MEXICO CITY (Aug. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won its second game at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City, beating Mexico’s second squad 2-0 to sit atop Group C with six points. With its second tournament win, the USA has already clinched a spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Mexico fielded a second team in the tournament because of the late withdrawal by Argentina due to the death of Julio Gondona, the late President of the Argentine Football Association. Mexico 2 joined Group C with the United States, China PR and Paraguay.
After recording a hat trick in the opener against China PR, Christian Pulisic scored his fourth goal of the group stage. His second-minute tally put the U.S. up early and would prove to be the game-winner. Haji Wright, who also recorded a hat trick against China PR, assisted Pulisic on the goal. McKinze Gaines scored an insurance goal in the 24th minute, with Matt Olosunde assisting.
Copa Mexico games are 70 minutes in length.
The U.S. has now scored eight goals and surrendered none in its two victories. Paraguay holds second place in Group C with four points, setting up a deciding match between the U.S. and Paraguay in the group finale on Monday, Aug. 4, to determine the group’s top spot. China PR has one point and Mexico 2 has none.
Following the group stage and Wednesday’s quarterfinals, the tournament semifinals take place on Friday and the final and third-place games will be held on Sunday.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs Mexico 2
Date: Aug. 3, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
Mexico 2 0 0 0
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright) 2nd minute
USA – McKinze Gaines (Matt Olosunde) 24
USA: 12-Will Pulisic; 3-John Nelson (5-Hugo Arellano, 36), 17-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (4-Alexis Velela, 36); 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (8-Luca de la Torre, 36); 11-Pierre Da Silva, 7-Haji Wright (18-Josh Perez, 36), 14-McKinze Gaines
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Silva, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams
MEX 2: 1-Gustavo Soto; 3-Oscar De La Mora (16-Elgar Medina, 27), 5-Jose Ibarra (capt.), 4-Oswaldo Leon, 14-Edgar Hernandez; 8-Luis Gonzalez, 10-Diego Padilla, 6- Jose Hernandez, 2-Christian Vazquez, 13-Mario Briceno, 7-Leopoldo Cortes
Subs not used: 9-Fernando Dammann, 11-Nestor Monroy, 12-Luis Herrera, 15-Diego Garibay, 16-Elgar Medina, 17-Rolando Marino, 18-Pedro Dammann, 19-Pablo Leyva, 20-Gerardo Ramirez
Head Coach: Enrique Contreras
MEX 2 – Jose Ibarra (caution) 29th minute
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo Gómez
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales
Fourth Official: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**