U.S. U-17s open Nike Friendlies with 3-1 win over England

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.

2 comments about "U.S. U-17s open Nike Friendlies with 3-1 win over England".
  1. R2 Dad, November 29, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

    A good showing from the US U-17s, holding possession and creating lots of chances. However, nothing to get too excited about because:
    1) the leisurely pace. Played like a friendly instead of an international; the US will be much less likely to get that much time on the ball in more competitive fixtures.
    2) England were poor. Couldn't hold possession, coudn't finish. Was this their B team? Tried to play out of the back and looked much like the USMNT--ineffective.
    3) Not a standard CONCACAF referee. This referee gave some softer fouls we don't normally see in CONCACAF. On the men's side it usually takes copious amounts of blood or a stretcher to generate fouls and cards--this referee was pretty good for the most part.

    A couple other thoughts:
    1) Lack of pressing in our attacking 3rd. Playing against a team that was so careless with possession, an early bit of pressure paid dividends--why isn't the US pressing high up the pitch more often?
    2) Much for Klinsmann to like. I'll bet he wished the men's team could hold possession like that, hold up play in the attacking 3rd, deliver balls across the pitch with players that can handle them. There was calm in possession all over the pitch.
    3) where will these players go to reach the next level? One hopes La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga will be interested in these boys.

  2. frank schoon, March 12, 2017 at 5 p.m.

    I can see the English soccer Academy has done wonders in developing their players. The parents are certainly getting their money's worth. All I saw was 20 players or what we call in Holland 20 grey mice or 20 sausages with no personality or individuality. I'm asking why bother even having play this game. At least, did anyone bother from the US academy think let our U17 play against a year older team which is much better for their development. Whether you look at the US academy or the English academy, the coaching philosophy is to make player play very predictable, you can tell what are they going to do next. We don't produce, considering the millions of kids playing soccer here, a nice tricky players or an exciting player that does some cute dazzling work out there. And I blame that on the coaching and training, it is all so homogenous, packaged and boring. There is not one player we produce that carries a presence on the ball or shows an air of superiority.
    Again watching the game, so many back passes and square passes that are always right to the feet instead of the open space to increase the tempo, and to win ground. And of course lots of long "inspiring" ball pumped down the field.Never was their a 3rd man off the ball pass. And considering the time and space these kids were allowed , they could have done much better in showing some of their capabilities. Yes , I can't wait to send my kids to the academy....

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