NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.
After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.
With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.
Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
Norway 2 2 4
NOR John Saeter 9th minute
NOR Andreas Helmersen 20
USA Elijah Rice 45
NOR Marcus Stensby 60
NOR John Saeter 79
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams
NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar 72nd minute (caution)
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**