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Christian Pulisic leads USA U-17s to 3-1 win over England

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The United States U-17s start off the Nike International Friendlies with a 3-1 win over England in Florida. Next up for the U.S. are matches against Brazil and Australia.

Christian Pulisic led the way for the U.S. with a goal just before halftime, then another just after the break. His first tally came from the penalty spot, while the second was a bit of play as he found space from 18 yards and buried his shot.

Pulisic's two goals came after Alejandro Zendejas put the Americans in front after just 11 minutes. He and Josh Perez combined well before Zendejas deflected Perez's goal into the back of the net for the opening goal of the match.

With the opener in hand, and then Pulisic's brace, the U.S. was well on their way to victory. England managed a stoppage time goal to keep the Americans from a clean sheet, but the match was all U.S.

These friendlies are some of the highest levels of competition than U-17 national teams see each year and often draw the attention of club scouts looking to pluck some top young talent. Pulisic has already signed with Borussia Dortmund, but the Americans' other top players could also find new homes after this week.

United States starting lineup and subs

Kevin Silva; Matthew Olosunde (Tyler Adams, 46), John Nelson, Alexis Velela, Eric Calvillo, Haji Wright, Luca de la Torre (Thomas McCabe, 84), Alejandro Zendejas (McKinze Gaines, 83), Christian Pulisic (Keegan Kelly, 84), Josh Perez (Pierre Da Silva, 66), Daniel Barbir