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U.S. U-17 MNT captures 2nd place at International Youth Tournament

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WINCHAM, England (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team finished second at the U-17 International Youth Tournament in England after two strong comeback efforts. On Sunday, the USA rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take down Brazil 3-2, capped off by an 85th-minute penalty kick goal from Joe Scally. On Tuesday, George Bello found the back of the net in the 86th minute to push the U-17s past Russia’s U-18 squad 2-1.

Final U-17 International Youth Tournament Standings

Team W L D Pts.
England 3 0 0 9
USA 2 1 0 6
Brazil 1 0 0 3
Russia 0 3 0 0

Tournament Rundown:

USA 1, England 3: In the first game of the competition, the USA fell 3-1 to host and eventual champion England.

The Red, White and Blue got on the board first against the Three Lions, striking 17 minutes in. Some nifty dribbling through the penalty area opened things up for Scally, and he slotted a pass in to Griffin Yow, who one-timed it past the diving goalkeeper.

While the U-17s took an early lead, the Young Lions roared back after the half with three unanswered goals.

– U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Oct. 12, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Deva Stadium; Chester, England
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. WET (local), 2:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, windy, light rain
Attendance: 1,035

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F
USA                                         0          3          3
ENG                                         1          0          0

USA – Griffin Yow (Joseph Scally)                 17th minute
ENG – Sam Greenwood                                 47
ENG – Morgan Rogers                                       70
ENG – Joseph Gerhardt                                  89

USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, Kobe Hernandez, George Bello (capt.); 7-Daniel Robles (20-David Rodriguez, 76), 8-William Reilly (16-Tayvon Gray, 46), 6-Adam Saldana (18-Peter Stroud, 69), 11-Griffin Yow (19-Ricardo Pepi, 83); 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 10-Gianluca Busio
Subs not used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 13-Adam Armour, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 17-Andres Jasson, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris                       

ENG: 1-Louie Moulden, 2-Valentino Livramento (20-Harvey Elliott, 61), 4-Miguel Azeez, 5-Taylor Harwood-Bellis (capt), 6-Teden Mengi; 7-Alexander Mighten (15-Joseph Hodge, 69), 8-Yunus Musah, 9-Sam Greenwood (14-Joseph Gelhardt, 79), 10-Fabio Carvalho (12-Ben Knight, 61), 11-Morgan Rogers, 19-Dennis Cirkin (3-Haydon Robert, 61)
Subs not used: 13-James Trafford, 16-Jensen Weir, 17-Nathan Wood-Gordon, 18- Armstrong Oko-Flex, 22-Serine Sanneh
Head coach: Steve Cooper

Misconduct Summary:
USA – George Bello (caution)               34th minute
ENG – Harvey Elliott (caution)                   74
ENG – Taylor Harwood-Bellis (caution)     90
ENG – Joseph Gelhardt (caution)               90
USA – Damian Las (caution)                     90

Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots: 3/10
Shots on Goal: 2/7
Saves: 4/1
Corner Kicks: 2/3
Fouls: 15/14
Offside: 2/2 

Referee: Tom Nield (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Gratton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Hendley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Joe Hull (ENG)

USA 3, Brazil 2: Things got off to a slow start in the USA’s second game against Brazil. The South Americans got on the board early with a penalty in the eighth minute, and doubled their advantage in the 26th. But the U-17s responded swiftly, as Yow dribbled across the top of the box from left to right, and hit a low shot to the far bottom corner past the outstretched Brazilian goalkeeper.

After the break, Yow was involved again in finding the equalizer. The D.C. United forward deflected an attempted clearance from the ‘keeper, teeing it up for Alfonso Ocampo Chavez. The Seattle Sounders FC striker took a dribble and ripped a shot into the back of the net. As both sides battled down the stretch, forward Ricardo Pepi drew a penalty in the 85th minute. Scally stepped to the spot and hammered it home to secure the 3-2 U.S. victory.

– U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Oct. 14, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Weaver Stadium; Nantwich, England
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. WET (local), 12:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 53 degrees
Attendance: 1,027

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F
USA                                         1          2          3
BRA                                         2          0          0

BRA – Reinier Jesus Carvalho (penalty)         8th minute
BRA –Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos                         26
USA – Griffin Yow                                          30
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez                      60
USA – Joe Scally                                             85

USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, 5-Kobe Hernandez (capt.), 13-Adam Armour; 7-Daniel Robles (6-Adam Saldana, 46), 16-Tayvon Gray, 18-Peter Stroud; 11-Griffin Yow; 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (15-Axel Alejandre, 86), 17-Andres Jasson (19-Ricardo Pepi, 76)
Subs not used: 3-George Bello, 8-WilliamReilly, 12-Chituru Odunze, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 20-David Rodriguez, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris                          

BRA: 12-Bruno Carcaioli, 13-Yan Bueno Couto, 14-Alysson Cristian Oliveira Silva (15-Paulo Eduardo Ferreira Godinho, 75), 3-Henri Marinho dos Santos, 6-Eduardo Pinto de Jesus (2-Gustavo Garcia dos Santos, 63); 5-Kawan Gabriel da Silva (16-Fabio Silva de Freitas, 75), 10-Reinier Jesus Carvalho, 8-Talles Macedo Toledo Costa (17-Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto, 46); 7-Gabriel Veron Fonseca de Souza (21-Iago André Pires de Oliveira, 46), 9-Gabriel Silva Vieira (11-Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow, 63), 20-Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Roberto Pereira, 4-Gabriel Rodriguez Noga, 18-Ivonei Junior da Silva Rabelo, 19-Carlos Antonio de Oliveira Costa
Head coach: Guilherme Dalla Déa

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Joe Scally (caution)                                          51st minute
BRA – Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto (caution)     51
USA – Adam Armour (caution)                                  65
BRA – Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow (caution)          66
USA – Tayvon Gray (caution)                                     67
USA – Damian Las (caution)                                      90

Stats Summary: USA/BRA
Shots: 9/10
Shots on Goal: 7/7
Saves: 5/4
Corner Kicks: 7/6
Fouls: 10/12
Offside: 2/1 

Referee: Matt Donohue (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Steven Rushton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Mellor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Will Finnie (ENG)

USA 2, Russia 1: The Russia U-18 squad provided an older opponent in the tournament’s final match. After a scoreless opening 35 minutes, Russia broke through with the game’s first goal, but the U-17s’ found an answer from Kobe Hernandez, who netted the game-tying goal in the 42nd minute.

As the teams searched for a winner in the second half, Bello rose to the occasion in the game’s waning minutes. Just over a week after scoring his first MLS goal, Bello lined up to take a free kick in the 86th and scored the game-winner for the U-17s to end the Youth International Tournament on a high note.

After the game, U-16 Boys’ National Team head coach Shaun Tsakiris, who lead the group in England was proud of the team’s resilience, on full display in England.

“Overall, I am really happy for the group. The boys fight hard and showed they have a great spirit about them. To compete the way we did against a U-18 Russia team showed tremendous character. Of course, we are always focused on winning competitions at this age, but the results and the performances were something that we as a group can be proud of.”

Next up for the U-17 MNT is the 2018 Nike International Friendlies. The USA faced both England and Brazil at the 2017 edition of the tournament, its first competition of the 2018-19 World Cup cycle. The U-17s fell to England in a hard-fought 1-0 loss, while the U.S. put on its best performance of the tournament in a 1-1 draw against Brazil.

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