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U.S. U-17 MNT Opens 2009 Nike International Friendlies with 1-2 Loss to Portugal

PHOENIX (Dec. 4, 2009) – The new cycle of players for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played their first international game at this level, under the lights and live on Fox Soccer Channel from the Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix, dropping a 1-2 decision to Portugal.

The U.S. will regroup for its second match of the 2009 Nike International Friendlies on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. MT in a match against Brazil that will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. On Friday afternoon, Brazil defeated the Netherlands 2-0.

Portugal scored early as Carlos Mané took advantage of a slight deflection in just the fifth minute. Helder Costa drove a corner kick into the center of the goal mouth, where Mane turned a header on frame. The ball caromed off of a U.S. defender and sneaked into the net.

With the U.S. on its heels a bit, Portugal struck again in the 17th minute. This time, Mané set up the score, slotting the ball into the six yard box for Alexandre Guedes to slide home from close range.

As they settled into the game, Wilmer Cabrera’s team began to gain possession and created dangerous opportunities of their own. In the 35th minute, a penetrating attack paid off when the U.S. earned penalty following a hand ball in the box by a Portuguese player. Irvin Gijon stepped up and converted the spot kick to cut the Portugal lead in half.

- U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Portugal
Date: Dec. 4, 2009
Competition: Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Attendance: 1,106
Weather: 40 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1   2    F
USA                          1   0    1
POR                          2   0    2

POR – Carlos Mane (Helder Costa)            5th minute
POR – Alexandre Guedes (Carlos Mane)    17
USA – Irvin Gijon (penalty)                      37

USA: 1-Fernando Pina; 3-Marc Pelosi, 2-Nathan Smith, 6-Andrew Souders, 4-Andrew Chang (22-Jerome Cristobal, 89); 7-Andrew Oliver (13-Sebastian Velasquez, 63), 10-Irvin Gijon, 8-Tarik Salkicic, 5-Atsou Ayah (12-Eric Gonzalez, 34), 11-Alfred Koroma; 9-Mario Rodriguez (14-Oscar Ortega, 83)
Subs not used: 15-Kellen Gulley, 16-Holden Fender, 17-Tarek Beckles, 18-Kendall McIntosh, 19-Mikhail Doholis, 20-Nicholas Melo, 21-Ive Burnett
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

POR: 1-Rafael Alves, 2-Rui Bento, 3-Bruno Silva, 4-Fabio Cardoso (capt.) (15-Tiago Lima Pereira, 80), 5-Nuno Malheiro (12-Bruno Varela, 34), 6-Joao Teixeira, 8-Luis Cortez (14-Rui Filipe Cardoso, 67), 10-Carlos Mane (9-Iuri Medeiros, 46), 11-Helder Costa (7-Frederic Maciel, 46), 16-Guilherme Matos (17-Carlos Chaby, 67), 18-Alexandre Guedes
Subs not used: 13-Tiago Duque
Head coach: Emilio Peixe

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 6 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Nathan Smith (caution) 53rd minute
POR – Rui Filipe Cardoso (caution) 88

Referee: Allen Champan
Assistant Referee 1: Kip Jackson
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Lawrence
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar