The United States U-17s were a draw away from winning the Nike International Friendlies, but they couldn't get it. They lost to Brazil, 4-1, in the final match of the tournament and watch the Selecao hoist the trophy.
Brazil finished the tournament with seven points. The U.S. had six, after wins over England and Austrlia to begin the competition, while England ended with four and Australia zero.
It took all of 14 minutes for Brazil to go in front as Evander found the back of the net, but the U.S. responded. Well, more accurately, Haji Wright responded.
Wright made an incredible run down the left, beating a defender, tip toeing along the end line while beating another and drawing the defense before cross for Christian Pulisic to tap in. It was a brilliant play and a great hookup for the Americans' two best players.
With the match level, the U.S. looked like they would have a chance, but that wouldn't be the case. Brazil was too good as Evander scored again just before halftime. Evander then assisted on a second goal goal to Andrey to make it 3-1. Andrey then finished another goal on his own, capping the 4-1 win for Brazil.
United States starting lineup and subs
Kevin Silva; Tyler Adams, Alexis Velela (Tanner Dieterich, 81), Daniel Barbir, John Nelson; Eric Calvillo (McKinze Gaines, 64), Luca de la Torre, Christian Pulisic, Josh Perez (Matthew Olosunde, 52); Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva, 81), Alejandro Zendejas