October 23, 2015
THREE AND OUT
Loss to Chile eliminates US from U-17 World Cup
VINA DEL MAR, Chile - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National dropped its final group game of the 2015 FIFA World Cup 4-1 to Chile, a result that eliminated the team from the tournament.
Brandon Vazquez put the U.S. on the board early, burying a strike in the lower right corner in the 10th minute off an assist from Luca de la Torre. Ten minutes later, Chile captain Marcelo Allende evened the score, the first of four unanswered goals for the South Americans.
Allende took advantage of the U.S. defense's inability to clear the ball out of the penalty area, running in and blasting the equalizer into the right side of the net.
Gabriel Mazuela sealed the win in the 52nd minute, tracking Yerko Leiva's rolling through ball toward the left post. U.S. 'keeper Will Pulisic dove to fall on the ball, but could not secure it, leaving Mazuela with a tap-in.
As time wound down the U.S. pressed for the equalizer, opening up a late opportunity for Chile's Gonzalo Jara, who bent a 22-yard shot into the left corner past the diving Pulisic. Camilo Moya completed the rout off a counterattack in stoppage time.
The U.S. finishes the tournament with a 0-2-1 record in fourth place in Group A.
In the other Group A game, Nigeria, which came into the night having already clinched the group's top spot, was defeated by Croatia 2-1. Croatia finishes second in the group with the result and Chile takes third.