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U.S. U-17 MNT Opens Tournament with Win against Japan


NIIGATA, Japan (July 13, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team started off on the right foot with a 2-1 comeback win against host Japan to open the Niigata International Tournament in Niigata, Japan.

Japan’s Wataru Noguchi scored late in the first half to give the home team the lead heading into halftime, but Andrija Novakovich opened his scoring account with the equalizer in the 50th minute. Rubio Rubin added the game winner in the 83rd minute.

The U.S. next faces Croatia on Saturday, July 14.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Japan U-17 MNT
Date: July 13, 2013
Competition: Niigata International Tournament
Kickoff: 4:20 p.m. local time
Attendance: 475
Weather: 88 degrees, rain

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

JPN–Wataru Noguchi                    37th minute
USA–Andrija Novakovich               50
USA–Rubio Rubin                         83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Tommy Redding, 5-Conor Donovan (13-David Godinez-Chavez, 46), 3-John Requejo Jr., 6-Chris Lema, 8-Amirgy Pineda (16-Alejandro Vergara, 46), 10-Corey Baird (18-Justen Glad, 85), 11-Ahinga Selemani (19-Brooks Lennon, 64), 7-Rubio Rubin, 9-Andrija Novakovich (20-Christian Pulisic, 80)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 17-Erik Palmer-Brown
Head Coach: Richie Williams

JPN: 1-Kazuki Saitou, 4-Tokuma Suzuki, 5-Yuki Aizu (2-Ryoma Ishida, 87) 13- Yuta Nakayama, 16-Wataru Noguchi, 3-Kento Misao, 7-Koji Miyoshi (11-Kosei Uryu, 46), 10-Shunsuke Sudo (12-Takuma Mizutani, 69), 8-Taro Sugimoto (6-Shinji Yamaguchi, 46) 9-Hiroki Ogawa (15-Daisuke Sakai, 76), 14-Ryoma Watanabe
Subs not used: 17-Itsuki Urata, 18-Makoto Kimura
Head Coach: Hirofumi Yoshitake

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 6 / 14
Shots on goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offsides: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Requejo Jr. (caution)               65th minute

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