Sunday's Action Brings 2005 Nike Friendlies to a Close
More Than 375 Goals Scored by 65 Teams During Four-Day Event
BRADENTON, Fla. (December 4, 2005) — The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team fell 1-0 to the older FC Delco U-17s on the final day of the 2005 Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla.
The U.S. had two chances in the first half, but couldn’t put one past FC Delco goalkeeper Matt Brutto. The first opportunity came in the 22nd minute when Jared Jeffries found some room at the top of the box and unleashed a shot that went just wide left. Danny Wenzel had the second chance in the 38th minute, ripping a deep attempt from 30 yards that went just over the bar.
The U.S. struggled to build much of an attack in the second half against the older, more experienced FC Delco players. The majority of the U.S. players were born in 1990, while FC Delco was an almost even mix of players born in 1988 and 1989.
The Pennsylvania club put the U.S. on its heels during a three-minute period, finally breaking through in the 54th minute. Robert Glenn and midfielder Larry Silvi had back-to-back chances with U.S. ‘keeper Josh Lambo saving Glenn’s attempt, while Silvi’s shot went just over the bar.
Glenn finally gave FC Delco the game winner when he was sent through behind the U.S. defense and was able to slip his shot past a sprawling Lambo.
U.S. U-15 BNT FALLS TO U-16 CROSSFIRE 1-0: The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team closed out the 2005 Nike Friendies with a 1-0 loss to U-16 Crossfire on Sunday in Bradenton, Fla. The team wrapped up the competition with a 1-3 record - including a pair of 1-0 losses - to teams at least one year older - under head coach Jim Barlow. The team was shutout three times, and found the scoring touch in their only win, a 3-0 victory over Scott Gallagher on Saturday.
RESULTS ARE IN AS FRIENDLIES APPROACH FINAL DAY: The 2005 Nike Friendlies closed with 65 teams playing 129 games over a four day span, with the final games kicking off at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. More than 375 goals were scored by the 1,155 players registered for the event. Visit the Nike Friendlies competition page at ussoccer.com for more news, recaps, photos and all_access video.
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