EAST LANSING, Michigan (Aug. 10, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team fell behind early in the second half, scored two late goals to take a lead and then gave up an 89th minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw with the Brazil U-17 WNT in front of 2,250 fans at DeMartin Soccer Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.
The teams will play again on Friday, Aug. 12 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Mich. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET. Admission is free.
The matches will be among the final chances to evaluate the players before Snow chooses the final roster for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
After Thais Regina put Brazil head in the 55th minute, forward Ashley Sanchez equalized in the 77th minute, smashing a first-time volley into the left side of the net off a cross from halftime substitute Alexa Spaanstra.
The USA took the lead four minutes later as midfielder Jaelin Howell headed home a corner kick service from Sanchez, but Nycole Sobrinho bagged a late equalizer just one minute from time.
It was the first time the USA has failed to win in 2016, moving to 10-0-1 in international matches this year.
The goal was the seventh of 2016 for Sanchez at the U-17 level and the 18th of her U-17 international career in just 15 U-17 caps. Howell’s goal was her first international score for the USA at this age level.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow utilized all six of his allowed substitutes while Brazil used just three.Read more