MEXICO CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team lost for the first time in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, dropping its semifinal matchup against Ecuador 2-1. With the loss, the U.S. plays Brazil in the third-place game on Sunday, Aug. 10.
After battling through a scoreless first half, the U.S. finally conceded a goal in the 59th minute as Ecuador took a 1-0 lead on Washington Corozo’s tally. Just seven minutes later, Jhoner Montezume converted a penalty kick to extend Ecuador’s lead to 2-0 after an Ecuador forward was taken down in the box.
The U.S. comeback attempt fell short, as Alex Zendejas put in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box in stoppage time but the U.S. failed to net an equalizer.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-17 National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones Semifinal
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
ECU 0 2 2
ECU – Washington Corozo 59th minute
ECU – Jhoner Montezume (penalty) 66
USA – Alex Zendejas (Christian Pulisic) 70
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 13-Edwin Lara, 17-Danny Barbir, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2- Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Pierre Da Silva (20-Alex Zendejas, 59), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Josh Perez (14-McKinze Gaines, 48)
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams
ECU: 1-Jose Cevallos; 6-Jhoner Montezuma, 4-Francisco Obando, 3-Jose Quintero, 13-Byron Castillo; 10-Fabiano Tello (17-Pervis Estupinan, 70), 14-Renny Jaramillo, 16-Joao Montano, 8-Andy Casquete; 15-Jhoel Montano (9-Edgar Viviero, 36), 11-Jhon Pereira (7-Washington Corozo, 58)
Subs not used: 2-Victor Narvaez, 5-Juan Nazareno, 12-Gian Terreros, 18-Tana Bryan, 19-Ronaldo Villa, 20-Jean Pena
Head Coach: Javier Rodriguez
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**