The U.S. under-17 national team beat Japan's under-17 national team, 2-1, and Croatia's under-17 national team, 4-2, to open play at the
Niigata Tournament in Japan.
Japan and Croatia have both qualified for the Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October.
The USA, which did not qualify for the
first time, concludes its short trip to Japan Monday against a local all-star team.