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England Takes Down Finland 6-0 to Stay in Running For 2017 Nike Friendlies Tournament Title

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (December 11, 2017) – The England Under-20 Women’s National Team scored three times in each half to defeat Finland, 6-0 on the final day of play at the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies.

With the win, England (7 points; +7 goal difference) has a chance to win the tournament title if the USA and Brazil draw or if Brazil defeats the USA tournament finale. If the U.S. defeats Brazil, the USA will tie England on points with seven each, but will win the tournament based on goal difference.

England came out on the front foot and scored its first goal in the 18th minute. Niamh Charles had an excellent run down the left side and found Kess Elmore on the right, slipping her a pass through a couple of defenders. Elmore did well to finish from a tough angle to the far post for the first goal of the afternoon.

In the 18th minute, Zoe Cross took a shot that deflected off a Finland defender, causing the ball to bounce out of reach of Finland’s wrong-footed goalkeeper Henriikka Mäkelä.

Rianna Dean scored the next two goals for England, the first in the 38th minute after a slick pass from Charles – her third assist– and again in the 55th with a terrific header following a great cross from Charles. 

England was not done scoring an added two more to its tally as the Young Lionesses pushed to make up the goal difference between themselves and the USA, but they ultimately fell short and will need a Brazil win or tie to win the tournament.

In the 79th, Cross was taken down inside the box by Finland’s Maaria Roth. Georgia Allen stepped up to take the kick and converted for the 5-0 England advantage. Ten minutes later, second-half substitute Ellie Brazil finished from short range for the final 6-0 score line.

England will now await the result of the USA vs. Brazil game set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET before the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies champion can be crowned.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

England

3

2

0

1

7

10

3

+7

USA

2

1

0

1

4

13

4

+9

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

Finland

3

0

3

0

0

1

20

-19

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report

Match: Finland U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: December 11, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny
Attendance: 50

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
FIN                              0          0          0
ENG                            2          4          6         

ENG – Kess Elmore (Niamh Charles)                        7th minute
ENG – Zoe Cross (Niamh Charles)                           18
ENG -- Rianna Dean (Niamh Charles)                       38
ENG – Rianna Dean (Niamh Charles)                       55
ENG – Georgia Allen (penalty kick)                           79
ENG – Ellie Brazil (Georgia Allen)                              89

FIN: 1-Henriikka Mäkelä; 8-Selina Mustajoki (10-Onna Ketola, 81); 6-Emma Santamäki (capt.), 11-Tiia Savolainen, 3-Katriina Kuoksa, 13-Katrina Kuoksa (4-Alina Schrey, 65), 19-Anni Miettunen (17-Alina Kosunen, 81), 2-Nea Lehtola (5-Roosa Toivanen, 85), 16-Juulia Grönlund, 7-Aada Törrönen (14-Teesa Rinkinen, 46), 15-Emilia Ukkonen (9-Ida Raustola, 65)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sonja Tajatalo, 18-Julie Forss, 20-Aino Kröger
Head Coach: Rosa Lappi-Seppala

ENG: 22-Sian Rogers; 3-Mayumi Pacheco (20-Alicia Johnson 42), 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 12-Taylor Hinds (19-Charlie Wellings 76), 14-Georgia Allen, 10-Zoe Cross, 16-Rianna Dean (9-Ellie Brazil, 56), 8-Mollie Rouse (4-Chloe Peplow, 56), 11-Niamh Charles, 15-Lucy Parker (2-Anna Patten, 56), 18-Kess Elmore
Subs not used: 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 7-Alessia Russo, 17-Rinsola Babajide
Head Coach: Mo Marley

Stats Summary: FIN / ENG             
Shots: 9 / 26
Shots on Goal: 3 / 12
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 11
Fouls: 12 / 5
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
FIN – Tiia Savolainen (caution)                      51st minute
ENG – Ellie Brazil (caution)                            83
FIN -- Juulia Grönlund (caution)                     87

Officials:
Referee: Ceciah Valero (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Rachel Smith (USA)
Fourth Official: Natalie Simon (USA)

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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 USA struggled to penetrate in front of the net, head coach John Hackworth could feel his team building momentum. He asked the players if they felt it too.

“They said ‘yeah.’ So, I told them we have to go after it,” Hackworth said. “It’s an opportunity. Let’s make the most of it. If you have a team like Brazil and you feel like you have the momentum, we have to go.  It’s not the time to sit back and be conservative. We want to take the initiative, we want to be aggressive.”

The breakthrough finally came in the 53rd minute when Gilbert Fuentes’ corner kick found Axel Alejandre whose header from the top of the area was poked home from close range by substitute Diego Lopez. The USA found several stellar opportunities down the stretch, but couldn’t convert a game-winner.

“I thought on the night, we were the better team,” Hackworth said. “We probably deserved even better than a draw. I think we finished on a strong note. It was a really good performance from our team.”

An encouraging first half carried into a positive result for the USA in the finale, with Hackworth’s side the only team to take points off tournament champions Brazil . Now, the encouraging result can provide momentum for the program as it moves forward. The U-17s showed some flashes of serious potential at the Friendlies, but the tournament represents just the beginning for this age group. There’s a long road ahead as the team works towards qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

“I like the way we play. We could do big things in the future,” Lopez said. “This week has been difficult but we just have to keep growing as a team. Hopefully we get the results we want in the future.”

The Nike Friendlies kick-started the new U-17 cycle. The tournament gave head coach John Hackworth his first opportunity to work with the group, but the team assembled just a few days before its first game against England on Nov. 29.

In the tournament opener, the USA was a minute away from drawing the Three Lions. As the teams traded runs, goalkeeper Damien Las made some highlight-reel saves to keep things deadlocked. Despite his seven stops, the English broke through in the 79th minute, scoring on a perfectly-placed header from a corner kick.

