-yard box to Wright. The USA striker headed it home for the two-goal lead. Wright now has four goals in this tournament and a team-leading 15 this year in international matches.

The U.S. wraps up the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 5, against host Panama.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Maracana Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 1 2
Canada                     0 0 0

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Pierre Da Silva)  6th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)              69 minute

USA: 12-William Pulisic; 13-Tyler Adams, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (3-John Nelson, 46); 16-Tommy McCabe, 9-Alejandro Zendejas (capt.) (10-Christian Pulisic, 46), 20-Keegan Kelly (8-Luca de la Torre, 62); 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice (7-Haji Wright, 62), 17-McKinze Gaines (11-Josh Perez, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CAN: 18-Matthew Nogueira; 7-Andrew Dias,10-Matthew Baldisimo, 15-Julian Takagi-Stewart, 6-Kadin Chung; 12-Terran Campbell (2-Tristan Borges, 78), 14-David Norman (8-Luca Ricci, 71), 9-Munir Saleh, 5-Gabriel Boakye; 4-Malik Johnson, 19-Kevin Timachy (20-Duwayne Ewart, 66)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brogan Engbers, 11-Kosaovar Sadiki, 13-Jordan Montoya, 16-Daniel Sagno
Head Coach: Sean Fleming

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Gabriel Boakye (caution)    29th minute
USA – Keegan Kelly (caution)       45
CAN – David Norman (caution)     59

Referee: John Pitti
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria
Fourth Official: Rolando Vidal