LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to Brazil 4-1 in the final game of the 2014 Nike International Friendlies in front of packed house at the Premier Sports Campus.
Brazil (2-0-1) finished the tournament with seven points, earning the 2014 Nike Friendlies crown and was followed by the USA (2-1-0; 6 points), England (1-1-1; 4 points) and Australia (0-0-3; 0 points).
Forward Andrey and midfielder Evander each scored a brace for Brazil in the win. Evander also added an assist. Christian Pulisic had the USA’s lone goal off of a Haji Wright assist. Pulisic was the USA’s leading scorer in the tournament with three goals.
In addition to claiming the 2014 Nike International Friendlies title, Brazil swept the individual awards. Evander (Golden Boot), Matheus Pereira (MVP) and Bruno (Golden Glove) were all recognized for their performances throughout the three-day tournament.
A fast-paced offensive attack dictated much of the game, and from the start Brazil made sure to set the tone often. The verde amarela exploded out of the locker room with powerful shots from distance and pressured the U.S. defense.
Within the first four minutes of the game, forward Andrey and midfielders Matheus Pereira and Evander had all taken a shot toward U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva, but every attempt went awry as it was either wide, high or saved, thus keeping the USA very much in the game.
In the 10th minute, forward Leandro found himself running toward the goal with only U.S. defender Daniel Barbir by his side. He was able to outrun Barbir with a nice move to the right side but his attempt toward the near post ended up hitting the post instead and went out of bounds.
One of the USA’s strongest chances early in the first half came on the 11th minute when Pulisic outplayed three defenders on the left band and proceeded to send a pass to the middle for midfielder Luca de la Torre. De la Torre took the shot but sent it wide and was unable to make it happen for the USA.
Evander continued to push the USA backwards into its own side of the field as he ran through players and resumed shooting the ball. Finally, a nifty left-legged pass from Lincoln who came to the front after receiving the ball on the midfield found Evander who then took the ball into the box trough the right side and sent it to the far post for the 1-0 Brazilian lead. The goal was the third of the tournament for Evander, who was responsible for nine of Brazil’s 26 shots in the match.
Wasting no time and regrouping fast, the USA started to shift its attention from defense and was able to put together a couple of plays that culminated in a play that tied the score to one apiece.
Haji Wright drove through a few Brazilian defenders on the left band and with some creative footwork was able to get past them and send a perfect ball to the middle where Pulisic awaited to kick it in. Brazil’s goalkeeper Bruno had left his spot, which allowed Pulisic to send the ball right to the middle cleanly and even up the scoreboard.
With both teams on the board, the pace appeared more uniform as each played some strong defense and drove forward. Despite the 1-1 score at the 29th minute, however, the shot differential was visible, as Brazil has outshot the USA 12-3 up to that point.
Brazil’s attack never slowed down, but in the 37th minute the USA tried to take advantage of a sleepy defense and midfielder Alejandro Zendejas knocked a strong shot toward the goal. However, he was not able to curl it on time and it went just wide.
A foul called on Zendejas on the 41st minute set up a Brazil free kick, which led to the second score of the game. The U.S. set up a four-man wall on the left side right outside the box and had two Brazilian men right behind them, looking to clear the ball in case it went their way. Nonetheless, Evander’s free kick sailed over both barriers and straight toward the far post where it found the back of the net with an incredible shot to put Brazil up 2-1 with his second score of the match.
Coming out of the locker rooms for the second half, the teams turned down the fast pace a notch and calmly seemed to control the ball until about the 60th minute. Yet on the 62nd minute, Evander again created problems for the U.S. defense and this time sent a ball to Andrey on the right side. Andrey took the shot and was able to score on a deflection off of U.S. defender Tyler Adams’ leg to give Brazil the 3-1 lead.
The U.S. quickly responded on the 63rd minute and a near perfect header by Wright down the middle went just wide, as the USA continue to trail Brazil by two goals. Despite a resilient fight, there was not much the USA could do to stop the Brazilian attack.
In the 70th minute, Andrey took a ball from 35 yards out into about 18 yards and sent a textbook shot onto the left corner of the goal. The goal was his second of the night and fourth for Brazil to give them the 4-1 victory.
Next, the U.S. U-17 MNT will shift its focus toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship taking place from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras as the team hopes to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.
- Nike Internationals Friendlies Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
BRA 2 2 4
BRA – Evander (Lincoln) 14th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright) 22
BRA – Evander 42
BRA – Andrey (Evander) 62
BRA – Andrey 70
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 19-Tyler Adams, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 81), 14-Daniel Barbir, 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (17-McKinze Gaines, 64), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic, 11-Josh Perez (2-Matthew Olosunde, 52); 7-Haji Wright (18-Pierre Da Silva, 81), 9-Alejandro Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 16-Thomas McCabe, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head coach: Richie Williams
BRA: 1-Bruno (capt.) (12-Carlinhos, 90); 2-Kleber, 14-Thiago, 4-Leo, 6-Caique (13-Alan, 84); 7-Andrey (18-Jean, 90), 15-Renan, 17-Lincoln, 8-Matheus Pereira (5-Matheus Fernandes, 85), 19-Evander, 10-Leandro (11-Ramon, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 9-Eronildo, 16-Mauro Junior, 20-Loran
Head coach: Caio Zanardi
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 9 / 26
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 14
Offside: 0 / 0
Referee: Caleb Mendez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will close out the 2014 Nike International Friendlies against Brazil on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. ET at the Premier Sports Campus. The game will be a rematch of last year’s finale, which the USA convincingly claimed with a 4-1 victory. The game will be live on ussoccer.com.
