PHOENIX (Dec. 1, 2010) -- The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team opened the 2010 Nike International Friendlies with a 2-1 win against Korea Republic and stand in first place after the first day of matches. A pair of first-half goals from Matthew Dunn and Mario Rodriguez put the U.S. on top, and a scoreless second half gave the young Americans the win.
Brazil and Turkey opened the event this afternoon and played to a 0-0 tie, so the USA's three points are enough to put them at the top of the standings of the Nike International Friendlies, which are being played as a tournament for the first time. The event continues on Friday when Korea Republic takes on Turkey and the U.S. faces Brazil at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel.
Dunn's goal came in just the seventh minute after a corner kick taken from the right side. The ball was played short and then sent by Nathan Smith past the far post to Mobi Fehr, who headed it back across the front of the goal. Dunn was waiting, and smacked a low shot that skipped off Korean goalkeeper Ham Seok Min, bounced over him and ended up in the net.
In the 37th minute, Marc Pelosi slipped a ball forward for Rodriguez. The striker took several touches toward goal, moved around the final defender and fired a hard shot from the top of the box that beat Ham for a 2-0 advantage.
Five minutes before halftime, Korea struck back from a set piece. A corner kick taken from the right by Shim Gwang Uk found the head of Shin Il Soo to cut the American lead in half.
In the second half, both teams came out prepared to score, but neither was able to create many dangerous opportunities. The game got choppy and seven yellow cards were issued between the teams. The best chance in the second half came from a free kick following a handball that Pelosi hit hard and high, but Ham was able to get his fingertips to it and knock it over the crossbar.
The Nike International Friendlies are played in conjunction with the Development Academy Winter Showcase at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. All 156 Academy teams will descend upon Phoenix on Thursday and Friday, with 242 games taking place during the weekend.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report
Participants: USA U-17 MNT vs. Korea U-17
Competition: NIKE International Friendlies
Location: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Arizona
Date: December 1, 2010
Weather: 52 degrees
1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
KOR 1 0 1
USA - Matt Dunn 10th minute
USA - Mario Rodriguez 37
KOR - Shin II Soo 41
USA: 1- Fernando Pina, 2-Andrew Souders, 3-Kellyn Acosta, 4-Nathan Smith, 5-Tarik Salkicic, 6-Mobi Fehr, 7- Matt Dunn (12-Joe Amon, 90th), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (20- Nico Melo, 80th), 9-Mario Rodriguez (17- Andrew Oliver, 74th), 10-Alejandro Guido, 11- Marc Pelosi
Subs Not Used: 13- Paul Arriola ,14- Alessandro Mion, 15- Luis Martir, 16-Dillon Serna, 18- Kendall McIntosh, 19-Daniel Flores
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera
KOR: 2- Lee Chang Min, 3-Hwang Ju Hyun, 4-Song Ju Hun, 5-Lim Dong Hyun (12-Choi Joon Gi, 46th), 6-Shin II Soo (9- Han Nam Kyu, 64th), 10- Bang Chan Jun (20- Myeong Jae Kang, 78th), 11- Jeon Dong Min, 14- Kim Min June, 16- Shim Gwang Uk (8-Kim Seung Jun, 85th) 17-Shin Hak Yeong, 21- Ham Seok Min
Subs Not Used: 1- Jang Dae Hee, 7-Kwon Chang Hoon, 13-Lee Jong Hun, 15- Park Sang Min, 19- Jung Woo Min
Head Coach: Lee Kwang Jong
USA / KOR
Shots 11 / 6
Shots on goal 5 / 2
Saves 1 / 3
Corner Kicks 4 / 6
Fouls 20 / 13
Offsides 0 / 1
KOR - Kim Min June (caution) 53rd
USA - Mario Rodriguez (caution) 54th
USA - Tarik Salkicic (caution) 58th
KOR - Han Nam Kyu (caution) 65th
USA - Mobi Fehr (caution) 71st
KOR - Hwang Ju Hyun (caution) 82nd
KOR - Myeong Jae Kang (caution) 86th