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U.S. U-17 MNT Stays in First Place After Draw with Brazil

PHOENIX (Dec. 3, 2010) -- The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team earned a 0-0 draw with Brazil in front of more than 2,000 fans on the second day of the Nike International Friendlies at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.

During the hard-fought game, both teams created several dangerous chances, but both defenses were able to stifle the final shot. Brazil finished the game with only nine players after two were sent off in the last 16 minutes.

The tie gives the Americans four points at the Nike International Friendlies, putting them in a tie for first place with Turkey. Those two teams will square off on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel. With a win, either team can take the championship of the Nike International Friendlies. A tie between the U.S. and Turkey, along with a Brazil win against Korea Republic, would give all three teams five points and the tournament winner would come down to tiebreakers. Turkey topped Korea 2-1 in the day's earlier game.

The U.S. and Brazil exchanged chances early, and it was the young American defense that came up with the first big stop. The South Americans played a very good counter attack that sent five players in against two U.S. defenders. Mobi Fehr and Andrew Souders forced Brazil to play wide, and as Lucas Piazon touched it into the box, goalkeeper Fernando Pina had cut down his angle and forced a bad shot.

The best chance for the U.S. in the first half came when substitute Dillon Serna, who came on in the 24th minute for an injured Alejandro Guido, got in behind the Brazilian defense. He slipped by his defender but Brazil's goalkeeper Guido went low to block the shot.

In the 64th minute, Serna again got behind the defense and challenged the goalkeeper for a ball just outside the six-yard box. The ball popped out to Mario Rodriguez, whose shot was blocked out for a corner.

The U.S. continued to control the possession against a technically talented Brazilian team with sharp passing in tight spaces. In the 70th minute, however, Guilherme and Matteus got into the attacking third. They seemingly beat the U.S. back four and Guilherme slotted a ball past Pina, but Souders seemingly came out of nowhere to recover and clear the ball off the line.

That would prove to be the last dangerous chance for either team as the two red cards seemed to have changed the flow. The U.S., now playing 11 versus nine, pushed hard in the attack while Brazil was content to play for the scoreless draw.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. U-17 Men's National Team vs. Brazil
Competition: NIKE International Friendlies
Location: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz.
Date: December 3, 2010
Weather: 54 degrees
Attendance: 2,500

Scoring Summary
          1   2    F
USA    0   0    0
BRA    0   0    0

USA: 1- Fernando Pina, 2-Andrew Souders, 3-Kellyn Acosta, 4-Nathan Smith, 5-Tarik Salkicic (17- Andrew Oliver, 80th), 6-Mobi Fehr, 7- Matt Dunn, 8-Esteban Rodriguez (20- Nico Melo, 82nd), 9-Mario Rodriguez, 10-Alejandro Guido (16-Dillon Serna, 26th), 11- Marc Pelosi,
Subs Not Used: 12-Joe Amon, 13- Paul Arriola ,14- Alessandro Mion, 15- Luis Martir, 18- Kendall McIntosh, 19-Daniel Flores
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

BRA: 1- Guido, 2- Wallace, 3- Josue, 4-Luis Gastavo, 5-Rodrigo, 6-Emerson, 7-Adryan, 8-Marlon Bica, 10- Guilherme (14-Marcelo, 76th), 11-Lucas Piazon (16-Lucas, 80th), 17-Mattheus (9-Leandro, 67th)
Subs Not Used: 12-Jairo, 13-Almir, 15- Victor, 18-Nathan
Head Coach: Emerson Avila

Statistical Summary
       USA / Brazil
Shots 8 / 2
Shots on goal 5 / 1
Saves 1 / 5
Corner Kicks 7 / 3
Fouls 12 / 16
Offsides 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BRA - Emerson (caution)        7th minute
USA - Matt Dunn (caution)     23
BRA - Josue (caution)            29
BRA - Luis Gastavo (caution)  38
BRA - Luis Gastavo (caution)  72
BRA - Luis Gastavo (sent off)  72
BRA - Wallace (sent off)         78