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U.S. Under-17 MNT Beats Canada 2-1, Can Clinch 2012 AGS Cup Championship with Next Win

BENIDORM, Spain (Oct. 4, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team registered two first-half goals on its way to defeating Canada 2-1 in the AGS Cup on Thursday. The win sets up a showdown against CONCACAF rival Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 6, in which the winner will be crowned champion of the tournament.

The U.S. came in second place last year behind Mexico.

Ahinga Selemani opened the scoring for the U-17 MNT in the 19th minute and forward Alan Winn doubled the lead just before halftime, giving the U.S. all it would need to hold off Canada.

Andrew Gordon, a 15-year-old forward who entered the match in the 60th minute, scored for Canada in the 72nd minute, but the U.S. was able to deny an equalizer to set up the championship showdown against Mexico.

Azerbaijan is also in contention for the championship. If the U.S. match against Mexico ends in a draw and Azerbaijan beats Morocco on Saturday, then Azerbaijan will be the champion. If Azerbaijan loses or ties and the U.S. and Mexico tie, then Mexico is the champion.

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team squares off against Mexico, a team it has faced three times this year, at 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 6, while Azerbaijan faces Morocco at 10 a.m. ET.

-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report-

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Competition: AGS Cup 2012
Location: Benidorm, Spain
Date:  Oct. 4, 2012
Weather:  65 degrees

Scoring Summary             1     2      F
USA                                   2     0      2
CAN                                   0     1      1             

USA – Ahinga Selemani                                     19th minute
USA – Alan Winn                                              38
CAN – Andrew Gordon                                      72

USA: 12-Paul Christensen; 13-Elijah Martin, 2-Shaq Moore, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Bryce Cregan (3-John Requejo Jr., 50), 16-Ben Swanson, 8-Angel Heredia (6-Rolando Muñoz, 54), 20-Chris Lema, 7-Alan Winn (19-Mukwelle Akale, 65), 9-Ahinga Selemani (4-Jorge Miranda, 80), 18-Corey Baird (17-Wesley Wade, 76)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jeff Caldwell, 5-Tyler Turner, 10-Junior Flores, 11-Rubio Rubin
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CAN: 18-Marco Carducci; 4-Kevon Black (6-Aron Mkungilwa, 41), 20-Samuel Vinson (16-Elias Roubos, 41), 8-Alexander Comsia, 10-Ian Fernandes, 3-Marco Bustos (12-Andrew Gordon, 60), 11-Kianz Gonzalez-Froese, 5-Mikael Cantave (9-Paco Deckers, 70), 2-Hanson Boakai, 7-Matthew Chow (15-El Mehdi Ibn Brahim, 70), 13-Jordan Hamilton
Subs Not Used: 1-Daniel Milton, 14-Jordan Haynes, 17-Derick Sequeira, 20-Samuel Vinson, Stephen Eustaquio
Head Coach:  Sean Fleming

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ahinga Selemani (caution)              55th minute