U.S. U-17 MNT rallies past Bermuda 5-2 in qualifying primer
BRADENTON, Florida (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored five unanswered goals for a 5-2 victory against Bermuda at IMG Academy. After falling behind by two goals in the opening 18 minutes, the USA stormed back, with Josh Perez’s 50th-minute goal serving as the winner.
Christian Pulisic and Joe Gallardo scored first-half goals to tie the score at 2-2 heading into the half. After Perez’s tally gave the U.S. a 3-2 lead, Haji Wright added a brace, with a penalty kick goal in the 86th minute and another score in the 88th minute. Perez had two assists on the day, setting up Gallardo and assisting Wright’s second goal.
The U.S. and Bermuda square off one more time on Sunday, Feb. 22, at IMG Academy. This will be the USA’s final match in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which opens with a Group A match against Cuba on Friday, Feb. 27, at Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras (FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes).