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USA Wins 2016 Nike International Friendlies with 3-0 Victory vs. Brazil

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2016) – Goals from Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah led the U.S Under-17 Men’s National Team to a 3-0 victory against Brazil, clinching the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title on Sunday night at Premier Sports Campus. The championship marks the U-17 MNT’s third Nike International Friendlies title since 2010 and first since 2013.

After two important first half saves from Justin Garces and a couple quality attacking chances, the U.S. broke through just before halftime when Akinola alertly chased down a ball over the top and forced a turnover before tucking home his fourth strike of the tournament in the 43rd minute.

The U-17 MNT found its second goal just after the break when Akinola connected with Sargent, giving the U.S. captain enough space to pick out the lower, left corner in the 51st minute.  With Brazil pushing forward late, the U.S. iced the result with Weah’s strike in second-half stoppage time.

Completing his first full year in his second stint as head coach of the U-17 MNT, John Hackworth praised his team’s effort and pointed to the results as a stepping stone in the USA’s technical and tactical development.

“I was in this job previously in my career and I’ve talked about it a lot, our soccer and tactical understanding are getting better,” U-17 U.S. MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “The players are technical enough now that we can play against the best teams in the world and in some cases, not only compete with them on a technical and tactical side, but be successful like we were this week. I don’t like to put results and development together as one, but it is an important part of the process that you learn how to be successful, in these games and tournaments.

“We work very hard, but with the idea that we’re going to get better individually and with the idea that collectively, as a team, we are going to be able to go and compete. It’s everybody at U.S. Soccer, especially from the Development Academy to the Youth National Teams, that we believe we can be successful in a World Cup one day. We are very connected in that goal and I just think in this little snapshot that you see some good signs of progress.”

The victory saw the U.S. finish the 2016 Nike International Friendlies with a perfect 3-0-0 record, having previously defeated Turkey 7-1 and Portugal earlier in the week. Having conceded just two goals over three matches, Garces was awarded the tournament's Golden Glove. Akinola, Sargent and Andrew Carleton tallied four goals apiece, with the three forwards combining for 12 of the U-17 MNT’s 15 goals over the three matches.

With the victory, the U-17 MNT closes the year with a 19-4-6 record over 29 matches in 2016.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

15

2

+13

Brazil

3

1

1

1

4

7

8

-1

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

6

10

-4

Turkey

3

0

3

0

0

3

11

-8

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ayo Akinola (Chris Durkin), 43rd minute:
The U.S. grabbed the lead just before halftime when an alert play by Blaine Ferri forced a Brazil turnover at midfield. The ball squirted back to Arturo Vasquez before a quick pass to Durkin saw the midfielder float a long ball over the top. With Akinola bearing down, Brazil defender Matheus Stockl misplayed the ball, allowing the Toronto FC Academy product to pounce in alone on goal where he slid his effort past the onrushing Gabriel Brazão and inside the left post. The goal was Akinola’s fourth of the competition. USA 1, BRA 0 

USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola), 51st minute: The U.S. doubled its advantage shortly after halftime when Akinola played a clever through ball to slip Sargent into the box on the right. The U.S. captain took one touch before expertly tucking his low effort past substitute ‘keeper Arthur Gazze and inside the left post, matching Akinola with his fourth of the tournament. USA 2, BRA 0

USA – Timothy Weah (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.), 90+4 minute: With Brazil pushing forward in the dying moments of the match, the U.S. was able to catch the visitors out in transition one last time when Reynolds slotted Weah in on the right before he charged to goal and hit a low effort that Gazze only partially touched before it rolled over the goal line. USA 3, BRA 0 FINAL 

Key Saves & Defensive Stops:
BRA - Gabriel Brazão, 13th minute:
High pressure from Josh Sargent forced Brazil defender Matheus Stockl into a turnover, leaving the U.S. captain with a lane towards goal. Full of speed, Sargent’s final touch before his shot was heavy, but still forced Gabriel Brazão to come off his line, to swipe away the danger with his right paw.

BRA - Gabriel Brazão, 19th minute: Andrew Carleton’s in-swinging corner kick from the left glided into the six-yard box where Gabriel Brazão fully extended to parry it out for another corner kick, clearing the danger as Sargent lurked at the back post. 

USA – Justin Garces, 25th minute: Brazil found their first chance of the game when VInicius Jr. forced a turnover at midfield and quickly pedaled towards the box. Drawing a defender to him, he slid it to Vitinho on his right, who let loose a low blast that Garces got down to his right to save.

USA – Justin Garces, 37th minute: After a lull in the action to allow medical attention for Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazão, the U.S. was caught flat-footed when a ball over the top from Matheus Stockl saw Vitinho time his run to perfection and gain a lane to goal down the left. The speedy attacker broke into the box and rifled a shot that Garces strongly pawed away for a corner kick at the near post. 

BRA – Arthur Gazze, 69th minute: The U.S. nearly extended their lead when George Acosta’s chip over the top found Sargent who raced to the top of the area. The St. Louis Scott Gallagher product did well to hold the ball up before laying off for Jaylin Lindsey on the right, but his powerful effort was well held by substitute Brazil goalkeeper Arthur Gazze.

- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 4, 2016
Competition: 2016 NIKE International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 4,072
Weather: 81 degrees, clear skies

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

USAAyo Akinola (Christopher Durkin)                   43rd Minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                          51
USA – Timothy Weah (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)             90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands (16-Rayshaun McGann, 42), 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3- Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (14-Carlo Ritaccio, 90+1), 6-Christopher Durkin, 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 80); 7-Ayo Akinola (13-Sergino Dest, 90+1), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 90+1), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 70)
Substitutes not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 15-Carlos Asensio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

BRA: 1-Gabriel Brazão (12-Arthur Gazze, 46); 2-Wesley Andrade, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 14-Geovani Marinho (16-Luan Pereira, 58), 4-Matheus Stockl, 6-Kazu (15-Kevin Kelsey, 73); 7-Paulo Henrique (9-Lincoln Correa, 58), 8-Vitinho (capt.) (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 59), 10-Alan Souza, 11-Vinicius Jr.; 17-Rodrigo Nestor (18-Helio Junio, 59)
Substitutes not used: 5-Gustavo Henrique, 13-Lucas Rosa, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

Stats Summary: USA / BRA

Shots: 13 / 10

Shots on Goal: 9 / 2

Saves: 2 / 6

Corner Kicks: 4 / 2

Fouls: 19 / 8

Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jaylin Lindsey (caution)                      35th Minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                  53
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)               70
USA – Rayshaun McGann (caution)              76
USA – Joshua Sargent (caution)                    89 

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Joe Dickerson (USA)

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- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 4, 2016
Competition: 2016 NIKE International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 4,072
Weather: 81 degrees, clear skies

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

USAAyo Akinola (Christopher Durkin)                   43rd Minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                          51
USA – Timothy Weah (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)             90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands (16-Rayshaun McGann, 42), 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3- Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (14-Carlo Ritaccio, 90+1), 6-Christopher Durkin, 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 80); 7-Ayo Akinola (13-Sergino Dest, 90+1), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 90+1), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 70)
Substitutes not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 15-Carlos Asensio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

BRA: 1-Gabriel Brazão (12-Arthur Gazze, 46); 2-Wesley Andrade, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 14-Geovani Marinho (16-Luan Pereira, 58), 4-Matheus Stockl, 6-Kazu (15-Kevin Kelsey, 73); 7-Paulo Henrique (9-Lincoln Correa, 58), 8-Vitinho (capt.) (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 59), 10-Alan Souza, 11-Vinicius Jr.; 17-Rodrigo Nestor (18-Helio Junio, 59)
Substitutes not used: 5-Gustavo Henrique, 13-Lucas Rosa, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

Stats Summary: USA / BRA

Shots: 13 / 10

Shots on Goal: 9 / 2

Saves: 2 / 6

Corner Kicks: 4 / 2

Fouls: 19 / 8

Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jaylin Lindsey (caution)                      35th Minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                  53
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)               70
USA – Rayshaun McGann (caution)              76
USA – Joshua Sargent (caution)                    89 

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Joe Dickerson (USA)

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Where You Go We'll Follow: American Outlaws Celebrate the Past 10 Years, Look to Future

Throughout U.S. Soccer's Fan Week, we'll bring you feature stories on those that go above and beyond in their support of our teams, players and the federation itself. On Monday, we talked to Kelly Johnson and Dale Houdek, who fell in love while traveling to support the U.S. Men's National Team. At the Men’s and Women’s Nike International Friendlies earlier this month, we caught up with some members of the American Outlaws (AO), U.S. Soccer’s largest supporters’ group.

