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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team

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, 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 Starts Strong in Panama with 5-2 Win Against Costa Rica

PANAMA CITY (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 5-2 to open the Panama U-17 International Tournament at Estadio Maracaná.

Haji Wright scored three goals to lead the way for the USA – an 18th-minute redirect in the six-yard box, a 58th-minute shot to the far post from a difficult angle on the left side of the box and a third tally in the 68th minute. Wright also deflected a Christian Pulisic corner kick to assist Hugo Arellano’s 51st-minute goal.

Arellano’s goal gave the USA a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Josh Perez also added a goal in the 22nd minute, set up by John Nelson – a left-footed blast to the upper left corner of the frame from approximately 21 yards out.

Costa Rica’s Jonathan Martinez scored both of his team’s goals, including a long-distance free kick tally just before halftime.

Wright now has a team-leading 14 goals this year and 20 total for his U-17 career in international matches. Pulisic leads the USA with six assists in 2014.

The U-17s scored five goals in a game for the fourth time this year and they improved to 13-5-1 in international competition.

Next up, the USA faces Canada on Friday, Oct. 3, followed by a game against host Panama on Sunday, Oct. 5.

-U.S. U-17 MNT Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 1, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Estadio Maracaná
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          2 3 5
Costa Rica                 1 1 2

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)        18th minute
USA – Josh Perez (John Nelson)                 22
CRC – Jonathan Martinez                            45
USA – Hugo Arellano (Haji Wright)           51
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)        58
USA – Haji Wright (Alejandro Zendejas)   68
CRC – Jonathan Martinez                            69

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde (20-Keegan Kelly, 89); 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (13-Tyler Adams, 83), 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Tommy McCabe, 76), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-McKinze Gaines, 76); 11-Josh Perez, 9-Alejandro Zendejas, 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRC: 1-Alejandro Barrientos; 6-Luis Hernandez, 2-Diego Mesen, 3-Pablo Arboine (capt.), 4-Ian Smith; 7- Kevin Masis (15-Barlon Sequeira, 46), 10-Jonathan Martinez, 8-Sergio Nunez (5-Jaylon Hadden, 46), 13-Jesus Chaves (14-Roberto Cordoba, 27); 9- Andy Reyes (21-Yostin Daily,68), 11-Shawn Manley
Subs Not Used:12-Daniel Villegas, 16-Allan Ramos, 17-Yarik Granados, 18-Patrick Sequeira, 19-Yael Lopez
Head Coach: Luis Fernando

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Diego Mesen (caution) 42nd minute
CRC – Jaylon Hadden (caution) 70
USA – Alexis Velela (caution) 83
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 88

Referee: Ameth Sanchez
Assistant Referee 1: David Barria
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Garrido
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea

U-17 MNT Begins Camp with Two Friendly Draws

CARSON, California (July 10, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team began a week-long training camp with a pair of scoring draws against Orange County Blue Stars and Club Tijuana’s U-17 team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center on Wednesday.

With 38 players called into camp, U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams was able to field separate lineups for the two matches, both of which saw the U.S. come from behind to secure a result.

In the first game of the day against Orange County Blue Stars, a scoreless first half gave way to four-goal outburst in the second 40 minutes, with defender Logan Panchot and midfielder Christian Pulisic hauling the U.S. level after it had given up the first two goals of the game early in the half.

The U.S. went behind to Club Tijuana’s U-17 squad late in the first half of the day’s second game, but Eric Matzelevich’s 51st-minute strike handed the U-17 MNT a well-earned draw.

After featuring as second-half substitutes in the U-17s’ opening match against the Blue Stars, forwards Kai Koreniuk and McKinze Gaines started up top for the U.S. against Club Tijuana – the only two players to see action in both of the day’s games.

The U-17 MNT is scheduled to play a second pair of friendly matches on Saturday against Orange County Blue Stars’ PDL side and the LA Galaxy Academy U-17/18 squad. The team’s 38-player training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, is the last for Williams and his staff to evaluate players before separate U-17 Men’s National Teams participate in the Nordic Cup in Denmark and the Copa de Mexico in Mexico City, respectively.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 98-99 MNT vs. Orange County Blue Stars
Date: July 9, 2014
Competition: Domestic Friendly
Venue: Stubhub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 10 a.m. PT
Weather: 85, sunny

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

OCBS - Seung Ju Kim                                       42nd minute
OCBS - Sebastian Frings                                   50
USA - Logan Panchot                                        51
USA - Christian Pulisic (Kai Koreniuk)                 76

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 14-John Nelson, 5-Tanner Dieterich, 3-Alexis Velela, 13-Logan Panchot; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic; 20-Pierre Da Silva (9-Kai Koreniuk, 67), 35-Joe Gallardo (29-McKinze Gaines, 62), 17-Josh Perez
Head Coach: Richie Williams

OCBS: 24-Aaron Perez; 20-Christopher Santana, 3-Charlie Pettys, 5-Brenton Griffiths, 29-Siavash Haghnazari (21-Sebastian Frings, 41); 28-Dersu Abolfathi, 26-Jacob Barron,14-Seunk Kim (23-Andrew Hoxie, 73) , 27-Mohammad Roknipour (19-Farzam Ghasemian, 62); 23-Andrew Hoxie (11-Syon Yeremian, 66), 25-Isaac Kissi (17-Victor Chavez, 35 (9-Jung Choi, 53))
Head Coach: Daryuosh Yazdani

Stats Summary: USA / OCBS


**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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

Match: U.S. U-17 98-99 MNT vs. Club Tijuana U-17s
Date: July 9, 2014
USSF NTC; Carson, California
5 p.m. PT
75, sunny 

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

Tijuana              Juan Rodriguez             37th minute
USA                  Eric Matzelevich            51        

USA: 12-Will Pulisic (22-Eric Lopez, 46); 23-Edwin Lara, 2-Nikkye De Point (McKay Eves, 46), 21-AJ Palazzolo (39-Mattias Tomasino, 46), 19-George Braima; 26-Tommy McCabe (30-Jonathan Gonzalez, 46), 25-Kyle Gurrieri (27-Brian Zelaya, 46), 28-Weston McKennie (37-Francisco Contreras, 46); 33-Lucas Del Rosario (18-Devin Vega, 46), 9-Kai Koreniuk (7-Eric Matzelevich, 46), 29-McKinze Gaines (36-Keegan Kelly, 46)
Head Coach: Richie Williams

TIJUANA: 126-Samuel Valazquez (86-Jorge Salazar, 65); 156-Jonathan Esparza (161-Hector Noriega, 59), 186-Aaron Sicairios (84-Omar Escobar, 83), 196-Angel Uribe, 91-David Chavez (81-Kevin Ochoa, 72); 182-Carlo Ivan, 194-Ernesto Espinoza (193-Daniel Gonzales, 63), 188-Cristoc Camacho; 195-Jesus E. Niguas (20-Luis Fuentes, 69), 187-Juan Rodriguez, 165-Edson Chaves (151-Ricardo Angulo, 77)
Head Coach:

Stats Summary: USA / Tijuana

Misconduct Summary:


**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 90 minutes**