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First Day of Development Academy Winter Showcase Set for Friday, Dec. 3


TOUCHED DOWN: Development Academy teams have arrived in Phoenix, Ariz., to begin play at the 2010 Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies on Friday, Dec. 3. Teams representing all 78 Development Academy clubs kick off the weekend that will include three non-Conference games in front of hundreds of national team and college coaches at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. The head coaches of all five men’s youth national teams will be in attendance throughout the event along with all eight Technical Advisors and U.S. Soccer’s extensive scouting network.
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BEYOND THE SIDELINES: In addition to the 242 games on the field, Academy players and coaches will have educational opportunities off of the field. Gatorade will implement its new G Series at each game to stress the importance of proper hydration on performance. Teams will also participate in SPARQ testing for the first time this season during their off day. Each game will be filmed by Hi-Pod, with DVDs of each game available to teams for technical analysis along with statistical breakdowns provided by ProZone for long-term performance analysis.

U.S. SITS ON TOP: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team opened the 2010 Nike International Friendlies with a 2-1 win against Korea Republic and stand in first place after the first day of matches. A pair of first-half goals from Matthew Dunn and Mario Rodriguez put the U.S. on top, and a scoreless second half gave the young Americans the win. Brazil and Turkey opened the event this afternoon and played to a 0-0 tie, so the USA's three points are enough to put them at the top of the standings of the Nike International Friendlies, which are being played as a tournament for the first time. The event continues on Friday when Korea Republic takes on Turkey and the U.S. faces Brazil at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Team 

GP 

GF

GA 

GD

Pts.

USA 

1

 1

 0

 0

2

 1

+1

3

BRA 

 1

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

0

1

TUR

 1

 0

 0

 1

0

 0

0

1

KOR 

 1

 0

 1

 0

0

 2

-1

0


Date      Matchup                      Kickoff (ET)   TV   Venue
Dec. 1   Brazil 0. Turkey 0        --                  --     Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix
Dec. 1   USA 2, Korea Rep. 1    --                 FSC   Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix
Dec. 3   Turkey vs. Korea Rep.  4 p.m.          --      Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix
Dec. 3   USA vs. Brazil             7 p.m.           FSC  Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix
Dec. 5   Korea Rep. vs. Brazil    4 p.m.           --     Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix
Dec. 5   USA vs. Turkey           7 p.m.           FSC  Reach 11 Field Four; Phoenix

A LOOK AT THE ROSTER: U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera has invited 20 players to travel to Phoenix, Ariz., including one player in Matt Dunn who is not currently part of the Residency program. There are 12 players who play for Development Academy clubs and will have their hometown teams in attendance to cheer them on Friday night. Six players – Fernando Pina, Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders, Nico Melo, Marc Pelosi and Mario Rodriguez - return from the team that drew Brazil 1-1 at last year’s event.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Luis Martir (Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Matt Dunn (FC Koln: Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

WHAT BRAZIL BRINGS: Perennial soccer power Brazil has brought 18 players to Phoenix in what has become an annual trip for the South Americans. After a scoreless draw against Turkey on Wednesday afternoon, Brazil will be looking for a win against the Americans on Friday evening under the lights. The midfield corps features Mattheus, the 16-year-old son of legendary Brazilian striker Bebeto. Overall, the team returns 11 players who played against the United States at this event in 2009.

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Guido, 12-Jairo
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Wallace, 3-Josue, 4-Luis Gustavo, 6-Emerson, 13-Almir, 15-Victor, 16-Lucas
MIDFIELDERS (6): 5-Rodrigo, 7-Adryan, 8-Marlon Bica, 10-Guilherme, 14-Marcelo, 17-Mattheus
FORWARDS (3): 9-Leandro, 11-Lucas Piazon, 18-Nathan

ABOUT THE ACADEMY: Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has provided an increased focus on training and player development by providing a clear connection between the U.S. national teams and more than 4,000 young players across the country. Top youth coaches and players have direct access to U.S. Soccer staff on a regular basis through the structured programming overseen by U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna. The Academy also provides opportunities for the country’s top referees to be identified and trained in a positive learning environment under the direction of U.S. Soccer’s Referee Department.

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