MEXICO CITY (Aug. 12, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team took first place in Group B at the 2013 Copa Mexico de Naciones, closing out the group stage with a 3-1 victory against Uruguay.
The USA finished atop the group with a 2-0-1 record, ahead of second-place Uruguay (1-1-1) and third-place Brazil (1-1-1). Uruguay ranked second based on goal differential.
The U.S. now advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday and will Costa Rica at 10 a.m. local time. Should the USA advance to the semifinals, it would then face either Colombia or Uruguay.
For a second straight game, Joe Gallardo Jr. was the USA’s top offensive catalyst as he scored two goals and assisted a Haji Wright goal in the 68th minute. All three U.S. goals came in the second half of the 70-minute match. Gallardo tallied his first goal in the 45th minute off of an Alex Valela assist, and then notched his second brace in as many days off of an Alejandro Zendejas assist in the 62nd minute.
Gallardo has four goals in the tournament to lead the U.S. U-15s. He scored two goals during the USA’s 4-0 victory against Panama on Sunday, Aug. 11.
U.S. defender Daniel Barbir will miss Wednesday's quarterfinal match because of yellow card accumulation in the group stage.
-- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report --
U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Uruguay U-15 BNT
Date: Aug. 12, 2013
Competition: Copa Mexico de Naciones
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local time
Weather: 78 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
URG 0 1 1
USA-Joe Gallardo Jr. (Alexis Velela) 45th minute
USA-Joe Gallardo Jr. (Alejandro Zendejas) 62
USA-Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo Jr.) 68
URG-Joaquin Moreno 70
USA: 1-Kevin Silva, 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Daniel Barbir, 5-Alexis Velela, 14-Tyler Adams, 7-Eric Calvillo, 16-Logan Panchot, 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (6-Haji Wright, 57), 11-Josh Perez, 9-Joe Gallardo Jr.
Subs not used: 2-Matthew Olosunde, 12-Abraham Romero, 13-John Nelson, 15-Hugo Arrellano, 17-Kevin Coleman, 18-Christian Albelo, 19-David Loera, 20-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: Richie Williams
1-Victor Heber Mazza Olivera, 3-Joaquin Varela Moreno, 5-Roberto Nicolas Fernandez Fagundez, 6-Santiago Martin Perez Casal (19-Lucas Alejandro Martinez
Guanco, 48), 8-Franco Noclas Martinez Guanco (16-Sebastian Nicolas Paz Dutra, 35), 9-Diego Martin Rossi Marachlian (20-Clever Elias Quintana Alonzo, 35),
13-Nicolas Rodriguez Olivera, 14-Juan Ignacio Affonso Silva, 15- Ignacio Nicolas Neria Borba, 17- Leonardo Cecilio Fernandez Lopez (10-Federico Santiago
Valverde Dipetta, 57), 18-Santiago Ramon Ramirez Debalis (7-Fernando Gabriel Olivera Genova, 48)
Subs not used: 2-Francisco Sebastian Ibanez Velazquez, 4-Maximiliano Javier Silvera Fernandez, 11-Nicolas Javier Schiappascasse Oliva, 12- Mauricio Fratta Cabrera
Head Coach: Alejandro Ricardo Garay Villalba
URG-Cecilio Leonardo Fernandez (caution) 34 minute
URG-Nicolas Rodriguez (caution) 37
URG-Fernando Gabriel Olivera (caution) 59
URG-Lucas Alejandro Martinez (caution) 63
USA-Daniel Barbir (caution) 70