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USA Draws Brazil 1-1 to Close Out 2017 Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team utilized a 53rd minute equalizer from Diego Lopez to draw 1-1 with Brazil in a tight contest to close out the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies. With the tie, Brazil clinches the tournament title.

The USA came out with pressure and managed some nice runs into the Brazilian final third, but struggled making the final pass into the box. After a few threatening chances for Brazil, a 14th minute yellow card on the USA gave the Canahrinha a free kick in a dangerous position. Gustavo sent a booming ball into the box from the right that found Alysson free and the defender rifled in a well-hit header to open the scoring. The red, white and blue found success in the build-up forward as the half wore on, but the Brazilian defense made it difficult to penetrate in front of the net.

While the first half saw the teams combine for just two shots on goal, the offenses were reinvigorated after the break. Three substitutions fueled some quick attacking for Brazil, but the U.S. began to hold more possession and find success with a high press, earning quality chances and knocking on the door of the goal line.

The USA finally broke through in the 53rd minute. After earning a corner kick, Gilbert Fuentes Perez launched a long service to a cluster of U.S. players behind the crowd in the box. Axel Alejandre rose at the top of the box to his head on the ball and Diego Lopez redirected the effort near the goal line to even the score.

There were several dangerous opportunities for the USA to nab the game-winner, but the they were unable to convert. A great service by Joseph Scally gave Ray Serrano a chance on goal and the high press gave Lopez an opportunity for his second goal, but both attempts were swallowed by Bruno Carcaioli. In the final minutes of stoppage time, the USA earned a free kick 25 yards out, but Gianluca Busio’s attempt was batted down by the Brazilian wall.

With the draw, Brazil wins the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies. It’s Brazil’s first tournament championship since 2014

2017 Mens Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Brazil

3

2

0

1

7

5

3

+2

Netherlands

3

2

1

0

6

8

4

+4

England

3

1

2

0

3

3

5

-2

USA

3

0

2

1

1

2

6

-4

Goal Scoring Rundown

BRA – Alysson (Gustavo), 15th minute: After a yellow card was shown to Peter Stroud for a foul on the right side, Brazil earned a free kick near the corner of the 18-yard box. Gustavo launched a soaring entry into the box, where Alysson broke free in the back of the scrum, nailing a well-timed header past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Damian Las to put Brazil on the board. USA 0, BRA 1 

USA – Diego Lopez (Axel Alejandre), 53rd minute: Off a long ball from Adam Saldana, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez made a dangerous run into Brazilian territory. The defense cleared it, but granted the USA a corner kick. Gilbert Fuentes Perez lined up to take it, and he hit a long ball that found a group of USA players behind the crowd. Axel Alejandre got his head on it and Diego Lopez, posted near the goal line, drove it home to tie things up. USA 1, BRA 1 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops

USA – Damian Las, 4th minute: On Brazil’s first dangerous entry deep into U.S. territory, Wesley played out of the corner to Gustavo where the defender re-centered for Bruno Conceicao. Rotating the ball inside the 18-yard-line, Conceicao tapped it to Emerson, who made a sliding play to Bruno Bortolotti lurking near the left post. Bortolotti’s touch was a bit too much, and Las pounced on the ball to make an early save.

USA – George Bello, 46th minute: Buoyed by the fresh legs of three substitutions, Brazil got the second half off to a quick start. An interchange between Alejandro, Giovanni and Emerson saw Alejandro on the move towards the net before dishing out to Emerson making a run on the wing. He sent a cross parallel to the goal line, but Bello came in to squash the attempt near the post.

BRA – Bruno Carcaioli, 57th minute: Gianluca Busio played all the way across the field to Joseph Scally on the right wing with plenty of space. There, Scally sent a booming ball into the box towards two on-rushing American attackers, but Brazilian ‘keeper Carcaioli dove to bat away the attempt. Fuentes Perez got a touch on the rebound, but the Brazilian defense managed to clear.

BRA – Bruno Carcaioli, 61st minute: Playing up top, Lopez pressed relentlessly as Brazil attempted to begin a possession out of the back. After nearly swiping the ball from the Brazilian ‘keeper, Carcaioli played to Alysson. Lopez swooped in and won the ball from the defender, quickly turning and teeing up a shot, but Carcaioli slid in to halt the attempt and Dhouglas cleared the rebound.

BRA – Bruno Carcaioli, 77th minute: As Brazil began a build-up in its own end, Chavez came up with an errant pass. He played to Saldana, who wheeled around a defender and played it back to Chavez on the right wing. The Seattle Sounders FC forward sent a booming service into the box to meet the feet of Serrano, but Carcaioli swallowed the rolling attempt.

