- Match to Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World
- Christian Jimenez Picks Up a Goal and an Assist
- U-17 1988 MNT Betters Houston Texans U-17 2-1
- Compete Results from Day 2 of the Nike Friendlies
BRADENTON, Fla. (December 6, 2003) — The U.S. Under-17 1987 Men’s National Team scored twice in the final 16 minutes of the match to top the Nike Friendlies All-Star team 2-0 on Saturday. The match, part of the second day of U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will be aired on Fox Sports World on Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Playing a team that included Chris Germani, who played with the Under-17 Men’s National Team at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship, the U.S. faced tough competition that included several NCAA Division I college prospects.
The U.S. came out sluggish in the first half of the games, showing some signs of the wear and tear of a hard-fought international battle with Brazil just 24 hours before. Neither team had many scoring chances, as the back lines of each side held strong in the center.
The U.S. eventually broke the deadlock in the 75th minute after forward Rodrigo Hidalgo won a corner dribbling in on the right side of the box. Christian Jimenez put a left-footed inswinger right onto the head of a closely marked Adam Sloustcher, who was able to get good enough piece of the ball to send it into the back of the net.
Just nine minutes later, Dax McCarty fed the ball to Jimenez near the right touchline. Jimenez then picked his way through three defenders on a diagonal run to the center of the 18-yard box where he blasted a shot past All-Star goalkeeper Conrad Taylor.
The U.S. 1987s return to the field on Sunday to face the Richmond Strikers at 9 a.m.
Earlier on the same field, the U.S. Under-17 1988 Men’s National Team played even with the Houston Texans U-17 at the start, but put the game away with the first two goals of the match after halftime. Forward Quavas Kirk netted the first goal in the 48th minute as he headed home a Michael Farfan corner with textbook form. The U.S. got the eventually game-winner in the 68th minute as Kirk fed Ryan Soroka for the tally. The Texans finally found the scoring touch two minutes later, but were not able to equalize.
The U-17 1988s face the toughest challenge of their National Team careers to this point, facing Brazil at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 7 in a match that will be played tape delay on Fox Sports World on Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. ET.
Complete results from the balance of the Day 2 games at the Nike Friendlies are below. The games were 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.
Virginia Rush 0, Houston Texans 6
IMG Academy 2, PDA 4
Colorado Rush 2, Concorde Fire 1
FC Delco 4, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 1
FC Potomac 1, Colorado Rush 0
Albany Black Watch 3, Clearwater Chargers 0
Concorde Fire 1, Sereno Golden Eagles 0
IMG Academy 0, Seacoast United 3
U.S. U-17 1988s 2, Houston Texans 1
Syracuse Blitz 2, Concorde Fire 1
Colorado Rush 4, Richmond Strikers 1
San Jose Earthquakes 0, PDA 0
Sereno Golden Eagles 2, Black Watch SC 0
Bethesda International 2, FC Delco 1
Austin Capitals 0, Scott Gallagher 1
Concorde Fire 2, Richmond Strikers 0
Colorado Rush 2, Chicago Sockers 0
FC Delco 4, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 0
FC Greater Boston 4, Austin Capitals 1
Sereno Golden Eagles 0, PDA 0
IMG Academy U-19 2, Bethesda Cannons 0
Houston Texans 4, Hibernians 0
IMG Academy U-18 1, Brazil U-17 MNT 1
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report -
Match-up: U.S. U-17 1987 MNT vs. Nike Friendlies All-Stars
Date: Dec. 6, 2003
Competition: Nike Friendlies
Venue: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: Brisk and Breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
U.S. U-17 MNT 0 2 2
NF All-Stars 0 0 0
USA - Adam Sloustcher (Christian Jimenez) 75’
USA - Christian Jimenez (Dax McCarty) 84’
USA (4-5-1): 18-Stephen Sandbo; 2-Nathan Sturgis, 12-Adam Sloustcher, 4-Julian Valentin, 3-Greg Folk; 10-Danny Szetela (29-Ofori Sarkodie, 78’), 8-Dax McCarty, 17-Christian Jimenez, 7-Michael Bradley (16-Jay Singh, 63’), 15-Eric Avila (6-Jordan Graye, 55’); 9-Rodrigo Hildago (20-Estuardo Sanchez, 85’)
Subs not used: 1-Marcus Rein, 5-Tim Ward, 19-Cameron Jordan, 23-Jesse Henderson, 30-Kenneth Walker,
MFA (4-4-2): 1-Ryan Nowak (0-Conrad Taylor, 45’); 20-Rauwshan McKenzie, 23-Zachary Pope, 3-Matt Sleece, 4-Matt Williams (9-Ryan Roushandel, 45’); 11-Michael Fucito (13-Paul Gerstenberger, 45’), 7-Stephen King, 21-Rob Valentino (14-Daniel Morais), 10-Jani Galik (18-Sami Yasin, 40’); 6-Chris Germani, 17-Andrew Reeder (12-Randy Warren, 45’)
Stats Summary: USA NFA
Shots 6 3
Saves 3 4
Corner Kicks 5 0
Fouls 8 4
Offsides 1 2
USA – Jules Valentin (caution) 29th minute
Referee: Ramon Hernandez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Roni Canales(USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kock (USA)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Christian Jiminez