October 20, 2015
U.S. U-17 Men hold on for 2-2 tie
VINA DEL MAR, Chile - Christian Pulisic scored a goal and added an assist as the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team played Croatia to a 2-2 draw in its second group game at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The USA grabbed a pair of goals in the first half and Croatia responded with two of its own in the second half.
It was Croatia that came out as the attacking team, pressing the USA with dangerous possession that the young Yanks did well to disrupt in their defensive third.
But in the 20th minute, the U.S. broke away on a counter, which led to Luca De La Torre assisting on a Pulisic goal. Josh Perez started with it on the right and pressed ahead with pace, before centering to Luca De La Torre. De La Torre made a move near the top of the box and dished it over to Pulisic. Pulisic's defender fell, which freed him to finesse a shot into the right corner to give the USA the lead.
Twenty minutes later, it was Pulisic providing the helper, sending in a cross that Brandon Vazquez headed in to put the U.S. up 2-0. : From another counter, Pulisic attacked down the right sideline, sending in a long cross just before reaching the end line. The ball found Vazquez who jumped to it and headed in to put the U.S. up by two.
in the 65th minute, Croatia broke on an attack from the left and sent a long high cross into the box. As the Croatian offense and U.S. defense broke to it a pair from each side collided and the ball bounced off of them and fell at the feet of Karlo Majic, who took advantage of the opportunity and cut the USA lead to one.
Twelve minutes later, Jospi Brekalo moved down the left side and positioned himself near the outside of the box. He made a darting move into the box and cut up to the top where he was freed to lay a pass off to Luka Ivanusec, who slotted it through a defenders legs and in for a goal.
After losing to Nigeria in the first game, the U.S. moves to 0-1-1 with the draw and will conclude group play on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. ET against host Chile, a match that will appear on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.
A total of 24 countries are in Chile participating in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on Oct. 28 and 29.