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USA U-17s fall to South Korea in AIFF Cup final


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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 took the lead in the 15th minute via a Lee Hak-Seon goal.

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.

The U.S. was reduced to ten men when George Acosta was given a red card for an off-the-ball incident.

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