The USA U-17 Men's National Team delivered another lopsided win in the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, romping past Turkey, 5-1.
Paired with the preceding 7-1 win over Portugal - and set alongside Portugal's subsequent 3-3 draw with Brazil: it's hard to argue with the assessment that this US U-17 team is quite good.
New York Red Bulls Academy prospect Chris Gloster continued his run of starts with the U-17s, and it was his long throw that set up the Americans' go-ahead goal in the 44th minute. The left back's throw-in looped into the box, and Andrew Carleton gratefully received Ayo Akinola's flick-on to score his second of the match.
As had been the case in the U-17s' dominating opening win of this tournament, the attacking trio of Akinola, Carleton, and Josh Sargent proved a little too capable - individually and collectively - for the opposing defense. Abetted by George Acosta, the three players connected well in the final third: Sargent finished with a pair of assists; Carleton scored a brace; Akinola scored two and assisted one.
Turkey was not an incompetent opponent. The visitors opened the scoring in the fourth minute, and Carleton's 24-minute equalizer was simply one of several chances created at both ends. But Carleton scored again just before half-time, and the USA pulled away decisively in the middle of the second half when Akinola found the net in the 60th and 67th minutes.
RBNY's Gloster was subbed out in the 71st minute, as part of a slew of changes by coach John Hackworth once the result seemed beyond doubt. Former RBNY Academy player Timothy Weah added the USA's fifth goal in the 86th minute.
The USA U-17s are the current stars of the Nike Friendlies, having won their first two games by an aggregate score of 12-2. They face Brazil in their final match on December 4.