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Day One Under Wraps from Development Academy and Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies

• Everyday Training Theme in Full Effect with Individual Training on Display
• U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Drops 2-1 Decision to Portugal in Nike International Friendlies
• Coaching and Referee Education Continues at the Reach 11 Sports Complex

PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2009) -- As the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase gets underway, the overall theme for the year is in full effect, as Everyday Training is being incorporated into player and coaching education surrounding games as well as in the matches themselves.

Highlighting the day’s activities were a pair of international matches, pitting the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team against Portugal and the Netherlands against Brazil.

The new cycle of players for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played their first international game live on Fox Soccer Channel from the Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix,