Everton Yth v New York Red Bulls
Everton's Under-18s recorded a 3-1 win over New York Red Bulls in a friendly just outside Philadelphia.
The youngsters are on a two-match mini-tour of the USA and face Philadelphia Union on Wednesday before the senior teams clash.
Goals from Chris Long, Eric Dier and Jasper Johns gave Everton a deserved victory.
Femi Orenuga and Long had already gone close before the latter gave Everton the lead with a calm finish 15 minutes in.
The game was being played in three 30 minute thirds as the coaches tried to cope with the searing 32 degree heat which was persistent even in the late afternoon.
The Toffees' lead didn't last long though and New York struck back as Blues players tired.
The Americans equalized just a couple of minutes later when a corner wasn't fully cleared.
The Red Bulls were the better of the sides after that, a trend which continued into the second period.
But Everton slowly regained a degree of control after Eric Dier had produced a goalline clearance to keep the game at 1-1.
Orenuga ran the length of the field before shooting into the side netting but the final ball was often missing for both sides.
In the third period Everton looked likelier to emerge as winners with winger Orenuga frequently causing problems down the right.
One such raid was unfairly halted on the edge of the box and Tom Molyneux struck the stanchion with a curling free kick.
The Red Bulls also went a whisker away from winning it in the final period but Dier's late header put the Toffees ahead before Jasper Johns put the icing on the cake with a superb long range effort.