U.S. Soccer

Sargent Leads U-17 MNT to Dominant 7-1 Victory vs. Portugal in USA's Nike Friendlies Opener

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team used a hat trick from captain Josh Sargent, a brace from Andrew Carleton and second half markers from Ayo Akinola and Rayshaun McGann to open the 2016 Nike International Friendlies with an impressive 7-1 win against Portugal at Premier Sports Campus on Wednesday night.

Carleton got the scoring started when he buried a penalty kick in the eighth minute, while Sargent’s clean finish gave the U.S. a 2-0 advantage inside the first 19 minutes. After Portugal’s Umaro Embalo pulled one back four minutes later, Carleton restored the two-goal advantage with a tremendous half-volley before halftime.

The U.S. poured on the pressure in the second half, with Sargent outmuscling his mark to earn a brace in the 54th minute, while Akinola got on the score sheet when he redirected Carleton’s shot nine minutes later. Sargent completed his hat trick with a clinical back heel in the 82nd minute before McGann’s driven blast in second half stoppage time capped the score at 7-1.

With the win, the U.S. moves to the top of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies standings, beating out Brazil on goal difference.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

7

1

+6

Brazil

1

1

0

0

3

4

2

+2

Turkey

1

0

1

0

0

2

4

-2

Portugal

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

Next on the Schedule: A Turkey side that battled, but eventually fell 4-2 to Brazil in Wednesday’s tournament opener awaits the USA on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. That match will be preceded by Brazil facing off with Portugal at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both games can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Andrew Carleton (penalty kick), 8th minute: After goalkeeper Justin Garces made a routine save at the other end, the USA quickly moved into transition. From the midfield stripe, Arturo Vasquez played a well-placed through ball that Ayo Akinola got on the end of before being chopped down in the penalty area by Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira, forcing center referee Farhad Dadkho to point to the spot. Up stepped Andrew Carleton who sent Portugal goalkeeper Joao Monteiro the wrong way as he expertly fired his penalty into the top left corner. USA 1, POR 0

USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola), 19th minute: The U.S. would double their advantage in the 19th minute when Akinola forced a turnover at midfield and quickly progressed towards goal. Drawing a defender to him, Akinola played a well-timed ball for Josh Sargent in the area, with the U.S. captain doing well to place his effort inside the lower left post. USA 2, POR 0

POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone), 23rd minute: Portugal fought back four minutes later when an errant pass out of the back was intercepted at the midfield stripe by Mamadou Kone. The Benfica product took advantage of the space up the right flank before finding Umaro Embalo, who curled his shot past onrushing goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 2, POR 1

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta), 37th minute: The U.S. restored their two-goal edge when another turnover in midfield saw George Acosta play a looping ball into the box for Carleton. The recent Atlanta United signing took the ball on the bounce, sending his left-footed half-volley into the lower right corner of the net for his second of the match. USA 3, POR 1

USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri), 55th minute: A clearance out of the back by Monteiro went straight to George Acosta. The U.S. midfielder played a simple pass for Blaine Ferri who made a penetrating run before slotting a ball for Sargent at the top of the area. The U.S. captain did well to muscle off his defender before slipping his second of the match past the Portuguese goalkeeper. USA 4, POR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Andrew Carleton), 63rd minute: The U.S. added a fifth goal just after the hour mark when a cross from the left was chased down by Sargent, who played back for Carleton at the top of the box. Looking for his hat trick, Carleton was off the mark with his shot, but it fell directly into Akinola’s path, who redirected past Monteiro from close range. USA 5, POR 1

USA – Josh Sargent (unassisted), 82nd minute: Sargent earned his hat trick just before exiting the match when FC Dallas attacker Bryan Reynolds Jr. danced up the left end and crossed the ball in for the U.S. captain. The ball deflected off a Portuguese defender, but Sargent reacted well with a clever back heel to seal his third goal of the night. USA 6, POR 1

USA – Rayshaun McGann (Bryan Reynolds Jr.) 90+2 minute: Reynolds Jr. would get his assist in the dying moments of the match, playing a square pass for Rayshaun McGann on the left before the Philadelphia Union product launched a rocket past Monteiro, sending the U.S. home with a six-goal advantage. USA 7, POR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA – Justin Garces, 43rd minute: Portugal threatened the U.S. goal just before halftime when some great individual skill by Rafael Camacho on the left saw the Liverpool FC midfielder lob in a cross that goalkeeper Justin Garces came off his line to sweep out of danger just as Tiago Rodrigues was lurking on the doorstep.

USA – Justin Garces, 51st minute: After a failed U.S. build-up, Portugal center back Tiago Djalo intercepted a ball out of the back and went unchallenged on an impressive 70-yard run before unleashing a well-hit right-footed blast that Garces dove to his left to push off the post before the danger was cleared.

POR – Joao Monteiro, 62nd minute: U.S. midfielder George Acosta made a gallivanting run through midfield before laying a square pass for Carleton on the left. Taking the ball into the box with pace, the U.S. forward launched a high effort that Monteiro parried away to his right.

- 2016 U.S. U-17 Mens National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal
Date: Nov. 30, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 73 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7         
POR                                       1          0          1         

USA – Andrew Carleton (penalty kick)                                 8th minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                                        19
POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                               23
USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)                             37
USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri)                                         55
USA – Ayo Akinola (Andrew Carleton)                                   63
USA – Josh Sargent (unassisted)                                        82
USA – Rayshaun McGann (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)                 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Rayshaun McGann, 75), 6-Christopher Durkin (15-Carlos Asensio, 83), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 75); 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds Jr., 67), 9-Josh Sargent (13-Sergino Dest, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 2-Mamadou Kone (13-Joao Ferreira, 60), 3-Goncalo Loureiro (14-Baba Fernandes, 60), 4-Tiago Djalo, 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira; 8-Romario Baro, 6-Afonso Sousa, 10-Bernardo Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 60); 7-Umaro Embalo (18-Pedro Neto, 66), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 60), 11-Rafael Camacho (17-Rodrigo Conceicao, 66)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo, 15-Tiago Dantas, 20-Andre Almeida
Head coach: Jose Guillherme

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)      31st minute
USA – George Acosta (caution)         42

Officials: 
Referee: Farhad Dadkho (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson (USA)       

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- 2016 U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal
Date: Nov. 30, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 73 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F
USA                                         3          4          7          
POR                                         1          0          1         

USA – Andrew Carleton (penalty kick)                                   8th minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                                          19
POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                               23
USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)                              37
USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri)                                          55
USA – Ayo Akinola (Andrew Carleton)                                   63
USA – Josh Sargent (unassisted)                                           82
USA – Rayshaun McGann (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)                    90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Rayshaun McGann, 75), 6-Christopher Durkin (15-Carlos Asensio, 83), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 75); 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds Jr., 67), 9-Josh Sargent (13-Sergino Dest, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 2-Mamadou Kone (13-Joao Ferreira, 60), 3-Goncalo Loureiro (14-Baba Fernandes, 60), 4-Tiago Djalo, 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira; 8-Romario Baro, 6-Afonso Sousa, 10-Bernardo Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 60); 7-Umaro Embalo (18-Pedro Neto, 66), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 60), 11-Rafael Camacho (17-Rodrigo Conceicao, 66)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo, 15-Tiago Dantas, 20-Andre Almeida
Head coach: Jose Guillherme

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)      31st minute
USA – George Acosta (caution)         42

Officials: 
Referee: Farhad Dadkho (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson (USA)       

Sargent Leads U-17 MNT to Dominant 7-1 Victory vs. Portugal in USA's Nike Friendlies Opener

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team used a hat trick from captain Josh Sargent, a brace from Andrew Carleton and second half markers from Ayo Akinola and Rayshaun McGann to open the 2016 Nike International Friendlies with an impressive 7-1 win against Portugal at Premier Sports Campus on Wednesday night.

Carleton got the scoring started when he buried a penalty kick in the eighth minute, while Sargent’s clean finish gave the U.S. a 2-0 advantage inside the first 19 minutes. After Portugal’s Umaro Embalo pulled one back four minutes later, Carleton restored the two-goal advantage with a tremendous half-volley before halftime.

The U.S. poured on the pressure in the second half, with Sargent outmuscling his mark to earn a brace in the 54th minute, while Akinola got on the score sheet when he redirected Carleton’s shot nine minutes later. Sargent completed his hat trick with a clinical back heel in the 82nd minute before McGann’s driven blast in second half stoppage time capped the score at 7-1.

With the win, the U.S. moves to the top of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies standings, beating out Brazil on goal difference.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

7

1

+6

Brazil

1

1

0

0

3

4

2

+2

Turkey

1

0

1

0

0

2

4

-2

Portugal

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

Next on the Schedule: A Turkey side that battled, but eventually fell 4-2 to Brazil in Wednesday’s tournament opener awaits the USA on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. That match will be preceded by Brazil facing off with Portugal at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both games can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Andrew Carleton (penalty kick), 8th minute: After goalkeeper Justin Garces made a routine save at the other end, the USA quickly moved into transition. From the midfield stripe, Arturo Vasquez played a well-placed through ball that Ayo Akinola got on the end of before being chopped down in the penalty area by Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira, forcing center referee Farhad Dadkho to point to the spot. Up stepped Andrew Carleton who sent Portugal goalkeeper Joao Monteiro the wrong way as he expertly fired his penalty into the top left corner. USA 1, POR 0

USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola), 19th minute: The U.S. would double their advantage in the 19th minute when Akinola forced a turnover at midfield and quickly progressed towards goal. Drawing a defender to him, Akinola played a well-timed ball for Josh Sargent in the area, with the U.S. captain doing well to place his effort inside the lower left post. USA 2, POR 0

POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone), 23rd minute: Portugal fought back four minutes later when an errant pass out of the back was intercepted at the midfield stripe by Mamadou Kone. The Benfica product took advantage of the space up the right flank before finding Umaro Embalo, who curled his shot past onrushing goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 2, POR 1

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta), 37th minute: The U.S. restored their two-goal edge when another turnover in midfield saw George Acosta play a looping ball into the box for Carleton. The recent Atlanta United signing took the ball on the bounce, sending his left-footed half-volley into the lower right corner of the net for his second of the match. USA 3, POR 1

USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri), 55th minute: A clearance out of the back by Monteiro went straight to George Acosta. The U.S. midfielder played a simple pass for Blaine Ferri who made a penetrating run before slotting a ball for Sargent at the top of the area. The U.S. captain did well to muscle off his defender before slipping his second of the match past the Portuguese goalkeeper. USA 4, POR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Andrew Carleton), 63rd minute: The U.S. added a fifth goal just after the hour mark when a cross from the left was chased down by Sargent, who played back for Carleton at the top of the box. Looking for his hat trick, Carleton was off the mark with his shot, but it fell directly into Akinola’s path, who redirected past Monteiro from close range. USA 5, POR 1

USA – Josh Sargent (unassisted), 82nd minute: Sargent earned his hat trick just before exiting the match when FC Dallas attacker Bryan Reynolds Jr. danced up the left end and crossed the ball in for the U.S. captain. The ball deflected off a Portuguese defender, but Sargent reacted well with a clever back heel to seal his third goal of the night. USA 6, POR 1

USA – Rayshaun McGann (Bryan Reynolds Jr.) 90+2 minute: Reynolds Jr. would get his assist in the dying moments of the match, playing a square pass for Rayshaun McGann on the left before the Philadelphia Union product launched a rocket past Monteiro, sending the U.S. home with a six-goal advantage. USA 7, POR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA – Justin Garces, 43rd minute: Portugal threatened the U.S. goal just before halftime when some great individual skill by Rafael Camacho on the left saw the Liverpool FC midfielder lob in a cross that goalkeeper Justin Garces came off his line to sweep out of danger just as Tiago Rodrigues was lurking on the doorstep.

USA – Justin Garces, 51st minute: After a failed U.S. build-up, Portugal center back Tiago Djalo intercepted a ball out of the back and went unchallenged on an impressive 70-yard run before unleashing a well-hit right-footed blast that Garces dove to his left to push off the post before the danger was cleared.

POR – Joao Monteiro, 62nd minute: U.S. midfielder George Acosta made a gallivanting run through midfield before laying a square pass for Carleton on the left. Taking the ball into the box with pace, the U.S. forward launched a high effort that Monteiro parried away to his right.

