By DAN KARELL
The U-17 U.S. Men’s National Team brought a little bit of pride back to their team as they closed out the group stage at the Open Nordic Tournament.
In the USA’s final group stage match in the Denmark-hosted tournament, the U-17s thrashed the Faroe Islands, 4-0, to earn a spot in the fifth-place match against Finland on Saturday. McKenzie Gaines scored a brace for the USA in the victory.
Although they struggled to score in their opening matches against Norway and Denmark, the USA scored three times in the first 21 minutes to take control of the match. Dutch-American forward Kai Koreniuk scored the opening goal in the fourth minute of the match, followed by a pair of goals from Gaines in the 14th and 21st minutes.
Substitute Eric Matzelevich added a fourth goal for the USA in the 82nd minute with the game long out of reach for the Faroe Islands.
The U-17s will be playing two games on Saturday. First will be the fifth-place match of the Nordic Tournament against Finland, followed by a separate squad taking on China at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City.
Here’s a look at the USA’s lineup from their win against the Faroe Islands:
U-17 USMNT lineup: 12-Eric Lopez; 2-Logan Panchot, 15-AJ Palazzolo (4-Nikkye De Point, 41), 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams (21-Brian Zelaya, 41); 6-Kyle Gurrieri (10-Keegan Kelly, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez; 11-McKinze Gaines, 9-Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 60), 24-Weston McKennie
Subs not used: 1-William Pulisic, 3-Edwin Lara, 7-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams
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