MEXICO CITY (Oct. 4, 2018) – In its first game of the 2018 Four Nations Tournament, the Under-17 Men’s National Team fell 2-1 to Argentina at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City, Mexico. The squad will look to bounce back tomorrow against the host country before finishing up the tournament on Oct. 7 versus Chile.
Argentina got on the board in the 23rd minute when striker Matias Emanuel Godoy finished from close range.
Heading into the second half down 1-0, the USA responded quickly four minutes in off the foot of Seattle Sounders forward Alfonso Ocampo Chavez.
Attacking down the right flank, second-half substitute Sagir David Arce looked up and saw Ocampo Chavez making a diagonal run across the box. With defenders committing, Ocampo Chavez halted his run to create an opening, to which David Arce fed him through. Played between two Argentina defenders, the pass found Ocampo Chavez’s feet and the 2018 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Champion did the rest, taking a touch before firing a low shot into the back of the net.
After 18 minutes of back and forth play without a score, Los Gauchos put home the game winner. The strike from Matias Damian Palacios would be all Argentina needed to secure the victory.
The U-17 MNT will continue the opportunity to gain valuable international experience in the tournament against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 5.
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Argentina
Date: Oct. 4, 2018
Competition: 2018 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Centro de Alto Rendimiento; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT)
Weather: 67 degrees; partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
ARG 1 1 2
ARG – Matias Emanuel Godoy 23rd minute
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Sagir David Arce) 49
ARG – Matias Damian Palacios 67
USA: 1-Damian Las; 2-Michael Barragan, 5-Axel Alejandre, 4-Antino Lopez, 3-Kobe Hernandez (capt.); 20-Mauricio Cuevas (17-Gilbert Fuentes, 58), 6-Adam Saldana (8-James Dunning, 78), 13-Adam Armour (21-Ray Serrano, 46); 19-Cade Cowell (7-Sagir David Arce, 46), 10-Daniel Robles (16-Josh Atencio, 71), 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (11-Mario Penagos, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Aaron Cervantes, 14-Kenny Nielsen, 18-Aiden Weaver
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris
ARG: 1-Rocco Rios Novo; 2-Francisco Alexis Flores, 4-Patricio Andres Acevedo, 3-Bruno Agustin Amione, 6-Julian Ezequiel Aude Bernardi; 8-Juan Sebastian Sforza (capt.) (20-Santiago Federico Toloza, 68), 5-Martin Belotti (14-Nicolas Villagra, 68), 10-Matias Damian Palacios (18-Luis Sequeira, 78); 15-Santiago Simon, 9-Matias Emanuel Godoy (16-Cristian Nicolas Medina, 68), 7-Oscar Exequiel Zeballos (19-Pablo Oro, 58)
Subs not used: 11-Rodrigo Marquez de Meneses, 12-Federico Gabriel Losas, 13-Tomas Leonardo Lecanda, 17-Luciano Fabian Vera
Head coach: Pablo Aimar
Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 3 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 6
Corners: 5 / 3
Offside: 3 / 4
ARG – Bruno Amione (caution) 8th minute
USA – Adam Saldana (caution) 69
USA – Sagir David Arce (caution) 77
Referee: Guillermo Pacheco
Assistant Referee: Jair Sosa
Assistant Referee: Julio Barcenas
4th Official: Ismael Lopez
Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.