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U-17 USMNT 6, China 0: Match Highlights

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  • Pgloerse

    Good result…BUT…wow China looked awful. Pulisic looks to enjoy those free kicks!

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    • Ali Dia

      Any time you want to feel better about US Soccer’s place in the global pecking order, have a gander at China and India, who account for a whopping 36.4% of the world’s population but have yet to produce a single footballer conclusively superior to (or even on par with) Brian Maisonneuve. There are many theories to explain this , most of which conclude that development infrastructure is lagging so badly behind the basic need for countries of such size and population as to render the exercise of “catching up” to be borderline worthless. Makes you wonder where we would be if not for 1994.

      Here is an article from 2011 on the China problem from the Economist

      http://www.economist.com/node/21541716

      And another from the Atlantic in 2013

      http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/07/why-is-chinas-national-soccer-team-so-bad/277439/

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    • Ali Dia

      Any time you want to feel better about US Soccer’s place in the global pecking order, have a gander at China and India, who account for a whopping 36.4% of the world’s population but have yet to produce a single footballer conclusively superior to (or even on par with) Brian Maisonneuve. There are many theories to explain this , most of which conclude that development infrastructure is lagging so badly behind the basic need for countries of such size and population as to render the exercise of “catching up” to be borderline worthless. Makes you wonder where we would be if not for 1994.

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  • Broadsthooligans

    Really China looked horrendous, but it’s always fun to watch a team in red white and blue put up big numbers and make some pretty impressive plays while doing it.

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  • Andy in Atlanta

    Haji Wright is certainly going to be leaving the Galaxy academy soon. Nice hat-trick

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    • Nick in LA

      He already did. He’s got an agent and trying to shop himself to European clubs. His younger brother is still in though.

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  • Dman

    China were awful defensively. Those kind of basic mistakes could be exploited by a much lower level US team as well. I wanted to be impressed by these highlights, but instead just came away with the impression that China is WAY off the pace for a youth national team.

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  • Dainja

    World’s number one economy…TAKE THAT! Hey, we’ll always have soccer over them.

    But on the real, definitely impressed with Pulisic’s free kicks. It doesn’t matter the opponent: a wall is a wall, and the goal is still the same size.

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    • Benjamin C.

      Agree with your sentiments. Just because China is bad doesn’t necessarily mean what the U.S. did is not impressive. Good teams beat bad teams 6-0 in soccer; thus, it is okay to be impressed by the result.

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    • Mark from LA

      I believe China’s still the #2 economy, btw. Although I think it’s projected to eventually rise to the top.

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  • Dace

    Haji looked offside for that last goal but the angle was weird so it was kinda hard to tell…

    The major thing we should be impressed with here is the speed and accuracy with which this team is able to counterattack. Good at closing down space and blocking off the passing lanes, then plenty of bodies going forward with pace.

    Lookin’ good fellas, keep up the good work!

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  • Joamiq

    Some of these kids have fantastic touch. That was the most promising part for me. We lack technical skill more than anything.

    Also, where’s the goal line technology?? (j/k)

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  • Jeff Carter

    Wright and Pulisic must be averaging 1+ goals per game in their US U 17 careers thus far….against damn good competition too.

    How Flores compare with Pulisic? They appear to play somewhat similarly

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  • bryan

    well, they looked like i would expect them to. it is a real bummer that Joe Gallardo broke his leg though. that is a big loss for the US up top. he works so well with Haji and Pulisic.

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  • ACS

    Pulisic and Wright scored again as the won 2-1 over Paraguay today, so far they are 3-0 and first in their group. Play Colombia tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Haji already has a grown man body. Great free kicks from Pulisic. And I love the footwork from the right back(Shaq Moore?)

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