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Nike Friendlies Set for Dec. 6-9 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.


CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2007) – The 2007 Nike Friendlies will take place from Dec. 6-9 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with 54 teams competing across the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 age groups. Elite clubs from 19 states will partake in the seventh annual event, along with two teams from U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and two teams from the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program.

The U.S. Under-17 and Under-15 Mens’ National Teams will each be divided into two squads that will represent U.S. Soccer. The U-17 teams will be divided in to the U-17 ’91 MNT and the U-17 ’92 MNT, while the U-15 team will be made primarily of players born in 1993, and will play as the U-15 Blue and U-15 Grey teams.

The U.S. Under-17 ‘92s will compete against youth national teams from Brazil, Russia and Turkey in an international bracket, while the U-17 ‘91s and the U-15 Boys’ National Team will compete against elite club teams.

U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies is an annual competition in which the best youth soccer clubs around the United States are invited to play high-level games that stress quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays three 80-minute games over the four days. A full list of teams and complete schedule is available now at ussoccer.com.

With 54 teams scheduled to participate in 81 matches, the competition has improved every year since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. The event has become highly anticipated by clubs and college coaches because of the emphasis on quality soccer and the top-level competition.

In additional to a full complement of national staff coaches, scouts from top European clubs, including Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United, Celtic and PSV Eindhoven will be on hand, along with college coaches from across the country.

During the tournament, ussoccer.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the event including mini-match reports from every game played, photos and video. U.S. Soccer’s all_access video team, as well as Studio 90, the web show made popular during the 2006 World Cup, will be on site providing features and highlights.

U.S. Soccer will once again host a coaching symposium and a Premier Referee Academy as part of the Nike Friendlies extended weekend. The Coaching Symposium will be held Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday afternoon and will feature sessions led by U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach and Development Academy Director John Hackworth, U.S. Under-18 MNT Head Coach and Director of Education & Youth Development Bob Jenkins, Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen and U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow. In addition CONCACAF will hold separate symposiums for both coaches and referees.

U.S. Soccer’s Referee Academy is a chance for 15 national level referees to be evaluated while learning what it takes to advance and work at the game’s highest levels. In conjunction, there will also be an Assessor Academy in which five mentors on hand will work directly with five National Assessor candidates. The U.S. Soccer Referee Department staff will be on hand to train and evaluate the referees and national assessors. A select number of referees attending the academy may be chosen to work the MLS Combine and individual officials may be invited to join U.S. Soccer’s referee pool for the professional level.

Nike Friendlies Schedule

Time (ET)              Match                                                                              Location
Thursday, Dec. 6
8 a.m.       U-15/16 Ohio Elite vs. U-15/16 Real Colorado                      Field 5
8 a.m.       U-17/18 Clearwater Chargers vs. U-17/18 Virginia Rush   Field 6
8 a.m.       U-15/16 PDA vs. U-15/16 Atlanta Fire                                      Field 7
9 a.m.       U.S. U-17 ‘91s vs. U-17/18 FC Delco                                      Field 1
9 a.m.       U-17/18 Arsenal vs. U-17/18 IMG                                             Field 2
9:30 a.m. U-17/18 Colorado Rush vs. U-17/18 Carmel United           Field 3
9:30 a.m. U-15/16 Surf vs. U-15/16 NT Training Select                         Field 4
10 a.m.    U-17/18 Crossfire vs. U-17/18 Scott Gallagher Field 5
10 a.m.    U-17/18 Sockers vs. U-17/18 FC Greater Boston Field 6
10 a.m.    U-15/16 Seacoast United vs. U-15/16 Richmond Strikers Field 7
11 a.m.    U-15/16 Colorado Rush vs. U-15/16 FC Delco Field 2
11:30 a.m. U-15/16 Clearwater vs. U-15/16 FC Greater Boston Field 3
11:30 a.m. U-15/16 Irvine Strikers vs. U.S. U-15 YNT White Field 4
12 p.m.    Brazil U-17 YNT vs. Turkey U-17 YNT Field 1
12 p.m.    U-17/18 Concorde Fire vs. U-17/18 Seacoast United Field 5
12 p.m.    U-15/16 Met Oval vs. U-15/16 Vardar Field 6
12 p.m.    U-17/18 NT Training Select vs. U-17/18 Ohio Elite Field 7
2 p.m.      U-15/16 FC Portland vs. U-15/16 IMG Field 5
2 p.m.     U-17/18 Atlanta Fire vs. U-17/18 Surf Field 6
2 p.m.     U-15/16 Real So Cal vs. U-15/16 Concorde Fire Field 7
1 p.m.     U-17/18 Real Colorado vs. U-17/18 Vardar Field 2
1:30 p.m. U-17/18 PDA vs. U-17/18 Richmond Strikers Field 3
1:30 p.m. U-15/16 Arsenal vs. U.S. U-15 YNT Blue Field 4
3 p.m.      U.S. U-17 ‘92s vs. Russia U-17 YNT Field 1
3:30 p.m.  U-17/18 Colorado Rush vs. U-17/18 Concorde Fire Field 4
4 p.m.       U-15/16 Crossfire vs. U-15/16 Carmel United Field 5
4 p.m.      U-17/18 Pateadores vs. U-17/18 Met Oval Field 6
4 p.m.      U-15/16 Sockers vs. U-15/16 Virginia Rush Field 7

