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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.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (’98-99) vs. Brazil
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: Copa Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Estadio Fiscal de Talca Stadium
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
BRA                         2 2 4

BRA – Lincoln Henrique Oliverira dos Santos    13th minute
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            44
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)                   53
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            73
USA – Haji Wright (Danny Barbir)                      78
USA – Christian Pulisic                                        85
BRA – Eronildo dos Santos Rocha                      90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-William Pulisic, 46); 3-John Nelson (14-Danny Barbir, 46), 5-Hugo Arellano (13-Logan Panchot, 83), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (Tommy McCabe, 90); 11- Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 46), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Pierre Da Silva (Keegan Kelly, 60)
Subs not used: 9-Kai Koreniuk , 15-Tanner Dieterich, 19-George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira Bertinato (capt.); 6-Caique da Silva Maria, 14-Thiago Nascimento Parmigiani, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza, 2-Kleber Augusto Caetano Leite Filho; 8-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 15-Renan Carvalho Areias; 17-Lincoln Henrique Oliveira dos Santos (20-Loran Romualdo dos Santos da Silva, 84), 7-Andrey Ramos do Nascimento (5-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 61); 19-Evander da Silva Ferreira, 10-Leandro Henrique do Nascimento (9-Eronildo dos Santos Rocha, 77)
Subs not used: 4-Leonardo Rodriques dos Santos, 11-Ramon de Araujo Siqueira, 12-Carlinhos Carlos Vinicius Pinto, 13-Alan Cardoso de Andrade, 16-Mauro Junior F. dos Santos, 18-Jean Pyerre C. Silveira Correa
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution)                           58th minute
BRA – Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza (caution)    60
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                              75
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution/ejection)                84

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.

U.S. U-17 MNT Draws Chile in Opener of Copa Libertador O’Higgins

PEDRO AGUIRRE CERDA, Chile (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played Chile to a 2-2 draw in the opener of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins at Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium.

Christian Pulisic scored a goal and assisted Pierre Da Silva’s go-ahead score in the 81st minute. The latter gave the USA a 2-1 lead after trailing in the first half. However, Chile’s Rodrigo Agurto tallied an 86th-minute equalizer to manage a draw.

Pulisic scored off of an Alejandro Zendejas assist in the 62nd minute. It was Pulisic’s 13th international goal of the year, which is second among this age group behind only Haji Wright’s 15 tallies. Da Silva’s goal was his first of the year and his second-career with the U-17s.

The USA next faces Brazil on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a match against Qatar on Saturday, Nov. 22. Both matches take place in Talca.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is now 15-5-2 in international competition this year and 16-5-6 overall.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (98-99) vs. Chile U-17 MNT
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

CHI – Diego Gonzalez                                       31st minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)  62
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Christian Pulisic)         81
CHI – Rodrigo Agurto                                       86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 72), 9-Kai Koreniuk (17-McKinze Gaines, 62), 7-Haji Wright
Subs not used:12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 14-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-George Braima, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CHI: 1-Zacarias Lopez; 3-Alonso Rodriguez (19-Juan Araya, 71), 4-Kevin Madariaga, 5-Diego Gonzalez (capt.), 2-Lukas Soza; 14-Yerko Leiva, 10-Branco Provoste (20-Rodrigo Agurto, 46), 6-Diego Fernadez (13-Maximiliano Riveros, 75); 7-Matias Rosas (15-Mathias Galdames, 46), 9- Mathias Pinto (16-Ivan Morales, 60), 8-Marcelo Sandoval (11 Rene Melendez, 60)
Subs not used: 12-Javier Cerruti, 17-Gabriel Mazuela, 18-Antonio Ramirez
Head Coach: Alfredo Grelak

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pierre Da Silva (caution)              78th minute

Christian Pulisic, U-17 MNT Riding Yearlong Wave of Success

Christian Pulisic reflects on the U-17 MNT's improvement and growth after a year of residency, his start at PA Classics, and the healthy pressure the team feels after tasting international success.

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, ussoccer.com 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:

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