TALCA, Chile (Nov. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Qatar 1-1 at Estadio Fiscal de Talca to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.
U.S. U-17 MNT goal scoring leader Haji Wright notched a 61st-minute equalizer for his 18th goal of the year in international competition.
The USA went 0-1-2 at the event, with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Nov. 18 and a 4-3 loss to Brazil on Nov. 20. The U-17s are 15-7-2 in international play and 16-7-6 overall in 2014.
The U.S. U-17 MNT had the brunt of scoring chances throughout the match against Qatar. Both teams came up empty in the first half, but Qatar broke the stalemate early in the second half. Khalid Mazeed had a strong individual effort to work the ball into the middle and blast a right-footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.
Wright and the USA responded four minutes later with a right-footed shot from about 10 yards out that sneaked past Qatar’s goalkeeper at the near right post.
The U.S. U-17s will now put their focus toward the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The defending champion USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2), with all games kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and available live on ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, featuring Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).
More information from the USA-Chile match will be available on ussoccer.com.
In the final set of regular-season games before the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, some interesting derby matchups are on the horizon among each region this Nov. 22-23 weekend.
In the Central Conference, the biggest derby clash is between St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and SLSG Metro on Sunday at the U-16 age group. SLSG Missouri is second in the Mid-America Division (7-2-2, 2.09 points per game) and SLSG Metro is fourth (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game). Clayton Pearson leads Metro with eight goals in 10 games, most notably posting a hat trick during the team’s 3-0 victory against Vardar on Nov. 1. He will go up against SLSG Missouri’s defense, which has allowed only 10 goals in 11 games, which is tied for the best ratio in the division with first-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.
In the West, a good Los Angeles-area matchup is on tap at both of the older age groups with the LA Galaxy hosting Real So Cal on Saturday at StubHub Center. At the U-18s, the LA Galaxy is atop the Southwest Division at 7-1-2 (2.30 points per game) and Real So Cal is in third at 7-4-2 (1.77 points per game). Adrian Vera leads the Galaxy with 12 goals, tied for third in the Academy at the U-18 age group. Real So Cal’s Spencer Held is coming off a two-goal game against FC Golden State to up his season total to nine goals. The picture is eerily similar at the U-16 age group with the Galaxy atop the division (6-1-3, 2.10 points per game) and Real So Cal in third (7-4-2, 1.77 points per game).
In the East, a North Carolina derby this Sunday features a pair of U-18 sides currently duking it out in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. The North Carolina Fusion, which is sixth with a 5-6-2 record and 1.31 points per game, hosts seventh-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-4, 1.18 points per game). The Fusion had a strong October with four wins, but November has been a tough month with two one-goal losses, two draws and a win. Charlotte Soccer Academy, on the other hand, has had a good November with back-to-back shutout victories over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.
For the latest Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com.
CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2014) – The schedule for the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase has been finalized for the upcoming event that takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Academy teams at the U-16 and U-18 age groups will take part in three competitive matches over this stretch against out-of-conference opponents and in an environment that includes the U.S. Scouting Network’s presence and evaluations at every match.
The U-18 games take place Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, and U-16 games kick off Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Thursday, Dec. 1, showcasing players handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff.
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).
For the latest Development Academy results and information, visit academy.demosphere.com.
TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.
Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.
However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.
Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.
The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.
The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-17 MNT (’98-99) vs. Brazil
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: Copa Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Estadio Fiscal de Talca Stadium
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
BRA 2 2 4
BRA – Lincoln Henrique Oliverira dos Santos 13th minute
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento 44
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva) 53
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento 73
USA – Haji Wright (Danny Barbir) 78
USA – Christian Pulisic 85
BRA – Eronildo dos Santos Rocha 90+3
USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-William Pulisic, 46); 3-John Nelson (14-Danny Barbir, 46), 5-Hugo Arellano (13-Logan Panchot, 83), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (Tommy McCabe, 90); 11- Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 46), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Pierre Da Silva (Keegan Kelly, 60)
Subs not used: 9-Kai Koreniuk , 15-Tanner Dieterich, 19-George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams
1-Bruno Oliveira Bertinato (capt.); 6-Caique da Silva Maria, 14-Thiago Nascimento Parmigiani, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza, 2-Kleber Augusto Caetano Leite
Filho; 8-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 15-Renan Carvalho Areias; 17-Lincoln Henrique Oliveira dos Santos (20-Loran Romualdo dos Santos da Silva, 84),
7-Andrey Ramos do Nascimento (5-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 61); 19-Evander da Silva Ferreira, 10-Leandro Henrique do Nascimento (9-Eronildo dos Santos
Subs not used: 4-Leonardo Rodriques dos Santos, 11-Ramon de Araujo Siqueira, 12-Carlinhos Carlos Vinicius Pinto, 13-Alan Cardoso de Andrade, 16-Mauro Junior F. dos Santos, 18-Jean Pyerre C. Silveira Correa
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 58th minute
BRA – Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza (caution) 60
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution) 75
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution/ejection) 84
CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team concluded its weeklong camp with a 3-0 loss to France’s U-16s.
The USA played France tight most of the way, with France clinging to a 1-0 lead on a Yassin Fortune goal. But in the final minute of regulation and three minutes into stoppage time, France’s Thomas Berthelot and Aurelien Nguiamaba put the match away with back-to-back goals during that stretch.
It was the second game in two days for the USA after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 5-4 on Wednesday.
The U.S. U-16 BNT roster was comprised of mostly 1999-born players and was formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s the opportunity for additional competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Clint Peay oversaw the camp.
- U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (’98-99) vs. France
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Clairefontaine, France
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local
Weather: 35 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
FRA 0 0 0
FRA – Yassin Fortune 26th minute
FRA – Thomas Berthelot 80
FRA – Aurelien Nguiamaba 80+3
USA: 3-Matthew Real, 5-McKay Eves, 6-Lucas Del Rosario, 7-Nicholas Taitague, 9-Juan Pablo Torres,11-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Chris Goslin, 73), 12-Eric Lopez, 13-Daniel Villegas, 16-Jeanpaul Marin (2-Jose Carranza, 41), 23-Hanif Wright (20-Andrew Carleton, 41), 25-Jose Alfaro (19-Daniel Jones, 78)
Subs not used:1-Alex Budnik, 4-Kyle Gruno, 8-Jordi Avila, 10-Andrew Aprahamian, 15-Adolfo Trujillo, 18-Marty Raygoza, 21-Raul Aguilera
First Half: 1-Gaetan Poussin, 2-Marvin Louisius, 4-Thomas Basila, 5-Malang Sarr, 8-Mickael Cuisance, 9-Nabil Alioui , 10-Yassine Benrahou, 14-Ewan N’Dicka, 17-Florian Gonzales, 18-Paul Devarrewaere, 21-Yassin Fortune
Second Half: 3-Gregoire Chetaneau, 6-Aurelien Nguiamaba, 7-Calvin Tshilumba, 11-Hicha Mahou, 12-Justin Taite, 13-Enzo Ebosse, 15-Ibrahim Konate, 16-Didier Desprez, 19-Thomas Berthelot, 20-Emile Rzepecki, 22-Milan Robin
FRA – Ewan N’Dicka (caution) 28th minute
USA – Lucas Del Rosario (caution) 83
Referee: Vincent Dubourdieu
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Bchir
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremi Vanier
Fourth Official: Ahmed Bouslimi
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**