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Two More Shutout Wins For U.S. U-17 MNT at U.S. Soccer/Nike Friendlies

BRADENTON, Fla. (Sunday, December 8, 2002) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team posted two more shutout wins today at the second annual U.S. Soccer / Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla. The two U.S. U-17 teams have now posted five shutout wins in six matches at the Friendlies, including today’s 2-0 win over the Under-17 Dallas Texans and 5-0 victory against the Under-18 Bethesda Alliance.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team has been split into two squads for this event – an older team made up primarily of players born in 1986 and a younger team made up primarily of players born in 1987 – with the older team competing in the Under-18 age group and the younger team in the Under-17 bracket.

The younger U.S. team will wrap up play in the Friendlies tomorrow with a game against the Under-17 Houston Texans at 1 p.m., following the older U.S. squad’s 11 a.m. match against the 2001 National Champion Sockers FC.

The younger U.S. team is yet to allow a goal in the four-day event, but faced their stiffest challenge yet against a solid Dallas Texans team.  U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Rein made five saves on the day, several of the difficult variety.  Rein was at his finest in the 14th minute, saving consecutive close-range shots to keep his scoresheet clean.

The younger U.S. team played most of the afternoon in a 3-5-2 formation in place of their favored 4-4-2.  The three-man backline of Adrian Chevannes, Julian Valentin and Chase Wileman were able to protect Rein and the U.S. net while allowing 11 shots.

In his first start of the Friendlies, Christian Jimenez made his impact felt early in the game.  Jimenez capitalized on a beautiful piece of build-up in the 7th minute after John DiRaimondo sent in a cross from the right side that Danny Szetela ran over in the middle of the box.  Jimenez took advantage of Szetela’s unselfish play and banged his shot off the goalpost and into the net from 12 yards out.

Freddy Adu scored for the U.S. in his third straight game, despite a collection of fine saves from the Texans goalkeeper in the first half.  Adu broke through in the 58th minute, capitalizing on an error from the Texans defense.  The ball squirted loose 25 yards from goal and Adu pounced on the ball.  The striker from Maryland beat two defenders going to his left and fired a left-footed shot that skipped into the far side of the net.

The older U.S. Under-17s followed with a dominating performance against the Alliance.  The U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Bethesda in the first 19 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 win behind two goals and an assist from both Jacob Peterson and Corey Ashe.

Ashe, the speedy left-sided midfielder, set up Peterson with a great cross from the left side in the 5th minute.  Peterson, who tallied twice in the USA’s win on Saturday, finished from a very slim angle on the left side.

Eddie Gaven, who had been extremely unlucky not to score in the first two days at the Friendlies, was taken down in the penalty area after blowing by an Alliance defender.  Guillermo Gonzalez took the ensuing penalty kick, which was saved by a diving William Chiles.  Gonzalez controlled the rebound and calmly finished with his second effort – his team-leading 26th goal of 2002.

Peterson returned the favor to Corey Ashe in the 36th minute, setting up Ashe, who beat Chiles with a rocket of a shot to the near post from a tight angle on the left side.  Ashe scored again in the 66th minute, and 11 minutes later Peterson scored his second of the day to wrap up the USA’s biggest win of the Friendlies.

In other action, at the Under-17 level FC Delco beat the Richmond Strikers 1-0 and the Atlanta Fire topped Bethesda 3-0.  At the Under-18 level the Houston Texans topped the Colorado Rush 1-0 and FC Delco cruised past Temple Terrace 5-0.  A complete list of results follows below. 


The symposium concluded tonight with the IMG Soccer Academy’s Director of Coaching Tom Durking, U.S. Under-17 MNT head coach John Ellinger and the U.S. Under-17s Goalkeeper / Assistant Coach Peter Mellor all speaking.

Durkin spoke about the IMG Soccer Academy and the unique opportunities that the program offers youngsters.  The Academy has three team playing in the Friendlies, as well as a PDL and a men’s team.

Ellinger discussed his current Under-17 team and the preparations that they are going through ahead of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Guatemala in March 2003.  Ellinger talked about his system of play, the 30 players in residency with the team, specifics about U.S. Soccer’s Full-time Residency Program and much more.

Mellor finished the night by discussing U.S. Soccer and the Youth National Teams proud history of quality goalkeepers.  Included among the group of former Youth National Team and current MLS goalkeepers are Nick Rimando, Tim Howard, Adin Brown and D.J. Countess, among others.  Countess was also on hand at the symposium and spoke about his experiences in the residency program and also his first full year as a professional player. 

U.S. Under-17 MNT Game Report

Participants:  U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs Dallas Texans
Competition:  2nd Annual U.S. Soccer / Nike Friendlies
Location: IMG Academy Park
Date: December 8, 2002

Scoring Summary:
                    1st   -   2nd   -   Final
USA              1   -   1   -   2
DAL              0   -   0   -   0

USA – Christian Jimenez (John DiRaimondo) 7th minute
USA – Freddy Adu 58.

USA:  Marcus Rein; 16-Adrian Chevannes, 20-Julian Valentin, 17-Chase Wileman; 25-Christian Jimenez, 21-Brian Mascarenas, 24-Danny Szetela, 22-Michael Bradley (Tim Ward, 60), 8-John DiRaimondo; 11-Freddy Adu (30-Stephen Curfman, 60), 27-Jamie Watson.  

Statistical Summary:
                     USA   /   DAL

Shots    16   /   11
Saves     5   /   5
Corner Kicks   3   /   0
Fouls     16   /   21
Offsides    1   /   1 

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Texans (caution)   69th minute.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Game Report

Participants:  U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs Under-18 Bethesda Alliane
Competition:  2nd Annual U.S. Soccer / Nike Friendlies
Location: IMG Academy Park
Date: December 8, 2002

Scoring Summary:
                1st   -   2nd  -   Final

USA    3   -   2   -   5
BET    0   -   0   -   0

USA – Jacob Peterson (Corey Ashe) 5th minute
USA – Guillermo Gonzalez 19. .
USA – Corey Ashe (Jacob Peterson) 36.
USA – Corey Ashe (Tomiwa Ogunsola) 66.
USA – Jacob Peterson (Eddie Gaven) 77.

USA:  18-Quentin Westberg; 13-Eric Vogl (19-Kyle Helton, 32), 3-Jonathan Spector, 5-Brandon Owens, 3-Jonathan Spector, 26-Chris Germani; 15-Corey Ashe, 7-Brian Grazier, 10-Guillermo Gonzalez, 2-Tomiwa Ogunsola; 23-Jacob Peterson, 4-Eddie Gaven

Statistical Summary:
                         USA  /  BET

Shots                 18  /   4
Saves                 3   /   6
Corner Kicks     1   /   1
Fouls                 12   /  13
Offsides             4   /    0

Misconduct Summary:
BET – Alliance #18 (caution)  30th minute. 

U.S. Soccer / Nike Friendlies
Saturday, December 7
Game Results


IMG 1, Bwatch 0

Delco 1, Temple 0


IMG 1, Rush 3

Richmond 0, Delco 1

Bwatch 0, Houston 3

USA 2, Dallas 0

Atlanta 3, Bethesda 0

Bwatch 2, Colorado Rush 5


Gotshalks 0, Richmond 4

IMG 1, Syracuse 0

Houston 1, Rush 0

Delco 5, Temple 0

Sockers 1, Bwatch 0

USA 5, Bethesda 0