“We love you, we love you, and where you go we’ll follow.”

These words represent the highlight of Ron Chin’s U.S. Soccer fandom, a devotion that dates to 1969. He earned his first cap in August 1973, but his most memorable moment as a supporter came last year at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies. Rising U-17 stars like Josh Sargent and Andrew Carleton serenaded the American Outlaws assembled in Lakewood Ranch with those words after taking home the tournament title.

“(The Friendlies) are their American Outlaws initiation,” Chin said. “They knew our support came from the heart and they were serenading us from the heart. It was very personal. At the Friendlies, we are U.S. Soccer evangelists. We’re about the future of AO and the National Teams.”

The serenade’s verse encapsulates all that the American Outlaws have represented during the last ten years. It’s a go-to chant for AO on gameday.

Founded in 2007 to support the U.S. at every single one of its matches – men and women – the American Outlaws now boast more than 30,000 members and 195 chapters nationwide. After a decade of dedicated support, AO’s presence at the Friendlies ensures that the future of the National Teams feel their backing in full.

“We want to support the Youth National Teams. They’re the future,” said Justin Brunken, Co-Founder and Vice President of AO’s National Chapter. “If we have the bandwidth and the capability to do that, we need to. We want to make them aware that people actually care and support them at this level. It’s hard to do that if you’re not here.”

Brunken, alongside Korey Donahoo, founded AO in 2007. He and his friends would travel across the country to follow U.S. Soccer, but when they arrived at their destination, they never had a way to connect with like-minded fans. A desire to share their passion for soccer and to make a grand entrance on game day catalyzed the creation of the Outlaws.

“We didn’t see a way to meet up with other people from all around the country,” Brunken said. “So, we said ‘why don’t we just do that?’ We built our whole thing on community, trying to bring people together both online and in person, and communication, making sure everyone knows this is where you can meet fellow fans.”

After the frustration of not finding festivities around gameday, consistency was key for Brunken and the other AO founders. Now, the group is a mainstay at National Teams matches, putting on night-before parties, tailgating pre-game and loudly making their presence known in the stadium.

“Our mission with AO is to be at every single game, men’s and women’s, in some capacity to unite fans,” said Brian Hexsel, AO’s National Chapter chairman. “We have over 195 chapters across the U.S., so even if you can’t make it to a game with the American Outlaws, you can always have an AO family at your bar in your own city.”

An idea to bring fans together from all over the country has taken Brian and Justin all over the world following U.S. Soccer. They travel to as many games as they can domestically and abroad, and the trips have provided innumerable memorable moments.

Brunken’s journey to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was beset by a bevy of travel issues, arriving in South America just two hours before the USA’s opener against Ghana was scheduled to kick off. Taking a shuttle from the airport, the traffic was so slow Brunken and his compatriots ditched the car more than a mile from the stadium to make a mad dash to the field. It was an unbeknownst race against the clock to see the fastest World Cup goal in U.S. Soccer history. 

“We got in there just in time to buy a beer and see Dempsey score,” Justin said. “I’m an adult and I cried so hard.”

More than 500 people travelled on the Outlaws’ package to Brazil. The trip turned into a family affair for Hexsel, who had the opportunity to visit his Brazilian relatives but also grow closer with his AO compatriots.

“It’s a family,” Hexsel said. “Travelling to games with your friends, you become like a travelling family that loves the sport and wants to be a part of something. That’s American Outlaws. It goes to ‘Unite and Strengthen,’ that’s our motto.”

AO’s power to “Unite and Strengthen” the American fan base doesn’t go unnoticed by the National Teams. Brunken remembers a mass of fans waiting outside the MNT’s bus in Pretoria, South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Then-head coach Bob Bradley started to tear up when he saw the overwhelming support.

“Oh, that’s why we do this,” Brunken said upon seeing the teary-eyed coach.

That personal connection with U.S. Soccer is what keeps bringing Chin back to the Nike Friendlies. He founded the local Sarasota chapter, and he has spearheaded the AO contingent at the annual event for the last four years. Chin prides himself as being one of the first Outlaws to see players like Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Sargent play. This year, he also witnessed the rise of Sophia Smith, Jaelin Howell, and other Youth WNT players.

