U.S. Soccer

Braces from Akinola and Carleton Give USA 5-1 Win vs. Turkey at Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – The first 23 minutes of Friday’s Nike International Friendlies nightcap belonged to the visiting Turkey U-17 team. The 67 minutes that followed, however, were dominated by a faster, more physical and more creative USA side in front of 3.933 fans at Premier Sports Complex.

With the American Outlaws chanting and the Blue Skye Pipes and Drums band constantly orchestrating the sound of bag pipes, it became very clear which team had home-field advantage.

After a fourth minute goal from Recep Gül handed the hosts their first deficit of the tournament, the USA was unable to match the tenacity and grit of Turkey in the first 20 minutes of the contest. But after a couple of body-sacrificing stops by USA goalkeeper Justin Garces and a clever assist by Josh Sargent to find Andrew Carleton in the 24th minute, the USA never looked back. Five additional goals later and the USA needs a draw or better in Sunday’s tournament finale against Brazil to claim the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title.

“That’s a really difficult Turkey team to play against,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “To go down a goal early in the game and not have it going our way was tough. Our resolve, problem-solving and finding a way to get back in the game was excellent. “We just kept pushing and pushing. I think we showed our quality there in the end and that was the difference.”

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Next on the Schedule:

Brazil, who overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a late 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday, has been impressive throughout the tournament and will prove to be a great test for the U.S. defense. That game can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook

Goal Scoring Rundown:

TUR - Recep Gül, 4th minute: Originating from a creative exchange from Atalay Babacan and Yunus Akgün, from 25 yards out, the attack appeared to be stifled bythe  USA, but a missed slide tackle by Blaine Ferri left the ball in a vulnerable spot, allowing a clean run-on opportunity for Recep Gül on the left side. Streaking down the left side, Gül took two touches with the ball to create enough space to rocket the loose ball into the top shelf, gliding the ball over a sliding James Sands of USA and past Justin Garces. USA 0, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 24th minute: Coming off a Turkey turnover, the USA’s Ayo Akinola kept the ball inbounds along the left sideline and used his speed to create space and send a cross to Josh Sargent who lowered the crossing pass and stuck his right foot out to gift Andrew Carleton a chance from 12 yards out with nothing but the goalie in front of him. Carleton proceeded to side-foot the ball low and away, finding an open gap to the right of the goalkeeper to level the score. USA 1, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 44th minute: A long throw in from the left from Christopher Gloster was flicked down by Akinola where it found the feet of Carleton. The Atlanta United FC Academy product turned on a dime and placed his opportunity to the right of goalkeeper Eren Bilen for his second of the night and fourth of the tournament. USA 2, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 60th minute: A through ball played to the right side of the 18 from Carleton connected with Sargent, who one-touched a cross to the middle. From the opposite (left) side, Akinola found himself shoulder-to-shoulder with a Turkish defender and buried Sargent’s one-timer to hand the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 67th minute: With constant pressure from the USA forwards, a low-flying Turkish clearance was immediately intercepted by Sargent who jumped to settle the ball with his chest. Sargent then sent a sliding through ball to George Acosta, who delayed his one-on-one opportunity and played across for Akinola who finished his second of the night. USA 4, TUR 1

USA - Timothy Weah, 86th minute: A Turkey offside called high up towards the midfield line set up a free kick for the USA, who swung the ball behind the Turkish defense and just outside the right side of the penalty area. U.S. substitute Sergino Dest saw the opportunity for a chase and using his speed to get to the ball first, sent a hopeful cross to the middle. Turkey goalkeeper Eren Bilen was only able to skim his on the ball, allowing Timothy Weah to tap home the rebound from seven yards out. USA 5, TUR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA - Justin Garces, 16th minute: After a mis-timed clearance from Arturo Vasquez, Turkey attacker Yunus Akgün’s attempt was turned away when Garces sacrificed his body to make the save. Just seconds later, Garces recovered to punch out a dangerous looping cross.

TUR - Eren Bilen, 23rd minute: A Josh Sargent dummy allowed a through ball to reach Jaylin Lindsey who put a solid cross on target for Ayo Akinola to take a targeted swipe at the ball, only to be denied by the right arm of a diving Eren Bilen.

TUR - Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 47th minute: With Josh Sargent slowing down on a break-away and winding up to swing, an oncoming Ozan Muhammed Kabak perfectly timed sliding challenge took away a clear-cut opportunity just after halftime.

