BENIDORM, Spain (Oct. 2, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team had a two-match winning streak snapped as the team conceded an early goal in the second half of a 1-0 loss to Azerbaijan at the AGS Cup on Tuesday.
After back-to-back wins against Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. entered the match in good position for a positive result, but a goal from Azerbaijan midfielder Elnur Jafarov in the 47th minute was enough as the U-17s couldn’t come up with the equalizer during the 80-minute match.
Azerbaijan leads the standings after three matches with seven points, while the U.S. and Mexico are tied in second place with six points apiece. Canada, the USA’s next opponent on Thursday, has four points, while Morocco (3) and the UAE (0) round out the standings. The team that finishes with the most points after five matches is crowned champion of the tournament.
The U.S. squares off against Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 6, in its final match of the tournament and one that could potentially decide the champion depending on the outcome of Thursday’s match.
Through three matches, the U.S. U-17 MNT has scored four goals, while conceding two for a 2-1-0 record.
-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan Under-17 Men
Competition: AGS Cup 2012
Location: Benidorm, Spain
Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Weather: 65 degrees
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
AZE 0 1 1
AZE – Elnur Jafarov 47th minute
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 3-John Requejo, Jr, (6-Rolando Muñoz, 66), 2-Shaq Moore, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Bryce Cregan; 20-Christopher Lema, 13-Elijah Martin, 10-Junior Flores (9-Ahinga Selemani, 57), 11-Rubio Rubin; 17-Wesley Wade, 19-Mukwelle Akale (7-Alan Winn, 57)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Jorge Miranda, 5-Tyler Turner, 8-Angel Heredia, 12-Paul Christensen, 16-Ben Swanson, 18-Corey Baird
Head Coach: Richie Williams
AZE: 1-Gasimov Aghaseyid; 11-Ulvi Ibazade, 5-Muslum Zararsiz, 16-Gazimagomed Gurbanov, 18-Agshin Gurbani; 8-Mirkamil Hasimli, 19-Mansur Nahavandi, 24-Gursoy Abdussamed (7-Tayyar Mammadov, 51), 17-Elnur Jafarov; 10-Cem Felek (15-Mahir Madatov, 76), 9-Fahmin Muradbeyli (13-Sercan Demir, 78)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Ilyas Safarzade, 3-Hakimov, 4-Roman Aliyev, 6-Budag Nasirov, 12-Ali Hasanli, 14-Parviz Garanhov, 20-Elvin Nasibov, 21-Rahim Sadihov, 22-Mertcan Akar, 23-Roman Mammadov
Head Coach: Tabriz Hasanov