Joe Gallardo Jr. Scores Brace as USA Prepares for Group B Finale Against Uruguay on Monday
MEXICO CITY (Aug. 11, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team earned its first victory at the Copa Mexico de Naciones, routing Panama 4-0 in Group B play.
Joe Gallardo Jr. led the way with two goals, giving the USA a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute and tallying the team’s final goal in the 50th minute. Copa Mexico games are 70 minutes long.
Joshua Perez scored the game’s opening goal in the 13th minute, and that proved to be the game-winner. Christian Pulisic added a penalty kick tally in the 31st minute to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage.
With the victory, the U.S. U-15s are 1-1-0 and in third place in Group B while Panama drops to 0-2-0 and in last place in the group. The USA faces Uruguay (1-0-1) on Monday in the final group stage match. Uruguay is coming off a 2-2 draw against Brazil (1-0-1).
-- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report --
U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Panama U-15 Boys’ National Team
Date: Aug. 11, 2013
Competition: Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP (Centro de Capacitacion)
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local time
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny
(Copa Mexico games are 70 minutes in length)
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
PAN 0 0 0
USA-Joshua Perez 13th minute
USA-Joe Gallardo Jr. 29
USA-Christian Pulisic (penalty kick) 31
USA-Joe Gallardo Jr. 50
USA: 12-Abraham Romero, 5-Alexis Velela (20-Nicholas Taitague, 35), 14-Tyler Adams, 15-Hugo Arrellano, 13-John Nelson, 18-Christian Albelo (7-Eric Calvillo, 20), 16-Logan Panchot, 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (17-Kevin Coleman, 52), 9-Joe Gallardo Jr. (6-Haji Wright, 52), 11-Joshua Perez (19-David Loera, 52)
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Silva, 2-Matthew Olosunde, 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Daniel Barbir
Head Coach: Richie Williams
12-Samuel Baptista, 2-Joel Bernal (16-Kevin Nelson, 35), 3-Luis Zunga (15-Damaso Santos, 25), 5-Cesar Blackman, 6-Stiben Santos, 9-Ronaldo Cordoba
(11-Leandro Avila, 48), 13-Jose Luis Rodriguez, 14-Randolph Ramos, 17-Chamel Asprilla, 19-Alfred White (7-Oliver Beckles, 48) 20-Adalberto Carrasquilla
(8-Carlos Kirton, 48)
Subs not used: 1-Javier Cruz, 4-Emmanuel Resume, 10-Miltiades Lopez, 18-Luis Arias
Head Coach: Juan Cubilla Labastid
USA-Hugo Arellano (caution) 27th minute