Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Haifa was a win or a tie away from the IMG Cup - Boy'sInvitational Super Group championship on Sunday, but the U.S. U17 Men's National Team had other plans. Maccabi, the defending Super Group champ from last year's IMG Cup, had defeated their opponents leading into this game withmachine-likeconsistency, and had not yielded a single goal in three games. However, the U.S. jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the half. In the second half, Maccabi answered back with one goal of their own, but could not connect on multiple shots on goal to at least tie before Rubio Rubin scored a late goal to put the game away. The U.S. U17 Men's National Team won by a score of 3-1, and clinched their second IMG Cup Super Group title by way of a tiebreaker.
The U.S. U17 team previously won the inaugural IMG Cup Super Group title. They will take the field at IMG Academy again on West Campus, Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a friendly rematch against China's Guangdong FA U19 team, who defeated the U.S. on Thursday by a score of 1-0 on the IMG Cup's opening day.
All divisions were settled this morning, and the winners include:
Plantation (Plantation, Fla.) defeated Weston FC (Weston, Fla.) by a score of 2-0 in the U18/19 final.
U17 White Division
The IMG U16 Academy Team defeated Forza (Texas), by a score of 4-0 in the U17 White Division final.
U17 Blue Division
FC Florida (South Florida) defeated VSI West Florida by a score of 2-1 in the U17 Blue Division final.
The Michigan Wolves (Detroit, Mich.) defeated the VA Legacy by a score of 1-0 in the U16 Division final.
U15 White Division
Weston FC (Weston, Fla.) defeated SAA Real Madrid (Miami, Fla.) by a score of 3-0 in the U15 White Division final.
U15 Blue Division
Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) defeated Leg A Z (Gainesville, Fla.) by a score of 3-1 in the U15 Blue Division final.
Weston FC (Weston, Fla.) defeated the IMG Academy U14 team by a score of 5-1 in the U14 Division final.
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