The U-17s that serenaded Chin and the rest of AO last year in Florida put together a remarkable run at this fall’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Chin grew close with the players’ families at the Friendlies, and he was in contact with them during the tournament. After his experience with the players at the Friendlies, it was essential to Chin that they knew there was a piece of home behind them.

After their “AO initiation,” Chin is excited to see where the young players go next. He won’t be missing the Friendlies anytime soon.

“I may be the old man, but always have an eye not only for the past, but also for the future,” Chin said. “The excitement comes in watching the future of the National Teams. We have to be supportive of the future generations and make sure that they’re playing for something. Whoever comes down here and wears the crest, we’ll be there for you.”


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USA Wins 2016 Nike International Friendlies with 3-0 Victory vs. Brazil

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2016) – Goals from Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah led the U.S Under-17 Men’s National Team to a 3-0 victory against Brazil, clinching the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title on Sunday night at Premier Sports Campus. The championship marks the U-17 MNT’s third Nike International Friendlies title since 2010 and first since 2013.

After two important first half saves from Justin Garces and a couple quality attacking chances, the U.S. broke through just before halftime when Akinola alertly chased down a ball over the top and forced a turnover before tucking home his fourth strike of the tournament in the 43rd minute.

The U-17 MNT found its second goal just after the break when Akinola connected with Sargent, giving the U.S. captain enough space to pick out the lower, left corner in the 51st minute.  With Brazil pushing forward late, the U.S. iced the result with Weah’s strike in second-half stoppage time.

Completing his first full year in his second stint as head coach of the U-17 MNT, John Hackworth praised his team’s effort and pointed to the results as a stepping stone in the USA’s technical and tactical development.

“I was in this job previously in my career and I’ve talked about it a lot, our soccer and tactical understanding are getting better,” U-17 U.S. MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “The players are technical enough now that we can play against the best teams in the world and in some cases, not only compete with them on a technical and tactical side, but be successful like we were this week. I don’t like to put results and development together as one, but it is an important part of the process that you learn how to be successful, in these games and tournaments.

“We work very hard, but with the idea that we’re going to get better individually and with the idea that collectively, as a team, we are going to be able to go and compete. It’s everybody at U.S. Soccer, especially from the Development Academy to the Youth National Teams, that we believe we can be successful in a World Cup one day. We are very connected in that goal and I just think in this little snapshot that you see some good signs of progress.”

The victory saw the U.S. finish the 2016 Nike International Friendlies with a perfect 3-0-0 record, having previously defeated Turkey 7-1 and Portugal earlier in the week. Having conceded just two goals over three matches, Garces was awarded the tournament's Golden Glove. Akinola, Sargent and Andrew Carleton tallied four goals apiece, with the three forwards combining for 12 of the U-17 MNT’s 15 goals over the three matches.

With the victory, the U-17 MNT closes the year with a 19-4-6 record over 29 matches in 2016.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

15

2

+13

Brazil

3

1

1

1

4

7

8

-1

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

6

10

-4

Turkey

3

0

3

0

0

3

11

-8

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ayo Akinola (Chris Durkin), 43rd minute:
The U.S. grabbed the lead just before halftime when an alert play by Blaine Ferri forced a Brazil turnover at midfield. The ball squirted back to Arturo Vasquez before a quick pass to Durkin saw the midfielder float a long ball over the top. With Akinola bearing down, Brazil defender Matheus Stockl misplayed the ball, allowing the Toronto FC Academy product to pounce in alone on goal where he slid his effort past the onrushing Gabriel Brazão and inside the left post. The goal was Akinola’s fourth of the competition. USA 1, BRA 0 

USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola), 51st minute: The U.S. doubled its advantage shortly after halftime when Akinola played a clever through ball to slip Sargent into the box on the right. The U.S. captain took one touch before expertly tucking his low effort past substitute ‘keeper Arthur Gazze and inside the left post, matching Akinola with his fourth of the tournament. USA 2, BRA 0

USA – Timothy Weah (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.), 90+4 minute: With Brazil pushing forward in the dying moments of the match, the U.S. was able to catch the visitors out in transition one last time when Reynolds slotted Weah in on the right before he charged to goal and hit a low effort that Gazze only partially touched before it rolled over the goal line. USA 3, BRA 0 FINAL 

Key Saves & Defensive Stops:
BRA - Gabriel Brazão, 13th minute:
High pressure from Josh Sargent forced Brazil defender Matheus Stockl into a turnover, leaving the U.S. captain with a lane towards goal. Full of speed, Sargent’s final touch before his shot was heavy, but still forced Gabriel Brazão to come off his line, to swipe away the danger with his right paw.

