U-17 Men's National Team Falls to Brazil 2-1 at Nike International Friendlies
LANCASTER, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2008) - The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team fell 2-1 to Brazil on Sunday at the Nike International Friendlies in Lancaster, Calif. The series of matches are part of the 2008 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which is being held at the Lancaster National Soccer Center this weekend.
The U.S. took the lead in the first half, when Forward Jack McInerney headed home a Stefan Jerome cross in the 20th minute. Jerome lofted a ball into the box from the right side, and McInerney rose highest to nod home to the far post.
The lead was short lived for Wilmer Cabrera's side though, and just four minutes later Brazil was level. Coutinho, who wowed the packed crowd all day with his mazy dribbling, collected the ball in midfield before carrying it into U.S. territory.
His lay off found Wellington, who took one touch with his left foot before smashing the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Earl Edwards to even the score.
Edwards was called into action later in the half, making an impressive double save from Dodo and then from Willen. Jerome later brought the best out of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, who saved the U.S. forwards well hit shot from 20 yards.
The teams went into the break level at one, but Brazil came out stronger early in the second half. Their pressure was rewarded, when in the 50th minute, they were awarded a free kick.
Coutinho tapped the ball to Wellington, who left it for fellow midfielder Joao Pedro. Joao Pedro put his full foot through the ball and, aided by a tough defliction, it flew into the net past a helpless Edwards.
The U.S. did well to stay in the match, and late in the game Jerome nearly leveled the score. A well time slide tackle picked the pocket of defender Crystian, and Jermoe danced into the box before firing a shot at goal. Alisson did well to save it, and McInerney's follow up flew just wide.
Late in the game, Brazil were reduced to ten men when Gerson was sent off for a late challenge on U.S. substitute Dustin Corea. The U.S. failed to capitalize however, and Brazil held on for a narrow victory.
The Nike International Friendlies conclude tomorrow when Brazil takes on Australia at 1 p.m. ET.
Match: United States U-17 Men's National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 7, 2008
Competition: Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Lancaster National Soccer Center; Lancaster, Calif.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Weather: 50 degrees, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
BRA 1 1 2
USA – Jack McInerney (Stefan Jerome) 20th minute
BRA – Wellington (Coutinho) 24
BRA – Joao Pedro (Wellington) 50
USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 4-Zachary Harold, 2-Perry Kitchen (capt.), 3-Tyler Polak, 6-Eriq Zavaleta; 13-Sean Davis (11-Dustin Corea, 69), 5-Marlon Duran, 10-Luis Gil (15-John Agudelo, 86), 8-Jared Watts (16-Soony Saad, 87); 9-Jack McInerney, 7-Stefan Jerome
Subs not used: 12-Michael Ambrose, 14-Andrew Craven, 16-Soony Saad, 17-Donovan Henry, 18-Samir Badr
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera
BRA: 12-Alisson; 14-Danilo (2-Crystian, 64; 15-Fernando, 86), 4-Sidimar, 3-Gerson (capt.), 6-Dodo; 10-Coutinho (18-Geovane, 90), 7-Joao Pedro, 5-Elivelton, 8-Wellington; 16-Maycon (17-Guilherme, 75), 9-Willen (4-Sidimar, 84)
Subs not used: 1-Luis Guilherme, 11-Neymar
Head Coach: Luis Antonio Nizzo
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 13 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 8
Saves: 6 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 20
Offside: 2 / 4
USA – Jack McInerney (caution) 32nd minute
USA – Jared Watts (caution) 49
USA – Tyler Polak (caution) 57
BRA – Joao Pedro (caution) 59
BRA – Dodo (caution) 60
USA – Coutinho (caution) 70
BRA – Gerson (ejection) 80
Referee: Jasen Enno (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Steve Montanino (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Orion Stradford (USA)
Fourth Official: David Tokerud (USA)