U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team earns third place at Copa Mexico de Naciones
MEXICO CITY – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team defeated Paraguay 7-6 in penalty kicks to earn third place at the 2013 Copa Mexico de Naciones.
Paraguay was up 3-2 for much of the second half during the 70-minute regulation until the USA’s Joshua Perez tied the score at 3-3 two minutes into second-half stoppage time.
The back-and-forth match started with the USA’s Haji Wright scoring the game’s first goal in the sixth minute. After Paraguay tied the score early in the second half, U.S. midfielder responded with a 40th-minute tally to take a 2-1 lead.
Paraguay responded with goals in the 44th and 50th minutes to garner its first lead, and the match stayed that way until Perez’s clutch equalizer 22 minutes later. The referee had issued three minutes of stoppage time, so the Perez tally came with approximately one minute remaining in the match.
– U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Paraguay U-15 BNT
Date: Aug. 18, 2013
Competition: Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: Estadio Azteca
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees, sunny
**Please note games are only 70 minutes long**
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
PAR 0 3 3
USA wins 7-6 in penalties
USA-Haji Wright 15th minute
PAR-Sergio Diaz 38
USA-Alejandro Zendejas 40
PAR-Bill Lopez 44
PAR-Jonathan Valiente 50
USA-Joshua Perez 70
USA: 12-Abraham Romero, 2-Matthew Olosunde (5-Alexis Velela, 46), 4-Daniel Barbir, 15-Hugo Arrellano, 13-John Nelson, 18-Christian Albelo (8-Alejandro Zendejas, 36), 7-Eric Calvillo, 17-Kevin Coleman (11-Joshua Perez, 36), 20-Nicholas Taitague (10-Christian Pulisic), 19-David Loera (9-Joe Gallardo Jr., 36) 6-Haji Wright
Subs not used: 3-Edwin Lara, 14-Tyler Adams, 16-Logan Panchot
Suspended Players: 1-Kevin Silva
Head Coach: Richie Williams
PAR: 1-Christian Cubas, 2-Guillermo Gonzalez Miguel Frachi, 3-Blas Miguel Riveros Galeano, 4-Adan Gonzalez Stefano Yellow, 5-Luis Alejandro Gimenez, 6-Emmanuel Morel Jorge Barrios, 7-Sebastian Ferreira Carlos Vidal (14-Adrian Jose Gamarra Drain, 41), 8-Arturo Aranda, 10-Ismael Sergio Diaz Velazquez (9-Ivan Javier Martinez Martinez, 66), 16-Ulysses Guillermo Guillen Cousirat, 17-Jonathan Ariel Valiente Melgarejo (19-Jacquet Josias Joel Benitez, 61)
Subs not used: 11-Bill Walter Lopez Isidre, 12-Rodrigo Blas Aguilar, 13-Fernando Flores, 15-Rodi David Ferreira, 18-Benitez Fatecha Gianlucca, 20-Verdun Nicolas Matias Alonso
Head Coach: Innocent Hugo Caballero Fleytas
USA-Daniel Barbir (sent off) 57th minute