The U.S. under-17 national team got two goals from Christian Pulisic
, his 15th and 16th of the season, and one from recent FC Dallas signing Alejandro Zendejas
to down England, 3-1, in its opening match of the 2014 Nike International Friendlies on Friday night at the Premier Sports Campus. Josh Perez
's cross found Zendejas for the opening goal in the 11th minute. Goalkeeper Kevin Silva
, who finished with
six saves for the defending champs, had several big stops in the first half before Pulisic scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 late in the first half.
After the break, Zendejas
found Pulisic to make 3-0. In the first minute of stoppage time, Daniel Wright
scored a consolation goal for England.
Brazil beat Australia, 4-0,
in Friday's other game. The USA faces Australia on Sunday and Brazil on Tuesday. Nov. 28 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
USA 3 England 1.
Goals: Zendejas 11, C.Pulisic pen. 40, 48; D.Wright 90+1 USA --
Silva; Olosunde (Adams, 46), Nelson, Barbir, Velela, Calvillo,
de la Torre (McCabe, 84), C.Pulisic (Kelly, 84), Perez (Da Silva, 66), Zendejas (Gaines, 83), H.Wright. England --
Whiteman; Yates (Stabana, 80), Edun,
Davies (D.Wright, 80), Humphreys-Grant, Holland (Ugbo, 70), Nmecha (Phillips, 61), N'Dukwu, Collinge (Oxford, 70), Patching, Hector-Ingram.