BRADENTON, Fla. (Sunday, September 2, 2001) - The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team extended their record international winning streak to 11 games with a 1-0 victory over two-time defending world champions Brazil at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. U.S. midfielder Mike Magee celebrated his 17th birthday with a brilliant second-half free kick that gave the North Americans the win. U.S. goalkeeper Adam Schuerman made nine saves to preserve the shutout. The victory comes one week before the U.S. will depart Florida for Trinidad & Tobago and the Under-17 FIFA World Championship.
Magee supplied all the offense the U.S. would need with a 28-yard blast in the 61st minute, beating the Brazilian goalkeeper to the near post. The goal was Magee’s fifth international goal in 10 career matches and his second in the last two games.
With Schuerman playing one of his best games in a U.S. jersey, Magee’s strike was all John Ellinger’s U.S. squad needed. Schuerman’s nine saves are the most he has made in his two years with the Under-17s. He has three shutouts and a goals against average of 0.875 in eight internationals this year.
The match marked the return to the team for Santino Quaranta and Ed Johnson, who have spent most of the last two months with their MLS clubs. The attacking duo last played with the U.S. Under-17s on June 4.
The USA’s 11-game win streak is the longest in the history of the Men’s National Team program and dates back to June 9, 2000, when the U.S. topped Germany 3-1 in the Salerno Tournament in Italy. During the run, the U.S. has outscored their opponents 33-9. Four of the wins have been shutouts for the U.S.
The United States will train in Bradenton, Fla., until Sept. 9, when they will fly to Tobago in advance of their Sept. 14 opening match against Japan at 5 p.m. ET. The team will continue first round play on Sept. 16 against France, the runner-up in Europe, at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the U.S. concludes group play on Sept. 19 against Nigeria, the African champions, at 5 p.m. ET. All three of the USA's first round matches will take place at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago.
The U.S. will play their last match prior to the World Championship against Australia at the IMG Academy on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. ET. Australia topped the U.S. in a penalty kick shootout after a 2-2 draw in the semifinals of the 1999 World Championship. Coming off of a second-place finish at the 1999 World Championship, Australia went undefeated and outscored their opponents 52-0 in six qualifying matches for the 2001 Championship.
Brazil is in Florida preparing for the World Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. The class of South American youth soccer, Brazil went undefeated in its seven World Championship qualifiers, outscoring their opponents 13-2 in five wins and two draws. With an unprecedented soccer history, Brazil will be among the favorites when the World Championship kicks off on Sept. 13. The South Americans won the Under-17 World Championship in 1997 and 1999 after finishing second in 1995.
2001 U.S. UNDER-17 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Participants: U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team vs. Brazil
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Date: September 2, 2001
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
United States 0 1 1
Brazil 0 0 0
USA - Mike Magee, 61.
USA - 18-Adam Schuerman; 8-Jordan Harvey, 6-Chris Lancos, 12-Gray Griffin, 2-David Chun; 16-Craig Capano, 15-Jordan Stone (David Johnson, 80), 7-Mike Magee (Erwin Diaz, 70); 3-Justin Mapp, 10-Ed Johnson, 9-Santino Quaranta.