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USA Draws Group A for 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras

CHICAGO (Dec. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which runs Feb. 27-March 15 in Honduras. The draw took place at the Chamber of Commerce and Industries in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The USA is paired with Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and an UNCAF qualifier – either El Salvador or Guatemala. The remaining UNCAF team will conduct its playoff January 17 and 24. All Group A games will be held at Francisco Morazan Stadium. The USA opens against Cuba on Friday, Feb. 27.

“I think the draw went well,” U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams said. “We’re happy with the format of five group games and we feel confident that we’ll perform and do well. You never truly know until you get here. Obviously with Honduras in our group and playing at home, that will be difficult, but we’re ready to play against everyone and looking forward to it.”

The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be played Feb. 27-March 15 in San Pedro Sula. The tournament will qualify four teams directly to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

  • Group A: Honduras, Jamaica, (UNCAF team), Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Cuba
  • Group B: Canada, Haiti, Panama, Mexico, St. Lucia, Costa Rica

USA’s Group A Schedule:

  • Friday, Feb. 27: Cuba, 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
  • Monday, March 2: Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
  • Thursday, March 5: TBD (UNCAF team), 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
  • Sunday, March 8: Honduras, 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)
  • Wednesday, March 11: Jamaica, 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)

The CONCACAF U-17 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams.

Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The playoff stage and final matches of qualifying will be held Saturday, March 14, at Olympic Stadium.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is coming off a second-place showing at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. This age group has had a strong 2014 with 27 international matches and high-quality tournaments, posting a 17-7-3 international record (18-7-7 overall).

“It’s been our goal over the past year and a half to get as many international games as we can and play in different countries and against different teams,” Williams said. “The tournament in Mexico, the trip to Panama, competing against other CONCACAF opponents to get experience, all these games are excellent opportunities. We’ve given everyone the experience to have a strong 20-man roster come qualifying, and hopefully all of this will translate into a successful result in the tournament.”

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Draw

U-17 MNT Finishes Runner-Up to Brazil at Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to Brazil 4-1 in the final game of the 2014 Nike International Friendlies in front of packed house at the Premier Sports Campus.

Brazil (2-0-1) finished the tournament with seven points, earning the 2014 Nike Friendlies crown and was followed by the USA (2-1-0; 6 points), England (1-1-1; 4 points) and Australia (0-0-3; 0 points).

Forward Andrey and midfielder Evander each scored a brace for Brazil in the win. Evander also added an assist. Christian Pulisic had the USA’s lone goal off of a Haji Wright assist. Pulisic was the USA’s leading scorer in the tournament with three goals.

In addition to claiming the 2014 Nike International Friendlies title, Brazil swept the individual awards. Evander (Golden Boot), Matheus Pereira (MVP) and Bruno (Golden Glove) were all recognized for their performances throughout the three-day tournament.

A fast-paced offensive attack dictated much of the game, and from the start Brazil made sure to set the tone often. The verde amarela exploded out of the locker room with powerful shots from distance and pressured the U.S. defense.

Within the first four minutes of the game, forward Andrey and midfielders Matheus Pereira and Evander had all taken a shot toward U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva, but every attempt went awry as it was either wide, high or saved, thus keeping the USA very much in the game.

In the 10th minute, forward Leandro found himself running toward the goal with only U.S. defender Daniel Barbir by his side. He was able to outrun Barbir with a nice move to the right side but his attempt toward the near post ended up hitting the post instead and went out of bounds.

One of the USA’s strongest chances early in the first half came on the 11th minute when Pulisic outplayed three defenders on the left band and proceeded to send a pass to the middle for midfielder Luca de la Torre. De la Torre took the shot but sent it wide and was unable to make it happen for the USA.

Evander continued to push the USA backwards into its own side of the field as he ran through players and resumed shooting the ball. Finally, a nifty left-legged pass from Lincoln who came to the front after receiving the ball on the midfield found Evander who then took the ball into the box trough the right side and sent it to the far post for the 1-0 Brazilian lead. The goal was the third of the tournament for Evander, who was responsible for nine of Brazil’s 26 shots in the match.

Wasting no time and regrouping fast, the USA started to shift its attention from defense and was able to put together a couple of plays that culminated in a play that tied the score to one apiece.