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,933
Weather: 60 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             2          3          5         
TUR                             1          0          1         

TUR - Recep Gül                                            4th minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Josh Sargent)        24
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           44
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                60
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)             67
USA – Timothy Weah                         86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Sergino Dest, 71), 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster (16-Rayshaun McGann, 71); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Christopher Durkin (18-Indiana Vassilev, 78), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 78); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Timothy Weah, 71), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 84)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 15-Carlos Asensio
Head coach: John Hackworth

TUR: 12-Eren Bilen; 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 9-Amed Öncel, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen; 6-Enes Islam Ilki (16-Sefa Akgün, 46), 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 4-Abdussamed Karnuçu (3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu, 62, 15-Furkan Yildirim, 74), 7-Recep Gül (capt.) (13-Berkay Görmez, 31); 17-Yunus Akgün, 10-Atalay Babacan
Subs not used: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)                      42nd minute
TUR – Ozan Muhammed Kabak (caution)     56

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker (USA)
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho (USA)

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,933
Weather: 60 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                              2          3          5          
TUR                              1          0          1          

TUR – Recep Gül                                          4th minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Josh Sargent)        24
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)          44
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                60
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)             67
USA – Timothy Weah                                86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Sergino Dest, 71), 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster (16-Rayshaun McGann, 71); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Christopher Durkin (18-Indiana Vassilev, 78), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 78); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Timothy Weah, 71), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 84)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 15-Carlos Asensio
Head coach: John Hackworth

TUR: 12-Eren Bilen; 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 9-Amed Öncel, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen; 6-Enes Islam Ilki (16-Sefa Akgün, 46), 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 4-Abdussamed Karnuçu (3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu, 62, 15-Furkan Yildirim, 74), 7-Recep Gül (capt.) (13-Berkay Görmez, 31); 17-Yunus Akgün, 10-Atalay Babacan
Subs not used: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)                      42nd minute
TUR – Ozan Muhammed Kabak (caution)      56

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker (USA)
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho (USA)

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Braces from Akinola and Carleton Give USA 5-1 Win vs. Turkey at Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – The first 23 minutes of Friday’s Nike International Friendlies nightcap belonged to the visiting Turkey U-17 team. The 67 minutes that followed, however, were dominated by a faster, more physical and more creative USA side in front of 3.933 fans at Premier Sports Complex.

With the American Outlaws chanting and the Blue Skye Pipes and Drums band constantly orchestrating the sound of bag pipes, it became very clear which team had home-field advantage.

After a fourth minute goal from Recep Gül handed the hosts their first deficit of the tournament, the USA was unable to match the tenacity and grit of Turkey in the first 20 minutes of the contest. But after a couple of body-sacrificing stops by USA goalkeeper Justin Garces and a clever assist by Josh Sargent to find Andrew Carleton in the 24th minute, the USA never looked back. Five additional goals later and the USA needs a draw or better in Sunday’s tournament finale against Brazil to claim the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title.

“That’s a really difficult Turkey team to play against,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “To go down a goal early in the game and not have it going our way was tough. Our resolve, problem-solving and finding a way to get back in the game was excellent. “We just kept pushing and pushing. I think we showed our quality there in the end and that was the difference.”

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Next on the Schedule:

Brazil, who overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a late 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday, has been impressive throughout the tournament and will prove to be a great test for the U.S. defense. That game can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook

Goal Scoring Rundown:

TUR - Recep Gül, 4th minute: Originating from a creative exchange from Atalay Babacan and Yunus Akgün, from 25 yards out, the attack appeared to be stifled bythe  USA, but a missed slide tackle by Blaine Ferri left the ball in a vulnerable spot, allowing a clean run-on opportunity for Recep Gül on the left side. Streaking down the left side, Gül took two touches with the ball to create enough space to rocket the loose ball into the top shelf, gliding the ball over a sliding James Sands of USA and past Justin Garces. USA 0, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 24th minute: Coming off a Turkey turnover, the USA’s Ayo Akinola kept the ball inbounds along the left sideline and used his speed to create space and send a cross to Josh Sargent who lowered the crossing pass and stuck his right foot out to gift Andrew Carleton a chance from 12 yards out with nothing but the goalie in front of him. Carleton proceeded to side-foot the ball low and away, finding an open gap to the right of the goalkeeper to level the score. USA 1, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 44th minute: A long throw in from the left from Christopher Gloster was flicked down by Akinola where it found the feet of Carleton. The Atlanta United FC Academy product turned on a dime and placed his opportunity to the right of goalkeeper Eren Bilen for his second of the night and fourth of the tournament. USA 2, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 60th minute: A through ball played to the right side of the 18 from Carleton connected with Sargent, who one-touched a cross to the middle. From the opposite (left) side, Akinola found himself shoulder-to-shoulder with a Turkish defender and buried Sargent’s one-timer to hand the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 67th minute: With constant pressure from the USA forwards, a low-flying Turkish clearance was immediately intercepted by Sargent who jumped to settle the ball with his chest. Sargent then sent a sliding through ball to George Acosta, who delayed his one-on-one opportunity and played across for Akinola who finished his second of the night. USA 4, TUR 1

