CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2013) - The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team recently returned from a successful, 12-day trip to Madrid, Spain. The USA played three international friendlies
against academy sides from La Liga outfits Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, as well as the U-18 youth team of Las Rozas CF, a small professional club from
Las Rozas de Madrid, located in the northwest suburbs of the Spanish capital. The U-17s went unbeaten over the three matches, posting a 1-0-2
record and scoring seven goals.
The team began the trip with four days of training and a tour of the Spanish Federation Museum before opening the friendly slate on Sept. 30 with a 2-2 draw against Las Rozas. Joe Gallardo of Monterrey FC and Christian Pulisic of PA Classics put the U.S. ahead twice at 1-0 and 2-1, respectively, but saw their strikes equaled by Las Rozas. Gallardo again scored a goal in the team’s next match, a 1-1 draw against the Real Madrid Academy U-16s on Oct. 1.
Between their opening two games and the final match of the friendly tour, the U.S. U-17s attended the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and FC Copenhagen. Perhaps inspired by the 4-0 scoreline the Galácticos put up, the U-17 MNT scored four goals of its own – three by LA Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright, who also assisted on a goal by FC Dallas Academy striker Alejandro Zendejas – in a 4-2 win against the Rayo Vallecano Academy on Oct. 3.