The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played in its final match before the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and posted a lopsided 8-0 victory on Monday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
With two separate lineups playing in each half, it was the second group that scored a whopping five goals in the final 45 minutes, led by Mukwelle Akale’s hat trick. Justen Glad and Sebastian Elney also had a tally in the second half.
In the first half, Ahinga Selemani’s goal in the second minute would prove to be the game-winner. Corey Baird and Elijah Martin also scored in the opening half to give the USA a 3-0 lead heading into halftime. Baird had an impressive 24-yard strike that struck the crossbar and bounced over the goal line in the 22nd minute.
The team now gears up for qualification for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The USA heads to Panama and will open the CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Haiti on Sunday, April 7.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 5 8
Barbados 0 0 0
USA – Ahinga Selemani (Corey Baird) 2nd minute
USA – Corey Baird 22
USA – Elijah Martin (Shaquell Moore) 27
USA – Mukwelle Akale (Joel Soñora) 47
USA – Mukwelle Akale (Angel Heredia) 57
USA – Justen Glad (Junior Flores) 65
USA – Sebastian Elney (Mukwelle Akale) 68
USA – Mukwelle Akale (Malcolm Jones) 89