BRADENTON, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2007) – The U.S. Under-17 ‘92s won their first international game under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera, beating Russia, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at the Development Academy Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla.
The U.S. will next face Brazil on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET in their second match of the Friendlies. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.
In front of a pro-American crowd, the U.S. dominated the first half of play, and in the 16th minute, Carlos Martinez put the U.S. in the lead. The Las Vegas, Nev., midfielder received the ball from Stefan Jerome on the left wing, cut the ball back to his right foot and cracked a 22-yard rocket that went over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Stanislav Plokhikh and took a wicked dip to fall just under the crossbar.
The U.S. doubled their lead early in the second half when Jerome buried a tremendous effort from outside the area in the 47th minute. Collecting the ball from Marlon Duran on the left wing, Jerome took a few touches to lose his defender near the corner of the penalty area and ripped a shot with his right foot into the upper right corner.
“Getting the goals in the first half and early in the second half was good for us and it gave us a lot of confidence,” said head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “This game was a good first step. We needed to get to know (the U.S. players) outside of the practice field, and this was a good start. This kind of game will show us areas in which we must work more effectively and improve.”
In the other International Bracket match on Thursday, the USA's Saturday opponent, Brazil scored six second half goals en route to a 7-2 victory vs. Turkey. Matheus Carvalho led the way for Brazil with a hat trick, scoring goals in the 46th, 54th and 71st minutes.
There were 25 combined matches for the Under-15/16 and Under 17/18 age groups on Thursday, with every participating club taking the field at the IMG Academies.
In their first game of the Development Academy Nike Friendlies, the U.S. MNT 91s earned a 2-1 victory over FC DELCO, behind goals from Amobi Okago and Bryan Dominguez.
The U.S. took the lead in the 18th minute. A clever free kick play created space for Okago, whose low drive took a deflection past the unfortunate Kevin McMullen in the DELCO goal. With the lead, the U.S. began to settle down, and as they took possession more, their control over the game increased.
If the first goal was lucky, the second was much the opposite. Kofi Sarkodie released Greg Garza with a long through ball, and the winger’s quick feet were too much for the DELCO defense. Skipping by one defender, Garza touched the ball into the box before he was bundled over by DELCO defender Mark Fetrow. It was a clear penalty, and Dominguez stepped up to coolly dispatch the spot kick.
A late DELCO goal created a bit of drama in the final few minutes when Zachary Bove whipped in a left-footed cross into the box and Dave Cassasanelli arrived in time to finish. Despite the late scramble, the result was out of reach for the Philadelphia side. The final whistle dropped the curtain on a deserved 2-1 win for the young U.S. team, who will face Real Colorado at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow.
The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team, who are split into Blue and White teams, kicked off the Friendlies with a win and a loss. The U.S. U-15 BNT White topped the Irvine Strikers, 1-0, behind a 30th minute goal from Jamie Rogers. Henry Rios played in a long cross from the left side that swung into the box, and Rogers was there to put the ball in the net. The U.S. held onto the lead in the back and forth battle.
The U.S. U-15 BNT Blue fell to Arsenal, 2-0, at the Development Academy Nike Friendlies. After a scoreless first half, Arsenal got on the board in the 57th minute when Ivan Garcia scored. In the 71st minute, Joey Woodward doubled the lead for the California club. Though the game went back and forth, the U.S. could not break through
In the U-15/16 age group, Nick Rodriguez (Real Colorado), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers), Robert Rosato (FC DELCO), Gideon Gyasi (FC Greater Boston), Brad Doliner (IMG) and William Martin (Virginia Rush) all scored two goals in wins for their teams. In the U-17/18 age group, it was the defenders setting the tone with 17 of the 24 teams in action allowing one or fewer goals, including seven shutouts. Results from these games are listed below, and complete scores and lineups are available at ussoccer.com’s Development Academy Nike Friendlies homepage.
International Bracket - Lineups & Scorers
Brazil '92s 7, Turkey '92s 2
U.S. U-17 '92s 2, Russia '92s 0
Under-17/18 Competition - Lineups & Scorers
Clearwater Chargers 0, Virginia Rush 4
U.S. U-17 '91s 2, FC DELCO 1
Arsenal 1, IMG Academies 1
Colorado Rush 0, Carmel United 0
Crossfire Premier 2, Scott Gallagher 1
Sockers FC 1, FC Greater Boston 0
Concorde Fire 6, Seacoast United 1
NT Training Select 3, Ohio Elite 1
Real Colorado 1, Vardar 0
PDA 0, Richmond Strikers 1
Atlanta Fire United vs. San Diego Surf - TBA
Pateadores 2, Met Oval 0
Under-15/16 Competition - Lineups & Scorers
Ohio Elite 0, Real Colorado 8
PDA 2, Atlanta Fire United 1
San Diego Surf 0, NT Training Select 1
Seacoast United 0, Richmond Kickers 3
Colorado Rush 1, FC DELCO 2
Clearwater Chargers 1, FC Greater Boston 2
Irvine Strikers 0, U-15 BNT White 1
Met Oval 0, Vardar 0
Arsenal 2, U-15 BNT Blue 0
FC Portland 0, IMG Academies 3
Real So Cal 1, Concorde Fire 1
Crossfire Premier 0, Carmel United 2
Sockers FC 2, Virginia Rush 3