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U-17 MNT Tops Croatia in Pair of International Friendlies

ZAGREB, Croatia (April 11, 2014) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team recorded two 1-0 victories against the Croatia U-17 national team to cap off its latest trip to Eastern Europe, stretching its current unbeaten streak in international competition to 11 matches in the process.

Fresh off winning the Josip Katalinski International Tournament in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, forward Elijah Rice grabbed the winning goal in the 16th minute of the U-17 MNT's first game against Croatia on  April 8. The goal, Rice's second of the current cycle against international competition, was set up by defender Tanner Dietrich.

In the USA's second meeting with Croatia on April 10, defender Eric Calvillo assisted Christian Pulisic's 44th-minute match-winner, while goalkeeper Kevin Silva helped the defense earn a second straight clean sheet and third in five matches on the trip. Silva was also in goal for the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Montenegro to open the Josip Katalinski Tournament seven days prior. 

Pulisic finished the trip as the team's second leading goal-scorer from his midfield position with four tallies, while forward Haji Wright netted seven, including four in the win against Montenegro.

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Croatia
Date:
April 8, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Stadium SRC Zapresic
Kickoff:
4:30 p.m. UTC1 (10:30 a.m. ET)
Weather:
60 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Elijah Rice (Tanner Dieterich)        16th minute

Lineups:
USA:
12-Will Pulisic; 13-John Nelson, 17-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 14-Tyler Adams (2-Matt Olosunde, 41); 16-Thomas McCabe, 18-George Braima, 23-Weston McKennie; 21-McKinze Gaines, 19-Elijah Rice, 11-Pierre Da Silva
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Silva, 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo, 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca De La Torre, 9-Joe Gallardo, 10-Christian Pulisic, 20-Alex Zendejas

Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRO: 1- Ivan Nevistic;  3- Matej Hedecek, 6- Vinko Soldo (14- Marin Karamarko, 70), 5- Maksim Olujic, 2- Marko Prugovecki; 4- Borna Borovec, 8- Luka Pasaricek, 10- Neven Durasek (16- Adrian Zenko, 41); 7- Josip Brekalo, 9- Karlo Igor Majic (20- Ivan Markota, 41), 11- Davor Lovren
Subs Not Used
: 12- Adrian Semper, 13- Silvio Malkoc, 15- Ivan Blatancic, 17- Ivan Delic, 18- Petar Rubic, 19- Zdravko Simonovic
Head Coach:
Luka Pavlovic

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
n/a

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Vinko Soldo (caution)                    24th minute
CRO – Marko Prugovecki (caution)         42
CRO – Matej Hudecek (caution)              53
CRO – Maksim Olujic (caution)                 79

Officials:
Referee: Marko Matoc
Assistant Referee 1: Jerko Crncic
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Meic
Fourth Official: Tomislav Bionda

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Croatia
Date:
April 10, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue
GNK Dinamo (Field #3)
Kickoff:
4:30 p.m. UTC1 (10:30 a.m. ET)
Weather:
60 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Christian Pulisic (Eric Calvillo)       43rd minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Kevin Silva; 3-Edwin Lara (17-Danny Barbir, 56), 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 21-McKinze Gaines, 7-Haji Wright, 20-Alex Zendejas
Subs not used:9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Pierre Da Silva, 12-Will Pulisic, 13-John Nelson, 14-Tyler Adams, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 18-George Braima, 19-Elijah Rice, 23-Weston McKennie

Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRO: 1-Adrian Semper; 3-Matej Hudecek, 6-Vinko Soldo, 5-Maksim Olujic, 2-Marko Prugovecki (19-Zdravko Simonovic, 70); 4-Borna Borovec (17-Ivan Delic, 78), 8-Luka Pasaricek (15-Ivan Blatancic, 70), 10-Adrian Zenko; 7-Josip Brekalo, 9-Nikola Moro (16-Karlo Igor Majic, 56), 11-Davor Lovren (13-Silvio Malkoc , 56)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ivan Nevistic, 14-Marin Karamarko, 18-Petar Rubic, 20-Ivan Markota, 21-Neven Durasek

Head Coach:
Luka Pavlovic

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
n/a 

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Borna Borovec (caution)                 61st minute
USA – McKinze Gaines (caution)               64
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                       76

Officials:
Referee: Fran Jovic
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Vrabec
Assistant Referee 2: Krunoslav Ambrinac
Fourth Official: Davor Bertol 

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

U-17 MNT Wins Third Straight International Tournament

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)
Attendance
: 250
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 

Lineups:
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
n/a

Misconduct Summary:
BIH – Ajdin Mujagić (caution)                     77th minute
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution)                   77 

Officials:
Referee: Vladimir Bjelica
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Drašković
Assistant Referee 2: Haris Baković
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto

U.S. U-17 MNT Reaches Championship Match with Fast Start at Katalinski Tournament

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has opportunity to play for a third consecutive international tournament title after defeating Montenegro 5-0 and tying Sarajevo Select 1-1 in its first two matches at the Josip Katalinski International Tournament.