USA - Timothy Weah, 86th minute: A Turkey offside called high up towards the midfield line set up a free kick for the USA, who swung the ball behind the Turkish defense and just outside the right side of the penalty area. U.S. substitute Sergino Dest saw the opportunity for a chase and using his speed to get to the ball first, sent a hopeful cross to the middle. Turkey goalkeeper Eren Bilen was only able to skim his on the ball, allowing Timothy Weah to tap home the rebound from seven yards out. USA 5, TUR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA - Justin Garces, 16th minute: After a mis-timed clearance from Arturo Vasquez, Turkey attacker Yunus Akgün’s attempt was turned away when Garces sacrificed his body to make the save. Just seconds later, Garces recovered to punch out a dangerous looping cross.

TUR - Eren Bilen, 23rd minute: A Josh Sargent dummy allowed a through ball to reach Jaylin Lindsey who put a solid cross on target for Ayo Akinola to take a targeted swipe at the ball, only to be denied by the right arm of a diving Eren Bilen.

TUR - Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 47th minute: With Josh Sargent slowing down on a break-away and winding up to swing, an oncoming Ozan Muhammed Kabak perfectly timed sliding challenge took away a clear-cut opportunity just after halftime.

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,933
Weather: 60 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             2          3          5         
TUR                             1          0          1         

TUR - Recep Gül                                            4th minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Josh Sargent)        24
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           44
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                60
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)             67
USA – Timothy Weah                         86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Sergino Dest, 71), 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster (16-Rayshaun McGann, 71); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Christopher Durkin (18-Indiana Vassilev, 78), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 78); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Timothy Weah, 71), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 84)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 15-Carlos Asensio
Head coach: John Hackworth

TUR: 12-Eren Bilen; 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 9-Amed Öncel, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen; 6-Enes Islam Ilki (16-Sefa Akgün, 46), 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 4-Abdussamed Karnuçu (3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu, 62, 15-Furkan Yildirim, 74), 7-Recep Gül (capt.) (13-Berkay Görmez, 31); 17-Yunus Akgün, 10-Atalay Babacan
Subs not used: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)                      42nd minute
TUR – Ozan Muhammed Kabak (caution)     56

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker (USA)
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho (USA)

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

Brazil and Portugal Draw 3-3 in Wild Back-and-Forth Match at 2016 Nike Friendlies

Brazil tackles Portugal to begin the second matchday of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) -  A hat trick from Portugal’s Umaro Embalo wasn’t enough to stave off a second half onslaught from Brazil as Paulo Henrique, Vinicius Jr., and a stoppage time free kick from Alan Souza forced a 3-3 draw in Friday’s first match at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies.

Determined to bounce back from their 7-1 defeat to the United States on Wednesday, Portugal was charged from the first whistle.

A Seleção’s initial chance came in the eighth minute when Rafael Camacho intercepted a ball at midfield allowing a quick shot from distance from Bernardo Souza that saw Brazil goalkeeper Arthur Gazze parry to his left. Portugal winger Embalo pounced on the rebound, but Gazze was quick off his line to turn away the follow-up attempt.

Emboldened from the earlier opportunity, Embalo would break the ice for Portugal four minutes later. After building up down the right, captain Mamadou Kone lobbed a forward ball for the Benfica attacker, who took it in stride before unleashing a lethal, right-footed blast past Gazze.

Ever active, Embalo continued to provide danger in the 24th minute when he worked down the right side before turning in a low cross that saw Brazil center back Mattheus Stockl redirect on goal, only to be bailed out by Gazze who fell backward to save off the line. 

Portugal continued to find success up the right flank just before halftime when Romario Baro chipped into space for Embalo. Taking the ball in stride, Embalo muscled off his marker before sending a right-footed effort inside the lower, left post to take Portugal into the locker room up 2-0.

Brazil came out raring to go in the second half, coming close with two chances in the 54th minute. The first occurred on a well-worked combination, as Vinicius Jr. laid off for Paulo Henrique, who returned the pass before the active attacker pulled his shot just wide of the left post.

Seconds later, a cross from Wesley Andrade picked out Vinicius Jr. unmarked at the left post, but the Brazil forward’s header glanced wide of the bar.

Vinicius Jr. finally broke through in the 57th minute when he made a penetrating run into the box on the left before playing a ball across the area where Paulo Henrique one-timed over the line, beating the late dive of Portugal ‘keeper Joao Monteiro.

Brazil nearly pulled things level four minutes later. Following a corner kick that trailed through the box, Vinicius Jr. collected at the top of the penalty area where he hit a curling effort that clanged off the top right corner of the bar.