Friday, Dec. 7
9 a.m.     U.S. U-17 ‘91s vs. U-18 Real Colorado Field 1
9 a.m.     U-17/18 Colorado Rush vs. U-17/18 Concorde Fire Field 4
9 a.m.     U-15/16 FC Delco vs. U-15/16 Arsenal Field 5
9 a.m.     U-17/18 Carmel United vs. U-17/18 Seacoast United Field 6
9:30 a.m. U-17/18 IMG vs. U-17/18 Pateadores Field 2
9:30 a.m. U-15/16 Vardar vs. U-15/16 Sockers Field 3
9:30 a.m. U-17/18 Richmond Strikers vs. U-17/18 Surf Field 7
11:30 a.m. U-17 Turkey YNT vs. U-17 Russia YNT Field 1
1:30 p.m.  U-17/18 Scott Gallagher vs. U-17/18 NT Training Select Field 2
1:30 p.m.  U-17/18 Met Oval vs. U-17/18 Crossfire Field 3
2 p.m.        U-15/16 NT Training Select vs. U-15/16 Real So Cal Field 1
2 p.m.       U-17/18 PDA vs. U-17/18 Atlanta Fire Field 4
2 p.m.       U.S. U-15 YNT White vs. U-15/16 FC Portland Field 5
2 p.m.       U-17/18 FC Greater Boston vs. U-17/18 Virginia Rush Field 6
2:30 p.m.  U-15/16 Ohio Elite vs. U-15/16 Clearwater Chargers Field 7


Saturday, Dec. 8
9 a.m.    U-15/16 IMG vs. U-15/16 Crossfire Field 1
9 a.m.    U-17/18 Ohio Elite vs. U-17/18 Clearwater Chargers Field 4
9:30 a.m. U-15/16 Concorde Fire vs. U-15/16 Real Colorado Field 2
9:30 a.m. U-15/16 Carmel United vs. U-15/16 Colorado Rush Field 3
11 a.m.    U-17/18 Sockers vs. U-17/18 Arsenal Field 1
11 a.m.    U-15/16 Atlanta Fire vs. U-15/16 Seacoast United Field 4
11 a.m.    U-15/16 FC Greater Boston vs. U-15/16 Irvine Strikers Field 5
11 a.m.    U-17/18 Vardar vs. U-17/18 FC Delco Field 6
11:30 a.m. U-15/16 Virginia Rush vs. U-15/16 PDA Field 2
11:30 a.m. U-15/16 Richmond Strikers vs. U-15/16 Met Oval Field 3
11:30 a.m. U.S. U-15 YNT vs. U-15/16 Surf Field 7
2:30 p.m.   U.S. U-17 ‘92s vs. Brazil U-17 YNT Field 1

Sunday, Dec. 9
8 a.m.   U-15/16 Arsenal vs. U-15/16 Carmel United Field 5
8 a.m.   U-17/18 Atlanta Fire vs. U-17/18 Arsenal Field 6
8:30 a.m. U-17/18 Crossfire vs. U-17/18 Ohio Elite Field 7
9 a.m.   U.S. U-17 ‘91s vs. U-18 Vardar Field 1
9 a.m.   U-15/16 FC Portland vs. U-15/16 FC Greater Boston Field 2
9 a.m.   U-17/18 Surf vs. U-17/18 PDA Field 3
9 a.m.   U-15/16 Irvine Strikers vs. U-15/16 Ohio Elite Field 4
10 a.m.  U-15/16 Colorado Rush vs. U-15/16 Sockers Field 5
10 a.m.  U-15/16 Real Colorado vs. U-15/16 Seacoast United Field 6
10:30 a.m. U-15/16 Virginia Rush vs. U-15/16 FC Delco Field 7
11 a.m.  U-17/18 Seacoast United vs. U-17/18 Colorado Rush Field 2
11 a.m.  U-17/18 Pateadores vs. U-17/18 Scott Gallagher Field 3
11 a.m.  U-17/18 Virginia Rush vs. U-17/18 Sockers Field 4
12 p.m.  U-15/16 Real So Cal vs. U.S. U-15 YNT Blue Field 5
12 p.m.  U-17/18 Concorde Fire vs. U-17/18 Carmel United Field 6
12:30 p.m. U-15/16 Surf vs. U-15/16 PDA Field 7
1 p.m.    Russia U-17 YNT vs. Brazil U-17 YNT Field 1
1 p.m.   U-15/16 Richmond Strikers vs. U-15/16 Concorde Fire Field 2
1 p.m.   U-17/18 FC Greater Boston vs. U-17/18 Richmond Strikers Field 3
1 p.m.   U-15/16 Crossfire vs. U.S. U-15 YNT White Field 4
2 p.m.   U-15/16 Clearwater Chargers vs. U-15/16 Vardar Field 5
2 p.m.   U-15/16 Met Oval vs. U-15/16 Atlanta Fire Field 6
2:30 p.m. U-17/18 FC Delco vs. U-17/18 Real Colorado Field 7
3 p.m.   U.S. U-17 ‘92s vs. Turkey U-17 YNT Field 1
3 p.m.   U-17/18 IMG vs. U-17/18 Met Oval Field 2
3 p.m.   U-17/18 Clearwater vs. U-17/18 NT Training Select Field 4
4 p.m.   U-15/16 IMG vs. U-15/16 NT Training Select Field 5

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