SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a resounding 4-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina to win the Josip Katalinski International Tournament on Sunday.
Spurred by the attacking triumvirate of Christian Pulisic (two goals), Haji Wright (two goals) and Joe Gallardo (two assists), the young Americans win in the final captured their third consecutive international tournament title, a run that also includes winning the 2013 Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., last December and capturing the Aegean Cup in Manisa, Turkey in January.
U-17 MNT center back Hugo Arellano won the competition’s Josip Katalinski Award, which recognizes the tournament’s best defender. The individual award is the latest in an impressive and diverse string of honors players from the U-17 MNT have collected at international tournaments this cycle. Previously, goalkeeper Will Pulisic earned Golden Glove recognition at the Aegean Cup, while cousin Christian was voted MVP of the Nike Friendlies. Also at the Nike Friendlies, Wright won the Golden Boot award with five goals in three matches, and goalkeeper Kevin Silva earned the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
The U-17 MNT will next travel to Croatia for a pair of friendlies against the Croatia U-17 national team in Zagreb on April 8 and 10.
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date: April 6, 2014
Competition: Josip Katalinski International Tournament; Final
Venue: Stadium Grbavica; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. UTC1 (9 a.m. ET)
Weather: 53 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
BIH 0 1 1
USA - Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo) 37th minute
USA - Christian Pulisic (Joe Gallardo) 56
USA - Christian Pulisic (Edwin Lara) 60
BIH - Amar Suljić 65
USA - Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 73
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 6-Eric Calvillo, 5-Hugo Arellano, 3-Edwin Lara; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Alexis Velela, 8-Luca De La Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 61), 11-Pierre Da Silva (20-Alejandro Zendejas, 51); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (14-Tyler Adams, 61)
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 13-John Nelson, 15-Tanner Dietrich, 17-Daniel Barbir, 18-George Braima, 19-Elijah Rice, 21-McKinze Gaines, 23-Weston McKennie
Head coach: Richie Williams
BIH: 12-Jasko Keranović (1-Valentino Jović, 61); 2-Ognjen Davidović (15- Besim Šerbečić, 61), 3-Sandi Husić, 4-Mato Stanić, 5-Mijo Miletić; 6-Toni Nikić, 7-Amar Suljić (20-Alan Delić, 78), 8-Denis Žerić (18-Mak Varešanović, 78), 10-Zinedin Mustedanagić; 11- Ermedin Demirović (19-Ajdin Mujagić, 53), 21-Said Behram (9-Emir Bijelić, 53)
Subs not used: 13-Sandro Hadžiabdić, 14-Savo Đokić, 16-Aras Sadiković, 17-Amir Mašić
Head coach: Sakib Malkočević
Stats Summary: USA / BHI
BIH – Ajdin Mujagić (caution) 77th minute
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 77
Referee: Vladimir Bjelica
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Drašković
Assistant Referee 2: Haris Baković
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto