SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (July 1, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to Mexico 3-1 in the championship final at the Copa Saprissa Internacional tournament.
After defeating Universidad Catolica on penalty kicks in the semifinal round of the tournament, the U.S. Under-17 Men faced Mexico for a second time at the tournament.
Previously, the Mexico Under-17 Men defeated the U.S. 3-0 in the teams’ final group match.
Mexico scored twice within the first 25 minutes of the final, tallying back-to-back goals from Luis Hernandez in the 23rd minute and Alejandro Diaz in the 24th minute, before the U.S. saw midfielder Aaron Meyer ejected in the 35th minute.
Forward Rubio Rubin scored for the U.S. in the 43rd minute, but Diaz added an insurance goal for Mexico in the 54th minute.
-- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match: USA U-17 MNT vs. Mexico
Competition: Copa Saprissa Internacional
Location: Saprissa, Costa Rica
Date: July 1, 2012
Weather: 75 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
Mexico 2 1 3
MEX – Luis E. Hernandez 23rd minute
MEX – Alejandro Diaz 24
USA – Rubio Rubin 43
MEX – Alejandro Diaz 54
USA: 1-Paul Christensen, 13-Adonis Amaya (3-John Requejo Jr., 53), 15-Jorge Miranda, 4-Tyler Turner, 2-Shaq Moore, 16-Aaron Meyer, 18-Rolando Munoz (8-Angel Heredia, 55), 10-Junior Flores (20-Chris Lema, 36), 17-Alan Winn (7-Corey Baird 65), 19-Wesley Winn (9-Ahinga Selemani, 55), 11-Rubio Rubin
Sub not used: 12- Evan Louro, 14-Conor Donovan
Head Coach: Richie Williams
MEX: 1-Raul Gudino, 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 3-Salomon Ubias, 4-Erich Hernandez, 14-Alexis Gomez (2-David Navarro, 61), 7-Luis E. Hernandez, 15-Ulises Rivas, 8-Jose Almanza (6-Joseph Accantar, 38), 10-Ivan Ochoa, 11-Ulises Jaimes (17-Marco Granados, 67), 9-Alejandro Diaz
Subs not used: 12-Edson Resendez, 13-Carlos Robles, 16-Juan C. Ortega, 18-Sergio Gonzalez
Head coach: Raul Gutierrez
USA - Shaq Moore (Caution) 15th minute
MEX - Jose Almanza (Caution) 15
USA - Aaron Meyer (Ejection) 35