The United States U-17 men's national team fell in final of the AIFF Youth Cup to South Korea, 2-1, on an extra time goal from Jeon Seungmin. The match was played at the TIlak Maidan Stadium in Goa, India.
Korea Republic takes the lead on a goal from Jeon Seungmin in the second extra time period. pic.twitter.com/eyGis9kpOS— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) May 25, 2016
Korea took the lead in the 15th minute via a Lee Hak-Seon goal.
Korea Republic's Lee Hakseon strikes first with this goal in the 15th minute. pic.twitter.com/PKzr3GMmX8— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) May 25, 2016
The U.S. leveled in the 33rd minute. Ayomide Akinola was pulled down in the box for a penalty. Andrew Carleton's initial effort from the spot was saved, but he beat the keeper to the rebound and finished.
USA goal. Akinola brought down in the 18-yard box. Carleton steps up and converts the PK on the rebound. 1-1 38' pic.twitter.com/jpTFSGxxHx— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) May 25, 2016
The U.S. was reduced to ten men when George Acosta was given a red card for an off-the-ball incident.
USA down to 10 players after George Acosta was given a red card for this incident off the ball pic.twitter.com/lvp7ehizh2— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) May 25, 2016
Both teams pressed for the go-ahead goal, but regulation ended with the score even at 1-1.
Following Seungmin's extra time goal, the U.S. chased the game, but were unable to find the equalizer.
The U.S. finished in first place in the group stage with 8 points. They tied Tanzania and South Korea, and beat India and Malaysia.
The All-India Football Federation Cup was held to prepare both teams and organizers for the 2017 U-17 World Cup which will be held in India.
Match roster (via J.R. Eskilson of Top Drawer Soccer):
Alexander Budnik; Chris Gloster (Niccolo Lemoine 110’), Rayshaun McGann, Tyler Shaver, Arturo Vasquez; Chris Durkin (capt.), Chris Goslin (James Sands 100’), George Acosta; Andrew Carleton, Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri 46’), Ayomide Akinola