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U.S. U-17s crush Brazil to win title
December 13th, 2013 10:50PM

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TAGS:  brazil, u.s. under-17 men's national team, youth boys


[NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] The USA got two goals from Haji Wright, plus a goal and two assists from Joe Gallardo and a goal from MVP Christian Pulisic to beat nine-man Brazil, 4-1, and win the Nike International Friendlies. The Americans finished ahead of Portugal, which fell to England, 4-3, in Friday's opener.

Wright (LA Galaxy academy) and Gallardo (Monterrey via Nomads) finished with five goals and four goals, respectively, for the USA, which put nine goals past England and Brazil in consecutive games after losing to Portugal, 2-1, on a stoppage-time goal.

Brazil had two players sent off for straight red cards -- Evander da Silva in the 40th minute for a tackle on Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls) and Jordan William in the 86th minute for a foul on Pulisic (PA Classics).

After play resumed, Brazil refused to cross the midfield line and challenge the U.S. defenders as they passed the ball back and forth to each other.

Goalie Kevin Silva (PDA) won the Nike Golden Glove award.


U.S. U-17 starting XI -- Silva, Olosunde, Barbir, Velela, Lara, Calvillo, De La Torre, Perez, C.Pulisic, Gallardo, Wright.


8 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 12:53 a.m.
    link to the match anywhere?

  1. Eric Schmitt
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 7:24 a.m.
    I didn't see the match but based on US Soccer's description, things were a lot rougher than what is described here.

  1. E Muschick
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.
    What a disgrace by the BRA team and the coach (who ordered his team to "get back" when a player moved into the US half. Is sportsmanship optional for Brazilian players?

  1. Che Guevara
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
    Ok, so now we are expected to see this generation beat the likes of Brazil at next U17, U20 world cups, Olympics and finally Senior's World Cup in, oh lets say, 2022 or 2026, correct?? Or is this the highlight of thier careers??

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
    Che: Nike International FRIENDLIES.

  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
    We have won the Nike freindlies for the last three years correct? The problem comes after this... what will these boys do? How will they stay playing at a high level? This is what Jurgen was talking about. We have tons and tons of talent in the US to beat anyone at a youth level. But then it becomes stagnant.... while other countries have the support of the sport to remain consistant.

  1. Kent James
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
    The Brazilian team's behavior is very disappointing. I haven't seen the highlights that show the fouls for which red cards were issued, but I'd be surprised to see a ref make up stuff at this level. Refusing to cross midfield seems a mite childish, and is certainly not sporting or showing respect to the refs (or the US team; it's like saying "this game doesn't count, we couldn't win because of the refs, so we won't try").

  1. David Huff
    commented on: December 15, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
    Brasileros were poor losers aka pobres perdedores.


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