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 Niigata All-Stars 0 USA 2.
Goals: Novakovich 60, Rubin 80. USA --
Godinez-Chavez, Palmer-Brown, Redding (Donovan, 84), Requejo, Moore, Pineda (Lema, 56), Pulisic (Vergara, 74), Baird, Lennon (Rubin, 56), Selemani (Novakovich, 56).