Youth Reporter: U.S. U-17s pick up second win

The USA can repeat as the champion at the Nike International Friendlies for under-17 national teams with a win or tie against Brazil on Tuesday (live at 6 p.m. ET on The USA's 2-1 comeback win over Australia on Sunday combined with Brazil's 2-2 tie with England put the USA in first place with six points.

Goals by forward McKinze Gaines in the 15th minute and midfielder Luca de la Torre on a shot from nearly 25 yards out  in the 69th minute lifted the USA past the Joeys after an early goal from captain Joe Caletti had given Australia the 1-0 lead. De la Torre, who plays in the Fulham academy, was one of five regulars inserted in the game in the second half. Late in the game, defender Daniel Barbir, another regular, hit the crossbar with a header.



In the last meeting between the USA and Brazil a week ago, the Brazilians prevailed 4-3 in Chile.

Nov. 30 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
USA 2 Australia 1. Goals: Gaines 15, de la Torre 69; Caletti 3.
USA -- W.Pulisic; Adams, Arellano (Barbir, 46), Dieterich, Panchot, McCabe, Kelly (C.Pulisic, 59), Calvillo (Zendejas, 46), Perez (Wright, 46), Gaines (de la Torre, 60), Da Silva.
Australia -- Osipov; Ward, Speth, Caletti (Panetta, 50), Maskin (Joice, 50), Arzani (Dimitroff, 76), Armenakas (Tokich, 70), Kekeris (Bandiera, 76), Kim (Monahan-Vaiika, 70), Fotakopoulos, Petratos.
Att.: 1,400.

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

The U.S. under-17 national team for 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.

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.

Six Americans start for Tijuana in U-20 playoffs

Stevie Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot to give Tijuana a 1-1 tie at Atlas and clinch its quarterfinals series in Mexico's Sub-20 national championship, 3-1, on aggregate. He was one of six Americans who started in both legs. The others were Paul Arriola, Fernando Arce, Jr. and Alejandro Guido, who have all played for Xolos' first team, and first-year pros John Requejo, Jr. and Raul Rodriguez.

Alianza standouts visit Pachuca

U.S. U-15 Luis Carillo from the Dallas Texans and Jorge Zamarron, two of the most coveted players at the 2014 Alianza de Futbol National Finals in Miami, and Miguel de Leon, spent a week in Mexico, where they trained with Pachuca.

“I like it a lot, is a great team and one day I would want to play with the first team,” said Carillo, who was also invited by Club America, Guadalajara, Leon, Santos, Tijuana, UNAM, Tigres, Necaxa and Mineros Zacatecas.

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