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U.S. Under-17 '89's Fall to Brazil 1-0 on Third Day of Nike Friendlies


U.S. Under-15 BNT Gets a 3-1 Victory Over U-16 Scott Gallagher;
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BRADENTON, Fla. (December 3, 2005) — The U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team fell 1-0 to Brazil during the third day of the 2005 Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla. A late goal just before halftime by forward Alex sunk the USA’s hopes to pull out a win against the visiting Brazilians.

Tough tackles marked the even affair and both teams were relentless on the defense, each allowing just four shots on goal. Brian Perk was outstanding in goal for the U.S., coming up with a number of crucial saves in the match.

The U.S. had their best chance in the 27th minute when Josmer Altidore got his head to a Daniel Kelly corner kick, but his attempt skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Brazil took the lead just before halftime when Alex finished off a loose ball in the box. Fabio was sent through the U.S. defense and hit a close range attempt that was saved by Perk, but he was unable to get to the rebound before Alex slipped in and buried it into the open net.

In the 57th minute, Perica Marosevic served in a ball to Sheanon Williams at the back post, but the forward’s header went directly to the ‘keeper. In the 60th and 62nd minute, Marosevic had two good chances from close range that were blocked by Brazilian defenders.

U.S. U-15 BNT TOPS U-16 SCOTT GALLAGHER 3-1: After falling behind on a defensive mistake in the 12th minute, the U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team came back with three unanswered goals to top U-16 Scott Gallagher 3-1 at the 2005 Nike Friendlies. Brian Dominguez scored a pair of goals, the first off a rebound in the 66th minute and the second a bending free kick in the 78th minute that the goalkeeper was able to get a hand on but unable to keep out of the net. Forward Dersu Abolfathi scores the first U.S. goal in the 25th minute as his header took a deflection off a defender before finding the back of the net.

U.S. U-17 '90 MNT FALLS TO ARSENAL 2-1: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 MNT fell to U-17 Arsenal SC on Saturday, December 3, by a 2-1 margin on the third day of the 2005 Nike Friendlies. Both goals by Arsenal were scored by Residency alumni Ryan Peterman and Hector Jiminez. Peterman put Arsenal on the board in the 30th minute with a flick on header after his well-timed run through the U.S. back line. In the 68th minute, Jimenez found space from distance and hit a rocket inside the right post. Brandon Tarr, who had a first half effort saved after being sprung free in the area, got the U.S. goal in the 74th minute. Axel Levry, who was dangerous on the right wing for the U.S., dribbled inside before putting Tarr in again. This time the striker calmly slotted the ball past the keeper from 12 yards out.

CATCH A USA U-17 '90s v. BRAZIL RECAP WITH USSOCCER.COM's ALL_ACCESS: It was the U.S. U-17 90s MNT's turn to face Brazil on the second day of the Nike Friendlies. The young squad created danger for the flashy Brazilians, but were unable to come back, falling 1-0, to the Verdeamarela. See U.S. head coach John Hackworth's halftime and post-game comments to the team as well as all the match's highlights. Check out more all_access video at ussoccer.com.

RESULTS ARE IN AS FRIENDLIES APPROACH FINAL DAY: The 2005 Nike Friendlies have just one more day as the club teams from across the country will leave Bradenton, Fla., after their fourth and final game on Sunday, Dec. 4., settle in for the weekend portion of the four-day annual event. Chandler Diggs of U-17 Dallas Texan's was Saturday's hat trick hero, registering a natural hat trick as his team topped FC Delco 4-0.

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