Youth: George Bello strike earns U.S. U-17s win over Russia

The USA finished runner-up at the U-17 International Youth Tournament in England thanks to comeback wins over Brazil and Russia.


After opening with a 3-1 loss to England, Coach Shaun Tsakiris' team overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Brazil, 3-2, and came back to beat Russia, 2-1, after going down 1-0 in the 35th minute.

Kobe Hernandez equalized against the Russians in the 42nd minute. George Bello struck the gamewinner with a 86th minute free kick.


The Russians fielded a U-18 team at the tournament.

“Overall, I am really happy for the group," Tsakiris said. "The boys fight hard and showed they have a great spirit about them. To compete the way we did against a U-18 Russia team showed tremendous character. Of course, we are always focused on winning competitions at this age, but the results and the performances were something that we as a group can be proud of.”

England, the defending U-17 World Cup champ, took the title with 3-1 wins over Brazil and Russia.

Oct. 14 in Nantwich, England
USA 3 Brazil 2. Goals: Yow 30, Ocampo Chavez 60, Scally (pen.) 85; Jesus Carvalho (pen.) 8, Kaio 26.
USA  -- Las, Scally, Judge, Hernandez, Armour; Robles (Saldana, 46), Gray, Stroud; Yow; Ocampo Chavez (1Alejandre, 86), Jasson (1Pepi, 76).
Brazil -- Bruno, Yan Bueno Couto, Cristian Oliveira (Paulo Eduardo, 75), Henri, Eduardo Pinto (Gustavo, 63); Gabriel da Silva (Fabio Silva, 75), Jesus Carvalho, Talles Macedo (Carvalho Neto, 46); Gabriel (Iago, 46), Gabriel Silva (Joao Gabriel, 63), Kaio.
Att.: 1,027

Oct. 12 in Chester, England
England 3 USA 1. Greenwood 47, Rogers 70, Gerhardt 89; Yow 17.
England -- Moulden, Livramento (Elliott, 61), Azeez, Harwood-Bellis, Mengi; Mighten (Hodge, 69), Musah, Greenwood (Gelhardt, 79), Carvalho (Knight, 61), Rogers, Cirkin (Robert, 61).
USA -- Las, Scally, Judge, Hernandez, Bello; Robles (Rodriguez, 76), Reilly (Gray, 46), Saldana (Stroud, 69), Yow (Pepi, 83);Ocampo Chavez, Busio.
Att.: 1,035.


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