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U.S. U-17 WNT Picks up Win and Draw with Brazil at Dallas Cup

CHICAGO (April 5, 2010) -- The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, defeated the Brazil U-17 WNT by a 4-1 score on April 1 in a match played at Pizza Hut Park, then drew 2-2 on April 3 during a quick training camp and games at the Dallas Cup. The U.S. U-17s were coming off a failed qualifying campaign for the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in penalty kicks to Canada during the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship despite out-scoring its opposition 38-0 during the tournament, but hammered the South American champions in front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 fans. Midfielder Kaysie Clark opened the scoring in the eight minute, finishing a rebound after Lindsey Horan’s volley had been knocked down by the Brazilian ‘keeper. Kaili Torres made it 2-0 in the 25th minute, also finishing a mishandled ball by the Brazilian net-minder. Brazilian pulled a goal back in the 61st minute via a penalty kick, but the Americans struck a minute later as Horan blasted home a rebound of Morgan Brian’s shot. The USA sealed the match in the 85th minute as Taylor Smith ran onto a free kick service from Clarissa Wedemeyer and stuck her shot into the net from eight yards out. The 2-2 draw was a back-and-forth affair with Clark opening the scoring once again and Brazil equalizing. Lindsey Horan put the USA ahead 2-1, but Brazil tied the game on another penalty kick. Brazil got a red card with about 15 minutes left, but the USA couldn’t capitalize on the woman-advantage to find a winning goal.