USA drop halftime lead, draw Croatia 2-2 at U-17 World Cup


The United States got off to a dream start against Croatia in the U-17 World Cup, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first half.

However, Croatia had the better of the play throughout the second half and fought back to level the score, as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in the 20th minute, moving in on the keeper and passing the ball into the bottom corner. Pulisic is one of the United States’ brightest prospects, as the Pennsylvania native is currently playing over in Germany with the Borussia Dortmund youth setup.

Brandon Vazquez then made it 2-0 in the 40th minute with a powerful header, giving the side what looked to be a comfortable lead at halftime.

But Croatia came out firing and created multiple chances in the second half. Goals from Karlo Majic in the 65th minute and Luka Ivanusec in the 75th evened things up at two, and Croatia could have scored more.

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After hitting the post in the 81st minute, Croatia hit the post twice more in stoppage time as the United States just barely held on for a point.

With an opening match loss to Nigeria, the U.S. sits at the bottom of Group A with one point through two matches.