By DAN KARELL
Christian Pulisic added another game-winning moment to his burgeoning list of career accolades.
The 17-year-old midfielder played the hero for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team on Sunday evening, taking on three Panamanian defenders and getting past all of them before firing home a left-footed blast that gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 86th minute. The goal stood as the U.S. earned a 1-0 victory over Panama and were crowned champions of the Panama Under-17 International Tournament.
The goal was Pulisic’s 12th of the year with the U-17s, and came off a Haji Wright assist. Pulisic also thought he had scored earlier in the second half, but the goal was disallowed.
With the win, the U.S. improves to 15-5-1 in international matches during the calendar year. It also gives the U.S. their fourth title in the last ten months, following the 2013 Nike International Friendlies Tournament last December, the Aegean Cup title last January, and the Josip Katalinski International Tournament last April.
Here’s a look at the U.S. U-17’s starting eleven:
U.S. U-17 MNT: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano (14-Daniel Barbir, 38), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre (18-Pierre Da Silva, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 72), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (13-Tyler Adams, 90+2), 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic,15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-Elijah Rice, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams
Here are the match highlights: