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U.S. U-17 MNT Defeats Croatia in Japan

NIIGATA, Japan (July 14, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Croatia in its second game of the International Tournament in Niigata, Japan.

The U.S. next faces the Niigata All-Stars with a chance to win the tournament after starting off with a 2-1 win against host Japan.

Andrija Novakovich scored in the seventh minute for the U.S. but Croatia mounted a comeback with goals in the 54th and 56th minutes. The U.S. responded with three unanswered goals by Corey Baird, Rubio Rubin and Chris Lema to take three points from the game, heading into the final with six points and a plus-3 goal differential.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Croatia U-17 MNT
Date: July 14, 2013
Competition: Niigata International Tournament
Venue: Ijimino Park Athletics Stadium
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local time
Attendance: 500
Weather: 80 degrees, rain

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

USA—Andrija Novakovich            7th minute
CRO—Robert Muric                     54
CRO—Fran Brodic                       56
USA—Corey Baird                       75
USA—Rubio Rubin                      79
USA—Chris Lema                        85

USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell, 13-David Godinez-Chavez, 2-Shaq Moore, 17-Erik Palmer-Brown, 3-John Requejo Jr., 6-Chris Lema, 16-Alejandro Vergara (10-Corey Baird, 46), 18-Justen Glad (4-Tommy Redding, 58), 19-Brooks Lennon (11-Ahinga Selemani, 46), 7-Rubio Rubin, 9-Andrija Novakovich (20-Christian Pulisic, 71)
Subs not used: 12- JT Marcinkowski, 5-Conor Donovan, 8-Amirgy Pineda
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRO : 1-Marko Maric, 2-Marko Stolnik (17-Nikola Buric, 46), 3-Petar Mamic, 5-Josip Filipovic, 6-Franjo Prce, 4-Ivan Sunjic, 8-Ivan Fiolic, 11-Frane Vojkovic, 9-Fran Brodic, 10-Robert Muric, 14-Ante Brlazevic (16-Elvir Maloku, 81)
Subs not used: 7-Nikola Vlasic, 12-Ivo Grbic, 13-Hrvoje Dzijan, 14-Ante Brlazevic, 15-Andrija Balic
Head Coach: Ivan Gudelj

Misconduct Summary:
USA—David Chavez (caution)                   18th minute
USA—Ahinga Selemani (caution)              53
CRO—Josip Filipovic (caution)                  75
CRO—Ivan Fiolic (caution)                       69
USA—Chris Lema (caution)                      92