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U.S. U-17 MNT Soars Past England on First Day of Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov.  28, 2014) – Guided by a balanced attack and a strong defense, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down England 3-1 on its opening match of the 2014 Nike International Friendlieson Friday night at the Premier Sports Campus.

U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic led the USA with a brace. Pulisic’s goals were No. 15 and 16 on his international tally this year. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva had an incredible outing, finishing with six saves and improving to 8-1-2 on the year.

The contested matchup had back-and-forth moments, but it was the USA that quickly gained the upper hand. U.S. midfielder Josh Perez had an active game and created some strong scoring chances in the opening minutes. In the 11th minute, Perez sent in a beauty of a wide left cross to Alejandro Zendejas who kicked the ball into the back of the net with his left foot for a 1-0 USA lead.

The USA continued to threaten offensively while maintaining a strong presence in the back to keep England off of the score sheet.

A corner in the 18th minute was a dangerous one from England, but Silva kept his cool and punched it out to avoid the equalizer.

The USA had another strong opportunity in the 21st minute when a crafty play from Perez on the left side sent a ball straight to the middle for Haji Wright who could not control it.

England had a strong attack over the following minutes, including a dangerous opportunity from William Patchings’ free kick that sailed just wide. But the combination of England’s missed chances and Silva’s ability to come up with several key saves maintained a steady presence in the back while allowing the USA to work the ball back into the offensive third.

The U.S. added to its lead shortly after defender Matthew Olosunde’s shot struck Adetayo Edun, who was called for a hand ball in the box. In the 40th minute, Pulisic stepped up to the penalty spot and nailed his kick into the right corner for a 2-0 lead.

The intensity continued in the second half as the USA threatened and attacked early. Perez’s shot went just wide in the 48th minute, but in the following offensive attack, Zendejas nudged the ball to Pulisic who sank it on the near right post of the net and open up the game wide for the USA, giving the Red, White and Blue a commanding 3-0 lead.

England continued to fight for the remainder of the game and had a couple of missed opportunities. On the first minute of stoppage time, however, Layton N’dukwu passed the ball in from the left side of the box and connected with Daniel Wright, who slotted the ball into the net and prevent a U.S. shutout.

The U.S. and Brazil opened the tournament with wins, but Brazil currently holds first place based on goal differential.

Next, the USA will face Brazil and England will play Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and the latter at 6 p.m. ET. All games at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies are shown live on ussoccer.com.


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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            2 1 3
ENG                            0 1 1

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Josh Perez)                    11th minute

USA – Christian Pulisic (penalty)                               40

USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)           48

ENG – Daniel Wright (Layton N’dukwu)                 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde (19-Tyler Adams, 46), 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 84), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (17-McKinze Gaines, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Keegan Kelly, 84), 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 66), 14-Daniel Barbir

Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich,
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman; 2-James Yates (12-Kyron Stabana, 80), 3-Adetayo Edun, 4-Tom Davies (capt.) (20-Daniel Wright, 80), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant, 7-Nathan Holland (17-Ike Ugbo, 70), 9-Lukas Nmecha (8-Adam Phillips, 61), 11-Layton N’dukwu, 15-Danny Collinge (5-Reece Oxford, 70), 18-William Patching, 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram

Subs Not Used: 1-Paul Woolston, 10-Marcus Edwards, 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman

Head Coach: John Peacock

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Daniel Barbir (caution)           30th minute

USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)      60

Officials:
Referee: Mark Allatin (USA)

Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Assistant Referee 2: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)

Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)


Brazil Earns Convincing 4-0 Win against Australia in Nike Friendlies Opener

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 28, 2014) – The Australia and Brazil U-17 Men’s National Teams kicked off the 2014 Nike International Friendlies as Brazil secured its first victory of the tournament shutting down Australia with dominant 4-0 victory.

Brazil (1-0-0) controlled the ball for much of the first half and quickly jumped to an early lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Andrey received a perfectly placed left cross pass from defenseman Caique who sent the ball right into Andrey’s boot.

Four different players scored for the verde amarela with Leandro, Lincoln and Evander joining Andrey on the score sheet.

With the pressure mounting, Brazil knocked the second goal in on the 32nd minute after Andrey sent a left band pass to Evander to put the South Americans up 2-0.

