LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 6, 2015) – The U.S. had their chances, but never got things going as the side fell 3-0 to Brazil in the final match of the 2015 Nike International Friendlies Sunday night at Premier Sports Campus.
Brazil came out early in search of their first goal of the competition as Andrade worked well up the left before centering for Brenner Souza whose shot was well held by U.S. goalkeeper Chris Budnik.
The U.S. counted minutes later as Andrew Carleton played a lovely one-two combination with Josh Sargent which saw Carleton in on goal, before he placed his effort well over the Brazil goal.
Brazil had the next chance two minutes later when Marco Antonio’s free kick from the right was headed by Souza to the back post, but Budnik was there to keep it out with a diving stop.
The U.S. marched right back down the field in the 12th minute as forward Ayo Akinola settled a bouncing ball on the right and strolled past Brazilian defender Hiago before putting a shot across goal that trailed just wide of the left post.
Brazil would convert their first goal of the 2015 Nike International Friendlies when Antonio crossed from the right to find Souza again, before he cut back and unleashed a bullet into the top right corner in the 19th minute.
The visitors would double their lead three minutes later when Souza cut into the box on the right and picked out Andrade who tallied an easy tap-in at the back post.
Things calmed down a bit until the 36th minute when Brazilian midfielder Wallace took the space in front of him and blasted a rocketing shot that came down off the bar, but failed to cross the whole line, keeping the score at 2-0.
The U.S. went into halftime on the back of a good chance as Adrian Villegas’ free kick from the left swung dangerously to the six-yard box looking for Tim Weah, but the attacker was just a step slow as the ball bounced straight to Brazil ‘keeper Lucas Alexandre.
Despite the U.S. controlling more of the ball in the second half, the Brazilians were able to add to the lead with a spectacular lead in the 63rd minute. Marco Antonio cross from the right looking for Helio Junio who snuck into the box before unleashing a full volley with his left foot that tucked back inside the right post.
Still hoping for a goal, second half U.S. substitute George Acosta got on the end of a bouncing ball at midfield and volleyed it up for himself before hitting a looping 30-yard effort that dropped just inches wide of the right post.
The U.S. continued searching and had a strong penalty shout in the 76th minute as Josh Sargent impressively made his way inside the penalty area where he was flattened by a Brazilian defender, but referee Greg Dopka gave a free kick just outside the area. On the ensuing free kick, Acosta’s right-footed take clanged off the cross bar before being cleared.
Three minutes later, Sargent got on the end of a bouncing ball out of the back and took one touch before rounding Brazil substitute ‘keeper Victor Hugo but his shot was cleared off the line by Brazilian captain Hiago.
The late flurry of chances couldn’t produce a U.S. goal as the Brazilians were able to hold their 3-0 lead and to close the 2015 Nike International Friendlies with a win.
- Under-17 Men’s National Team ‘00 Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team ‘00 vs Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: December 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather: 78 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
BRA 2 1 3
BRA Brenner Souza (Marco Antonio) 20th minute
BRA Andrade (Brenner Souza) 22
BRA Helio Junio (Marco Antonio) 63
USA: 1-Alex Budnik; 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 6-Chris Durkin (capt.), 15-Jake Arteaga, 4-Jaylin Lindsey (2-Bryan Perez, 57); 11-Andrew Carleton, 8-Chris Goslin, 13-Adrian Villegas, 7-Timothy Weah (19-Tonny Temple, 41) (14-Arturo Vasquez, 67); 9-Joshua Sargent, 17-Ayo Akinola (10-George Acosta, 57)
Subs not used: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 12-Justin Garces, 16-Blaine Ferri, 18-Chandler Vaughn, 20-James Sands
Head coach: John Hackworth
BRA: 1-Lucas Alexandre (12-Victor Hugo, 72); 6-Rhuan, 4-Hiago (capt.), 3-Carlos Eduardo, 13-Matheua Miranda; 8-Dimitri (10-Helio Junio, 55), 7-Leonardo Ribeiro (5-Douglas Bohm, 79), 16-Wallace, 15-Andrade (20-Nathan Soares, 72); 17-Marco Antonio, 9-Brenner Souza (19-Leonardo Franco, 79)
Subs not used: 2-Joao Pedro Ribeiro, 11-Matheus Santos, 14-Weverson Costa, 18-Rodrygo Silva
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 8 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 6 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 17
Offside: 4 / 3
BRA Andrade (caution) 37th minute
USA Andrew Carleton (caution) 80+3
Referee: Greg Dopka (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Logan Brown (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Cory Richardson (USA)
4th Official: Matthew Kreitzer (USA)