- 2016 U.S. U-17 Mens National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal
Date: Nov. 30, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 73 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7         
POR                                       1          0          1         

USA – Andrew Carleton (penalty kick)                                 8th minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                                        19
POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                               23
USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)                             37
USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri)                                         55
USA – Ayo Akinola (Andrew Carleton)                                   63
USA – Josh Sargent (unassisted)                                        82
USA – Rayshaun McGann (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)                 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Rayshaun McGann, 75), 6-Christopher Durkin (15-Carlos Asensio, 83), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 75); 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds Jr., 67), 9-Josh Sargent (13-Sergino Dest, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 2-Mamadou Kone (13-Joao Ferreira, 60), 3-Goncalo Loureiro (14-Baba Fernandes, 60), 4-Tiago Djalo, 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira; 8-Romario Baro, 6-Afonso Sousa, 10-Bernardo Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 60); 7-Umaro Embalo (18-Pedro Neto, 66), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 60), 11-Rafael Camacho (17-Rodrigo Conceicao, 66)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo, 15-Tiago Dantas, 20-Andre Almeida
Head coach: Jose Guillherme

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)      31st minute
USA – George Acosta (caution)         42

Officials: 
Referee: Farhad Dadkho (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson (USA)       

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Brazil Tops Turkey 4-2 in 2016 Nike Friendlies Opener

Brazil battles Turkey in the opening match of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Brazil Opens 2016 Nike International Friendlies With 4-2 Win Against Turkey

In the first game of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, Brazil secured the first three points of the tournament by defeating Turkey 4-2.

It was a game of inches in the first half, with Brazil capitalizing on two of three opportunities, while Turkey came up just short on their chances.

The 11th minute was the first to see tickling of the twine as Brazil took advantage of a short, wind-aided goal kick that saw Alan Souza finish off a cross from Vinicius Jr. Minutes later, Brazil doubled their lead when Souza slotted the ball to the onrushing Lincoln Correa who beat Turkish goalkeeper Ozan Can Oruç to the left in the 17th minute.

Turkey nearly bounced back in the 23rd minute when Atalay Babacan’s cross from the right found Yunus Akgün whose hit from six yards out careened off the left post.

In the second half, Turkey increased their offensive pressure and was quickly rewarded from the tactical change with a goal in the 53rd minute. A hanging cross was challenged and won by Babacan who was able to get a head on the ball, setting up a riffing volley by Abdussamed Karnuçu to make it 2-1.

Brazil was able to restore their two-goal edge in the 69th as Vinicius Jr. took advantage of a Turkey turnover before slotting his effort below Oruc to make it 3-1.

Turkey continued to bring pressure, creating chances for the remainder of the second half and saw their efforts rewarded when Brazil was whistled for a handball in the penalty area. Babacan made no mistake on the penalty kick, driving the ball low and hard to the left of Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazão in the 72nd minute.

As they pushed for an equalizer, Turkey was caught out once more, when Vinicius Jr. outran a pressing Turkey side to add a late stoppage time goal, handing Brazil a 4-2 victory.

Brazil will next face Portugal on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3:30pm ET. Following that match, Turkey will face the USA at 7:00 p.m. ET. Both games will be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.

- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Turkey U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 30, 2016
Competition: 2016 NIKE International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 70 degrees, partly sunny

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

BRA – Alan Souza (Vinicius Jr.)                                    11th minute
BRA – Lincoln Correa (Alan Souza)                              17
TUR - Abdussamed Karnuçu (Atalay Babacan)            54
BRA – Vinicius Jr. (Vitinho)                                           69
TUR – Atalay Babacan (penalty kick)                            72
BRA – Vinicius Jr. (Vitinho)                                           90+4

Lineups:
TUR: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen, 3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu (7-Recep Gül 46), 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 9-Amed Öncel, 10-Atalay Babacan, 13-Berkay Görmez, 16-Sefa Akgün (4-Abdussamed Karnuçu 46), 17-Yunus Akgün, 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek
Subs: 6-Enes Islam Ilki, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 12-Eren Bilen, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel, 15-Furkan Yildirim
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

BRA: 1-Gabriel Brazão, 2-Wesley Andrade, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 4-Matheus Stockl, 5-Gustavo Henrique, 6-Kazu (15-Kevin Kesley 59), 7-Paul Henrique, 8-Vitinho, 9-Lincoln Correa (16-Luan Pereira 59), 10-Alan Souza (19-Denilson Rodrigues 69), 11-Vinicius Jr.
Subs: 12-Arthur Gazze, 13-Lucas Rosa, 14-Geovani Marinho, 17-Rodrigo Nestor, 18-Helio Junio, , 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Luan Pereira (caution)               62nd minute