After struggling to get past midfield for much of the first half, Australia (0-1-0) came out of the locker room and had a couple of opportunities to convert a score in the second half but it was unable to knock one in past the Brazilian defense.

In turn, Brazil forward Leandro found himself in the perfect spot after a shot ricocheted off the post and from the hands of the Australia goalkeeper onto Leandro’s right leg, sending the ball into the net and expanding the Brazilian advantage to 3-0.

With Brazil in total control of the game, Lincoln added a fourth score and the exclamation point in the 63rd minute after an assist from Renan to lift its team to a big 4-0 win.

Australia goalkeeper James Delianov made 12 saves, with eight coming in the second half.

Australia’s Henry Davies received his second yellow card of the match in the 75th minute and was ejected from the game. He will miss the team’s next game and serve a one-game suspension.

Up next, Australia will face the United States and Brazil will take on England on Sunday, Nov. 30. All games at the Nike International Friendlies are live on ussoccer.com.

- 2014 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Australia U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
AUS 0 0 0
BRA 2 2 4 

BRA – Andrey (Caique) 5th minute
BRA – Evander (Andrey) 32
BRA – Leandro 48
BRA – Lincoln (Renan) 63

Lineups:
AUS: 18-James Delianov (capt.); 16-Danny Kim, 3-Henry Davies, 15-Jackson Bandiera (5-Zac Speth, 56), 9-Panos Armenakas; 13-Christian Verbi (20-Perry Fotakopoulos, 46), 8-Daniel Arzani, 6-Joe Caletti (capt.), 17-Nicholas Panetta (11-Peter Kekeris, 56); 10-Jamie Dimitroff (23-Kosta Petratos, 46), 22-Cameron Joice (2-Malcolm Ward, 76)
Subs Not Used: 7-Daniel Maskin, 12-Brandon Osipov, 14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika, 24-Marc Tokich
Head Coach: Tony Vidmar

BRA: 1-Bruno; 14-Thiago, 8-Matheus Pereira (13-Alan, 66), 4-Leo, 6-Caique; 2-Kleber (5-Matheus Fernandes, 69), 15-Renan, 7-Andrey (18-Jean, 62); 10-Leandro (16-Mauro Junior, 66), 17-Lincoln (9-Eronildo, 69), 19-Evander (11-Ramon, 62)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 12-Carlinhos, 20-Loran 
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Stats Summary: AUS / BRA
Shots: 5 / 27
Shots on Goal: 2 / 16
Saves: 12 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 44th minute
AUS – Perry Fotakopoulos (caution) 50
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 75
AUS – Henry Davies (ejection) 75

Officials:
Referee: Caleb Mendez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Hutchinson (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)

2014 Nike International Friendlies

Australia and Brazil meet in the first match of the 2014 tournament at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster Named for 2014 Nike International Friendlies

CHICAGO (Nov. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. The USA kicks off the tournament against England at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 28, at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

All six games at the Nike International Friendlies are live on ussoccer.com. The tournament opens with Brazil vs. Australia at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.

The USA’s roster features 16 of the 20 players who were members of the 2013 U-17 squad that won this tournament, with 11 players featuring in the 4-1 victory against Brazil to cap off the event.

Among the returning USA players are midfielder Christian Pulisic, who was last year’s tournament MVP, 2013 Golden Boot winner Haji Wright and Golden Glove winner Kevin Silva. Pulisic has 14 goals and seven assists in 18 international games this year. Wright is the leading goal scorer with 18 goals in 19 matches. Silva is 7-1-2 this year with four shutouts and a 1.19 GAA.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy), 12-William Pulisic
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), 3-John Nelson (Internationals), 4-Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf), 5-Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), 13-Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), 14-Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), 15-Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), 19-Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), 8-Luca De La Torre (Fulham), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas), 10-Christian Pulisic (Unattached), 16-Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), 20-Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Haji Wright (Unattached), 11-Josh Perez (Unattached), 17-McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), 18-Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club)

Across the Academy – Nov. 26, 2014: Winter Showcase, Nike Friendlies Arrive in Florida

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Nike Friendlies and Academy Winter Showcase Kick off Starting Nov. 28: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which runs in conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, begins the day after Thanksgiving, starting with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s Nike Friendlies match against England on Friday, Nov. 28 (6 p.m. ET, live on ussoccer.com). The next day, the Academy’s U-18 age group opens up the Academy Winter Showcase event. The Nike Friendlies and Winter Showcase take place at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

All six games for the Nike International Friendlies will be shown live on ussoccer.com, with the U.S. U-17 MNT’s match serving as the night cap at 6 p.m. ET.

