The United States made it two wins from two matches at the Nike International Friendlies with a 2-1 win over Australia on Sunday. The match wasn't easy, though, as the Americans conceded in the third minute and had to come from behind for the victory.
Head coach Richie Williams made nine changes to the starting lineup that beat England, 3-1, in the opening match of the tournament. That's not much of a surprise with the U-17s having a big player pool and this being a great opportunity to get players some exposure and experience, but the changes bit them early.
Australia got an early shot that William Pulisic could only tip wide and on the ensuing corner, the ball was only cleared as far as Joe Caletti, who put Australia up three minutes after the opening whistle.
The U.S. responded well, though. They got a couple chances not long after and in the 15th minute, they got even. Pierre Da Silva crossed for McKinzie Gaines, who tapped the ball home for the equalizer.
Luca de la Torre netted the winner in the 69th minute on a nice counterattack set up by Haji Wright. Wright laid the ball back for de la Torre, whose 25-yard finish found the top corner and provided the U.S. with the winning goal.
The U.S. will finish off the Nike Friendlies on Tuesday, when they take on Brazil at 6 p.m. ET for the tournament title in a match streamed live on USSoccer.com. The Americans only need a draw to clinch the title, as they sit on six points and Brazil is behind them on four points.
United States lineup and subs
William Pulisic; Hugo Arellano (Daniel Barbir, 46), Eric Calvillo (Alejandro Zendejas, 46), Josh Perez (Haji Wright, 46), Logan Panchot, Tanner Dieterich, Thomas McCabe, McKinze Gaines (Luca de la Torre, 60), Pierre Da Silva, Tyler Adams, Keegan Kelly (Christian Pulisic, 59)