LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will close out the 2014 Nike International Friendlies against Brazil on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. ET at the Premier Sports Campus. The game will be a rematch of last year’s finale, which the USA convincingly claimed with a 4-1 victory. The game will be live on ussoccer.com.
The USA (2-0-0; 6 points) will be entering the match with an unblemished record after taking down England (0-1-1; 1 point) 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 28, and downing Australia (0-0-2; 0 points) 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 30. Brazil (1-0-1; 4 points) will also bring a clean record as it convincingly won against Australia 4-0 on Friday and got a 2-2 draw in a dramatic match against England, scoring its two goals in a span of three minutes on Sunday, only to see England equalize late in stoppage time.
A win or a draw will give the USA back-to-back tournament titles.
The USA-Brazil match is preceded by a 3 p.m. game featuring Australia and England. That game will also be live ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow all matches live on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
This marks the USA’s last major tournament of the year as the focus will then turn toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17
2014 Nike International Friendlies
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Dec. 2, 2014
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kevin Silva (PDA), 12-William Pulisic (Richmond United)
DEFENDERS (8): 2- Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), 3- John Nelson (Internationals), 4-Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf), 5-Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), 13-Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), 14-Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), 15-Daniel Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), 8-Luca de la Torre (Fulham), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas), 10-Christian Pulisic (Unattached), 16-Thomas McCabe (PDA), 20-Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Haji Wright (Unattached), 11-Josh Perez (Unattached), 17-McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), 18-Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club)
USA ROSTER NOTES:
- The USA opened up the 2014 Nike International Friendlies with a 3-1 victory over England on Nov. 28, and added another three points on Sunday, Nov. 30, when it took down Australia 2-1.
- Nine different players were in the starting lineup that took the field against Australia, with only midfielder Eric Calvillo and forward Josh Perez having started in both the England and Australia game.
- The six points put the USA atop of the 2014 Nike International Friendly standings, followed by Brazil’s four points.
- With a win or a draw, the USA will claim the title and win the Nike International Friendlies for the second year in a row.
- After falling down 1-0 early in the game against Australia, forward McKinze Gaines tipped one in for the 1-1 score, tallying his fifth goal of 2014, and third-most on the team.
- Gaines’ goal came from an assist by midfielder Pierre Da Silva.
- Da Silva’s assist was his team-leading ninth of the year.
- Gaines and Haji Wright made their 21st appearance of the year for the U-17 MNT against Australia, a leading mark on the USA roster.
- Midfielder Luca de la Torre scored the game-winning goal against Australia in the 69th minute. It was de la Torres’ first goal of his U-17 MNT tenure.
- Midfielder Christian Pulisic led the way with two goals and Alejandro Zendejas tallied a goal and an assist for the USA win against England.
- Pulisic now has 16 goals on the year, upping his career U-17 MNT total to 17 over a span of 25 games.
- Goalkeeper Kevin Silva recorded six saves against England and is now 8-1-2 on the year.
- Wright is the leading scorer for the U.S. in 2014 with 18 goals in 21 international matches and has added six assists. His career total with the U-17 National Team stands at 24 goals in 25 matches, racking up 21 of his 25 caps this year alone.
- Wright has had three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. He has also featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT in 2014, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August.
- Calvillo and Hugo Arellano made their 17th start against Australia to lead all players in starts in 2014.
- The USA is the defending champion of this event, earning last year’s crown with a 4-1 victory against Brazil in the finale on Dec. 13, 2013.
- The U-17 MNT is coming off a three-game tournament in Chile from Nov. 18-22, with draws against host Chile and Qatar and a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
- U-17 head coach Richie Williams’ side has enjoyed a successful 2014. The team has compiled a 17-6-3 international record and a 18-6-7 mark overall.
USA VS. BRAZIL
- The U.S. U-17 MNT and Brazil last met Nov. 20 at the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile. The U.S. rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3. Brazil went on to win the tournament.
- The two teams also met earlier in the year during Copa Mexico in Mexico City on Aug. 10 with the game going the Brazilian’s way again in a 2-0 defeat.
- In addition, the USA and Brazil met on the final game of the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with the USA earning a commanding 4-1 victory to claim the tournament title.
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IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol
FIFA affiliation: 1923
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi
BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bruno (Coritiba), 12-Carlinhos (Portuguesa)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kleber (Flamengo), 3-Ronaldo (Cruzeiro), 4-Leo, 6-Caique (Sao Paulo), 13-Alan (Vasco da Gama), 14-Thiago (Palmeiras)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matheus Fernandes (Botafogo), 7-Andrey (Vasco da Gama), 8-Matheus Pereira (SC Corinthians), 15-Renan (SC Corinthians), 16-Mauro Junior (Desportivo Brasil) , 17-Lincoln (Gremio), 18-Jean (Gremio), 19-Evander (Vasco da Gama)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Eronildo (Vitoria), 10-Leandro (Ponte Preta), 11-Ramon (Fluminense), 20-Loran (Fluminense)
BRAZIL U-17 ROSTER NOTES:
- Brazil began the 2014 Nike International Friendlies in dominating fashion taking down Australia 4-0 on Nov. 28 with four different players recording a goal.
- The Brazilians outshot the Australians 27-5 and largely controlled the game, which saw Andrey, Evander, Leandro and Lincoln all score for the verde amarela.
- The opening score against Australia on the fifth minute of the match was Andrey’s first goal as part of the Brazilian U-17 MNT.
- The draw against England however came in dramatic fashion as Brazil scored its two goals in a three-minute span beginning in the 84th minute.
- Lincoln and Evander were the authors of the two goals against the English side. It was the second goal at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies for each player, tying them with USA forward Christian Pulisic (2) atop the scoring list.
- Goalkeeper Bruno sported the captain’s armband for the third straight game against England, after head coach Caio Zanardi first gave him the honor against Chile on Nov. 22.
- Brazil leads all tournament teams with a plus-four goal differential but sits behind the USA with four points to the U.S. U-17 MNT’s six.
- Brazil fell 4-1 to the USA at the 2013 Nike Friendlies and will have a chance to redeem itself on Tuesday. Only a win will allow the Brazilians to claim this year’s tournament crown.
- Brazil recently won the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile on Nov. 18-22, where it defeated Chile 1-0, the U.S. 4-3 and Qatar 6-0.
- The Nike Friendlies are the last main tournament for Brazil this year as the focused will shift toward the 2015 South American Under-17 Football Championship in Paraguay, which will qualify four teams for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.