NORRE AABY, Denmark (Aug. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to Finland 4-3 on Saturday at Norre Aaby Stadium to take sixth place at the 2014 Open Nordic Tournament. The U.S. finished with a 1-3-0 record in the event.
The U.S. trailed 3-0 at the end of the first half and gave up an early second-half goal to go down by four. However, the USA managed to muster a significant response to work its way back into the game.
Logan Panchot sparked the U.S. attack when he scored in the 56th minute, followed by Elijah Rice’s tally in the 60th to give the U-17s some hope. George Braima’s goal in the 70th minute cut Finland’s lead to 4-3, but the U.S. failed to net an equalizer in the final 10 minutes.
With the end of the Open Nordic Tournament, the U.S. U-17 MNT now turns its attention to the Copa Mexico de Naciones. Four players who were on the Open Nordic Tournament roster are also on the roster for the Copa Mexico de Naciones: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Rice.
The tournament begins today, Aug. 2, against China PR in Mexico City.
-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: United States Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Finland
Date: Aug. 2, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local
Weather: 76 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
Finland 3 1 4
FIN – Ansu Sherrif 13th minute
FIN – Otto Lahikainen (penalty) 18
FIN – Mikael Soisalo 31
FIN – Benjamin Kallman 46
USA – Logan Panchot 56
USA – Elijah Rice 60
USA – George Braima 70
USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya, 20-George Braima (capt.), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (2-Logan Panchot, 52); 7-Elijah Rice, 9- Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 58), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6-Kyle Gurrieri, 15-AJ Palazzolo, 24-Weston McKennie
Head Coach: Richie Williams
FIN: 1-Hugo Keto; 5-Aapo Maenpaa (4-William Lindqvist, 76), 2-Kalle Salmi, 3-Aapo Halme (capt.), 18-Oskar Sandstrom (13-Saikou Ceesay, 15); 17-Ansu Sherrif (9-Benjamin Kallman, 41), 8-Omar Jama, 14-Niilo Maenpaa, 15-Mikko Jalkanen (6-Kaan Kairinen,41); 7-Mikael Soisalo (11-Lassi Lappalainen, 57), 16-Otto Lahikainen (10-Lucas Lingman, 57)
Subs not used: 12-Felix Ferahyan
Head Coach: Kimmo Lipponen
USA – Miles Stray (caution) 44th minute
USA – Tyler Adams (caution) 80
Referee: Ivar Kristjansson
Assistant Referee: Helgi Guomundson
Assistant Referee: Jan Hermansen
Fourth Official: Kari Hovdanum
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**