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2015 Nike International Friendlies: U-17 MNT Stays Alive, Beats the Netherlands 2-1

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 4, 2015) – Josh Sargent’s second half stoppage time strike lifted the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team to a dramatic 2-1 victory against the Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team on the second night of the 2015 Night International Friendlies Friday at Premier Sports Campus.

It took the U.S. just four minutes to find the game’s first goal, when James Sands played Villegas toward the end line on the right. Villegas’ quick cross caught Dutch ‘keeper Terence Meuwese off guard as it deflected off his leg and into the net.

The Netherlands came close to tying the match in the 17th minute when Peer Koopnmeiner sent a looping cross from the left which evaded the punch of U.S. ‘keeper Justin Garces before finding Mohamed Mallahi. The Dutch attacker made a good connecting header, but nodded his effort down and just wide.

Eleven minutes later, Garces would come up huge for the U.S. as a corner from the right was headed back across the goal before it fell for Sven Botman. The Dutch attacker played a quick, first-time attempt, but it was bravely turned away by Garces from point blank range before Thomas Buitnik’s follow-up header was placed over the bar.

In the 34th minute, Dutch defender Joey Jacobs played a picture-perfect long ball for Buitnik at the penalty spot, where the Dutch forward volleyed an ambitious right-footed effort just over Garces’ goal.

Minutes later, Buitink slid into the box on the right, before placing a quick effort toward the back post, but Garces denied Holland once again, going down to his right with a great diving stop, which took the U.S. into halftime with the 1-0 lead.

The hosts nearly doubled their advantage in the 45th minute when Adrian Villegas’ free kick from the left was nodded up in the air by a Dutch defender. The ball fell for Ayo Akinola at the top of the area, who hit a swerving one-time volley that scraped just over the cross bar.

Holland responded with a close chance of their own in the 49th minute. Halftime substitute Daishawn Redan chipped a great ball for Buitnik who strolled into the U.S. box, but he placed his effort just right of the goal.

The Netherlands would gain a spot kick in the 61st minute when a bouncing ball in the box appeared to be played by the arm of James Sands. Referee Rubiel Vazquez immediately pointed to the penalty spot where Juan Familia-Castilo tucked his effort under Justin Garces to bring the match level.

With backs against the wall, the U.S. had two golden chances at the end of the game. In the 79th minute, Sands sprung Timothy Weah in behind the Dutch backline before the second half sub played square for Andrew Carleton at the top of the area. Carleton let loose a low, belting effort which Mewuese did well to get down to push out for a corner.

Into second half stoppage time, the U.S. pressed heavily on the Dutch back line and were rewarded when Josh Sargeant dispossessed a defender, galloped towards goal on the right and unleashed a lethal strike that beat Mewuese at the back post, giving the U.S. a dramatic 2-1 victory.

With the win, the U.S. (1-1-0) sits tied on three points with The Netherlands (1-1-0) and behind first-place England (2-0-0; 6 points), heading into Sunday’s final match day. The 2015 Nike International Friendlies conclude on Sunday, Dec. 6 as England takes on The Netherlands at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the U.S. against Brazil at 6 p.m. ET. Both matches can be seen live at youtube.com/ussoccer.


2015 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

England

2

2

0

0

6

5

2

+3

The Netherlands

2

1

1

0

3

4

2

+2

USA

2

1

1

0

3

4

4

0

Brazil

2

0

2

0

0

0

5

-5


- Under-17 Men’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team '00 vs the Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather: 70 degrees; cloudy
Attendance: 1,500

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                               1          1          2
NED                               0          1          1

USA      Adrian Villegas (James Sands)                4th minute
NED     Juan Familia-Castilo (penalty kick)          61
USA     Josh Sargent                                              80+4                                                         

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 18-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 65), 5-Rayshaun McGann (capt.), 15-Jake Arteaga, 4-Jaylin Lindsey; 20-James Sands, 14-Arturo Vasquez, 13-Adrian Villegas (9-Joshua Sargent, 65), 16-Blaine Ferri (11-Andrew Carleton, 52); 19-Tonny Temple (7-Timothy Weah, 65), 17-Ayo Akinola (8-Chris Goslin, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 10-George Acosta
Head coach: John Hackworth

NED: 16-Terence Meuwese; 12-Abdallah Aberkane (2-Elton Kusi,76), 3-Joey Jacobs, 14-Sven Botman, 5-Ian Smeulers (4-Kik Pierie-41); 18-Rodney Huygen (15-Jurgen Ekkelenkam, 41), 20-Peer Koopmeiners (10-Achraf El Bouchataoui, 41), 8-Juan Familia-Castilo (capt.), 17-Mohamed Mallahi (19-Daishawn Redan, 41); 11-Brad Van Hoeven, 9-Thomas Buitink (7-Maurice Kone, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jasper Schendelaar, 6-Andrew Mendoca, 13-Dereck Darkwa
Head coach: Edwin Petersen

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 10 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Tonny Temple (caution)               22nd minute
NED     Joey Jacobs (caution)                    40+2
USA     Rayshaun McGann (caution)         55
USA     Jake Arteaga (caution)                  80+4

Officials:
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Cory Richardson (USA)
4th Official: Guido Gonzales Jr. (USA)

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- Under-17 Men’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather: 70 degrees; cloudy
Attendance: 1,500

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                               1          1          2
NED                               0          1          1

USA      Adrian Villegas (James Sands)                4th minute
NED     Juan Familia-Castilo (penalty kick)          61
USA     Josh Sargent                                              80+4                                                         

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 18-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 65), 5-Rayshaun McGann (capt.), 15-Jake Arteaga, 4-Jaylin Lindsey; 20-James Sands, 14-Arturo Vasquez, 13-Adrian Villegas (9-Joshua Sargent, 65), 16-Blaine Ferri (11-Andrew Carleton, 52); 19-Tonny Temple (7-Timothy Weah, 65), 17-Ayo Akinola (8-Chris Goslin, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 10-George Acosta
Head coach: John Hackworth

NED: 16-Terence Meuwese; 12-Abdallah Aberkane (2-Elton Kusi,76), 3-Joey Jacobs, 14-Sven Botman, 5-Ian Smeulers (4-Kik Pierie-41); 18-Rodney Huygen (15-Jurgen Ekkelenkam, 41), 20-Peer Koopmeiners (10-Achraf El Bouchataoui, 41), 8-Juan Familia-Castilo (capt.), 17-Mohamed Mallahi (19-Daishawn Redan, 41); 11-Brad Van Hoeven, 9-Thomas Buitink (7-Maurice Kone, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jasper Schendelaar, 6-Andrew Mendoca, 13-Dereck Darkwa
Head coach: Edwin Petersen

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 10 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Tonny Temple (caution)               22nd minute
NED     Joey Jacobs (caution)                    40+2
USA     Rayshaun McGann (caution)         55
USA     Jake Arteaga (caution)                   80+4

Officials:
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Cory Richardson (USA)
4th Official: Guido Gonzales Jr. (USA)

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2015 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase: U-15/6 LA Galaxy 4, Philadelphia Union 3

2015 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union U-15/16s.
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 

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ACADEMY Dec 5, 2015

2015 Nike International Friendlies - England Hands Brazil 2-0 Loss on Matchday 2

Brazil and England clash in the opening match of Matchday 2 at the 2015 Nike International Friendlies. Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.   LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 4, 2015) - Phil Foden bagged a brace in the span of seven minutes during the first half to help the England U-17 Men’s National to a 2-0 win against the Brazil U-17 Men’s Nat Read more
U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2015
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2015 Nike International Friendlies: U-17 MNT Stays Alive, Beats the Netherlands 2-1

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 4, 2015) – Josh Sargent’s second half stoppage time strike lifted the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team to a dramatic 2-1 victory against the Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team on the second night of the 2015 Night International Friendlies Friday at Premier Sports Campus.

It took the U.S. just four minutes to find the game’s first goal, when James Sands played Villegas toward the end line on the right. Villegas’ quick cross caught Dutch ‘keeper Terence Meuwese off guard as it deflected off his leg and into the net.

The Netherlands came close to tying the match in the 17th minute when Peer Koopnmeiner sent a looping cross from the left which evaded the punch of U.S. ‘keeper Justin Garces before finding Mohamed Mallahi. The Dutch attacker made a good connecting header, but nodded his effort down and just wide.

Eleven minutes later, Garces would come up huge for the U.S. as a corner from the right was headed back across the goal before it fell for Sven Botman. The Dutch attacker played a quick, first-time attempt, but it was bravely turned away by Garces from point blank range before Thomas Buitnik’s follow-up header was placed over the bar.

In the 34th minute, Dutch defender Joey Jacobs played a picture-perfect long ball for Buitnik at the penalty spot, where the Dutch forward volleyed an ambitious right-footed effort just over Garces’ goal.

Minutes later, Buitink slid into the box on the right, before placing a quick effort toward the back post, but Garces denied Holland once again, going down to his right with a great diving stop, which took the U.S. into halftime with the 1-0 lead.

The hosts nearly doubled their advantage in the 45th minute when Adrian Villegas’ free kick from the left was nodded up in the air by a Dutch defender. The ball fell for Ayo Akinola at the top of the area, who hit a swerving one-time volley that scraped just over the cross bar.

Holland responded with a close chance of their own in the 49th minute. Halftime substitute Daishawn Redan chipped a great ball for Buitnik who strolled into the U.S. box, but he placed his effort just right of the goal.

The Netherlands would gain a spot kick in the 61st minute when a bouncing ball in the box appeared to be played by the arm of James Sands. Referee Rubiel Vazquez immediately pointed to the penalty spot where Juan Familia-Castilo tucked his effort under Justin Garces to bring the match level.

With backs against the wall, the U.S. had two golden chances at the end of the game. In the 79th minute, Sands sprung Timothy Weah in behind the Dutch backline before the second half sub played square for Andrew Carleton at the top of the area. Carleton let loose a low, belting effort which Mewuese did well to get down to push out for a corner.

Into second half stoppage time, the U.S. pressed heavily on the Dutch back line and were rewarded when Josh Sargeant dispossessed a defender, galloped towards goal on the right and unleashed a lethal strike that beat Mewuese at the back post, giving the U.S. a dramatic 2-1 victory.

With the win, the U.S. (1-1-0) sits tied on three points with The Netherlands (1-1-0) and behind first-place England (2-0-0; 6 points), heading into Sunday’s final match day. The 2015 Nike International Friendlies conclude on Sunday, Dec. 6 as England takes on The Netherlands at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the U.S. against Brazil at 6 p.m. ET. Both matches can be seen live at youtube.com/ussoccer.


2015 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

England

2

2

0

0

6

5

2

+3

The Netherlands

2

1

1

0

3

4

2

+2

USA

2

1

1

0

3

4

4

0

Brazil

2

0

2

0

0

0

5

-5


- Under-17 Men’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team '00 vs the Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather: 70 degrees; cloudy
Attendance: 1,500

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                               1          1          2
NED                               0          1          1

USA      Adrian Villegas (James Sands)                4th minute
NED     Juan Familia-Castilo (penalty kick)          61
USA     Josh Sargent                                              80+4                                                         

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 18-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 65), 5-Rayshaun McGann (capt.), 15-Jake Arteaga, 4-Jaylin Lindsey; 20-James Sands, 14-Arturo Vasquez, 13-Adrian Villegas (9-Joshua Sargent, 65), 16-Blaine Ferri (11-Andrew Carleton, 52); 19-Tonny Temple (7-Timothy Weah, 65), 17-Ayo Akinola (8-Chris Goslin, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 10-George Acosta
Head coach: John Hackworth

NED: 16-Terence Meuwese; 12-Abdallah Aberkane (2-Elton Kusi,76), 3-Joey Jacobs, 14-Sven Botman, 5-Ian Smeulers (4-Kik Pierie-41); 18-Rodney Huygen (15-Jurgen Ekkelenkam, 41), 20-Peer Koopmeiners (10-Achraf El Bouchataoui, 41), 8-Juan Familia-Castilo (capt.), 17-Mohamed Mallahi (19-Daishawn Redan, 41); 11-Brad Van Hoeven, 9-Thomas Buitink (7-Maurice Kone, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jasper Schendelaar, 6-Andrew Mendoca, 13-Dereck Darkwa
Head coach: Edwin Petersen

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 10 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Tonny Temple (caution)               22nd minute
NED     Joey Jacobs (caution)                    40+2
USA     Rayshaun McGann (caution)         55
USA     Jake Arteaga (caution)                  80+4

Officials:
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Cory Richardson (USA)
4th Official: Guido Gonzales Jr. (USA)

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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2015

2015 Nike International Friendlies and DA Showcase Preview

The 2015 Development Academy Winter Showcase returns to the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., this week. Coinciding with the 2015 Nike International Friendlies, the showcase event begins Wednesday, Dec. 2 as the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team face England at 6 p.m. ET (live on ussoccer.com). The Winter Showcase has become an annual staple in the Academy calendar over the years a Read more
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2015 Nike International Friendlies

U-17 MNT December 2, 2015 - December 6, 2015
US Soccer

Hackworth Brings 20-Player Roster to 2015 Nike International Friendlies

CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team 00’ head coach John Hackworth named a 20-player roster that will compete at the 12th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from Dec. 2-7.

U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team 00’ Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (LA Premier FC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (4): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMG Academy; Millville, Pa.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

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 Dec. 2, the U.S. faces England, then plays the Netherlands on Dec. 4 and finishes the competition against Brazil on Dec. 6. All of the USA’s games, which are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. ET, will serve as the feature match of the evening, following the opening international match at 3 p.m. ET. All Nike Friendlies matches will be broadcast live on ussoccer.com.

2015 Nike International Friendlies Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Netherlands vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. ET (ussoccer.com)

Friday, Dec. 4
Brazil vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Netherlands, 6 p.m. ET (ussoccer.com)

Sunday, Dec. 6
England vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. ET (ussoccer.com)

Fifteen players on the Nike International Friendlies roster took part in the U-15’s run to the Tournament de Nazioni championship in Vipolze, Slovenia this past April and May.

The USA and Brazil have battled for the tournament title each of the past two years, with the U.S. earning a dramatic 4-1 victory over the Brazilians in 2013, but falling a year later in the teams’ final match of the competition.

U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies were established in 2001 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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