- 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,807
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy

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

BRA – Alysson (Gustavo)                              15th minute
USA – Diego Lopez (Axel Alejandre)              53

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damien Las; 2-Joseph Scally, 4-Mason Judge, 5-Axel Alejandre, 3-George Bello; 6-Peter Stroud, 7-Gilbert Fuentes Perez (18-Ray Serrano 71), 8-Adam Saldana; 11-Cade Hagan (19-Diego Lopez, 52), 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 10-Gianluca Busio (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 12-Kasophe Oladapo, 13-Sebastian Anderson, 14-Kenneth Nielsen, 15-Maximillian Goeggel, 16-Joshua Atencio, 17-Dante Sealy, , 20-Julian Gaines
Head coach: John Hackworth

BRA: 1-Bruno Carcaioli; 2-Gustavo, 3-Derick, 4-Alysson (capt.), 6-Maranyao; 20-Wesley (10-Giovanni, 41), 8-Hiago (5-Sandry, 65) 15-Dhouglas, 7-Miguel (13-Yago, 54); 17-Bruno Conceicão (11-Alejandro, 41), 19-Bruno (9-Lazaro, 41; 14-Deivid, 80+2)
Substitutes not used: 12-Pedro Henrique, 16-Gabriel Rodrigues, 18-Gabriel Borsatto
Head coach: Carlos Guilherme Della Dea

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 14 / 11  
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3  
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 11
Offside: 2 / 2   

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Peter Stroud (caution)             14th minute
BRA – Hiago (caution)                        63
BRA – Giovanni (caution)                   78
USA – Gianluca Busio (caution)         80+2

Officials: 
Referee: Ramy Touchan (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Felice (USA)
Fourth Official: Resendo Mendoza (USA)

The game was played with two 40-minute halves

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- 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,807
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy

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

BRA – Alysson (Gustavo)                              15th minute
USA – Diego Lopez (Axel Alejandre)              53

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damien Las; 2-Joseph Scally, 4-Mason Judge, 5-Axel Alejandre, 3-George Bello; 6-Peter Stroud, 7-Gilbert Fuentes Perez (18-Ray Serrano 71), 8-Adam Saldana; 11-Cade Hagan (19-Diego Lopez, 52), 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 10-Gianluca Busio (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 12-Kasophe Oladapo, 13-Sebastian Anderson, 14-Kenneth Nielsen, 15-Maximillian Goeggel, 16-Joshua Atencio, 17-Dante Sealy, , 20-Julian Gaines
Head coach: John Hackworth

BRA: 1-Bruno Carcaioli; 2-Gustavo, 3-Derick, 4-Alysson (capt.), 6-Maranyao; 20-Wesley (10-Giovanni, 41), 8-Hiago (5-Sandry, 65) 15-Dhouglas, 7-Miguel (13-Yago, 54); 17-Bruno Conceicão (11-Alejandro, 41), 19-Bruno (9-Lazaro, 41; 14-Deivid, 80+2)
Substitutes not used: 12-Pedro Henrique, 16-Gabriel Rodrigues, 18-Gabriel Borsatto
Head coach: Carlos Guilherme Della Dea

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 14 / 11  
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4 
Saves: 3 / 3  
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2 
Fouls: 13 / 11 
Offside: 2 / 2   

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Peter Stroud (caution)             14th minute
BRA – Hiago (caution)                        63
BRA – Giovanni (caution)                   78
USA – Gianluca Busio (caution)         80+2

Officials: 
Referee: Ramy Touchan (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Felice (USA)
Fourth Official: Resendo Mendoza (USA)

The game was played with two 40-minute halves

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U-17 MNT vs. Brazil: Story of the Game - Dec. 3, 2017

In the finale of the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team headed into halftime down 1-0 to Brazil. Thus far, the tournament had proved a tough learning experience for the newly-minted U-17s, as they dropped their first two matches in distinctly difficult fashions. Despite the first-half deficit, the American attack had begun to click. While the Read more
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Netherlands Closes Nike International Friendlies with 3-1 Win, Chance for Tournament Title

LAKEWOOD RANCH (Dec. 3, 2017) – Netherlands rebounded from an early deficit to defeat England 3-1 in the penultimate contest of the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies at Premier Sports Campus. With the victory, the Dutch side is guaranteed no worse than a second-place finish and temporarily moves atop the tournament table, where they will await the result of tonight’s match between the USA and Brazil to determine the final standings.

England got on the board just 10 minutes into the match when a foul at midfield prompted Fabio Carvalho to cleverly play a quick restart for Benjamin Knight. Looking up, the midfielder played a ball into the path of Valentino Viramento streaking up the right, before the defender returned the pass for Knight at the top of the area. There, the Ipswich Town product measured his effort, curling home a picture-perfect shot in the top right corner to give England a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

The Netherlands would pull level on a well-worked goal of their own in the 28th minute. After a spell of possession, Joel van Kaam played a nice combination on the right with Mohamed Taabouni. The winger found his way to the end line, where England left back Matt Bondswell initially won the ball before Taabouni took it back and crossed for Bryan Brobbery. His flick-on header at the penalty spot fell for Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren, who buried his third of the tournament at the back post.

England had two chances to pull level before halftime, as Yunus Musah slid Knight into the box on the right, only to see his low drive well held by Calvin Raatsie. In the first minute of stoppage time, Knight chipped a ball over the top for Alexander Mighten, but Raatsie was equal to the effort again. 

The Dutch continued the comeback early in the second half thanks to Anass Salah-Eddine. After a restart at midfield, Ryan Gravenberch played a short ball to the halftime sub, who noticed England goalkeeper Fynn Talley cheating to his right post. Standing 30 yards out, the left back took a touch and lined up a blistering effort that beat the Talley inside the left post in the 46th minute.

Netherlands put the game out of reach nine minutes from full-time when van Kaam centered for Taabouni at the top of the area. Though an initial challenge threw him off momentarily, he side-stepped a defender to get into the box before firing a low effort on frame that deflected off an England defender before crossing the line.

With the win, Netherlands momentarily moves atop the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies table and will await the result of the day’s second match between the USA and Brazil to see where they will finish the tournament. Should the USA defeat Brazil, Netherlands would be crowned champions based on goal differential, while a draw or win for Brazil against the USA would be enough to see them clinch the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies.

2017 Mens Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Netherlands

3

2

1

0

6

8

4

+4

Brazil

2

2

0

0

6

4

2

+2

England

3

1

2

0

3

3

5

-2

USA

2

0

2

0

0

1

5

-4

 

- 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Netherlands U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 432
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
NED                                        1          2          3         
ENG                                        1          0          1

ENG – Benjamin Knight (Valentino Livramento)                     10th minute
NED – Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (Bryan Brobbery) 28
NED – Anass Salah-Eddine (Ryan Gravenberch)                 46
NED - Mohamed Taabouni (Joel van Kaam)                         71

Lineups:
NED: 1-Calvin Raatsie; 15-Steven van der Sloot (2-Ki-Jana Hoever, 69), 12-Neraysho Kasanwirjo (3-Melayro Bogarde, 51), 18-Twan van der Zeeuw, 4-Ian Mahtsen 5-Anass Salah-Eddine, 41); 6-Dirk Proper (capt.) (19-Syb van Ottele, 41), 14-Mohamed Taabouni, 8-Ryan Gravenberch; 17-Joel van Kaam, 9-Bryan Brobbery (20-Jaymillo Pina, 29), 10-Mohamed-Amine Ihattaren (7-Naoufal Bannis, 70)
Substitutes not used: 16-Tein Troost; 11-Sontje Hansen 13-Kenneth Taylor,
Head coach: Kees van Wonderen

ENG: 13-Fynn Talley; 7-Valentino Liramento, 5-Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 2-Dynel Simeu (capt.) (6-Samson Robinson, 41), 8-Matt Bondswell; 11-Yunus Musah (3-Josh Brooking, 51), 9-Oliver Pendlebury; 15-Benjamin Knight, 14-Fabio Carvalho (16-Cole Palmer, 58), 17-Alexander Mighten; 20-Sam Greenwood (19-Benjamin Braithwaite, 66)
Substitutes not used: 1-Louie Moulden, 4-Jeriel Dorsett, 10-Joe Hodge, 12-Teddy Hoare, 18-Jeremy Sarmiento
Head coach: Neil Dewsnip

Stats Summary: NED / ENG
Shots: 15 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 23 / 16
Offside: 5 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
NED - Mohamed Taabouni (caution)              51st minute
ENG – Matt Bondswell (caution)                    56
ENG – Benjamin Braithwaite (caution)           72
NED - Naoufal Banni (caution)                       75


Officials: 
Referee: Malik Badawi (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Art Arustamyan (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Kieso (USA)
Fourth Official: Guido Gonzalez, Jr. (USA)

The game was played with two 40-minute halves

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Five Things to Know About the U.S. U-17 MNT Vs. Brazil

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team is kicking off a new cycle at this week’s 2017 Nike International Friendlies. After two tough matches, the USA wraps up against Brazil on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET (ussoccer.comFacebookYouTube). Here are five things you need to know about the rising U-17s’ match against the Canarinho.

THE STORY SO FAR

Established in 2001, the Nike International Friendlies is one of the premier annual events on the youth soccer calendar, bringing high-quality opponents stateside for the U-17 MNT.

Giovanni has starred in Brazil’s first two matches, leading all players with three goals in matching two victories against the Netherlands and England. The Brazilians earned a 2-1 victory over a physical Dutch team in their first match, as Giovanni scored towards the end of each half while captaining the squad. Against England, Brazil was faced with an early deficit, but Giovanni knotted it up in the 32nd minute and assisted on Alejandro’s eventual game-winner in the 39th.

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The opening two matches of the Friendlies have been a learning experience for the newly-minted USA U-17s. In a tight opener against England, goalkeeper Damian Las made several highlight-reel saves to keep things even until late in the match, but England finally broke through in the 79th minute to hand the USA a 1-0 loss. Fielding a fresh starting 11 on Wednesday night, the USA fell 5-1 to the Netherlands as Alfonso Ocampo Chavez scored the U-17s’ first goal of the cycle. 

MORE: U-17 MNT Opens 2017 Nike Friendlies with Hard-Fought 1-0 Loss to England
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THE YOUNG AMERICANS 

After the USA’s impressive run to the quarterfinals of October’s U-17 World Cup, the Nike International Friendlies turn the page for the U-17 MNT program. The 20-player roster, all born in 2002 or later, represent the beginning of a new cycle for the squad. This group competed at the U-15 level for the last two years – notably finishing second at the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys Championship – and will now train and compete for the next two years in preparation for the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with hopes of qualifying to the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

All 20 players are U.S. Soccer Development Academy products. Two have already signed MLS Homegrown contracts with their clubs: Atlanta United FC’s George Bello and Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio. The Seattle Sounders are the most-represented club on the roster, supplying three players in Ocampo Chavez, Gilbert Fuente Perez and Ray Serrano.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club, Hometown):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.)
DEFENDERS (6): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Co.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Ga.), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club; Tampa, Fla.), Kenneth Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, NC), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Maximillian Goeggel (VFB Stuttgart; San Francisco, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, NJ)
FORWARDS (6): Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Tex.), Cade Hagan (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Diego Lopez (FC Golden State; Chino, Calif.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Fresno, Calif.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.) 

NIF HISTORY

Brazil has been a frequent foe for the USA at the Nike Friendlies, as the Canarinho have attended nearly every iteration of the tournament. Last year, the U-17s closed out a championship run with a 3-0 victory against Brazil. Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah all scored in Lakewood Ranch and went on to score for the USA in India.

MORE: USA Wins 2016 Nike International Friendlies with 3-0 Victory Vs. Brazil

Some of Brazil’s current biggest stars have passed through the Friendlies, including Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho.

BRAZIL YOUTH HISTORY 

Like the USA, Brazil has missed just one of the 17 FIFA U-17 World Cups that have been contested. They’ve been incredibly successful at the tournament, winning it all back-to-back in 1997 and 1999 as well as in 2003. In 2003, Brazil became the first-ever nation to win both the U-17 and U-20 World Cup in the same year, a feat matched by England this year. In India at this year’s U-17 World Cup, the Brazilians were eliminated in the Semifinals by the same Englisih squad that knocked out the USA.

Brazil has dominated at the U-17 level in continental competition, winning 12 of 17 editions of South American U-17 Football Championship. The Canarinho has never placed lower than fourth at the tournament, which began in 1985.

BRAZIL ROSTER

Kicking off a new U-17 cycle, Brazil brings 20 players, all born in 2002, to the Premier Sports Campus. Every member of the roster competes for Brazillian clubs, with the most players (four) hailing from Palmeiras.

Brazil U-17 MNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bruno Carcaioli (Palmeiras), Pedro Henrique (Cortitiba FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Alysson (Cruzeiro EC), Deivid (EC Juventude), Derick (Santos FC), Gabriel Rodrigues (São Paulo FC), Gustavo (Palmeiras), Emerson (Palmeiras), Yago (Grêmio FBPA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Bruno Conceição (Fluminense FC), Dhouglas (CR Flamengo), Giovanni (Santos FC), Hiago (SE Palmeiras), Sandry (Santos FC)
FORWARDS (6): Alejandro (Cruzeiro EC), Bruno (Desportivo Brasil), Gabriel Borsatto (CR Vasco da Gama), Lazaro (CR Flamengo), Miguel (Fluminense FC), Wesley (Grêmio FBPA) 

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Hackworth Names Final U-17 MNT Roster for 2017 Nike Friendlies

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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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