Officials: 
Referee: Victor Rivas (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeffrey Skinkler (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Elliot (USA)
4th Official: Michael Radchuk (USA)                                                                      


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U-17 MNT Kicks Off 2016 Nike Friendlies vs. Portugal

BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will embark on its last international test of the 2016 calendar year when it hosts the Nike International Friendlies this week at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The round-robin tournament is held simultaneously alongside the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Winter Showcase, and the U-17 MNT will kick off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET against Portugal. Fans can follow all the action LIVE on ussoccer.com, as well as U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

U.S. U-17 MNT Notes

  • The U-17 MNT is 16-4-6 over 26 international matches in 2016.
  • 14 players on the Nike International Friendlies roster are currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Fall Residency program.
  • Toronto FC Academy product Ayomide Akinola leads the U-17 MNT in scoring with 15 goals in 2016. He is followed by Weston FC’s George Acosta with 10 and St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent with nine.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 26 international matches played this year, with the losses coming vs. Romania, Turkey, Mexico and Panama.
  • The U-17 MNT opens the Nike International Friendlies against Portugal, a familiar rival whose attack-oriented playing style is very similar to the USA’s. The two sides played to a 3-3 draw on Aug. 25 at the 2016 Torneo de Naciones in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Andrew Carleton, who has already signed for Atlanta United FC, is coming off a great game in Jamaica where he scored twice to lead the U-17 MNT to a 4-0 victory.
  • Timothy Weah is the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah.
  • The U.S. U-17 MNT will be coached by John Hackworth.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil vs. Turkey – 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Portugal – 7 p.m. ET 

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal vs. Brazil – 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Turkey – 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 4
Turkey vs. Portugal – 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil – 5 p.m. ET

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster for 2016 Nike International Friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlos Ritaccio (BW Gotschee; Westbury, N.Y.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Tex.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

2016 U-17 MNT Results

Record 16-4-7 (27 matches, 26 international)

Date

Opponent

Result

Venue

Goal Scorers

Jan. 18, 2016

vs. Romania

0-1 L

Kusadasi, Turkey

--

Jan. 19, 2016

vs. Greece

2-1 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Temple

Jan. 21, 2016

vs. Belgium

2-0 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Sargent

Jan. 23, 2016

vs. Turkey

1-3 L

Mumin Ozkasap, Turkey

Villegas

March 22, 2016

vs. Brazil

1-1 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Akinola

March 24, 2016

vs. England

2-2 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Acosta(2)

March 26, 2016

vs. Russia

4-0 W

Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France

Acosta(2), Akinola(2)

March 28, 2016

vs. France

3-2 W

Montaigu, France

Weah, Acosta(2)

April 15, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Acosta, Goslin, Carleton

April 17, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Carleton, Akinola(2)

May 15, 2016

vs. Tanzania

1-1 D

Goa, India

Akinola

May 19, 2016

vs. India

4-0 W

Goa, India

W. Sands(2), Vaughn, Negrete

May 21, 2016

vs. South Korea

0-0 D

Goa, India

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May 23, 2016

vs. Malaysia

2-1 W

Goa, India

Sargent(2)

May 25, 2016

vs. South Korea

1-1 D (0-1 aet)

Goa, India

Carleton

Aug. 25, 2016

vs. Portugal

3-3 D

Mexico City, Mexico

Carleton(2), Akinola

Aug. 26, 2016

vs. Qatar

2-1 W

Mexico City, Mexico

Jones, Akinola

Aug. 28, 2016

vs. Mexico

3-6 L

Mexico City, Mexico

Akinola, Vasquez, Acosta

Sept. 15, 2016

vs. Guatemala

8-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Sands, Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones, Angking(2)

Sept. 17, 2016

vs. Guatemala

9-0 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones(3), Durkin, Gloster

Sept. 27, 2016

vs. Panama

3-1 W

Panama City, Panama

Akinola, Acosta, Carleton

Oct. 1, 2016

vs. Panama

0-2 L

Panama City, Panama

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Oct. 8, 2016

vs. St. Louis FC

1-1 D

St. Louis, Mo.