Haji Wright drove through a few Brazilian defenders on the left band and with some creative footwork was able to get past them and send a perfect ball to the middle where Pulisic awaited to kick it in. Brazil’s goalkeeper Bruno had left his spot, which allowed Pulisic to send the ball right to the middle cleanly and even up the scoreboard.

With both teams on the board, the pace appeared more uniform as each played some strong defense and drove forward. Despite the 1-1 score at the 29th minute, however, the shot differential was visible, as Brazil has outshot the USA 12-3 up to that point.

Brazil’s attack never slowed down, but in the 37th minute the USA tried to take advantage of a sleepy defense and midfielder Alejandro Zendejas knocked a strong shot toward the goal. However, he was not able to curl it on time and it went just wide.

A foul called on Zendejas on the 41st minute set up a Brazil free kick, which led to the second score of the game. The U.S. set up a four-man wall on the left side right outside the box and had two Brazilian men right behind them, looking to clear the ball in case it went their way. Nonetheless, Evander’s free kick sailed over both barriers and straight toward the far post where it found the back of the net with an incredible shot to put Brazil up 2-1 with his second score of the match.

Coming out of the locker rooms for the second half, the teams turned down the fast pace a notch and calmly seemed to control the ball until about the 60th minute. Yet on the 62nd minute, Evander again created problems for the U.S. defense and this time sent a ball to Andrey on the right side. Andrey took the shot and was able to score on a deflection off of U.S.  defender Tyler Adams’ leg to give Brazil the 3-1 lead.

The U.S. quickly responded on the 63rd minute and a near perfect header by Wright down the middle went just wide, as the USA continue to trail Brazil by two goals. Despite a resilient fight, there was not much the USA could do to stop the Brazilian attack.

In the 70th minute, Andrey took a ball from 35 yards out into about 18 yards and sent a textbook shot onto the left corner of the goal. The goal was his second of the night and fourth for Brazil to give them the 4-1 victory.

Next, the U.S. U-17 MNT will shift its focus toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship taking place from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras as the team hopes to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

- Nike Internationals Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,500
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            1 0 1
BRA                            2 2 4

BRA – Evander (Lincoln)                              14th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)           22
BRA – Evander                                              42
BRA – Andrey (Evander)                              62
BRA – Andrey                                               70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 19-Tyler Adams, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 81), 14-Daniel Barbir, 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (17-McKinze Gaines, 64), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic, 11-Josh Perez (2-Matthew Olosunde, 52); 7-Haji Wright (18-Pierre Da Silva, 81), 9-Alejandro Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 16-Thomas McCabe, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno (capt.) (12-Carlinhos, 90); 2-Kleber, 14-Thiago, 4-Leo, 6-Caique (13-Alan, 84); 7-Andrey (18-Jean, 90), 15-Renan, 17-Lincoln, 8-Matheus Pereira (5-Matheus Fernandes, 85), 19-Evander, 10-Leandro (11-Ramon, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 9-Eronildo, 16-Mauro Junior, 20-Loran   
Head coach: Caio Zanardi

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 9 / 26
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 14
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Caleb Mendez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)

U-17 MNT Looks to Defend title against Brazil in Nike Friendlies Finale

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec.  2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will close out the 2014 Nike International Friendlies against Brazil on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. ET at the Premier Sports Campus. The game will be a rematch of last year’s finale, which the USA convincingly claimed with a 4-1 victory. The game will be live on ussoccer.com.

The USA (2-0-0; 6 points) will be entering the match with an unblemished record after taking down England (0-1-1; 1 point) 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 28, and downing Australia (0-0-2; 0 points) 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 30. Brazil (1-0-1; 4 points) will also bring a clean record as it convincingly won against Australia 4-0 on Friday and got a 2-2 draw in a dramatic match against England, scoring its two goals in a span of three minutes on Sunday, only to see England equalize late in stoppage time.

A win or a draw will give the USA back-to-back tournament titles.

The USA-Brazil match is preceded by a 3 p.m. game featuring Australia and England. That game will also be live ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow all matches live on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

This marks the USA’s last major tournament of the year as the focus will then turn toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras.

