U.S. U-17s Win Opener of Copa Mexico de Naciones Over China PR 6-0
Christian Pulisic and Haji Wright Each Record Hat Tricks to Lead U.S.
MEXICO CITY (Aug. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got a pair of hat tricks from Christian Pulisic and Haji Wright to defeat China PR 6-0 in the team’s opener of the Copa Mexico de Naciones.
Pulisic and Wright each netted a first-half goal in the 70-minute game to put the U.S. up 2-0 at halftime. Both poured in two each in the second half to put the game out of reach and lead the scoring outburst.
Wright is the USA’s leading goal scorer in this cycle, having now tallied 16 goals in 12 international U-17 games.
The opener was on the same day as the U-17’s fifth-place game of the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark, a 4-3 loss to Finland. Four players who were on the Open Nordic Tournament roster are also on the roster for the Copa Mexico de Naciones: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Aug. 2, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP Field No. 2; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 72 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 4 6
China 0 0 0
USA – Christian Pulisic 20th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo) 28
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright) 42
USA – Christian Pulisic 57
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva) 58
USA – Haji Wright (Matt Olosunde) 61
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 58), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (16-Tommy McCabe, 58), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Alex Zendejas, 58); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (11-Pierre Da Silva, 58), 18-Josh Perez
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 14-McKinze Gaines
Head Coach: Richie Williams
1-Chen Zirong (12-Li Guanxi, 56); 3-Xie Xiaofan, 14-Zhou Xin (capt.), 23-Yan Ziran, 17-Zhao Zeyu; 19-Lin Zefeng, 17-Zhao Zeyu (5-Guo Tianyu, 50), 7-Zhang
Huachen, 11-Nie Meng (26-Xie Zhiwei, 51); 20-Duan Liuyu
Subs not used: 15-ZangLiming, 21-Liu Weicheng, 25-Zhao Shijie, 30-Jin Ziyang
Head Coach: Cui Yongli
CHN – Yan Ziran (caution) 35th minute
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution) 41
CHN – Chen Zirong (ejection) 54
Referee: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez
Assistant Referee: Adrian Bazan Lopez
Assistant Referee: Carlos Rodrigo Arroyo Cruz
Fourth Official: Reinhold Enrique Ortiz Tienda
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**