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U-17 MNT Falls to Netherlands 5-1 at 2017 Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team fell 5-1 to Netherlands in the both teams’ second match of the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies at the Premier Sports Campus. 

Playing a new-look starting 11, the match got off to a rough start for the USA as Netherlands was rewarded an indirect free kick from seven yards out that Mohamed-Atine Ihattaren blasted into the lower right corner just three minutes into the match. Atine Ihattaren found another in the 27thminute, before Kenneth Taylor sent the Dutch side into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

On the other side of the break, Jaymillo Pinas and Bryan Brobbery scored twice more, but the U.S. salvaged something from the match when Alfonso Ocampo Chavez found the back of the net off a feed from Gilbert Fuentes, giving the rising U-17 MNT group its first goal of the new cycle. 

The U.S. will look to come back from the defeat when it faces Brazil in its final match of the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET and follows England taking on Netherlands at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both games can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook pageYouTube channel and ussoccer.com.

2017 Mens Nike International Friendlies

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Brazil

2

2

0

0

6

4

2

+2

Netherlands

2

1

1

0

3

5

3

+2

England

2

1

1

0

3

2

2

0

USA

2

0

2

0

0

1

5

-4

Goal Scoring Rundown

NEDMohamed Atine Ihattaren (Mohamed Taabouni), 3rd minuteThe U.S. took possession of a misplaced Dutch pass into the box, but Jaymillo Pinas quickly pressed, forcing a play back to Oladapo. Faced with a fast-coming attacker, the ‘keeper took a touch before stumbling and was forced to handle the ball, drawing an indirect free kick for the back pass. Netherlands setup for a free kick seven yards out, and both Ihattaren and Taabouni lined up behind the ball. Facing a straight wall across the goal line, Taabouni tapped the ball to tee-up Ihattaren, who bent it into the back of the net. USA 0, NED 1

NED
- Mohamed Atine Ihattaren (Steven van der Sloot), 27th minuteSteven van der Sloot threw the ball in to Syb van Ottele close to the near sideline, who collected it, took a touch and played a booming ball into the box. He found Ihattaren rushing in towards the far post, where he hit a well-executed header into the back of the net for his second of the night. USA 0, NED 2

NEDKenneth Taylor (Mohamed Atine Ihattaren), 32nd minuteKenneth Nielsen knocked the ball out-of-bounds after making a stop for the USA, granting the Netherlands a corner kick. Taabouni played it up the sideline, and a brief back-and-forth exchange saw Ihattaren send a ball into the area, but miss the scrum near the six-yard-box. It bounced out to Taylor, who gathered it, took a few touches and ripped a left-footed blast into the back of the net. USA 0, NED 3

NED  - Jaymillo Pinas (Neryasho Kasanwirjo), 52nd minute: Kasanwirjo played the ball to Pinas from midfield and setup an incredible individual effort. Pinas took the ball, evaded a tackle and worked his way all the way from the right sideline to the far post. There, he sent a booming shot into the top left corner of the net. USA 0, NED 4

NEDBryan Brobbery (Naoufal Banis), 64th minuteA yellow card called on Kenneth Nielsen in the 73rd minute gave the Netherlands a free kick in dangerous position. Naoufal Banns sent a booming ball into the box, where Bryan Brobbery got loose from the crowd in front of the net. He hit a header that bounced into the net underneath the outstretched arms of substitute goalkeeper Damien Las. USA 0, NED 5

USAAlfonso Ocampo Chavez (Gilbert Fuentes Perez), 74th minuteWorking for scoring opportunities throughout the match, the U-17 MNT finally broke through in the 74th minute. After the Netherlands came up with a loose ball, Ray Serrano quickly won it back and tapped it to Fuentes Perez on the run up-field. He dribbled past a flank of Dutch defenders and sent a booming ball to Ocampo Chavez near the far top corner of the 18-yard-box. He slotted a shot all the way towards the far post to score the USA’s first goal of the tournament. USA 1, NED 5 FINAL

Key Saves and Stops

NEDTein Troost, 17th minuteTaking possession after halting a dangerous Dutch attack, the U.S. offense sent a pass to Dante Sealy with space at the 18-yard-line. He teed-up a shot to the left side, but Troost dove to squash one of the USA’s first attempts on goal.

USAKashope Oladapo, 36th minuteAs the USA attempted to build up from the back, the Netherlands stole the ball and quickly turned it back the other way. Taabouni popped it up to Pinas, who had space heading towards the net. He launched a hard shot but Oladapo came out to meet it. Joel van Kaam found the rebound, but the U.S. defense picked it away from him and transitioned back the other way. 

NEDKashope Oladapo, 38th minuteTroost found van Kaam free and on the run, coming in hot up the right wing with no defenders in his lane moving forward. As two U.S. players closed in, he pulled the trigger, trying to slot a shot towards the left side, but Oladapo dove to get his feet on it and popped it out-of-bounds.

NEDTein Troost, 49th minuteIn the Netherlands half and patiently looking for an opportunity, Mason Judge winnowed his way laterally across the field and played to Gilbert Fuentes Perez near the far sideline. Perez boomed it into the area, finding Diego Lopez inside the six-yard-box. He put a nice header on goal, but Troost made a diving stop to halt it and Gianluca Busio couldn’t control the rebound to put it back on net.

- 2017 Mens Nike International Friendlies Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men's National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: Dec. 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,637
Weather70 degrees

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

NED - Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (Mohamed Taabouni)           3rd minute
NED - Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (Syb van Ottele)                     27
NED – Kenneth Taylor (Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren)                   32
NED - Jaymillo Pinas (Neryasho Kasanwirjo)                                52
NED – Bryan Brobbery (Naoufal Bannis)                                       64
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Gilbert Fuentes)                        74

Lineups:
USA: 12-Kashope Oladapo (1-Damien Las, 41); 2-Joseph Scally, 14-Kenneth Nielsen, 4-Mason Judge (capt.), 13-Sebastian Anderson (3-George Bello, 41); 18-Ray Serrano, 15-Maximillian Goeggel (6-Peter Stroud, 41),16-Joshua Atencio (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 67); 17-Dante Sealy (10-Gianluca Busio, 41), 19-Diego Lopez, 20-Julian Gaines (7-Gilbert Fuentes, 41)
Substitutes not used: 5-Axel Alejandre, 8-Adam Saldana, 11-Cade Hagan
Head coach: John Hackworth

NED: 16-Tein Troost; 15-Steve van der Sloot (3-Melayro Bogarde, 71), 12-Neryasho Kasanwirjo, 18-Twan van der Zeeuw, 5-Anass Salah-Eddine (4-Ian Maatsen, 41); 19-Syb van Ottele, 14-Mohamed Taabouni (6-Dirk Proper, 70), 13-Kenneth Taylor (capt.); 17-Joel van Kaam (7-Naoufal Bannis, 57), 20-Jaymillo Pinas (11-Sontje Hansen, 57), 10-Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (9-Bryan Brobbery, 57)
Substitutes not used: 1-Calvin Raatsie, 8-Ryan Gravenberch
Head coach: Kees van Wonderen

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots:  6 / 25
Shots on Goal: 3 / 9
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 15
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kenneth Nielsen (caution)       64th minute

Officials
Referee: Malik Badawi (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Kieso (USA)
Fourth Official: Rosendo Mendosa (USA)

Note: Match was played in two 40-minute halves

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- 2017 Mens Nike International Friendlies Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men's National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: Dec. 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,637
Weather70 degrees

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

NED - Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (Mohamed Taabouni)           3rd minute
NED - Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (Syb van Ottele)                     27
NED – Kenneth Taylor (Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren)                   32
NED - Jaymillo Pinas (Neryasho Kasanwirjo)                                52
NED – Bryan Brobbery (Naoufal Bannis)                                       64
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Gilbert Fuentes)                        74

Lineups:
USA: 12-Kashope Oladapo (1-Damien Las, 41); 2-Joseph Scally, 14-Kenneth Nielsen, 4-Mason Judge (capt.), 13-Sebastian Anderson (3-George Bello, 41); 18-Ray Serrano, 15-Maximillian Goeggel (6-Peter Stroud, 41),16-Joshua Atencio (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 67); 17-Dante Sealy (10-Gianluca Busio, 41), 19-Diego Lopez, 20-Julian Gaines (7-Gilbert Fuentes, 41)
Substitutes not used: 5-Axel Alejandre, 8-Adam Saldana, 11-Cade Hagan
Head coachJohn Hackworth

NED: 16-Tein Troost; 15-Steve van der Sloot (3-Melayro Bogarde, 71), 12-Neryasho Kasanwirjo, 18-Twan van der Zeeuw, 5-Anass Salah-Eddine (4-Ian Maatsen, 41); 19-Syb van Ottele, 14-Mohamed Taabouni (6-Dirk Proper, 70), 13-Kenneth Taylor (capt.); 17-Joel van Kaam (7-Naoufal Bannis, 57), 20-Jaymillo Pinas (11-Sontje Hansen, 57), 10-Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (9-Bryan Brobbery, 57)
Substitutes not used: 1-Calvin Raatsie, 8-Ryan Gravenberch
Head coachKees van Wonderen

Stats SummaryUSA / NED
Shots:  6 / 25 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 9
Saves: 4 / 2 
Corner Kicks: 1 / 7 
Fouls: 12 / 15 
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kenneth Nielsen (caution)       64th minute

Officials
Referee: Malik Badawi (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Kieso (USA)
Fourth Official: Rosendo Mendosa (USA)

Note: Match was played in two 40-minute halves

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Opportunities Abound for Rising Referees at Nike Friendlies and Academy Winter Showcase

It’s been a busy year for U.S. Soccer referee Jeremy Kieso.

As a part of MLS All-Star Game festivities, he officiated the MLS Homegrown game that saw some of the league’s top young prospects take on Chivas de Guadalajara’s U-20 squad. Two months ago, he crossed off a long-term goal in refereeing his first MLS game: a late-season showdown between LA Galaxy and Minnesota United FC. Now, he’s officiating his first full-international matches at the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies.

“It’s one of those selections you are always hoping for.” Kieso said. “It’s humbling. The higher you go, the faster the game is the stronger the players are, the smarter the players are. You have to use all aspects of your referee abilities.

While the Friendlies highlight a week of action in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., the Premier Sports Campus’ other 22 fields are hosting 228 games of the Development Academy Winter Showcase, bringing together 76 clubs that make up the nation’s highest level of youth soccer. It’s also a hotbed for some of the nation’s top referees, and it’s the environment that brought Kieso to the level he’s reached today.

“Being part of the Development Academy Showcase events is huge for me,” Kieso said. “It gives you the experience to work with other officials and work higher-level matches with teams from around the country.”

Top U.S. Soccer referees from around the country are gathered in Lakewood Ranch to further their own development. At Academy Showcase events, they are assessed by some of the country’s highest-level referees. U.S. Soccer referee Guido Gonzales is officiating this year’s Nike Friendlies after rising through the referee ranks at Academy events.

“It’s the highest level of youth soccer,” Gonzales said. “These are big tests. These are players that are on the road to professional programs. We have to perform at that level as well. That’s the next step for them, and it’s the next step for us as referees.”

At a past Summer Showcase, Gonzales had the opportunity to get feedback on his game from U.S. Soccer referee Mark Geiger, the first-ever U.S. referee to officiate a knockout match at a World Cup. The lessons learned at Showcases are invaluable.

“When we’re not on the soccer field, we’re in our groups debriefing with national-level educators,” Gonzales said. “We’re taking in as much feedback as we can. These guys are the experienced people out here, breaking down our game in bits and pieces. Not many people see the kind of evaluation we go through. We spend as much time as we can in the classroom.”

While Kieso and Gonzales have used Academy events to rise to their current level, U.S. Soccer referee Alyssa Pennington is now earning her stripes in the Academy, rising through the ranks and soaking in every bit of the experience. This year’s Winter Showcase is her third Academy event, but each one is a special opportunity for her on-field development.

“To come to this event is a great opportunity, you feel like you’ve accomplished something really great when you’re accepted,” Pennington said. “I decided to apply to referee here to learn more, enhance my understanding of the game and get more experience at a higher level.”

In 2018, Pennington wants to earn her grade five referee certification, which would make her eligible for selection as a national referee. Kieso’s goal is to become regular in overseeing Major League Soccer matches and Gonzales strives to continue his improvement. The referee development pathway never truly ends, as officials continue to work to be the best they can be.

“You always want to get into a tougher game,” Gonzales said. “I have a lot of points where I need to improve. Next year’s goal is to hash out the wrinkles that I had this season. It is a competition. I’m up against the best referees in the country, trying to fight through the battles of performing.”

 

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Five Things About the 2017 Men's Nike International Friendlies

The 2017 Men's Nike International Friendlies kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., as a new crop of U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team players begins its cycle building towards the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Here are five things you should know about one of the U-17 MNT’s premier annual events:

History of the Event

The Nike International Friendlies were established in 2001 to provide top-level competition for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, and evolved into one of the premier annual events on the youth soccer calendar. 

Originally, the U-17 MNT would face mainly U.S.-based club teams with an international opponent sprinkled in. That changed in 2008 when the competition reached its current four-team, round robin international format.

The 2017 tournament will see the USA pitted against a strong field featuring England, Netherlands and Brazil. While all three opponents are quite familiar with the Nike International Friendlies, having attended multiple editions of the competition in the past, previous tournaments have also included appearances from Australia, France, Portugal and Turkey.

In 2008, the competition joined forces with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which features the top club teams in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups from around the United States. The Nike International Friendlies act as the event’s centerpiece and the combined event highlights the cohesion between the Development Academy member clubs and the U.S. Youth National Teams.

Recent Results

The U-17 MNT ran rampant in the 2016 event, defeating Portugal (7-1), Turkey (5-1) and Brazil (3-0) to win its first Nike International Friendlies tournament since 2013. Fifteen of the players that achieved glory at the 2016 event went on to make up the nucleus of the USA side that drove to the quarterfinals at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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