U.S. Soccer

2016 Nike International Friendlies

Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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Player, Coach and Referee Development Maximized at 2016 Winter Showcase

In conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, the 2016 Development Academy Winter Showcase proved to be another landmark event in U.S. Soccer’s mission to develop world class players, coaches and referees. The combined event, which drew in over 20,500 spectators, 400 scouts and 40 U.S. Soccer technical staff members, allowed for the three major development areas to blend together in a single, concentrated, world-class environment.

With the Nike International Friendlies serving as a marquee international event alongside the Winter Showcase, attendees were able to witness two distinct initiatives of U.S. Soccer: the U- 15/16 and U-17/18 age groups of the Development Academy and the U-17 U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team. Visibility of the Youth National Team allowed visitors to further understand one of U.S. Soccer’s key efforts to supplement development and provide international opportunities so that elite players can progress to the next level. With the U-17 Men’s National Team sweeping the tournament with wins over Portugal (7-1), Turkey (5-1) and Brazil (3-0), spectators and Academy players realized the international standard while being exposed to a world class player development environment.

From a coach development standpoint, the Winter Showcase paired 106 coach instructors with the U.S. Soccer coaching education staff and technical advisors. Coach education programming during the event included an Academy Directors Course and a National Instructor Workshop. The Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendly games allowed for a one of a kind learning experience as instructors were able to teach and explain concepts using elite player examples in live settings.

Of the 565 referees who applied to officiate at the event, 171 applications were accepted. This pool represented 44 State Associations and each referee held a minimum Grade 7, with 14 holding a National Grade (4-3). The elite company of referees across the U.S. landscape were greeted by U.S. Soccer officials who were on hand to identify high-potential referees. Utilized as a referee education platform, the Winter Showcase brought in 27 U.S. Soccer referee mentors to spend time with each referee, giving them individual and crew evaluations, feedback and assessment after each game. The 27 mentors represented 18 State Associations and included National Coaches, FIFA referees, MLS referees, PRO staff and National Assignors. The elite level competition on the field allowed for each dedicated referee to continue their development in a high intensity environment.

On the field, the ideal world-class environment allowed for 436 players to be identified for National Team opportunities by U.S. Technical Advisors, Scouts, and Youth National Team Coaches. Off the field, the hyper-focused environment allowed for supplemental meetings, data collection and training opportunities to help players develop in the other aspects of the game. This commitment from U.S. Soccer gave players another unique opportunity to develop further in areas such as mental training and preparation.

“We are very pleased with the efforts and outcome of the Winter Showcase,” U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. “The mission of the Development Academy is to develop world-class players. To develop into a world-class player, our athletes need to train and compete in positive learning environments that are conducive to their individual development pathway. This environment includes providing a first class facility with the highest quality coaches and referees possible so that each have their own development pathway to becoming world-class in their respective roles. The Winter Showcase ties our three major sporting initiatives together and maximizes the opportunity to develop world-class players, coaches and referees by providing a world-class event.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-0 W Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 4,072 Akinola, Sargent, Weah
5-1 W Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 3,933 Carleton(2), Akinola(2), Weah
7-1 W Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Carleton(2), Sargent(3), Akinola, McGann

2016 Nike Friendlies - Bradenton, Fla. - Nov. 30-Dec. 4

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
M 5-7 131 Miami, Fla. North Carolina FC
F 5-9 182 Brampton, Ontario Toronto FC
M Providence, R.I. New England Revolution
D 5-7 Rosewell, Georgia Georgia United
F 5-8 145 Powder Springs, Ga. Atlanta United FC
D 5-7 136 Almere-Stad, Netherlands Ajax (Netherlands)
GK 6-3 170 Philadelphia, Penn. S.L. Benfica
D 5-11 170 Glen Allen, Va. D.C. United
M 5-8 171 Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
GK 6-1 162 Miami, Fla. Atlanta United FC
D 5-9 155 Montclair, N.J. New York Red Bulls
D 5-9 156 Charlotte, N.C. Sporting Kansas City
D 5-10 143 Palm Beach, Fla. Philadelphia Union
F 6-2 165 Little Elm, Texas FC Dallas
M Westbury, N.Y. BW Gottschee
D 5-11 162 Rye, N.Y. New York City FC
F 5-11 174 O'Fallen, Mo. St. Louis Scott Gallagher
M Mira Loma, Calif. FC Golden State
M 5-9 159 Savannah, Ga. Unattached
F 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Paris Saint-Germain

