YNT Nov 28, 2012
On a gorgeous Florida morning - the kind where you need sunscreen - the Under-17 Men's National Team made final preparations to face Brazil on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the team's first match of the 2012 Nike International Friendlies. The U.S. won last year's event, beating Brazil 3-1 in the final round-robin game to clinch the tournament title. Now, a crop of new players, plus eight from last year's squad, will set out for a repeat at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The U-17 Men's National Team at training on Tuesday morning. While just 20 players will suit up for the Nike International Friendlies, the entire team from the U-17 Residency Program took part in a lengthy practice.
Head coach Richie Williams put the team through its paces on Tuesday, focusing on movement, combinations and finishing near the end of the 2 1/2 hour training session.
Assistant coach Clint Peay took some of the reserves through finishing drills.
The 10th annual Nike International Friendlies features Brazil, Turkey and Portugal along with the U.S. The U-17 MNT takes on Brazil first, following with a match against Turkey on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. and closing against Portugal on Dec. 2, also at 5 p.m.
Goalkeeper Evan Louro left it all on the field during training. Louro (diving) and Paul Christensen (far, by the goal) both played in last year's Nike International Friendles.
Head coach Richie Williams discusses the finer points of positioning and flow.
Goalkeeping coach Anthony Latronica guides Evan Louro through practice.
Goalkeeper Paul Christensen steers a header over the crossbar.