- Match to Be Broadcast Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World
- Nathan Sturgis Scores First Career International Goal
- U-17 1988 MNT Tops Colorado Rush U-17 4-0
- Compete Results from Day 1 of the Nike Friendlies
BRADENTON, Fla. (December 5, 2003) — The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was handed a 2-1 loss today to Brazil’s U-17 MNT on a world-class strike by Renato in the 87th minute. The match, part of the first day of U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will be aired on Fox Sports World on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
Just as it looked as if the teams would end the first half even at 0-0, Brazil’s Igor found and opening in the center of the U.S. defense and was able to blast a shot past Marcus Rein in first-half stoppage time.
In the second half, the U.S. came out on the attack and was able to create several chances with possession in the attacking third. The equalizing goal came in the 77th minute and was put home inside the right post by Nathan Sturgis, who had pushed up to the right side of midfield from his right back position. Christian Jimenez played a ball into a crowded box and the ball eventually came to rest at the feet of Sturgis who spun around and put the ball past Diego.
Brazil’s winner came in the 87th minute on a 22-yard blast from Renato. After an offensive build up by the South Americans, the ball settled to Renato who had a clear look at goal slightly from just to the left of center. His then unleashed a rocket of a shot with his right foot that bent down and left and just into the upper right corner, leaving U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Rein with no chance to make the save.
The U.S. next will play Saturday vs. the Nike Friendlies All-Star Team as the competitions continues. Match statistics are available at the bottom of this release.
Earlier in the day, the U.S. Under-17 1988 Men’s National Team dominated the Colorado Rush U-17 with a 4-0 margin, including out-shooting the visitors to Bradenton by a 13-0 margin in an 80 minute match. Jonathan Villanueva, Blake Wagner and Quavas Kirk provided all the offense. Villanueva put the U.S. on the board with the first of his two goals in the 24th minute. Wagner, who added a goal of his own 10 minutes later, assisted on the first goal. Villanueva would later score in the 60th minute with Kirk getting the assist. Kirk picked up the team’s final goal of the day in the 64th minute with the assist coming from Villanueva.
The U-17 1988s return to action on Saturday vs. the Houston Texans Under-17.
Complete results from the balance of the Day 1 games at the Nike Friendlies are below. The games were each 80 minutes in length. Complete lineups and goal scorers, as well as the roster for the Nike Friendlies All-Star Team, will be available on ussoccer.com later this evening.
FC Potomac 3, PDA 1
Concorde Fire 0, FC Delco 1
Black Watch SC (Fla.) 2, Virginia Rush 1
Albany Black Watch 0, Sereno Golden Eagles 3
IMG Academy 2, Colorado Rush 1
Houston Texans 6, Clearwater Chargers 0
U.S. U-17 1988s 4, Colorado Rush 0
IMG Academy 3, Austin Capitals 5
Scott Gallagher 3, Seacoast United 0
Bethesda International 4, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 1
Richmond Strikers 0, Houston Texans 1
San Jose Earthquakes 3, Concorde Fire 1
PDA v. Syracuse Blitz - no report
Sereno Golden Eagles 0, FC Delco 2
Chicago Sockers 1, FC Delco 3
FC Greater Boston Bolts 0, Sereno Golden Eagles 3
IMG Academy U-18 1, PDA 1
Bethesda Cannons 1, Houston Texans 6
U.S. U-17 1987s 1, Brazil U-17 MNT 2
Colorado Rush 2, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 0
Concorde Fire 3, Manatee Magic 0
IMG Academy U-19 5, Hibernians 0
Austin Capitals v. Richmond Strikers – no report
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report -
Match-up: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 5, 2003
Competition: Nike Friendlies
Venue: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
U.S. U-17 MNT 0 1 1
Brazil 1 1 2
BRA - Igor 45’+
USA - Nathan Sturgis (Christian Jimenez) 77’
BRA - Renato 87’
USA (4-4-2): 1-Marcus Rein; 2-Nathan Sturgis, 12-Adam Sloustcher, 4-Julian Valentin, 3-Greg Folk; 10-Danny Szetela, 8-Dax McCarty, 17-Christian Jimenez, 7-Michael Bradley (19-Cameron Jordan, 75’); 15-Eric Avila (29-Ofori Sarkodie, 62’), 9-Rodrigo Hildago
Subs not used: 18-Stephen Sandbo, 5-Tim Ward, 23-Jesse Henderson, 30-Kenneth Walker, 6-Jordan Graye, 16-Jay Singh
BRA (3-5-2): 1-Diego; 3-Simoes, 4-Murilo, 5-Sidnei; 2-Leumir (17-Roberto, 69’), 6-Marcelo, 7-Itagui, 8-Tacio (16-Kerlon, 13’, 14-Neto, 83’), 10-Renato; 9-Igor, 11-Fernando (18-Leonardo, 81’),
Subs not used:12-Ramiro, 13-Vitor, 15-Caio, 16-Kerlon
Stats Summary: USA BRA
Shots 4 3
Saves 1 3
Corner Kicks 3 2
Fouls 14 16
Offsides 1 2
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 36th minute
BRA – Itaqui (caution) 40’
BRA – Simoes (caution) 55’
BRA – Murilo (caution) 85’
Referee: Erich Simmons (USA)
Senior Assistant Referee: Andrew Chapin (USA)
Junior Assistant Referee: Joe Caroccio (USA)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Nathan Sturgis