Portugal restored their two-goal lead in the 82nd minute when Leandro Campos nodded a long ball over the top from Kone into the path of Embalo. The attacker took the ball down well and earned his hat trick by firing a low blast that snuck inside the left post.

Backs to the wall, Brazil responded with some magic of their own to earn a point. In the 82nd minute, Vinicius Jr. received a ball out of midfield and drove down the left side before a beautiful left-footed effort left Monteiro flat-footed as it crept inside the opposite post.

Earning a free kick outside the area, Brazil equalized just before full-time when Alan Souza bent a beautiful take inside the top left post, forcing Portugal to share the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

With the result, Brazil temporarily sits atop the table with four points from two matches heading into their tournament finale against the USA on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Portugal has one point from two matches and will end the 2016 Nike International Friendlies against Turkey at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both matches can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.

- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 79 degrees; clear skies

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
BRA                                       0          3          3         
POR                                       2          1          3         

PORUmaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                   12th minute
PORUmaro Embalo (Romario Baro)                      45
BRAPaul Henrique (Vinicius Jr.)                            57
PORUmaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                   82
BRA – Vinicius Jr. (Matheus Stockl)                          85
BRA – Alan Souza                                                      90+2

Lineups:
BRA: 12-Arthur Gazze; 15-Kevin Kelsey (6-Kazu, 46), 4-Matheus Stockl, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 2-Wesley Andrade (13-Lucas Rosa, 86); 16-Luan Pereira (9-Lincoln Correa, 46), 5-Gustavo Henrique (10-Alan Souza, 46), 17-Rodrigo Nestor, 7-Paul Henrique (18-Helio Junio, 67); 8-Vitinho (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 86), 11-Vinicius Jr. (Capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Brazão, 14-Geovani Marinho, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira, 4-Tiago Djalo, 3-Goncalo Loureiro, 2-Mamadou Kone (Capt.); 10-Bernardo Sousa (20-Andre Almeida, 67), 6-Afonso Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 67), 8-Romario Baro; 11-Rafael Camacho (18-Pedro Neto, 58), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 58), 7-Umaro Embalo (15-Tiago Dantas, 90)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo; 13-Joao Ferreira, 14-Baba Fernandes, 17-Rodrigo Conceicao
Head coach: Jose Guillherme

Stats Summary: BRA / POR
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 8
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 21
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Kazu (caution)                                                 52nd minute
POR – Romario Baro (caution)                                   76
POR – Henrique Jocu (caution)                                  80
POR – Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira (caution)          90+4

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

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

U-17 MNT Faces Turkey On Day Two of 2016 Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – Coming off a dominant 7-1 victory over Portugal on Wednesday, the United States U-17 Men’s National Team looks for its second win at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies when they take on Turkey on Friday night at Premier Sports Campus. In the tournament's opening game, Turkey played Brazil close before falling 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The USA currently stands atop the round-robin tournament standings with three points, edging Brazil on goal difference.

Friday’s Nike International Friendlies schedule begins with Brazil taking on Portugal at 3:30 p.m., followed by the U-17 MNT against Turkey at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can follow all the action LIVE on ussoccer.com, as well as U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Tournament Standings & Schedule

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

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil 4, Turkey 2
USA 7, Portugal

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 Notes

  • The U-17 MNT is 17-4-6 over 27 international matches in 2016.
  • The last time the two sides met came on Turkish soil, where the USA fell 3-1 in the 2016 Aegean Cup championship game on January 23 inside Mumin Ozkasap Stadium in Izmir, Turkey. The lone USA goal was scored by Adrian Villegas in the 76th minute. Malik Karaahmet (19’), Enes Islam Ilkin (24’) and Recep Gul (50’) each recorded a goal for Turkey during the 80-minute contest.
  • In Turkey’s 4-2 loss to Brazil on Wednesday, Atalay Babacan provided the assist on Abdussamed Karnuçu’s 54th minute goal before converting a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
  • USA captain Josh Sargent is coming off one of his best performances of the year, recording a hat trick in what proved to be a physically dominant performance against Portugal.
  • Six of seven goals in the USA’s 7-1 win vs. Portugal were score by players that hail from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 27 international matches played this year, with the losses coming vs. Romania, Turkey, Mexico and Panama.
  • 14 players on the USA 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 16 goals in 2016. He is followed by St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent with twelve and Weston FC’s George Acosta with 10.
  • 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.

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 17-4-7 (28 matches, 27 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

--

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

--

Oct. 8, 2016

vs. Saint 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

Nov. 30, 2016

vs. Portugal

7-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Sargent (3), Carleton (2), Akinola, McGann



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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 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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