Temple

Oct. 22, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

3-1 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Reynolds, Ferri, Sargent

Oct. 24, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

4-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Ferri, Sargent, Acosta, Akinola

Nov. 2, 2016

vs. Jamaica

3-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Akinola, Sargent, Temple

Nov. 6, 2016

vs. Jamaica

4-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Acosta, Carleton(2), Reynolds

 

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U-17 MNT Nov 30, 2016

2016 Nike International Friendlies, DA Winter Showcase to Stream on Facebook, YouTube

CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2016) – The stage is set for the 2016 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase to take place from Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

While both events take place in Florida, those who can’t make it to Lakewood Ranch can still follow along as a total of 12 matches – all six from the Nike International Friendlies and six featured games from the Development Academy Winter Showcase – will be live streamed via a variety of U.S. Soccer channels.

All 12 matches will be carried on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel and on ussoccer.com. Additionally, the two events will have a streaming presence on Facebook Live, with the full slate of Nike International Friendlies taking place on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, while the six featured Winter Showcase contests will be shown on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Facebook home.

Fans can also track all the action while cheering on the USA and their favorite Academy teams on U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Team and Development Academy Twitter accounts: @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_acad.

2016 Nike International Friendlies and Winter Showcase Viewing Schedule
All times ET.

Age Group

Date

Matchup

Time (ET)

Where to Watch

U-17 NIF

Nov. 30

Brazil vs. Turkey

3:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-17 NIF

Nov. 30

USA vs. Portugal

7 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-17/18

Dec. 1

Lonestar SC Academy (TX) vs. Sacramento Republic FC

12:00 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

U-17/18

Dec. 1

New York Red Bulls vs.
FC Dallas

2:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

U-17 NIF

Dec. 2

Portugal vs. Brazil

3:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-17 NIF

Dec. 2

USA vs. Turkey

7 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-15/16

Dec. 3

Weston FC (FL) vs. Vardar (MI)

12:00 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

U-15/16

Dec. 3

Real Salt Lake AZ vs.
Atlanta United FC

2:15 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

U-17 NIF

Dec. 4

Turkey vs. Portugal

1:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-17 NIF

Dec. 4

USA vs. Brazil

5 p.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, Facebook

U-15/16

Dec. 5

New York City FC vs. Crew SC Academy Wolves (MI)

9 a.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

U-15/16

Dec. 5

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Crew SC Academy (OH)

11:15 a.m.

ussoccer.com,
YouTube, DA Facebook

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U-17 MNT Nov 29, 2016

Hackworth Names 20-Player Roster for 2016 Nike International Friendlies

CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth named a 20-player roster that will compete at the 13th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlos Ritaccio (BW Gotschee; Westbury, N.Y.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6):
George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)

FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Tex.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.) 

Twelve players return to the USA’s Nike Friendlies roster after also participating in the 2015 edition of the tournament including Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent, who both scored in last year’s competition. Players who also competed in the 2015 Friendlies when the U.S. went 1-2-0 with a 2-1 win vs. tournament runner-up Netherlands, are: Justin Garces, Jaylin Lindsey, James Sands, Arturo Vasquez, George Acosta, Chris Durkin, Blaine Ferri, Rayshaun McGann, Ayo Akinola and Timothy Weah.

Of the 20 players on the roster, only three: Carlos Dos Santos (Benfica), Dest Sergino (Ajax) and Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain), do not play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.

The tournament, which will return to Premier Sports Complex and run concurrently with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, features two games on each of three match days. Beginning on Nov. 30, the U.S. faces Portugal (7 p.m. ET), then plays the Turkey on Dec. 2 (7 p.m. ET) and finishes the competition against Brazil on Dec. 4 (5 p.m. ET). All of the USA’s games will serve as the feature match of the evening, following the opening international match at 3 p.m. ET. All Nike Friendlies and six select Development Academy matches will be broadcast live on ussoccer.com U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil vs. Turkey – 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Portugal – 7 p.m. ET 

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal vs. Brazil – 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Turkey – 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 4
Turkey vs. Portugal – 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil – 5 p.m. ET

Brazil has been an ever-present at the Nike Friendlies since 2006, last winning the competition in 2014. Portugal last competed in the Nike Friendlies in 2013, while Turkey returns to the competition for the first time since 2012, the last year the Nike Friendlies featured all the same contestants as this year’s tournament.

The Nike Friendlies were established in 2001 by U.S. Soccer to provide top-level competition for the U.S. U-17 MNT and is one of the premier annual events on the youth soccer calendar.

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U-17 MNT Nov 29, 2016
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