PANAMA CITY (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 5-2 to open the Panama U-17 International Tournament at Estadio Maracaná.
Haji Wright scored three goals to lead the way for the USA – an 18th-minute redirect in the six-yard box, a 58th-minute shot to the far post from a difficult angle on the left side of the box and a third tally in the 68th minute. Wright also deflected a Christian Pulisic corner kick to assist Hugo Arellano’s 51st-minute goal.
Arellano’s goal gave the USA a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Josh Perez also added a goal in the 22nd minute, set up by John Nelson – a left-footed blast to the upper left corner of the frame from approximately 21 yards out.
Costa Rica’s Jonathan Martinez scored both of his team’s goals, including a long-distance free kick tally just before halftime.
Wright now has a team-leading 14 goals this year and 20 total for his U-17 career in international matches. Pulisic leads the USA with six assists in 2014.
The U-17s scored five goals in a game for the fourth time this year and they improved to 13-5-1 in international competition.
Next up, the USA faces Canada on Friday, Oct. 3, followed by a game against host Panama on Sunday, Oct. 5.
-U.S. U-17 MNT Match Report-
U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 1, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Estadio Maracaná
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 3 5
Costa Rica 1 1 2
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 18th minute
USA – Josh Perez (John Nelson) 22
CRC – Jonathan Martinez 45
USA – Hugo Arellano (Haji Wright) 51
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 58
USA – Haji Wright (Alejandro Zendejas) 68
CRC – Jonathan Martinez 69
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde (20-Keegan Kelly, 89); 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (13-Tyler Adams, 83), 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Tommy McCabe, 76), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-McKinze Gaines, 76); 11-Josh Perez, 9-Alejandro Zendejas, 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams
1-Alejandro Barrientos; 6-Luis Hernandez, 2-Diego Mesen, 3-Pablo Arboine (capt.), 4-Ian Smith; 7- Kevin Masis (15-Barlon Sequeira, 46), 10-Jonathan
Martinez, 8-Sergio Nunez (5-Jaylon Hadden, 46), 13-Jesus Chaves (14-Roberto Cordoba, 27); 9- Andy Reyes (21-Yostin Daily,68), 11-Shawn Manley
Subs Not Used:12-Daniel Villegas, 16-Allan Ramos, 17-Yarik Granados, 18-Patrick Sequeira, 19-Yael Lopez
Head Coach: Luis Fernando
CRC – Diego Mesen (caution) 42nd minute
CRC – Jaylon Hadden (caution) 70
USA – Alexis Velela (caution) 83
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 88
Referee: Ameth Sanchez
Assistant Referee 1: David Barria
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Garrido
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea