U.S. U-18s top U-17s in scrimmage

U.S. U-18s top U-17s in scrimmage

U.S. Youth National Teams

U.S. U-18s top U-17s in scrimmage

Mukwelle Akale

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

At the end of their January camp, Javier Perez’s U.S. Under-18 squad took on Richie Williams’s U-17s in a friendly scrimmage in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Though the U-17s took an early lead, the older and more experienced U-18s showed over the course of the match that they were the better side. The highlight of the match was likely Mukwelle Akale’s goal for the U-18s in the 59th minute.

Akale stole the ball away from his marker before gliding past two defenders and scoring on a looping strike to give his side the lead. Christian Pulisic’s opening diving header deserves recognition as well.

Here’s a video of the scrimmage (after the jump):

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