U.S. U17 MNT Wins Second Game at World Cup

U.S. U17 MNT Wins Second Game at World Cup
by Travis Clark
November 15, 2023
Players featured in this article:
GK | Colorado Rapids
F | Charlotte FC
MF | Austin FC
MF | Legion FC
Tyler Hall |  2024
D | Inter Miami CF
D | Seattle Sounders
D | New England
D | Orlando City
MF | Feyenoord
Pedro Soma |  2024
MF | U.E. Cornella
MF | Phil. Union
D | San Jose

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won its second straight World Cup matchup, defeating Burkina Faso by a 2-1 score on Wednesday.

Late first-half goals from Keyrol Figueroa and Nimfasha Berchimas were just enough. Goalkeeper Adam Beaudry made a big save in the 90th minute to preserve the three points.

After a slow start to the game, the U.S. struck quickly just before the half. Berchimas was involved in the buildup in the 45th minute. On the ball down the right blank, he picked out a nice run from Paulo Rudisill into the box. Rudisill played a low cross into the penalty box that Figueroa did well to slot into an empty net after the goalkeeper lunged and missed.

Berchimas scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time. While the final ball required a bit of luck, and a couple of misplays from the Burkina Faso back line, it capped off an impressive move from the back. Rudisill found Peyton Miller down the left flank, who had enough space to get the cross off. After eluding two defender and Figeuroa, Berchimas found room between the goalkeeper and post to make it a 2-0 game.

Beaudry was a big story in the second half. While the U.S. weren’t exactly under immense pressure, the Colorado Rapids Academy goalkeeper was pressed into action more than once. He was quick to come off his line, diving in to divert a run into space in the 61st minute; eight minutes later he made a sure-handed save without giving up a rebound. The big save came after Jack Diarra’s 90th minute strike, when Beaudry tipped a goal-bound shot off the bar that would’ve equalized.

Up net for the U.S. at the World Cup is Saturday’s group finale against France. Both teams are tied on six points in Group E.

U.S. Lineup: Adam Beaudry; Oscar Verhoeven, Tyler Hall, Stuart Hawkins, Tahir Reid-Brown (David Vazquez); Matthew Corcoran, Pedro Soma (Santi Morales), Paulo Rudisill; Nimfasha Berchimas (Bryce Jamison), Keyrol Figueroa (Micah Burton)

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