SANTA FE, Argentina (Oct. 25, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team conceded three straight goals and couldn’t overcome the deficit in a 3-1 loss against Argentina on Thursday in the team’s second, and final, match of the Four-Nations Tournament in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Rubio Rubin scored in his fourth consecutive match for the U-17 MNT to close the gap to two goals in the 74th minute, but it wasn’t enough to keep Argentina from snapping the USA’s four-match unbeaten streak. Rubin was able to reach a low cross from Junior Flores with a sliding, right-footed tap-in to put the U.S. on the board.
Leonardo Suarez opened the scoring for Argentina in the third minute with a strong left-footed shot from the top of the box. The match would remain 1-0 until the 63rd minute when Sebastian Driussi converted in front of goal following a nice centering pass from the end line. Nicolas Tripichio put Argentina ahead 3-0 eight minutes later in the 71st minute.
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team concludes its trip to Argentina with an international friendly against Paraguay on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET in Buenos Aires.
-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Argentina U-17 MNT
Competition: Four-Nations Tournament
Location: Santa Fe, Argentina; Estadio de Club Colon
Date: October 25, 2012
Weather: 74 degrees
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
ARG 1 2 3
ARG – Leonardo Suarez 3rd minute
ARG – Sebastian Driussi 63
ARG – Nicolas Tripichio 71
USA – Rubio Rubin (Junior Flores) 74
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Shaquell Moore, 5-Conor Donovan, 2-Elijah Martin; 14-Ben Swanson (16-Joel Soñora, 65), 8-Chris Lema, 10- Corey Baird (21-Mukwelle Akale, 65), 7-Alan Winn (20-Junior Flores, 46), 11-Rubio Rubin, 9-Wesley Wade (17-Bradford Jamieson, 83)
Subs Not Used: 6-Guy Kabala, 12-Paul Christensen, 13-Gonzalo Rolon, 15-Jorge Miranda, 18-Rolando Muñoz, 19-Brian Pacheco
Head Coach: Richie Williams
ARG: 1-Augosto Batalla; 2-Emanuel Mammana, 3-Nicolas Pinto (19-Fabricio Bustos, 85), 4-Nicolas Tripichio, 5-German Ferreyra (16-Mauro Marconata, 73); 6-Leandro Vega (21-Mauricio Del Castillo, 85), 7-Marcelo Storm (17-Jonathan Canete, 55), 9-Sebastian Driussi (18-Franco Perez, 76), 10-Leandro Suarez (20-Franco Cristaldo, 76), 13-Rodrigo Moreyra, 14-Lucio Campaganucci
Subs Not Used: 8-Matias Sanchez, 12-Ignacio Vaguer, 15-Matias Romero
Head Coach: Miguel Angel Lemme
USA – Elijah Martin (caution) 59th minute
ARG – Rodrigo Moreyra (caution) 61
ARG – German Ferrryra (caution) 66