BRADENTON, Fla. (December 2, 2005) — The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team hit the post twice in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net and eventually fell 1-0 to Brazil in their first international match on American soil during the second day of the 2005 Nike Friendlies.
The match was taped by Fox Soccer Channel and will be broadcast December 21 at 11 p.m. ET.
The U.S. was on their heels early in the match as Brazil came out firing, but soon started to pick up their play during an intense affair. U.S. goalkeeper Josh Lambo was the most impressive player for the hosts, coming up with six saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless when the teams headed to the locker room. Overall, Lambo had nine saves on the day, most of which required an impressive effort from the ‘keeper.
In the 53rd minute, Kirk Urso sent a cross into the box for Sheanon Williams, who headed the ball on frame, but Marcelo made a sprawling save to parry it over the bar.
Brazil finally broke through the U.S. defense in the 68th minute when Fabio dribbled down the left flank and was able to keep possession despite a well-timed tackle by Alex Dixon, before crossing the ball into the area. Maicon made a near post run and hit a one-timer from the six-yard box past Lambo.
Six minutes earlier, it looked as though Ellis McLoughlin was going to give the U.S. the lead, but his attempt hit the post. Danny Barerra lofted the ball over the Brazilian backline for McLoughlin to run onto and he chipped the ‘keeper, but the ball hit the right post and was eventually cleared out.
Maicon came up big once again in the 75th minute when Jared Jeffries sent McLoughlin into the area with just the ‘keeper to beat, getting low to stop the driven attempt.
McLoughlin had another great opportunity during injury time, but his close range attempt went off the crossbar. Thomas Meyer sent in a ball from the halfway line and the ball fell to Victor Yanez on the left side of the area. Yanez passed the ball to his right for McLoughlin directly in front of the goal, but his attempt went high and skimmed over the crossbar.
The U.S. U-17 ‘90s will next play Arsenal U-17 at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team Game Report -
Match-up: U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Competition: Nike Friendlies
Location: Bradenton, Fla.
Date: Dec. 2, 2005
Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
BRA 0 1 1
BRA – Maicon (Fabio) 68th minute
USA: 1-Josh Lambo; 2-Brandon Lee (23-Victor Yanez, 81), 3-Thomas Meyer, 4-Mykell Bates, 5-Ian Kalis; 6-Danny Wenzel (20-Alex Dixon, 58), 7-Jared Jeffrey, 8-Danny Barerra (19-Temistocles Molinar, 72), 9-Sheanon Williams; 10-Ellis McLoughlin, 11-Kirk Urso (16-Fro Adu, 67).
BRA: 1-Marcelo; 2-Rafael, 3-Lucas, 4-Atila, 6-Fabio; 5-Fernando, 7-Bernardo (14-Felipe, 60), 8-Tales (15-Raul, 72), 9-Alex (13-Michel, 84); 10-Lula, 11-Maicon.
Shots 16 24
Saves 9 7
Fouls 19 20
Corner Kicks 3 9
Offside 2 1
USA – Jared Jeffrey (caution) 4th minute
USA – Kirk Urso (caution) 24.
USA – Ian Kalis (caution) 33.
BRA – Fernando (caution) 40.
BRA – Felipe (caution) 80.
BRA – Raul (caution) 90.
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