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U-17 MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights - March 2, 2015

Joe Gallardo and Haji Wright scored as the U-17 MNT won the second match of the 2015 CONCACAF Championship.

Group A Leader U-17 MNT Blanks Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán. 

Joe Gallardo scored his tournament-leading fourth goal from of a free kick in the 31st minute and Haji Wright tallied his first goal in qualifying in the 71st minute. 

The U.S. is atop Group A with a 2-0-0 record and plus-7 goal differential, while Trinidad & Tobago falls to 0-2-0 and a minus-5 goal differential. 

The USA next faces Guatemala at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, at Estadio Francisco Morazán (FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes). 

Earlier Monday in Group A action, Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1. Guatemala falls to 1-1-0 with a plus-2 goal differential and Jamaica improves to 1-1-0 with a minus-1 goal differential. Cuba (0-1-0, minus-5) and Honduras (1-0-0, plus-2) face each other in Monday night’s last Group A game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Joe Gallardo, 31st minute: Gallardo drew a foul just above the box, and the USA forward took the subsequent free kick with confidence. Gallardo shot low to the right of Trinidad & Tobago’s seven-man wall and past diving goalkeeper Levi Fernandez, into the right of the frame for the lead. USA 1, TRI 0 

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic), 71st minute: Pulisic played a long ball from midfield to Wright down the left side. Wright had a couple steps on Trinidad & Tobago defender Tekay Hoyce and shot left-footed to the inside of the far right post, past Levi Fernandez, for the two-goal lead. Wright now has 27 goals in 31 games during his U-17 MNT tenure. USA 2, TRI 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TRI – Noah Powder and Tekay Hoyce, 9th minute: The USA had back-to-back scoring chances shortly after a set piece. After Christian Pulisic’s corner kick from the left side bounced through traffic, Alejandro Zendejas crossed the ball back in from the right. Haji Wright headed it toward the left side of the frame and Powder made a key goal line clearance. Joe Gallardo kept things alive with a shot at the near left post and Hoyce deflected it out for a USA corner kick. 

USA – Hugo Arellano, 35th minute: Trinidad & Tobago did not create too many clear-cut chances, but a lofted cross by Kareem Riley caused some concern for the USA. Goalkeeper Will Pulisic was unable to cleanly deflect the ball away, but his center back and team captain was up to the task with the clearance near the six-yard box.

TRI – Levi Fernandez, 49th minute: USA right back Matthew Olosunde was effective when he pushed up, and provided a dangerous cross in the middle of the box. Fernandez read it well and made a diving punch for the clearance with U.S. attackers lurking. 

USA – Will Pulisic, 87th minute: Pulisic had yet to face a shot on goal, but he was tested twice in succession down the stretch and came up big on both occasions. Kerron Mason ripped a right-footed shot from well outside the box and Pulisic dove to his left for the save. The rebound popped out to Noah Powder from seven yards out at the near right post, and Pulisic again thwarted the Trinidad & Tobago offense with a well-positioned save. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT resumes Group A play against Guatemala at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is now 5-1-0 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 5-1-3 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament’s history.
  • Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured three changes from the USA’s 5-0 victory against Cuba on Friday.
  • Goalkeeper Will Pulisic returned in net, and three of the four defenders also started in their second straight match: left back John Nelson, right back Matthew Olosunde and center back and team captain Hugo Arellano. Tanner Dieterich earned his first start of qualifying as the other center back.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 formation included another start for Christian Pulisic in an attacking role, while Luca de la Torre and Tommy McCabe garnered their first starts in the tournament. It marked McCabe’s first appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
  • The front line featured returning starters Haji Wright on the right and Joe Gallardo in the middle. Alejandro Zendejas, who started in the midfield against Cuba, was pushed up to forward on the left side.
  • Christian Pulisic and Wright lead the team with 31 international caps in this cycle dating back to 2013.
  • The USA made its first sub in the 64th minute when McKinze Gaines replaced de la Torre. Gaines leads the USA with appearances in all six international games in 2015.
  • Tyler Adams made his second straight appearance off the bench, replacing Christian Pulisic in the 83rd minute.
  • In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Richie Williams utilized his final substitution with Brandon Vazquez entering for Gallardo. It was Vazquez’s first appearance of the tournament.
  • Trinidad & Tobago played without Shirwin Noel, who served a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in the 39th minute of the team’s opening 4-1 loss to Guatemala on Feb. 27. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: March 2, 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: 81 degrees; Mostly cloudy

