Academy Update: Haji Wright scores two in U.S. U-17's 5-1 win over England; Galaxy U-18's win 2-0

11 December 6:32 pm

Academy Update: Haji Wright scores two in U.S. U-17's 5-1 win over England; Galaxy U-18's win 2-0

By Adam Serrano

LA Galaxy Academy Forward Haji Wright continued his torrid scoring pace with the U.S. Under-17 with two goals in the U.S. Under-17’s 5-1 victory over England at the Nike International Friendlies in Florida.

Wright bagged two goals in the victory, but C.F. Monterrey Academy product Joe Gallardo was the hero with a hat trick against the English. Although Wright was one of the stars of the match, he was stretched off the field in the closing minutes after a hard challenge from an England defender.  The U.S. will face Brazil – who tied Portugal 1-1 earlier on Wednesday—in the final match on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. PT.

Wright wasn't the only success for the LA Galaxy Academy as LA’s Under-18’s defeated New Jersey’s Player Development Academy 2-0 with goals by Jaime Villarreal and Christian Chavez.  The U-18's return to action on Dec. 12 against the FC Dallas Academy. Meanwhile, the LA Under-16's begin their participation in the tournament on Dec. 12 with a match against the Carolina RailHawks Academy. 

Highlights of the U.S. victory over England are below.