The USA (2-0-0; 6 points) will be entering the match with an unblemished record after taking down England (0-1-1; 1 point) 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 28, and downing Australia (0-0-2; 0 points) 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 30. Brazil (1-0-1; 4 points) will also bring a clean record as it convincingly won against Australia 4-0 on Friday and got a 2-2 draw in a dramatic match against England, scoring its two goals in a span of three minutes on Sunday, only to see England equalize late in stoppage time.
A win or a draw will give the USA back-to-back tournament titles.
The USA-Brazil match is preceded by a 3 p.m. game featuring Australia and England. That game will also be live ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow all matches live on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
This marks the USA’s last major tournament of the year as the focus will then turn toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17
2014 Nike International Friendlies
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Dec. 2, 2014
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kevin Silva (PDA), 12-William Pulisic (Richmond United)
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-Daniel Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ)
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 (PDA), 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)
USA ROSTER NOTES:
- The USA opened up the 2014 Nike International Friendlies with a 3-1 victory over England on Nov. 28, and added another three points on Sunday, Nov. 30, when it took down Australia 2-1.
- Nine different players were in the starting lineup that took the field against Australia, with only midfielder Eric Calvillo and forward Josh Perez having started in both the England and Australia game.
- The six points put the USA atop of the 2014 Nike International Friendly standings, followed by Brazil’s four points.
- With a win or a draw, the USA will claim the title and win the Nike International Friendlies for the second year in a row.
- After falling down 1-0 early in the game against Australia, forward McKinze Gaines tipped one in for the 1-1 score, tallying his fifth goal of 2014, and third-most on the team.
- Gaines’ goal came from an assist by midfielder Pierre Da Silva.
- Da Silva’s assist was his team-leading ninth of the year.
- Gaines and Haji Wright made their 21st appearance of the year for the U-17 MNT against Australia, a leading mark on the USA roster.
- Midfielder Luca de la Torre scored the game-winning goal against Australia in the 69th minute. It was de la Torres’ first goal of his U-17 MNT tenure.
- Midfielder Christian Pulisic led the way with two goals and Alejandro Zendejas tallied a goal and an assist for the USA win against England.
- Pulisic now has 16 goals on the year, upping his career U-17 MNT total to 17 over a span of 25 games.
- Goalkeeper Kevin Silva recorded six saves against England and is now 8-1-2 on the year.
- Wright is the leading scorer for the U.S. in 2014 with 18 goals in 21 international matches and has added six assists. His career total with the U-17 National Team stands at 24 goals in 25 matches, racking up 21 of his 25 caps this year alone.
- Wright has had three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. He has also featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT in 2014, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August.
- Calvillo and Hugo Arellano made their 17th start against Australia to lead all players in starts in 2014.
- The USA is the defending champion of this event, earning last year’s crown with a 4-1 victory against Brazil in the finale on Dec. 13, 2013.
- The U-17 MNT is coming off a three-game tournament in Chile from Nov. 18-22, with draws against host Chile and Qatar and a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
- U-17 head coach Richie Williams’ side has enjoyed a successful 2014. The team has compiled a 17-6-3 international record and a 18-6-7 mark overall.
USA VS. BRAZIL
- The U.S. U-17 MNT and Brazil last met Nov. 20 at the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile. The U.S. rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3. Brazil went on to win the tournament.
- The two teams also met earlier in the year during Copa Mexico in Mexico City on Aug. 10 with the game going the Brazilian’s way again in a 2-0 defeat.
- In addition, the USA and Brazil met on the final game of the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with the USA earning a commanding 4-1 victory to claim the tournament title.
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IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol
FIFA affiliation: 1923
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi
BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bruno (Coritiba), 12-Carlinhos (Portuguesa)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kleber (Flamengo), 3-Ronaldo (Cruzeiro), 4-Leo, 6-Caique (Sao Paulo), 13-Alan (Vasco da Gama), 14-Thiago (Palmeiras)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matheus Fernandes (Botafogo), 7-Andrey (Vasco da Gama), 8-Matheus Pereira (SC Corinthians), 15-Renan (SC Corinthians), 16-Mauro Junior (Desportivo Brasil) , 17-Lincoln (Gremio), 18-Jean (Gremio), 19-Evander (Vasco da Gama)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Eronildo (Vitoria), 10-Leandro (Ponte Preta), 11-Ramon (Fluminense), 20-Loran (Fluminense)
BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER NOTES:
- Brazil began the 2014 Nike International Friendlies in dominating fashion taking down Australia 4-0 on Nov. 28 with four different players recording a goal.
- The Brazilians outshot the Australians 27-5 and largely controlled the game, which saw Andrey, Evander, Leandro and Lincoln all score for the verde amarela.
- The opening score against Australia on the fifth minute of the match was Andrey’s first goal as part of the Brazilian U-17 MNT.
- The draw against England however came in dramatic fashion as Brazil scored its two goals in a three-minute span beginning in the 84th minute.
- Lincoln and Evander were the authors of the two goals against the English side. It was the second goal at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies for each player, tying them with USA forward Christian Pulisic (2) atop the scoring list.
- Goalkeeper Bruno sported the captain’s armband for the third straight game against England, after head coach Caio Zanardi first gave him the honor against Chile on Nov. 22.
- Brazil leads all tournament teams with a plus-four goal differential but sits behind the USA with four points to the U.S. U-17 MNT’s six.
- Brazil fell 4-1 to the USA at the 2013 Nike Friendlies and will have a chance to redeem itself on Tuesday. Only a win will allow the Brazilians to claim this year’s tournament crown.
- Brazil recently won the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile on Nov. 18-22, where it defeated Chile 1-0, the U.S. 4-3 and Qatar 6-0.
- The Nike Friendlies are the last main tournament for Brazil this year as the focused will shift toward the 2015 South American Under-17 Football Championship in Paraguay, which will qualify four teams for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.