MEXICO CITY (Aug. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Colombia in penalty kicks 3-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U-17s will take on Ecuador on Friday, Aug. 8, with a spot in the final on the line.
Christian Pulisic scored his sixth goal of the tournament to put the U.S. up 1-0 in the 17th minute off of a Pierre Da Silva assist from the left side.
The lead was short-lived for the U.S. as Colombia’s Edward Bolanos netted the equalizer in the 32nd minute.
Tied at 1-1, neither team scored for the rest of regulation, sending the match to penalty kicks.
Pulisic led off for the U.S. with a right-footed strike to the left of Colombia goalkeeper Luis Garcia. Elijah Rice and Danny Barbir were each successful in their attempts for the U.S., clinching the victory as Colombia missed two attempts and had a third saved by U.S. goalkeeper Will Pulisic, who was a late second-half sub for this moment. Stiven Vaga and John Arango hit the cross bar and left upright, respectively, and Jefferson Valdeblanquez’s attempt was saved by Will Pulisic.
Ecuador, the U.S. opponent in the semifinals, swept Group A and beat South Korea 3-0 in its quarterfinal matchup to get to the semifinals. Paraguay and Brazil will meet in the other semifinal. Brazil outgunned Mexico 4-3 and Paraguay beat Portugal 4-1 in the quarterfinals.
The championship for the Copa Mexico de Naciones takes place Sunday, Aug. 10.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Aug. 6, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP Field # 1
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
COL 1 0 1
USA – Christian Pulisic (Pierre Da Silva) 17th minute
COL – Edward Bolanos 32
USA: Pulisic (goal), Rice (goal), Barbir (goal)
COL: Vega (miss), Valdeblanquez (save), Arango (miss)
USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-Will Pulisic, 69); 13-Edwin Lara, 5-Hugo Arellano, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (17-Danny Barbir, 49); 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Pierre Da Silva (14-McKinze Gaines, 49), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Josh Perez (19-Elijah Rice, 49)
Subs not used: 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas
Head Coach: Richie Williams
COL: 1-Luis Garcia; 4-Hugo Daza, 14-John Lucumi, 5-Stiven Vega (capt.), 3-Jefferson Valdeblanquez; 6-Jesus Marimon, 20-Edwin Ariza (8-David Perez, 65), 10-John Arango; 17-Andres Mosquera (13-Juan Rengifo, 55), 9-Edward Bolanos, 18-Edwin Cetre
Subs not used: 2-Juan Posada, 7-Jhonatan Cuellar, 11-Oscar Lucumi, 12-Joao Orozco, 15-Brayan Torres, 16-Santiago Jimenez, 19-Jose Mora
Head Coach: Harold Rivera
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 13
USA – Edwin Lara (caution) 35
USA – Tanner Dieterich (caution) 57
COL – Juan Rengifo (caution) 63
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**