BRA - Gabriel Brazão, 19th minute: Andrew Carleton’s in-swinging corner kick from the left glided into the six-yard box where Gabriel Brazão fully extended to parry it out for another corner kick, clearing the danger as Sargent lurked at the back post. 

USA – Justin Garces, 25th minute: Brazil found their first chance of the game when VInicius Jr. forced a turnover at midfield and quickly pedaled towards the box. Drawing a defender to him, he slid it to Vitinho on his right, who let loose a low blast that Garces got down to his right to save.

USA – Justin Garces, 37th minute: After a lull in the action to allow medical attention for Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazão, the U.S. was caught flat-footed when a ball over the top from Matheus Stockl saw Vitinho time his run to perfection and gain a lane to goal down the left. The speedy attacker broke into the box and rifled a shot that Garces strongly pawed away for a corner kick at the near post. 

BRA – Arthur Gazze, 69th minute: The U.S. nearly extended their lead when George Acosta’s chip over the top found Sargent who raced to the top of the area. The St. Louis Scott Gallagher product did well to hold the ball up before laying off for Jaylin Lindsey on the right, but his powerful effort was well held by substitute Brazil goalkeeper Arthur Gazze.

- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 4, 2016
Competition: 2016 NIKE International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 4,072
Weather: 81 degrees, clear skies

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

USAAyo Akinola (Christopher Durkin)                   43rd Minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Ayo Akinola)                          51
USA – Timothy Weah (Bryan Reynolds, Jr.)             90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands (16-Rayshaun McGann, 42), 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3- Christopher Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (14-Carlo Ritaccio, 90+1), 6-Christopher Durkin, 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 80); 7-Ayo Akinola (13-Sergino Dest, 90+1), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 90+1), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Timothy Weah, 70)
Substitutes not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 15-Carlos Asensio, 18-Indiana Vassilev
Head coach: John Hackworth

BRA: 1-Gabriel Brazão (12-Arthur Gazze, 46); 2-Wesley Andrade, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 14-Geovani Marinho (16-Luan Pereira, 58), 4-Matheus Stockl, 6-Kazu (15-Kevin Kelsey, 73); 7-Paulo Henrique (9-Lincoln Correa, 58), 8-Vitinho (capt.) (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 59), 10-Alan Souza, 11-Vinicius Jr.; 17-Rodrigo Nestor (18-Helio Junio, 59)
Substitutes not used: 5-Gustavo Henrique, 13-Lucas Rosa, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

Stats Summary: USA / BRA

Shots: 13 / 10

Shots on Goal: 9 / 2

Saves: 2 / 6

Corner Kicks: 4 / 2

Fouls: 19 / 8

Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jaylin Lindsey (caution)                      35th Minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                  53
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)               70
USA – Rayshaun McGann (caution)              76
USA – Joshua Sargent (caution)                    89 

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Joe Dickerson (USA)

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Penalty Kicks on Both Sides of Halftime Give Portugal 2-0 Win vs. Turkey

Portugal takes on Turkey to begin the final matchday of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 4, 2015) – Though they were playing on for pride in their final match of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, Portugal and Turkey each brought their ‘A’ games to the pitch Sunday. With an early goal shout waived off for Turkey, Portugal would create better opportunities for themselves and walk away with a 2-0 win on two successful penalty kicks and solid defensive play.

After just four minutes of play, Turkey found themselves with their best opportunity of the day. A passing error by Portugal defender Tiago Djalo attracted the attention of a lurking Mehmet Sait Üzümcü who carried his fast break interception to the top of the penalty box before striking a shot. The attempt was saved by a diving Joao Goncalo, punching the ball to his right. The save would not be the end of it as the ball would stay in bounds and fell into space for Berkay Görmez on the right side of the box. Görmez hustled to the spot and flung a cross into the air, connecting with the head of Enes Islam Ilki, who appeared to head the ball onto the goal line before Goncalo retreated to get a hand on the ball mid-air. Turkey players thought the ball had crossed the line, but referee Farhad Dadkho refused the protests.