Hackworth started nine different players against the Netherlands in the U-17s’ second match. The Dutch overwhelmed the fresh XI and defeated the USA 5-1.

 “This three-match tournament has shown us both ends of the spectrum. We know so much more about these young men than we did coming in,” Hackworth said. “To leave on a very positive note, a positive performance, is really important. This group that played tonight, I think there’s some good quality in there.”

Next up for the U-17s: a January domestic camp that will bring in more than 30 players. Hackworth’s Nike Friendlies roster included just 20 born in 2002, but the concurrent Development Academy Winter Showcase brought together hundreds of the nation’s top youth players, all hungry for opportunities with the Youth National Teams. 

“We need to increase the depth of this pool, there’s no question,” Hackworth said. “When we were scouting around the Academy games, all the scouts and our whole staff were pleased that there are players out there that we’d like to bring into camp.”

The Youth National Team program put together a banner year in 2017. Both the U-17 and U-20 MNT made runs to the quarterfinals of their respective World Cups, and other age groups also earned positive results around the globe. There’s plenty of hard work ahead for the U-17s, but they have the potential to continue the YNT’s success in the new year. 

“There’s lots of room for improvement,” Hackworth said. “We could play faster in the first half, we could move the ball a little quicker. There’s a lot of little details that this group, with time, is going to get much better at. That’s what we’re set out to do.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-3 D Richland College; Dallas, Texas 600 Herrera, Ebobisse, Mansaray
1-2 L Richland College; Dallas, Texas Sabbi
1-0 W Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas Ebobisse

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Fulham FC 3 1 0 2 6 5 1 5
CF Monterrey Rayados 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 4
USA 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3 0 1 2 6 9 -3 2

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Everton FC 2 1 0 5 3 2 6
Real Salt Lake 3 2 1 0 4 4 0 6
Sinergia Deportiva Tigres 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Kyoto Sanga FC 3 0 2 1 5 7 -2 1

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Fluminense FC  3 3 0 0 5 0 5 9
FC Dallas U-18 Academy
3 2 1 0 2 1 1 6
Middlesbrough FC 3 1 2 0 4 5 -1 3
Queretaro FC
3 0 3 0 2 7 -5 0

                                                                                

Bracket A

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20 Fulham FC vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-3 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 USA vs. CF Monterrey Rayados 1-0 W
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 USA vs. Fulham FC 1-2 L Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 21 CF Monterrey Rayados vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-0 Richland College #09; Dallas, Texas
March 23 USA vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-3 T Richland College #08; Dallas, Texas
March 23 CF Monterrey Rayados vs. Fulham FC 1-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

Bracket B

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20 Kyoto Sanga FC vs. Real Salt Lake
1-2 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 Sinergia Deportiva Tigres vs. Everton FC
1-0 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Real Salt Lake vs. Sinergia Deportiva Tigres 1-0 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Everton FC vs. Kyoto Sanga FC 2-1 Richland College #09; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Everton FC vs. Real Salt Lake 3-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Sinergia Deportiva Tigres vs. Kyoto Sanga FC 3-3 Richland College #08; Dallas, Texas

Bracket C

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20  Queretara FC vs. Middlesbrough FC 2-4 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 Fluminense FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 Academy 1-0 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Middlesbrough FC vs. Fluminense FC 0-2 Richland College #10; Dallas Texas
March 21 FC Dallas U-18 Academy vs. Queretaro FC 1-0
Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Fluminense FC vs. Quesetaro FC 2-0 Richland College #07; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Middlesbrough FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 0-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

Semifinals
Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 25 Fulham FC vs. Fluminense FC 6 p.m.
Toyota Stadium
March 25 Everton FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 Academy 8 p.m. Toyota Stadium

Final

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 27 Semifinals A Winner vs. Semifinals B Winner 6 p.m. Toyota Stadium
2016 Dallas Cup Statistics

Record: 1-1-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Acosta, Danny M 3 2
152
0
0
0
0/0
Bashti, Amir M 2 1
92
0
0
0
0/0
Borges, Marcello D 2 2
172
0
0
0
0/0
Ebobisse, Jeremy F 3 2
198
2
1
5
0/0
Elney, Sebastian F 1
1
69
0
0
0
0/0
Herrera, Aaron D 3 2
181
1
0
2
0/0
Klinsmann, Jonathan GK 2
2
180
0
0
0
0/0
Lennon, Brooks M 2
2
171
0
1
1
0/0
Lindley, Cameron M 1
1
90
0
1 1
1/0
Lombard, Andrew D 1
1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Mansaray, Victor F 2 1
111
1
0
2
0/0
Marcinkowski, JT GK 1 1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Nelson, John D 3 1 107 0 0 0 0/0
Olosunde, Matt D 1
1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Perez, Josh M 2 1
72
0
0
0
0/0
Redding, Tommy D 2 2
180
0
0
0
0/0
Robinson, Miles D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Sabbi, Emmanuel F 3 1
145
1
0
2
0/0
Saucedo, Sebastian M 2 2
123
0
0
0
0/0
Trusty, Auston D 2 2
180
0
1
1
1/0
Williamson, Eryk M 1
1
90
0
0
0
1/0
Yueill, Jackson M 3 1
138
0
0
0
0/0

Own Goal

0

Totals


3 3
270
5
4
14
3/0

Opponent Totals


3
3
270
5
4 14
10/0

2016 Dallas Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Klinsmann, Jonathan 2 2
180
4
3
1
1.00
1-0-1
Marcinkowski, JT 1 1
90
1
2
0
2.00
0-0-1

Totals

3 3
270
5
5
1
1.67
1-1-1

Opponent Totals

3 3
270
5
5
0
1.67 1-1-1

Updated through March 24, 2016


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