VILLAJOYOSA, Spain (Sept. 29, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half to overcome an early deficit and beat Morocco 2-1 in the team’s opening match of the 2012 AGS Cup in Spain.
Ahinga Selemani notched the equalizer for the U.S. in the 21st minute after Chentouf Ahmed had given Morocco an early 1-0 lead in the 6th minute.
Forward Rubio Rubin knocked in the game-winning goal for the U-17 MNT just three minutes from time (games at the AGS Cup are 80 minutes long), as the U.S. started off the tournament on the right note.
Several changes have been made to the tournament schedule as both national teams from Russia and Georgia did not show up as expected. The U.S. was originally placed in a group with Azerbaijan, Georgia and the United Arab Emirates, however, a new schedule has been created.
Following the opening win against Morocco, the U.S. will play four more matches. The first match will be against the United Arab Emirates at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) on Sunday, Sept. 30. The U-17s will then go up against Azerbaijan at 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Canada at 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET) on Thursday, Oct. 4 and finally take on CONCACAF rival Mexico at 6:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Oct. 6. Any further placement games will be announced at a later date.
-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Morocco
Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Competition: AGS Cup
Venue: Villajoyosa, Spain
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
MAR 1 0 0
MAR – Chentouf Ahmed 6th minute
USA – Ahinga Selemani 21
USA – Rubio Rubin 77
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 3-John Requejo, Jr., 4-Jorge Miranda, 5-Tyler Turner (14-Conor Donovan, 46), 2-Shaq Moore; 8- Angel Heredia (6-Rolando Muñoz, 63), 16-Ben Swanson (13-Elijah Martin, 70), 10-Junior Flores, 7-Alan Winn (18-Corey Baird, 57) , 9-Ahinga Selemani (17-Wesley Wade, 60), 11-Rubio Rubin
Substitutions Not Used: 12- Paul Christensen, 15-Bryce Cregan, 19-Mukwelle Akale, 20-Christopher Lema
Head coach: Richie Williams
MAR: 1-Said Anime; 3-El Hajioui Youssef, 4-Jbira Yassine, 5-Lahafouri Brahim, 14-El Amrany Soulaimane, 19-Faqhaoui Yassine, 8-Zaari Samir, 6-Sabbar Walid, 10-Chentouf Ahmed, 18-Dkhissi Anass (21-Kabri Alaoui Khalid, 70), 9-El Moutaraji Zoheir
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Benzemmouri Amine, 7-El Bouzaraoui Morrad, 11-Benhssain M Ali, 12-Taenaouh Ahmed, 13-Kabah Saad, 15-Laghzaoui Mustapha, 16-Saoud Mohamed, 17-Hanafi Badir, 20-Mamouuni Amine, 21-Kbiri Alaoul Khalid, 22-El Haji Ali, 23-Sadik Rachid, 24-Arjoune Omar
Head coach: Abdelah El Idrissi
USA – John Requejo, Jr. (caution) 54th minute
MAR – El Hajioui Youssef (caution) 60