[NIIGATA TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team defeated the Niigata All-Stars, 2-0, to win the Niigata International Tournament Monday in Japan with its third win in three days. Newcomer Andrija Novakovich scored in his third straight match and Rubio Rubin, who is expected to move to Dutch club FC Utrecht, added a late goal.
The U-17s kicked off the tournament with a 2-1 win over Japan and followed up with a 4-2 win over Croatia.
Croatia have both qualified for the Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October. The USA did not qualify for the first time.
July 15 in
Niigata All-Stars 0 USA 2. Goals: Novakovich 60, Rubin 80.
USA -- Marcinkowski,
Godinez-Chavez, Palmer-Brown, Redding (Donovan, 84), Requejo, Moore, Pineda (Lema, 56), Pulisic (Vergara, 74), Baird, Lennon (Rubin, 56), Selemani (Novakovich, 56).