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Brazil Earns Convincing 4-0 Win against Australia in Nike Friendlies Opener

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 28, 2014) – The Australia and Brazil U-17 Men’s National Teams kicked off the 2014 Nike International Friendlies as Brazil secured its first victory of the tournament shutting down Australia with dominant 4-0 victory.

Brazil (1-0-0) controlled the ball for much of the first half and quickly jumped to an early lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Andrey received a perfectly placed left cross pass from defenseman Caique who sent the ball right into Andrey’s boot.

Four different players scored for the verde amarela with Leandro, Lincoln and Evander joining Andrey on the score sheet.

With the pressure mounting, Brazil knocked the second goal in on the 32nd minute after Andrey sent a left band pass to Evander to put the South Americans up 2-0.

After struggling to get past midfield for much of the first half, Australia (0-1-0) came out of the locker room and had a couple of opportunities to convert a score in the second half but it was unable to knock one in past the Brazilian defense.

In turn, Brazil forward Leandro found himself in the perfect spot after a shot ricocheted off the post and from the hands of the Australia goalkeeper onto Leandro’s right leg, sending the ball into the net and expanding the Brazilian advantage to 3-0.

With Brazil in total control of the game, Lincoln added a fourth score and the exclamation point in the 63rd minute after an assist from Renan to lift its team to a big 4-0 win.

Australia goalkeeper James Delianov made 12 saves, with eight coming in the second half.

Australia’s Henry Davies received his second yellow card of the match in the 75th minute and was ejected from the game. He will miss the team’s next game and serve a one-game suspension.

Up next, Australia will face the United States and Brazil will take on England on Sunday, Nov. 30. All games at the Nike International Friendlies are live on ussoccer.com.

- 2014 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Australia U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
AUS 0 0 0
BRA 2 2 4 

BRA – Andrey (Caique) 5th minute
BRA – Evander (Andrey) 32
BRA – Leandro 48
BRA – Lincoln (Renan) 63

Lineups:
AUS: 18-James Delianov (capt.); 16-Danny Kim, 3-Henry Davies, 15-Jackson Bandiera (5-Zac Speth, 56), 9-Panos Armenakas; 13-Christian Verbi (20-Perry Fotakopoulos, 46), 8-Daniel Arzani, 6-Joe Caletti (capt.), 17-Nicholas Panetta (11-Peter Kekeris, 56); 10-Jamie Dimitroff (23-Kosta Petratos, 46), 22-Cameron Joice (2-Malcolm Ward, 76)
Subs Not Used: 7-Daniel Maskin, 12-Brandon Osipov, 14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika, 24-Marc Tokich
Head Coach: Tony Vidmar

BRA: 1-Bruno; 14-Thiago, 8-Matheus Pereira (13-Alan, 66), 4-Leo, 6-Caique; 2-Kleber (5-Matheus Fernandes, 69), 15-Renan, 7-Andrey (18-Jean, 62); 10-Leandro (16-Mauro Junior, 66), 17-Lincoln (9-Eronildo, 69), 19-Evander (11-Ramon, 62)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 12-Carlinhos, 20-Loran 
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Stats Summary: AUS / BRA
Shots: 5 / 27
Shots on Goal: 2 / 16
Saves: 12 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 44th minute
AUS – Perry Fotakopoulos (caution) 50
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 75
AUS – Henry Davies (ejection) 75

Officials:
Referee: Caleb Mendez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Hutchinson (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)

2014 Nike International Friendlies

Australia and Brazil meet in the first match of the 2014 tournament at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster Named for 2014 Nike International Friendlies

CHICAGO (Nov. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. The USA kicks off the tournament against England at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 28, at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

All six games at the Nike International Friendlies are live on ussoccer.com. The tournament opens with Brazil vs. Australia at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.

The USA’s roster features 16 of the 20 players who were members of the 2013 U-17 squad that won this tournament, with 11 players featuring in the 4-1 victory against Brazil to cap off the event.