The USA will play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the tournament championship on Sunday after Montenegro ended Sarajevo Select’s chances of reaching the title game by defeating the home-town team 3-0.

In the opening match against Montenegro, the U-17’s were spearheaded by LA Galaxy forward Haji Wright and PA Classics playmaker Christian Pulisic. Wright, who won the Golden Boot award at December’s Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., scored a hat trick inside the opening half hour with Pulisic assisting in both the 15th and 29th minutes.

Between those strikes, midfielder Pierre Da Silva set up Wright for his second in the 17th minute before feeding his strike partner Joe Gallardo in the 21st. Wright finished off the scoring with his fourth and the USA’s fifth goal in the 53rd minute of the second half.

The second match against Sarajevo was a much tighter affair. The USA fell behind to an early strike by Nikola Popovac in the 39th minute and needed a late equalizer from FC Dallas product Alejandro Zendejas to secure what proved a crucial point.

After the tournament concludes, the U-17 MNT will fly to Zagreb, Croatia, for a pair of friendly matches against the Croatia U-17 national team on April 8 and 10.

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Montenegro
Date:
April 3, 2014
Competition:
Josip Katalinski International Tournament
Venue:
Stadion Otoka
Kickoff:
4 p.m. (local)
Weather:
60 degree, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         4 1 5
MNE                        0 0 0

USA                         Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 15th minute
USA                         Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva) 17
USA                         Joe Gallardo (Pierre Da Silva) 21
USA                         Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 29
USA                         Haji Wright (Elijah Rice) 53

Lineups:
USA:
1- Kevin Silva; 3- Edwin Lara, 5- Hugo Arellano (17- Daniel Barbir, 60), 4- Alexis Velela (15- Tanner Dieterich, 60), Matt Olosunde; 6- Eric Calvillo, 8- Luca De La Torre (16- Thomas McCabe, 60), 10- Christian Pulisic (20- Alejandro Zendejas, 60); 11- Pierre Da Silva (23- Weston McKennie, 67) , 9- Joe Gallardo (19- Elijah Rice), 7- Haji Wright (21- McKinze Gaines, 60)
Subs Not Used
: 12- William Pulisic, 13- John Nelson, 14- Tyler Adams, 18- George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

MNE: 1-Matija Gligorovi (12-Lazar Carevic, 86); 6-Jovan Jablan (3-Kostadin Mikic, 41), 5-Yannick Filipovic (16-Gian Luca Kasumovic, 86), 4-Balsa Banovic, 11-Emrah Krnic; 9-Balsa Goranovic (17-Llija Vukotic, 86), 10-Marko Burzanovic (15-Cristian Hadziosmanovic, 67), 2-Vojin Manojlovic (20-Luka Malesevic, 21),7-Danilo Markovic (18-Nikola Dukic, 57), 13-Alija Krnic (8-Aleksandar Brezanin, 57); 14-Andrija Cosovic (19-Filip Vorotovic, 41)
Subs Not Used
:
Head Coach: Boris Ljutica

Stats Summary: USA / Montenegro

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Sarajevo Select
Date:
April 4, 2014
Competition:
Josip Katalinski International Tournament
Venue:
Stadion Otoka
Kickoff:
11 a.m. (local)
Weather:
60 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 1 1
Sarajevo Select        1 0 1

Sarajevo Select        Nikola Popovac 39th minute
USA                         Alex Zendejas (Christian Pulisic) 71

Lineups:

USA: 12- Will Pulisic; 13-John Nelson, 17-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 14-Tyler Adams; 16-Tommy McCabe, 18-George Braima (10-Christian Pulisic, 51), 23-Weston McKennie (11-Pierre Da Silva, 51); 21-McKinze Gaines (7-Haji Wright, 41), 19-Elijah Rice (2-Matt Olosunde, 51), 20-Alex Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva, 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca De La Torre, 9-Joe Gallardo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

Sarajevo Select: 1-Enis Isovic; 3-Selmir Pidro, 6-Amer Hadzic, 5-Tarik Mostarlic, 2-Mufid Salcinovic; 17-Benjamin Sehic (15-Milos Planic, 72), 4-Haris Hajdarevic, 7-Armin Bijedic (10-Semir Smajlagic, 54), 11-Milan Kanostrevac (14-Nikola Bjelos, 61), 18-Dzevad Pracic; 9-Nikola Popovac
Subs Not Used: 8-Lazar Babic, 12-Marko Terzic, 13-Dejan Kljaic, 16-Bojan Tausan

Head Coach: Zoran Erbez

Stats Summary: USA / Sarajevo Select

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

Richie Williams Names 20-Player U-17 MNT Squad for Three-Match Pacific Northwest Tour

CHICAGO (March 6, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player squad to take part in a three-match tour of the Pacific Northwest that will run from March 7-18. The trip includes games against the Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18s, the University of Portland Pilots and the Portland Timbers Reserves.

The U.S. U-17 MNT begins its tour in Seattle, where the players will train for two days as well as attend the opening kickoff of the 2014 MLS season when Seattle Sounders FC hosts Sporting Kansas City on March 8. Before departing the Emerald City, the U.S. U-17s will face a Sounders squad, featuring a blend of the club’s U-17/18 Academy players and first team Reserves at Starfire Sports Complex, Field 1 on March 10, at 7 p.m. PT. The match is open to the public and free to attend.

The U.S. U-17s then travel to Portland, Ore., for a game against the Portland Pilots on March 12. The match, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m. PT, will be played at Merlo Field on the university’s campus and is free to the public.

The team will train in Portland through the weekend, including one day at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, before playing its final match on March 17 against a Portland Timbers squad comprised primarily of the club’s first team Reserves and some players from its U-17/18 Development Academy team. Kickoff for the game is set for 10 a.m. PT at Providence Park and is a Timbers season-ticket holder event.

Seventeen of the 20 players on the U.S. U-17 roster are currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Two non-Residency players, Edwin Lara and Nicholas Taitague, who are age eligible for the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team, continue their run of call-ups for Richie Williams’ side, and the only other player not currently in Residency is New York Red Bulls Academy product Tyler Adams, who recently captained the U-15 BNT for two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates during an international training camp in Abu Dhabi in February.

Including Adams, the New York Red Bulls lead the five MLS Academy teams represented with two players on the roster; Matthew Olosunde is New York’s other Academy product on the roster. The other four MLS Academies are Chivas USA (Hugo Arellano), Crew Soccer Academy (George Braima), FC Dallas (Alejandro Zendejas) and the LA Galaxy Academy (Haji Wright).

U.S. U-17 MNT SCHEDULE:
March 10; 7 p.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. Seattle Sounders Reserves/U-17/18’s; Starfire Field #1
March 12; 7 p.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. University of Portland Pilots; Merlo Field
March 17; 10 a.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. Portland Timbers Reserves/U-17/18s; Providence Park

U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7)
: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6)
: George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5)
: Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 MNT Claims Aegean Cup Championship with 2-1 Victory against Turkey

MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 25, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the 2014 Aegean Cup with a 2-1 victory against Turkey behind a pair of second-half goals from Joe Gallardo and Haji Wright.

Gallardo finished as the team’s leading scorer at the tournament with three goals and goalkeeper Will Pulisic earned the tournament’s Golden Glove award as the U.S. U-17 MNT claimed a second consecutive international tournament championship.

The USA dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes but could not convert a handful of chances. Gallardo went closest for the Americans, putting a close range shot over the bar after he was sent through on goal by a magnificent through ball from midfielder Luca de la Torre.

Gallardo made amends in the 53rd minute by firing the USA to a 1-0 lead. Winger Pierre Da Silva sent in a low cross from the left wing that Gallardo brought down with a neat trap before rounding two defenders and slipping a shot past Turkey goalkeeper Mehmet Aşcı.

Two minutes later Wright doubled the USA’s lead. Attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic emerged from a scrum in the Turkey half with the ball and found Wright with breaking into the Turkey penalty area. The LA Galaxy product put his first shot right at Aşcı but made no mistake when the rebound landed at his feet, burying his second shot with authority.

Ibrahim Demirbag scored shortly thereafter for Turkey in the 57th minute to halve his team’s deficit, but the USA hung on comfortably over the final 20 minutes to raise the Aegean Cup.

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

Match: United States U-17 98-99 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date:
January 25th, 2014
Competition:
2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup – Final
Venue:
Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium
Kickoff:
3:00pm GMT + 2
Weather:
60

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

USA Joe Gallardo (Pierre Da Silva) 53rd minute
USA Haji Wright 55th minute
Turkey Ibrahim Demirbag 58th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Will Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2-Matthew Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Christian Pulisc , 11-Pierre Da Silva (9-Elijah Rice, 65), 19-Joe Gallardo, 7-Haji Wright (16-Thomas McCabe, 70)
Subs Not Used: 12-Carlos Avilez, 13-John Nelson, 14-Logan Panchot, 18-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Nick Taitague