2016 Nike Friendlies - Bradenton, Fla. - Nov. 30-Dec. 4

George Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
131

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
North Carolina FC

Ayo Akinola

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
182

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Brampton, Ontario

Club:
Toronto FC

Isaac Angking

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Providence, R.I.

Club:
New England Revolution

Carlos Asensio

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rosewell, Georgia

Club:
Georgia United

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Sergino Dest

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Weight:
136

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Almere-Stad, Netherlands

Club:
Ajax (Netherlands)

Carlos Dos Santos

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Penn.

Club:
S.L. Benfica

Christopher Durkin

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Glen Allen, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Blaine Ferri

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
171

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Southlake, Texas

Club:
Solar Chelsea SC

Justin Garces

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Chris Gloster

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Montclair, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls

Jaylin Lindsey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
156

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Rayshaun McGann

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
143

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Bryan Reynolds

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Little Elm, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Matteo Ritaccio

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Westbury, N.Y.

Club:
BW Gottschee

James Sands

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rye, N.Y.

Club:
New York City FC

Josh Sargent

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
174

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
O'Fallen, Mo.

Club:
St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Arturo Vasquez

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mira Loma, Calif.

Club:
FC Golden State

Indiana Vassilev

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
159

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Savannah, Ga.

Club:
Unattached

Timothy Weah

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:
Paris Saint-Germain


Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3
3
0 0 15
2
+13 9
 Brazil 3
1 1
1
7
8
-1
4
 Portugal 3
1
1 1
6
10
-4 4
Turkey 3
0 3
0 3 11
-8 0

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Nov. 30 Brazil vs. Turkey 4-2 Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Nov. 30 USA vs. Portugal 7-1
Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Dec. 2 Portugal vs. Brazil 3-3 Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Dec. 2 USA vs. Turkey 5-1
Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Dec. 4 Turkey vs. Portugal 0-2
Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Dec. 4 USA vs. Brazil 3-0
Premier Sports Complex; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Updated through Dec. 4, 2016

U.S. U-17 Men's National Team - 2016 Nike International Friendlies Stats

Record: 3-0-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Acosta, George
M
3 3 230 0 2 2 1/0
Akinola, Ayo F
3 3 246 4 3 11 0/0
Angking, Isaac M
3 0 40 0 0 0 0/0
Asensio, Carlos D
1 0 8 0 0 0 0/0
Carleton, Andrew F
3 3 218 4 1 9 2/0
Dest, Sergino D
3 0 32 0 0 0 0/0
Dos Santos, Carlos GK
0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Durkin, Chris M
3 3 249 0 1 1 2/0
Ferri, Blaine M
3 3 254 0 1 1 0/0
Garces, Justin GK
3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Gloster, Chris D
3 3 250 0 0 0 0/0
Lindsey, Jaylin D
3 3 250 0 0 0 1/0
McGann, Rayshaun D
3 0 77 1 0 2 1/0
Reynolds, Bryan F
3 0 34 0 2 2 0/0
Ritaccio, Carlo M
1 0 4 0 0 0 0/0
Sands, James M
3 3 221 0 0 0 0/0
Sargent, Josh F
3 3 242 4 2 10 1/0
Vasquez, Arturo M
3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Vassilev, Indiana M
1 0 13 0 0 0 0/0
Weah, Timothy
F
3 0 65 2 0 2 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 15 12 40 8/0
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 2 1 5 1/0

2016 Nike International Friendlies Stats

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Dos Santos, Carlos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Garces, Justin 3 3 270 15 2 0 1.00 3-0-0
Totals 3 3
270 15 2
0 1.00 3-0-0
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 2 15 0 5.00 0-2-0

Updated through Dec. 6, 2016

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