Among the returning USA players are midfielder Christian Pulisic, who was last year’s tournament MVP, 2013 Golden Boot winner Haji Wright and Golden Glove winner Kevin Silva. Pulisic has 14 goals and seven assists in 18 international games this year. Wright is the leading goal scorer with 18 goals in 19 matches. Silva is 7-1-2 this year with four shutouts and a 1.19 GAA.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy), 12-William Pulisic
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), 3-John Nelson (Internationals), 4-Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf), 5-Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), 13-Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), 14-Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), 15-Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), 19-Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), 8-Luca De La Torre (Fulham), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas), 10-Christian Pulisic (Unattached), 16-Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), 20-Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Haji Wright (Unattached), 11-Josh Perez (Unattached), 17-McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), 18-Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club)

Across the Academy – Nov. 26, 2014: Winter Showcase, Nike Friendlies Arrive in Florida

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Nike Friendlies and Academy Winter Showcase Kick off Starting Nov. 28: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which runs in conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, begins the day after Thanksgiving, starting with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s Nike Friendlies match against England on Friday, Nov. 28 (6 p.m. ET, live on ussoccer.com). The next day, the Academy’s U-18 age group opens up the Academy Winter Showcase event. The Nike Friendlies and Winter Showcase take place at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

All six games for the Nike International Friendlies will be shown live on ussoccer.com, with the U.S. U-17 MNT’s match serving as the night cap at 6 p.m. ET.

On ussoccer.com:

U-17 MNT Closes Out Trip to Chile: The U.S. U-17 MNT drew Qatar 1-1 on Saturday to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Talca, Chile. Haji Wright scored the USA’s 61st-minute equalizer. The LA Galaxy Academy product leads the U-17s with 18 goals in 19 games this year. On Nov. 22, the USA dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit. Wright scored twice and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic scored a game-tying goal in the 85th minute.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook. At the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies, use the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Nov. 22-23):

  • West Conference: The Portland Timbers U-16 team earned its fourth win over its past five games with a 3-2 win against Crossfire Premier on Saturday in Northwest Division action. Carlos Anguiano scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute and Jose Perez tallied two goals for the Timbers (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game).
  • Central Conference: The Dallas Texans U-16s earned their sixth shutout of the season, posting a 1-0 victory against the Texas Rush on Saturday. Nicky Hernandez scored a goal in the 55th minute to improve to 7-1-3 (2.18 points per game). The Dallas Texans have extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.
  • East Conference: In the Southeast Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy’s U-18s moved ahead of North Carolina Fusion into sixth place with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Aidan Peterson scored the game’s lone goal in the 76th minute as Charlotte Soccer Academy posted its third straight shutout victory to move to 4-4-4 (1.33 points per game).

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Five Nominees up for Young Male Athlete of the Year: The nominees were announced for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. All five have former ties to the Development Academy. They include U-17 MNT midfielder Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy); U-20, U-23 and MNT midfielder Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy); U-17 MNT midfielder Christian Pulisic (PA Classics); U-17 and U-18 forward Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy) and MNT defender DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC Academy) who is age-eligible for the U-23s for Olympic qualifying.

Academy Product Morris Makes National Team Leap: Forward Jordan Morris, the 2012-13 Development Academy U-18 Player of the Year while playing for Seattle Sounders FC’s Academy side, made his Men’s National Team debut against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18. Morris relished the opportunity when he was brought into the 76th minute. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid, so it was an unbelievable honor and a great experience.”

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Top-Level Academy Winter Showcase Brings All Clubs to Florida

The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase opens with the U-18 age group kicking things off Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The Winter Showcase has become a staple in the Academy calendar over the years as the U-16 and U-18 age groups look forward to three competitive matches against out-of-conference opponents. Players will also compete with the watchful eyes of the U.S. Scouting Network, which will be in attendance and evaluate all games.

The U-18 Academy teams will play Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 2. The Academy’s U-16 group competes on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 3.

The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Monday, Dec. 1, featuring players born in 1998 and 1999 (kickoff at 5 p.m. ET). Two 18-player rosters, handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff, will compete against each other with the goal of catching a few eyes to further their play.

McKinze Gaines and Matthew Real

Some recent examples of Academy players who have catapulted themselves from the Select Game into regular Youth National Team consideration are Minnesota Thunder Academy alum Jackson Yueill, who has featured regularly with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, and Lonestar product McKinze Gaines. Gaines is tied with Haji Wright for the most international appearances with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team this year with 19 caps.

