MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 25, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the 2014 Aegean Cup
with a 2-1 victory against Turkey behind a pair of second-half goals from Joe Gallardo and Haji Wright.
Gallardo finished as the team’s leading scorer at the tournament with three goals and goalkeeper Will Pulisic earned the tournament’s Golden Glove award as the U.S. U-17 MNT claimed a second consecutive international tournament championship.
The USA dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes but could not convert a handful of chances. Gallardo went closest for the Americans, putting a close range shot over the bar after he was sent through on goal by a magnificent through ball from midfielder Luca de la Torre.
Gallardo made amends in the 53rd minute by firing the USA to a 1-0 lead. Winger Pierre Da Silva sent in a low cross from the left wing that Gallardo brought down with a neat trap before rounding two defenders and slipping a shot past Turkey goalkeeper Mehmet Aşcı.
Two minutes later Wright doubled the USA’s lead. Attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic emerged from a scrum in the Turkey half with the ball and found Wright with breaking into the Turkey penalty area. The LA Galaxy product put his first shot right at Aşcı but made no mistake when the rebound landed at his feet, burying his second shot with authority.
Ibrahim Demirbag scored shortly thereafter for Turkey in the 57th minute to halve his team’s deficit, but the USA hung on comfortably over the final 20 minutes to raise the Aegean Cup.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
United States U-17 98-99 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: January 25th, 2014
Competition: 2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup – Final
Venue: Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium
Kickoff: 3:00pm GMT + 2
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
Turkey 0 1 1
USA Joe Gallardo (Pierre Da Silva) 53rd minute
USA Haji Wright 55th minute
Turkey Ibrahim Demirbag 58th minute
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2-Matthew Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Christian Pulisc , 11-Pierre Da Silva (9-Elijah Rice, 65), 19-Joe Gallardo, 7-Haji Wright (16-Thomas McCabe, 70)
Subs Not Used: 12-Carlos Avilez, 13-John Nelson, 14-Logan Panchot, 18-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Nick Taitague
Head Coach: Richie Williams
12-Mehmet Asci; 8-Kadir Kaan Ozdemir (capt.) (3-Muhammet Selim Okur, 56), 14-Seydi Kayasoy, 4-Yusuf YalcinArslan, 13-Sait Oner; 11-Furkan Odemis (9-Mucahit
Can Akcay, 62), 15-Atakan Ridvan Cankaya (16-Bugracan Kirmizitas, 56),10-Ibrahim Demirbag (17-Cengizhan Akgun, 72), 2-Resul Turkkalesi, 7-M. Haktan
Karabulut (19-Muhammed Yesilyurt, 70); 18-Recep Eren Karabacak
Subs Not Used: 1-Anil Ozer, 6-Yigithan Guveli
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer
Stats Summary: USA / Turkey
Turkey Yusuf Yalcin Arslan Caution 68th minute
USA Matt Olosunde Caution 78th minute
Turkey Recep Eren Karabacak Caution 80th minute
USA Edwin Lara Caution 80th minute
USA Will Pulisic Caution 80th minute
Referee Tolga Kadaz
Assistant Referee Serdar Mersinli
Assistant Referee Gokhan Ozkan
4th official Kerim Uzun
**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**