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

USA – Joe Gallardo                                        31st minute
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)             71

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 16-Thomas McCabe, 8-Luca de la Torre (13-McKinze Gaines, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Tyler Adams, 83); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vazquez, 90+1), 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Perez, 12-Kevin Silva, 15-Daniel Barbir, 17-Pierre da Silva
Head coach: Richie Williams

TRI: 1-Levi Fernandez; 3-Keston Julien, 4-Tekay Hoyce, 6-Kareem Riley, 7-Shakeem Patrick; 8-Joshua Burnett (17-Jeankeon Alexander, 84), 10-Morgan Bruce, 11-Jarren Nixon (9-Chaz Burnett, 60), 12-Kierron Mason; 14-Isaiah Hudson (13-Kishon Hacksaw, 82), 19-Noah Powder (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 2-Isaiah Garcia, 15-Darnell Hospedales, 16-Shobai Celestin, 18-Jean-Paul Rochford, 20-Tyrek James
Head coach: Shawn Cooper

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 12 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 11
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Thomas McCabe (caution)                 74th minute
TRI – Joshua Burnett (caution)                      78
USA – Matthew Olosunde (caution)               85

Officials:
Referee: Adrian Skeete (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Fourth Official: Kimbell Ward (SKT)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Hugo Arellano

Selección Masculina Sub-17 Vence a Trinidad y Tobago 2-0 En Campeonato CONCACAF 2015

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (2 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos se encuentra con seis puntos en la tabla del Grupo A del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015 luego de una victoria de 2-0 contra Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo anotó el primer gol del encuentro y su cuarto del torneo en un tiro libre, y Haji Wright agregó el segundo en el segundo tiempo.

EE.UU. se ha enfrentado a Trinidad y Tobago en nueve ocasiones en un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF y ahora tiene un registro de 5-1-3 contra Trinidad y Tobago.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira el tercer partido del Grupo A, el jueves, 5 de marzo, contra Guatemala. 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, Jamaica venció 2-1 a su similar de Guatemala. Cuba se enfrenta al anfitrión Honduras en el último partido de la noche.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos jugará contra Guatemala el jueves, 5 de marzo, a las 6 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A sigue con 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 – Joe Gallardo, minuto 31: Un minuto antes, el árbitro señaló un tiro libre a favor de Estados Unidos por una mano de Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo se perfiló hacia la portería con la pelota sobre el borde del área grande. Su disparo al ras del césped pasó por un lado de la barrera de Trinidad y Tobago, e hizo retumbar la red al pasar por un lado del portero Levi Fernández. USA 1, TRI 0

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic), minuto 71: Estados Unidos se encontraba cerca del medio campo cuando Christian Pulisic envío un balón por la banda izquierda, habilitando perfectamente a Haji Wright por detrás de la zaga de Trinidad y Tobago. Wright controló el balón hacia la portería adentro del área, enviando su disparo preciso adentro del segundo poste para el segundo gol de EE.UU. USA 2, TRI 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:

TRI – Noah Powder y Tekay Hoyce, minuto 9: Estados Unidos tuvo dos oportunidades peligrosas consecutivas luego de una jugada a balón parado. Después de que un tiro de esquina de Christian Pulisic por el lado izquierdo rebotara entre la multitud, Alejandro Zendejas cruzó el balón de nuevo al centro de lado derecho. Haji Wright cabeceó la pelota hacia el lado izquierdo del marco y Powder despejó sobre la línea de gol. Joe Gallardo mantuvo vivo el intento con un disparo cerca del primer poste y Hoyce despejó para un tiro de esquina de EE.UU.

USA – Hugo Arellano, minuto 35: Trinidad y Tobago atacó por el lado derecho enviando un balón peligroso adentro del área grande por parte de Kareem Riley. William Pulisic intentó desviar con los puños pero el balón voló hacia atrás. Sin embargo el capitán Hugo Arellano estaba atentó e hizo el despeje necesario cerca del área chica.

USA – Luca de la Torre, minuto 42: Estados Unidos atacó por el lado izquierdo y el balón le cayó a Christian Pulisic en el centro. Pulisic dio el pase a su derecha para Luca de la Torre, quien remató con fuerza hacia la portería, enviando el esférico a la red, pero por afuera.

USA – William Pulisic, minuto 87: William Pulisic mantuvo el marcador en cero con dos atajadas impresionantes en el minuto 87. Kieron Mason recibió el balón y dejó ir un cañón de larga distancia que William Pulisic hizo bien en tirarse para atajar. El rebote le cayó directamente al capitán de Trinidad y Tobago Noah Powder, quien disparó a quemarropa. Pero W. Pulisic estaba listo para el remate, atajando con el cuerpo.

TRI – Levi Hernández, minuto 90: El portero de Trinidad y Tobago hizo una última jugada en el minuto 90 cuando Estados Unidos envió un balón cruzado peligroso al centro del área chica. Hernández desvió el balón con la palma de la mano por arriba de un jugador estadounidense que atacaba.

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Trinidad y Tobago
Fecha: 2 de marzo, 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, mayormente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                         1          1          2
TRI                                          0          0          0

USA – Joe Gallardo                                         minuto 31
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)              71

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 16-Thomas McCabe, 8-Luca de la Torre (13-McKinze Gaines, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Tyler Adams, 83); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vázquez, 90+1), 20-Alejandro Zendejas

Suplentes no utilizados: 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Pérez, 12-Kevin Silva, 15-Daniel Barbir, 17-Pierre da Silva

Director Técnico: Richie Williams

TRI: 1-Levi Fernández; 3-Keston Julien, 4-Tekay Hoyce, 6-Kareem Riley, 7-Shakeem Patrick; 8-Joshua Burnett (17-Jeankeon Alexander, 84), 10-Morgan Bruce, 11-Jarren Nixon (9-Chaz Burnett, 60), 12-Kierron Mason; 14-Isaiah Hudson (13-Kishon Hacksaw, 82), 19-Noah Powder

Suplentes no utilizados: 2-Isaiah García, 15-Darnell Hospedales, 16-Shobai Celestin, 18-Jean-Paul Rochford, 20-Tyrek James

Director Técnico: Shawn Cooper

Resumen estadístico: USA / TRI
Tiros: 12 / 10
Tiros a Gol: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 1
Tiros de Esquina: 8 / 2
Faltas: 14 / 11
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 3

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Thomas McCabe (amonestación)         minuto 74
TRI – Joshua Burnett (amonestación)              78
USA – Matthew Olosunde (amonstación)        85

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Adrian Skeete (BRB)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Cuarto Oficial: Kimbell Ward (SKT)

Jugador del Partido: Hugo Arellano

Photo Gallery: U-17 MNT Off to Flying Start at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Photos from the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Cuba in its opening Group A game at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which is being held in Honduras. The U.S. next plays Trinidad & Tobago on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans will also be able to follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

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.
Under-17s: Nelson opened his U-17 MNT tenure with two games and an assist in 2013. Then in 2014, Nelson earned 12 starts in 14 appearances, logging 977 minutes and recording an assist. In the USA’s preparation matches for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Nelson made two starts and posted an assist for a third straight year. … Under-15s: Nelson was a member of the U-15 Boys’ National Team in 2012 and 2013.
Nelson has played for the Development Academy’s Internationals, representing the U-15/16 team during the 2013-14 season.
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