The Academy Winter Showcase runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, which features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. All six games at the Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The USA matchups are preceded by a 3 p.m. ET game that includes Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

Among the many intriguing Academy Showcase matchups, on Sunday, Nov. 30, the U-18 age group features two currently unbeaten sides in the Atlantic Division-leading New York Red Bulls (8-0-2) and Northwest Division frontrunner Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-0-0). When the U-16s open play earlier that day, one highly anticipated game includes the Northeast Division’s first-place BW Gottschee Academy (7-1-3) against Arsenal FC (8-3-2), which is currently second in the Southwest Division behind defending U-16 national champion LA Galaxy.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com andussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter@ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook, using the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.

Defending Champion U-17 MNT Kicks off Nike International Friendlies against England

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2014 Nike International Friendlies against England’s U-17s on Friday, Nov. 28, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. That match is preceded by a 3 p.m. game featuring Australia and Brazil.

All six games at the Nike Friendlies will be live on ussoccer.com, with the USA game serving as the night cap on all three days. The U.S. U-17 MNT faces Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, and Brazil on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Fans can also follow all matches live on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The tournament takes place at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch and runs in conjunction with the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which starts Saturday, Nov. 29, with the U-18 age group.

This marks the USA’s last major tournament of the year as the focus will then turn toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. England U-17
2014 Nike International Friendlies
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Nov. 28, 2014

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team By Position:
The USA roster will be announced shortly.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The USA is the defending champion of this event, earning last year’s crown with a 4-1 victory against Brazil in the finale on Dec. 13, 2013.
  • The U-17 MNT is coming off a three-game tournament in Chile from Nov. 18-22, with draws against host Chile and Qatar and a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
  • U-17 head coach Richie Williams’ side has enjoyed a successful 2014. The team has compiled a 15-6-3 international record and a 16-6-7 mark overall. Haji Wright is the USA’s leading goal scorer with 18 tallies in 19 international matches. Midfielder Christian Pulisic has 14 goals and seven assists in 18 matches. Forward Pierre Da Silva is the leading assists man with eight through 848 minutes of play and 15 appearances.

USA VS. ENGLAND:

  • The U.S. U-17 MNT and England last met at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies, with the USA earning a commanding 5-1 victory on Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Joe Gallardo led the way with a hat trick and Haji Wright tallied twice for the USA. Marcus Edwards had England’s lone goal.

ON USSOCCER.COM:

England U-17's Reece Oxford

IN FOCUS: ENGLAND
The Football Association
Founded: 1863
FIFA affiliation: 1905
Head Coach: John Peacock
Best U-17 World Cup Finish:

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Paul Woolston (Newcastle), 13-Alfie Whiteman (Tottenham Hotspur)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-James Yates (Everton), 3-Adetayo Edun (Fulham), 5-Reece Oxford (West Ham), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant (Manchester City), 12-Kyron Stabana (Derby County), 14-Trent Arnold (Liverpool), 15-Danny Collinge (VFB Stuttgart), 16-Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Tom Davies (Everton), 7-Nathan Holland (Everton), 8-Adam Phillips (Liverpool), 9-Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 10-Marcus Edwards (Tottenham), 18-William Patching (Manchester City), 20-Daniel Wright (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (3): 11-Layton N’dukwu (Leicester City), 17-Ike Ugbo (Chelsea), 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram (West Ham)

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER NOTES:

  • The England roster features nine players who were part of the squad at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies: goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, defenders Trent Arnold, Danny Collinge, Cameron Humphreys-Grant and Reece Oxford, midfielders Marcus Edwards, William Patching and Adam Phillips and forward Layton N’dukwu.
  • Phillips wore the captain’s armband and Edwards scored a goal during England’s 5-1 loss to the USA at last year’s tournament match.
  • In other matches at last year’s tournament, England defeated Portugal 4-3 on Dec. 13, and dropped a 2-1 decision against Brazil on Dec. 9 despite scoring the game’s opening goal in the 18th minute.
  • England won the 2014 UEFA European U-17 Championship in Malta, marking England’s second UEFA U-17 crown. In the final, England defeated the Netherlands 4-1 in penalties on May 21. The two teams were even 1-1 through regulation. Head coach John Peacock’s roster did not include players from the group taking part in the 2014 Nike International Friendlies.
  • Ten players on England’s 2014 Nike Friendlies roster took part in the Montaigu Tournament in France with England’s U-16s. England took third place.
  • The 2015 UEFA European U-17 Championship from May 6-22 will serve as England’s qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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