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U-17 USMNT rout Norway to keep rolling in Aegean Cup

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Photo by John Dorton/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

A good start has evolved into a great one for the Under-17 U.S. Men’s National Team.

A day after beating France in its Aegean Cup opener, the U.S. routed Norway, 5-2, in its second Group B game on Tuesday. Elijah Rice, Orrin McKinzie Gaines, Nicolas Taitague, Alexis Velela and Christian Pulisic each found the back of the net for the Americans, who sit in first place in their group and could advance to the championship game with a victory vs. Scotland on Thursday.

Rice, Gaines, Taitague and Velela’s goals were their respective firsts for the U.S. while Pulisic’s was his second of the tournament, giving him the most thus far in the American squad.

The U.S. broke a 2-2 game open in the second half, with Velela netting the winner and Pulisic and Taitague adding insurance goals. The Americans had initially jumped out in front via Rice’s tally, but two goals from Norway saw the U.S. trail before Gaines pulled them level five minutes before halftime.

The result is the latest impressive one for the U.S. team being led by head coach Richie Williams. The Americans, who are now 2-0 in the Aegean Cup with a +4 goal differential, recently wont the Nike International Friendlies and also went undefeated (1-0-2) during a tour of Spain last October.

Here are the match highlights:

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What do you think of the Americans’ 5-2 win over Norway? Think they will beat Scotland and make it to the final? Impressed by what this U-17 USMNT is doing or not taking too much stock into these recent results?

Share your thoughts below.

40 comments
  • Madden's Chin

    Definitely take more stock in trends than individual results. And the trends say this new style of play is going bonanza. Goals everywhere.

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      • James

        This is absurd. What young players have blossomed overseas at that age?

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      • DanO

        To answer your question: Giuseppe Rossi

        BTW, his previous post was sarcasm

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      • slowleftarm

        I’m sure some of them do. That’s fine, if they don’t want to represent the US, I don’t want them out there anyway.

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      • Drewbles

        And if they do want to represent the US, you don’t want them out there either way.

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      • slowleftarm

        Depends. I don’t get much out of seeing players with little connection to the US, who haven’t spent much time here, representing the US. On the other hand, I would’ve loved to have seen guys like Rossi or Najar or Subotic play for the US because they have meaningful connections here.

        I guess if you disagree, it’s easier for you to mischaracterize my position.

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      • wood chip zip

        All of these kids are in the US Development system (or were as in the case of Luca De La Torre) so they are a product of our system. That’s all the connection I need.

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      • Todd T.

        John O’Brien at Ajax comes to mind…but your point is well taken.

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      • Treytrey

        Are you retarded or am I not getting a joke or something?
        Bon Bradley hasn’t been the coach for a long time now. Also… Altidore isn’t lazy at all. Definitely a hard working forward

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      • Jacknut

        You aren’t getting a joke. All of these comments above are cliches that get thrown around SBI.

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      • Treytrey

        Are you retarded or am I not getting a joke or something?
        Bon Bradley hasn’t been the coach for a long time now. Also… Altidore isn’t lazy at all. Definitely a hard working forward

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  • Shawn Wallace

    Honestly I think our players from 12 to 16 is our golden generation from all the time I’ve been following them (on the internet of course) Alot of these kids have been on trial with big clubs like man it’s, city, etc

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    • Tk

      It looks like a promising group, but a much more likely answer is that after a couple of decades of improved teaching (still weak but much better than it used to be), a pro league, more access to the game, etc….the culture is showing signs of real growth.
      We are a big country with a lot of players…just needed better teaching, infrastructure, role models, league of our own, etc.
      I think it’s just a natural step up overall…with a lot of room for improvement.

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  • DS

    Are we playing against the best these countries have to offer or are we playing against B teams because their top youth players are busy with club play/training? It seems our youth teams are finding a lot of success against pretty strong countries and I’m not sure how exciting this actually is.

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    • 2tone

      Maybe. But this current US crop of U-17’s is missing players as well that are in European Academies i.e. Perez, Albelo, Barbir, Wallace.

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    • slowleftarm

      Even if it is the best they have it’s still Norway so I wouldn’t get too pumped. Plus, there isn’t a big correlation between success at this level and success at senior level. It’s a little different at U-20, where I think there is a little bit more correlation.

      Having said that, it’s obviously better to win these games than not and some of the individual highlights I’ve seen look promising.

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      • Increase

        But it was France 3 days ago. Winning big vs Norway is quite nice continuation.

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      • slowleftarm

        Definitely nice to see these results and even better to see some of the performances from guys like Haji and Gallego.

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      • slowleftarm

        Meant Pulisic, not Gallego, which isn’t even Gallardo’s name. Oops.

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  • Landon Klinsman

    It’ll be a shame if this golden generation doesn’t get to play in WCup because of boycott against Czar Putin in 8 years.

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  • 2tone

    That Pulisic kid has a very bright future ahead of him. He has already had trials with Porto, Barcelona(X2), and Chelsea.

    A lot of talent with this current U-17 team. Haven’t see this type of talent since 1999.

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    • tony and cupcake

      I haven’t seen this much talent since the first season of “American Idol”.

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    • WK

      no kidding- he’s a number 10 for a reason. i’m still impressed by the way he bossed that Brazilian team in the Nike final. they had no answer for him.

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  • Hogatroge

    Positives:

    1. 5 goals

    2. Our players don’t look undersized for their age anymore (meaning athletic kids who could be playing other sports are choosing soccer.

    3. Elijah Rice’s hair

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      • tim

        Yes, it’s all about the hair. If only we taught our kids how to have more impressive hair styling we would have a better soccer team.

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  • Tim Riggins

    I don’t look into these kinds of results too much, look where Mexico’s “Golden Generation” is now–some performing well at decent clubs (Vela, Chicharito, etc), but overall nothing that makes it seem like those players couldn’t come from any other generation. Here’s hoping they all have big careers though

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  • bryan

    “who sit in first place in their group and could advance to the championship game with a victory vs. Scotland on Thursday.”

    according to USSF, they already have booked their ticket to the final:

    “The USA (2-0-0; 6pts) sits atop Group B and will play Scotland on Thursday before advancing to the tournament championship on Saturday. With France and Scotland drawing 1-1, neither team can catch the USA on points. Should the USA lose to Scotland and Norway beat France on Thursday, bringing the Americans and Scandinavians even on points, the USA will still go through as the top team in Group B by virtue of beating Norway head-to-head.”

    not sure if this was written prior to the other game, but probably worth updating. another interesting note, Taitague (final goal scorer) is from the U-15 team. that is interesting because he jumped over his Norwegian marker with ease!

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