2014 U.S. U-17 MNT Statistics

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17

2014 Nike International Friendlies
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Dec. 2, 2014

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kevin Silva (PDA), 12-William Pulisic (Richmond United)
DEFENDERS (8): 2- Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), 3- John Nelson (Internationals), 4-Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf), 5-Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), 13-Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), 14-Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), 15-Daniel Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), 8-Luca de la Torre (Fulham), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas), 10-Christian Pulisic (Unattached), 16-Thomas McCabe (PDA), 20-Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Haji Wright (Unattached), 11-Josh Perez (Unattached), 17-McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), 18-Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club)

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The USA opened up the 2014 Nike International Friendlies with a 3-1 victory over England on Nov. 28, and added another three points on Sunday, Nov. 30, when it took down Australia 2-1.
  • Nine different players were in the starting lineup that took the field against Australia, with only midfielder Eric Calvillo and forward Josh Perez having started in both the England and Australia game.
  • The six points put the USA atop of the 2014 Nike International Friendly standings, followed by Brazil’s four points.
  • With a win or a draw, the USA will claim the title and win the Nike International Friendlies for the second year in a row.
  • After falling down 1-0 early in the game against Australia, forward McKinze Gaines tipped one in for the 1-1 score, tallying his fifth goal of 2014, and third-most on the team.
  • Gaines’ goal came from an assist by midfielder Pierre Da Silva.
  • Da Silva’s assist was his team-leading ninth of the year.
  • Gaines and Haji Wright made their 21st appearance of the year for the U-17 MNT against Australia, a leading mark on the USA roster.
  •  Midfielder Luca de la Torre scored the game-winning goal against Australia in the 69th minute. It was de la Torres’ first goal of his U-17 MNT tenure.
  • Midfielder Christian Pulisic led the way with two goals and Alejandro Zendejas tallied a goal and an assist for the USA win against England.
  • Pulisic now has 16 goals on the year, upping his career U-17 MNT total to 17 over a span of 25 games.
  • Goalkeeper Kevin Silva recorded six saves against England and is now 8-1-2 on the year.
  • Wright is the leading scorer for the U.S. in 2014 with 18 goals in 21 international matches and has added six assists. His career total with the U-17 National Team stands at 24 goals in 25 matches, racking up 21 of his 25 caps this year alone.
  • Wright has had three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. He has also featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT in 2014, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August.
  • Calvillo and Hugo Arellano made their 17th start against Australia to lead all players in starts in 2014.
  • The USA is the defending champion of this event, earning last year’s crown with a 4-1 victory against Brazil in the finale on Dec. 13, 2013.
  • The U-17 MNT is coming off a three-game tournament in Chile from Nov. 18-22, with draws against host Chile and Qatar and a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
  • U-17 head coach Richie Williams’ side has enjoyed a successful 2014. The team has compiled a 17-6-3 international record and a 18-6-7 mark overall.

USA VS. BRAZIL

  • The U.S. U-17 MNT and Brazil last met Nov. 20 at the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile. The U.S. rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3. Brazil went on to win the tournament.
  • The two teams also met earlier in the year during Copa Mexico in Mexico City on Aug. 10 with the game going the Brazilian’s way again in a 2-0 defeat.
  • In addition, the USA and Brazil met on the final game of the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with the USA earning a commanding 4-1 victory to claim the tournament title. 

ON USSOCCER.COM:

IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol
Founded: 1914
FIFA affiliation: 1923
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bruno (Coritiba), 12-Carlinhos (Portuguesa)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kleber (Flamengo), 3-Ronaldo (Cruzeiro), 4-Leo, 6-Caique (Sao Paulo), 13-Alan (Vasco da Gama), 14-Thiago (Palmeiras)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matheus Fernandes (Botafogo), 7-Andrey (Vasco da Gama), 8-Matheus Pereira (SC Corinthians), 15-Renan (SC Corinthians), 16-Mauro Junior (Desportivo Brasil) , 17-Lincoln (Gremio), 18-Jean (Gremio), 19-Evander (Vasco da Gama)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Eronildo (Vitoria), 10-Leandro (Ponte Preta), 11-Ramon (Fluminense), 20-Loran (Fluminense)

BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER NOTES:

  • Brazil began the 2014 Nike International Friendlies in dominating fashion taking down Australia 4-0 on Nov. 28 with four different players recording a goal.
  • The Brazilians outshot the Australians 27-5 and largely controlled the game, which saw Andrey, Evander, Leandro and Lincoln all score for the verde amarela.
  • The opening score against Australia on the fifth minute of the match was Andrey’s first goal as part of the Brazilian U-17 MNT.
  • The draw against England however came in dramatic fashion as Brazil scored its two goals in a three-minute span beginning in the 84th minute.
  • Lincoln and Evander were the authors of the two goals against the English side. It was the second goal at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies for each player, tying them with USA forward Christian Pulisic (2) atop the scoring list.
  • Goalkeeper Bruno sported the captain’s armband for the third straight game against England, after head coach Caio Zanardi first gave him the honor against Chile on Nov. 22.
  • Brazil leads all tournament teams with a plus-four goal differential but sits behind the USA with four points to the U.S. U-17 MNT’s six.
  • Brazil fell 4-1 to the USA at the 2013 Nike Friendlies and will have a chance to redeem itself on Tuesday. Only a win will allow the Brazilians to claim this year’s tournament crown.
  • Brazil recently won the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile on Nov. 18-22, where it defeated Chile 1-0, the U.S. 4-3 and Qatar 6-0.
  • The Nike Friendlies are the last main tournament for Brazil this year as the focused will shift toward the 2015 South American Under-17 Football Championship in Paraguay, which will qualify four teams for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

U-17 MNT Rallies Past Australia, Moves into First Place at Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Australia Under-17 Men’s National Team 2-1 in the nightcap of the second day of the  2014 Nike International Friendlies at the Premier Sports Campus.

Goals by forward McKinze Gaines in the 15th minute and midfielder Luca de la Torre in the 69th minute lifted the USA past the Joeys after an early goal from Australian captain Joe Caletti had given Australia the 1-0 lead.

It was Gaines’ fifth goal of the year and his U-17 tenure, and de la Torre scored his first U-17 goal.

With the victory, the USA is in a strong position to repeat as Nike International Friendlies champion. The U.S. is 2-0-0 (6 points) and needs a win or a draw against Brazil (1-0-1, 4 points) on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to clinch the tournament title. Tuesday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com.

The U.S. U17 MNT began Sunday’s game slightly off balance as Australia went on the attack early with a shot in the second minute that was just tipped by U.S. goalkeeper William Pulisic. On the following play, Australia’s corner kick was batted away by Pulisic, but Caletti ran onto the deflected ball just outside the box and slotted it into the right side of the net for the 1-0 lead.

After a couple of missed shots to the far post by both teams, the USA regrouped and began creating some opportunities. The best one came on the 15th minute when forward Pierre Da Silva played the ball into the penalty box area through the left side and sent a cross to a perfectly placed Gaines, who kicked it right into the middle back of the net, tying the score at one apiece.

“I didn’t need to do much,” Gaines said of converting the goal. “Pierre did a lot of the work; it was a great cross. He just found me right in front of the goal and I just had to tap it in.”

In the second half, the USA threatened early after making three subs to open the second half. In the 50th minute, a free kick by Da Silva hit forward Haji Wright in the knee on what would have otherwise been an open lane toward the goal.

Australia responded with a couple of good opportunities, especially a free kick shot on the 60th minute, but the USA was the one that converted when it mattered.

In the 69th minute, Australia turned the ball over in its half and the USA took advantage. Wright dropped the ball off for de la Torre, who fired right-footed from nearly 25 yards out and into the upper left corner for the 2-1 lead and ultimately the game-winner.

The USA had one more big opportunity in the closing minutes of the game to add to its tally. During an 86th-minute free kick from midfielder Christian Pulisic, de la Torre received the ball and tried to kick it into the net, however Australia’s goalkeeper Brandon Osipov punched it out. U.S. defender Daniel Barbir got the rebound and tried to head it home, but the shot hit the crossbar. After hitting the woodwork, Osipov jumped up and grabbed it before allowing any potential rebound.

The 2014 Nike International Friendlies conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 2, with Australia taking on England at 3 p.m. ET and the USA facing Brazil for the tournament title at 6 p.m. ET. Both games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

- Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Australia U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 30, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,400
Weather: 68 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            1 1 2
AUS                            1 0 1

AUS – Joe Caletti                                           3rd minute

USA – McKinze Gaines (Pierre Da Silva)      15th

USA – Luca de la Torre (Haji Wright)           69th

Lineups:
USA: 12-William Pulisic; 5-Hugo Arellano (14-Daniel Barbir, 46), 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (9-Alejandro Zendejas, 46), 11-Josh Perez (7-Haji Wright, 46), 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-McKinze Gaines (8-Luca de la Torre, 60), 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Tyler Adams, 20-Keegan Kelly (10-Christian Pulisic, 59)

Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela

Head Coach: Richie Williams

AUS: 12-Brandon Osipov; 2-Malcolm Ward, 5-Zac Speth, 6-Joe Caletti (capt.) (17-Nicholas Panetta, 50), 7-Daniel Maskin (22-Cameron Joice, 50), 8-Daniel Arzani (10-Jamie Dimitroff, 76), 9-Panos Armenakas (24-Marc Tokich, 70), 11-Peter Kekeris (15-Jackson Bandiera, 76), 16-Danny Kim (14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika, 70), 20-Perry Fotakopoulos, 23-Kosta Petratos

Subs Not Used: 13-Christian Verbi, 18-James Delianov

Head Coach: Tony Vidmar

Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 16 / 16
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Danny Kim (caution)                          39th minute

Officials:
Referee: Chipalo Street (USA)

Assistant Referee 1: Chris Hutchison (USA)

Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez (USA)

 

 

U.S. U-17 MNT Soars Past England on First Day of Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov.  28, 2014) – Guided by a balanced attack and a strong defense, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down England 3-1 on its opening match of the 2014 Nike International Friendlieson Friday night at the Premier Sports Campus.

U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic led the USA with a brace. Pulisic’s goals were No. 15 and 16 on his international tally this year. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva had an incredible outing, finishing with six saves and improving to 8-1-2 on the year.

The contested matchup had back-and-forth moments, but it was the USA that quickly gained the upper hand. U.S. midfielder Josh Perez had an active game and created some strong scoring chances in the opening minutes. In the 11th minute, Perez sent in a beauty of a wide left cross to Alejandro Zendejas who kicked the ball into the back of the net with his left foot for a 1-0 USA lead.

The USA continued to threaten offensively while maintaining a strong presence in the back to keep England off of the score sheet.

A corner in the 18th minute was a dangerous one from England, but Silva kept his cool and punched it out to avoid the equalizer.

The USA had another strong opportunity in the 21st minute when a crafty play from Perez on the left side sent a ball straight to the middle for Haji Wright who could not control it.

England had a strong attack over the following minutes, including a dangerous opportunity from William Patchings’ free kick that sailed just wide. But the combination of England’s missed chances and Silva’s ability to come up with several key saves maintained a steady presence in the back while allowing the USA to work the ball back into the offensive third.

The U.S. added to its lead shortly after defender Matthew Olosunde’s shot struck Adetayo Edun, who was called for a hand ball in the box. In the 40th minute, Pulisic stepped up to the penalty spot and nailed his kick into the right corner for a 2-0 lead.

The intensity continued in the second half as the USA threatened and attacked early. Perez’s shot went just wide in the 48th minute, but in the following offensive attack, Zendejas nudged the ball to Pulisic who sank it on the near right post of the net and open up the game wide for the USA, giving the Red, White and Blue a commanding 3-0 lead.

England continued to fight for the remainder of the game and had a couple of missed opportunities. On the first minute of stoppage time, however, Layton N’dukwu passed the ball in from the left side of the box and connected with Daniel Wright, who slotted the ball into the net and prevent a U.S. shutout.

The U.S. and Brazil opened the tournament with wins, but Brazil currently holds first place based on goal differential.

Next, the USA will face Brazil and England will play Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and the latter at 6 p.m. ET. All games at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies are shown live on ussoccer.com.


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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            2 1 3
ENG                            0 1 1

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Josh Perez)                    11th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (penalty)                               40
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)           48
ENG – Daniel Wright (Layton N’dukwu)                 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde (19-Tyler Adams, 46), 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 84), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (17-McKinze Gaines, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Keegan Kelly, 84), 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 66), 14-Daniel Barbir
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman; 2-James Yates (12-Kyron Stabana, 80), 3-Adetayo Edun, 4-Tom Davies (capt.) (20-Daniel Wright, 80), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant, 7-Nathan Holland (17-Ike Ugbo, 70), 9-Lukas Nmecha (8-Adam Phillips, 61), 11-Layton N’dukwu, 15-Danny Collinge (5-Reece Oxford, 70), 18-William Patching, 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram
Subs Not Used: 1-Paul Woolston, 10-Marcus Edwards, 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman
Head Coach: John Peacock

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Daniel Barbir (caution)           30th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)      60

Officials:
Referee: Mark Allatin (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)


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