The missed opportunity proved to be significant wind taken out of the sails, as Turkey failed to create another quality chance to get on the scoreboard.

With the game’s momentum up for grabs, Portugal elected to pressure and test the Turkish defense for the remaining 85 minutes and Djalo would redeem his early error by taking the ball himself in the 41st minute. In his speedy overlapping run from his defensive position, Djalo used touches from his teammates to funnel into the box. As he received his final pass in the penalty area from Rafael Camacho he positioned his body for a strike before Turkey’s Bekir Melih Gökcimen took him down with a slide tackle from behind. The challenge would quickly secure a caution in the books and set up a penalty kick for Rodrigo Conceicao, who would fake out Berke Ozer in scoring into an empty left side to give Portugal a 1-0 lead.

After a couple of near conversions in the 73rd and 75th minutes, Portugal put put the game away for good in the 85th. After an efficient interception, Portugal midfielder Henrique Jocu launched a deep ball over the top to connect with Umaro Embalo in stride. Embalo would stay onside, take a couple of sprinting touches forward and get tackled from behind by Beki Melih Gökcimen. Having already received a caution, Due to his second caution of the game, Gökcimen was shown a second yellow and left the field with a look of exhaustion and disappointment on his shoulders.

 The penalty kick would prove to be too easy for Embalo, who went down the middle to secure the victory for Portugal and give himself the lead for the Nike International Friendlies Golden Boot, with his fifth goal of the tournament.

With the win, Portugal walks away with four points on the tournament after posting a 1-1-1 record for the tournament.


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U.S. U-17 MNT to Wrap Up 2016 Nike International Friendlies with Brazil Clash | 5pm ET

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2016) – After defeating Portugal 7-1 and Turkey 5-1 in their first two meetings of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team looks to continue their streak of dominant performances when it takes on a strong Brazil team on Sunday. Both teams have yet to experience defeat in the round-robin tournament, but the USA maintains the edge with six points over Brazil’s four. La Canarinho tied Portugal 3-3 on Friday after a wild, sharp-shooting contest that saw Brazil stave off defeat with a free kick equalizer in stoppage time from Alan Souza.

Sunday’s Nike International Friendlies schedule begins with Turkey taking on Portugal at 1:30 p.m. ET followed by the U-17 MNT against Brazil at 5 p.m. ET, with the U.S. needing a draw or win to clinch the 2016 Nike International Friendlies championship. 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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal 3, Brazil 3
USA 5, Turkey 1

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 18-4-6 over 28 international matches in 2016.
  • The two sides last met on March 22, where they tied 1-1 in the first match of the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament in France. Ayo Akinola scored the USA’s lone goal in second half stoppage time, assisted by Josh Sargent. Brenner Souza da Silva put Brazil on the scoresheet in the 35th minute of the 80-minute contest.
  • In Brazil’s 3-3 draw vs. Portugal on Friday, Paulo Henrique was assisted by Vinicius Jr. in the 57th minute to open up the scoring Brazil. Vinicius Jr. then recorded his own tally with an assist from Matheus Stockl in the 85th, followed by Alan Souza’s free kick goal in second half stoppage time to tie the game.
  • USA captain Josh Sargent is showcasing his top form this year, recording a hat trick in the match against Portugal and two assists in the win vs. Turkey.
  • USA striker Andrew Carleton and Portugal’s Umaro Embalo are tied at four goals each in the race for the 2016 Nike Friendlies golden boot. However, Carleton’s one recorded assist edges out Embalo (no assists) in the tie-breaker.
  • Six of seven goals in the USA’s 7-1 win vs. Portugal and three of the five goals in the match vs. Turkey were scored by players that hail from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 28 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 Ayo Akinola leads the U-17 MNT in scoring with 18 goals in 2016. He is followed by St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent and recent Atlanta United FC signing Andrew Carleton with 12 each.
  • Timothy Weah, who scored in the 86th minute against Turkey, is the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah.
  • The U.S. U-17 MNT is 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

Dec. 2, 2016

vs. Turkey

5-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Carleton (2), Akinola (2), Weah



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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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