NYCFC's Tayvon Gray and Joe Scally represented the U.S. U-17s with distinction at the CONCACAF U-17s Championships which finished on Thursday evening with a dramatic final vs. Mexico.
With qualification for the U-17s World Cup already secured, Raphael Wicky's boys just fell short, going down 2-1 after extra-time.
Proud of our boys 🇺🇸— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) May 17, 2019
We fall 2-1 in extra time. pic.twitter.com/FGgkw4C7t6
The defenders both started in Wicky's XI for the matchup, bringing their combined total of starts to nine and both played a pivotal role throughout the tournament.
Gray came up clutch in the semi-final and final to help put the team in scoring position. In the semi-final against Canada, Gray intercepted a pass and was able to get it to Gianluca Busio who made the assist leading to the first goal of the night.
Against Mexico, Gray recorded his first direct assist of the tournament crossing the ball to find Griffin Yow for a header, the duo's connection led to the lone goal of the night from the U.S. Scally impressed throughout the competition with his tireless runs up the right flank and solidity when the U.S. were without the ball.
Yow with the header!👏 pic.twitter.com/5yrvZte7yu— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) May 16, 2019
Although their efforts came up short as far as the CONCACAF trophy went, the U-17s performed remarkably throughout the tournament, playing with confidence throughout the competition, leaving the squad in good shape for the fall World Cup in Brazil.
🇺🇸 | Tayvon assists on the goal but the U-17 #USMNT loses 2-1 to Mexico 🇲🇽 in extra time at the #CU17 Final 🏆— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 17, 2019
Great run in the tournament for the #NYCFC guys and qualification secured for @USYNT in the #U17WC 👏🗽🌎 https://t.co/kZhNeUdgnM
Congrats to all the U-17s on a job well done, we'll be rooting for you during the World Cup.