Head Coach: Richie Williams

Turkey: 12-Mehmet Asci; 8-Kadir Kaan Ozdemir (capt.) (3-Muhammet Selim Okur, 56), 14-Seydi Kayasoy, 4-Yusuf YalcinArslan, 13-Sait Oner; 11-Furkan Odemis (9-Mucahit Can Akcay, 62), 15-Atakan Ridvan Cankaya (16-Bugracan Kirmizitas, 56),10-Ibrahim Demirbag (17-Cengizhan Akgun, 72), 2-Resul Turkkalesi, 7-M. Haktan Karabulut (19-Muhammed Yesilyurt, 70); 18-Recep Eren Karabacak
Subs Not Used: 1-Anil Ozer, 6-Yigithan Guveli
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer

Stats Summary: USA / Turkey

Misconduct Summary:
Turkey Yusuf Yalcin Arslan Caution 68th minute
USA Matt Olosunde Caution 78th minute
Turkey Recep Eren Karabacak Caution 80th minute
USA Edwin Lara Caution 80th minute
USA Will Pulisic Caution 80th minute

Officials:
Referee Tolga Kadaz
Assistant Referee Serdar Mersinli
Assistant Referee Gokhan Ozkan
4th official Kerim Uzun

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

U.S. U-17 MNT Punches Ticket to Aegean Cup Championship with 5-2 Victory against Norway

MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its sterling start at the 2014 Aegean Cup by defeating Norway 5-2 on Tuesday to book its place in the tournament’s championship match.

The USA (2-0-0; 6pts) sits atop Group B and will play Scotland on Thursday before advancing to the tournament championship on Saturday. With France and Scotland drawing 1-1, neither team can catch the USA on points. Should the USA lose to Scotland and Norway beat France on Thursday, bringing the Americans and Scandinavians even on points, the USA will still go through as the top team in Group B by virtue of beating Norway head-to-head.

The USA’s victory against Norway was secured with three unanswered goals early in the second half, after the two teams went in to half time tied at 2-2. U.S. captain Alexis Velela scored the winning goal seven minutes after the restart, and Christian Pulisic added another three minutes later to give the USA some breathing room. Pulisic’s strike was his third goal in as many games dating back to the USA’s final match against Brazil at the Nike International Friendlies in December.

Nicholas Taitague, a call up from the U-15 Boys’ National Team, capped the proceedings after coming on as a second-half sub with his first international goal for the U.S. U-17 MNT in the 58th minute.

In the first half, forward Elijah Rice started off a late barrage of goals when he opened his U-17 account in the 21st minute. However, a pair of strikes from Norway’s John Hou Saeter and Sander Berge saw the match tilt in favor of the Scandinavians with five minutes remaining until the break.

The USA evened matters in the final minute of the half through newcomer McKinzie Gaines, who was just added to U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program this semester. After playing 11 minutes in the team’s 2-1 win against France on Monday, Gaines seized his opportunity to haul the U.S. level by scoring his first international goal in his first start with the U.S. U-17 National Team.

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

Match: United States U-17 98-99 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date:
January 21st, 2014
Competition:
2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup
Venue:
Akhisar ilce Stadi
Kickoff:
12:00pm GMT/UTC + 2
Weather:
64

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 3 5
Norway                    2 0 2

USA Elijah Rice 21st minute
Norway John Hou Saeter 27th minute
Norway Sander Berge 35th minute
USA Orrin McKinze Gaines 40th minute
USA Alexis Velela 47th minute
USA Christian Pulisic 50th minute
USA Nicholas Taitague (Elijah Rice) 58th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Will Pulisic; 13-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 18-Tanner Dieterich, 4-Alexis Velela (capt.) (2-Matt Olosunde, 54); 16-Thomas McCabe, 14-Logan Panchot (8- Luca De La Torre, 41), 20-Nicholas Taitague (19-Joe Gallardo, 66), 15-Devin Vega (10-Christian Pulisic, 41); 9-Elijah Rice, 17-Orrin McKinze Gaines (7-Haji Wright, 41)
Subs Not Used: 12-Carlos Avilez, 3-Edwin Lara

Head Coach: Richie Williams

Norway: 1-Jonatan Strand Byttingsvik; 7-Henril Bredeli, 6-Mathias Laudal, 5-Henrik Carlyle (4-Joachim Barstad, 65), 3-Edvard Aretun; 14-Markus Myre Aanesland, 11-Behrouz Habib, 8-John Hou Saeter (capt.) (9-Kristoffer Vassbakk Ajer, 41), 16-Martin Odegaard (13-Niklas Ontonsen, 73), 10-Sandar Berge (15-Rafik Zeknini, 65); 18-Andreas Klausen Helmersen (17-Birk Risa, 65)
Subs Not Used: 2-Patrik Braathen, 12-Mariua Halvorsen
Head Coach:
Harry Hensen

Stats Summary: USA / Norway

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

N/A

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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