On ussoccer.com:

U-17 MNT Closes Out Trip to Chile: The U.S. U-17 MNT drew Qatar 1-1 on Saturday to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Talca, Chile. Haji Wright scored the USA’s 61st-minute equalizer. The LA Galaxy Academy product leads the U-17s with 18 goals in 19 games this year. On Nov. 22, the USA dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit. Wright scored twice and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic scored a game-tying goal in the 85th minute.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook. At the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies, use the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Nov. 22-23):

  • West Conference: The Portland Timbers U-16 team earned its fourth win over its past five games with a 3-2 win against Crossfire Premier on Saturday in Northwest Division action. Carlos Anguiano scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute and Jose Perez tallied two goals for the Timbers (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game).
  • Central Conference: The Dallas Texans U-16s earned their sixth shutout of the season, posting a 1-0 victory against the Texas Rush on Saturday. Nicky Hernandez scored a goal in the 55th minute to improve to 7-1-3 (2.18 points per game). The Dallas Texans have extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.
  • East Conference: In the Southeast Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy’s U-18s moved ahead of North Carolina Fusion into sixth place with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Aidan Peterson scored the game’s lone goal in the 76th minute as Charlotte Soccer Academy posted its third straight shutout victory to move to 4-4-4 (1.33 points per game).

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Five Nominees up for Young Male Athlete of the Year: The nominees were announced for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. All five have former ties to the Development Academy. They include U-17 MNT midfielder Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy); U-20, U-23 and MNT midfielder Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy); U-17 MNT midfielder Christian Pulisic (PA Classics); U-17 and U-18 forward Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy) and MNT defender DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC Academy) who is age-eligible for the U-23s for Olympic qualifying.

Academy Product Morris Makes National Team Leap: Forward Jordan Morris, the 2012-13 Development Academy U-18 Player of the Year while playing for Seattle Sounders FC’s Academy side, made his Men’s National Team debut against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18. Morris relished the opportunity when he was brought into the 76th minute. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid, so it was an unbelievable honor and a great experience.”

UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:

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Top-Level Academy Winter Showcase Brings All Clubs to Florida

The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase opens with the U-18 age group kicking things off Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The Winter Showcase has become a staple in the Academy calendar over the years as the U-16 and U-18 age groups look forward to three competitive matches against out-of-conference opponents. Players will also compete with the watchful eyes of the U.S. Scouting Network, which will be in attendance and evaluate all games.

The U-18 Academy teams will play Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 2. The Academy’s U-16 group competes on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 3.

The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Monday, Dec. 1, featuring players born in 1998 and 1999 (kickoff at 5 p.m. ET). Two 18-player rosters, handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff, will compete against each other with the goal of catching a few eyes to further their play.

McKinze Gaines and Matthew Real

Some recent examples of Academy players who have catapulted themselves from the Select Game into regular Youth National Team consideration are Minnesota Thunder Academy alum Jackson Yueill, who has featured regularly with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, and Lonestar product McKinze Gaines. Gaines is tied with Haji Wright for the most international appearances with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team this year with 19 caps.

The Academy Winter Showcase runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, which features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. All six games at the Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The USA matchups are preceded by a 3 p.m. ET game that includes Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

Among the many intriguing Academy Showcase matchups, on Sunday, Nov. 30, the U-18 age group features two currently unbeaten sides in the Atlantic Division-leading New York Red Bulls (8-0-2) and Northwest Division frontrunner Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-0-0). When the U-16s open play earlier that day, one highly anticipated game includes the Northeast Division’s first-place BW Gottschee Academy (7-1-3) against Arsenal FC (8-3-2), which is currently second in the Southwest Division behind defending U-16 national champion LA Galaxy.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com andussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter@ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook, using the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.

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