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U.S. U-17 1988 MNT Falls to Brazil 1-0, Day 3 Results from Nike Friendlies

- Match to Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World
- U-17 1987 MNT Betters Houston Texans U-17 2-1
- Compete Results from Day 3 of the Nike Friendlies

BRADENTON, Fla. (Sunday, December 7, 2003) — The U.S. Under-17 1988 Men’s National Team lost its second international since coming together earlier this fall 1-0 to the Brazil Under-17 Men’s National Team on Sunday. The match, part of the third 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 11 p.m. ET.

The U.S., who lost to Argentina 1-0 in Buenos Aires earlier this fall, came out and battled the Brazilian side in a physical game that saw 46 total fouls, nine yellow cards, two red cards and a penalty kick.

Brazilian defender Simoes picked up his second yellow card in the 28th minute and was sent off, forcing the South American side to play a man down for the final 62 minutes. Five minutes later, a set piece for Brazil set up the games only goal. The in-swinging ball ended up coming on goal and surprising U.S. goalkeeper Evan Newton, who punched the ball off the line but not away. The ball stayed in dangerous area until Fernando put the ball in the back of the net for the games only goal.

After a neutral end to the first half, the U.S. came out on the attack in the second stanza. Forward Quavas Kirk was fouled in the area and referee Jesse Johnson award the home side a penalty. Blake Wagner stepped up to the spot, but Diego guessed correctly and saved the shot that was bound for inside the left post.

In the 70th minute, U.S. defender Taylor Waspi was sent off with his second yellow, drawing the sides even to play 10 v. 10 for the final 20 minutes. The U.S. had a final outstanding chance before full time, when Jonathan Villanueva hit the right post with a 23-yard freekick.

The U.S. 1988s close out the Nike Friendlies vs. the Sereno Eagles at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Under-17 1987s were victorious for the second time in two days with a 3-1 win over the Richmond Strikers. The Strikers scored the first goal in the 38th minute. The U.S. answered with second-half subs Rodrigo Hidalgo, Eric Avila and Danny Szetela. Hidalgo had a hand in all three goals, scoring the first two on assist from Avila 49th and 60th minutes before drawing a penalty in the 86th minute. Danny Szetela drove the penalty into the back of the net to wrap up the scoring in that game.  

The U.S. U-17 1987s will wrap up play in the Under-18 competition at the 2003 Nike Friendlies on Monday, Dec. 8 vs. FC Delco at noon.

Complete results from the balance of the Day 3 games at the Nike Friendlies are below. The games were 80 minutes in length. Complete lineups and goal scorers will be available on later this evening.

Under-16 Competition
Virginia Rush 0, Concorde Fire 1
IMG Academy 1, FC Potomac 3
Black Watch SC (Fla.) 0, Houston Texans 3
Colorado Rush 1, PDA 2
Albany Black Watch 0, FC Delco 2
Sereno Golden Eagles 3, Clearwater Chargers 1

Under-17 Competition
Concorde Fire 0, PDA 1
Colorado Rush 1, Houston Texans 1
Austin Capitals 0, Seacoast United 0
U.S. U-17 1988s 0, Brazil U-17 MNT 1
FC Delco 4, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 1
IMG Academy 0, Scott Gallagher 1
Richmond Strikers 0, Manatee Magic 2
San Jose Earthquakes v. Syracuse Blitz     - no report*
Sereno Golden Eagles v. Bethesda International    - no report*

Under-18 Competition
Bethesda Cannons 4, Hibernians 3
U.S. U-17 1987s 3, Richmond Strikers 1
Concorde Fire 0, Austin Capitals 0
PDA 0, FC Greater Boston 0
Colorado Rush 2, FC Delco 3
IMG Academy U-18 1, Sereno Golden Eagles 2
Chicago Sockers 5, Black Watch SC (Fla.) 1
IMG Academy U-19 0, Houston Texans 5

*Scores will be posted on as soon as they are received.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Match-up: U.S. U-17 1988 MNT vs. Brazil
Date:  Dec. 7, 2003
Competition: Nike Friendlies
Venue: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Attendance: 578
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1          2      F
U.S. U-17 1988s        0        0    0
Brazil            1        0    1

BRA -    Fernando    33’

USA (4-4-2): 40-Evan Newton; 29-Ofori Sarkodie, 21-Richard Edgar, 14-Taylor Waspi, 26-Eric Lichaj; 34-Michael Farfan (35-Gabriel Farfan), 33-Michael Dalpra, 13-Blake Wagner (19-Cameron Jordan), 27-Ryan Soroka, 37-John Villanueva, 39-Quavas Kick

Subs not used: 28-Bryant Rueckner, 22-Kevin Alston, 31-Fernando Ayala, 32-Tony Amipaipitakwong, 23-Jesse Henderson, 30-Kenneth Walker, 38-Jeff Scanenella,

BRA (3-5-2): 1-Diego; 3-Simoes, 4-Murilo, 5-Sidnei; 6-Marcelo, 7-Itagui, 16-Kerlon, 10-Renato, 2-Leumir (17-Roberto, 69’), 9-Igor, 11-Fernando (13-Vitor, 61’, 14-Neto, 79’)

Subs not used:12-Ramiro, 15-Caio, 16-Kerlon, 8-Tacio, 18-Leonardo

Stats Summary:     USA    BRA
   Shots    4        3
   Saves    2        3
   Corner Kicks    4        3
   Fouls    19        27
   Offsides    1        1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 14- Waspi (caution)    7th minute
BRA – 3-Simoes (caution)    23rd
BRA – 3-Simoes (caution)    28th
BRA – 3-Simoes (ejection)    28th
USA – 34-M. Farfan (caution)    30th
USA – 35-G. Farfan (caution)    57th
BRA – 13-Vitor (caution)    65th
BRA – 16-Kerlon (caution)    67th
USA – 14-Waspi (caution)    70th
USA – 14-Waspi (ejection)    70th
BRA – 6-Marcelo (caution)    76th
BRA – 7-Itagui (caution)    84th

Referee: Jesse Johnson (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nico Bratsis (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: David Simon (USA)

Chevrolet Man of the Match: Ofori Sarkodie