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U.S. U-17 MNT Soars Past England on First Day of Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov.  28, 2014) – Guided by a balanced attack and a strong defense, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down England 3-1 on its opening match of the 2014 Nike International Friendlieson Friday night at the Premier Sports Campus.

U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic led the USA with a brace. Pulisic’s goals were No. 15 and 16 on his international tally this year. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva had an incredible outing, finishing with six saves and improving to 8-1-2 on the year.

The contested matchup had back-and-forth moments, but it was the USA that quickly gained the upper hand. U.S. midfielder Josh Perez had an active game and created some strong scoring chances in the opening minutes. In the 11th minute, Perez sent in a beauty of a wide left cross to Alejandro Zendejas who kicked the ball into the back of the net with his left foot for a 1-0 USA lead.

The USA continued to threaten offensively while maintaining a strong presence in the back to keep England off of the score sheet.

A corner in the 18th minute was a dangerous one from England, but Silva kept his cool and punched it out to avoid the equalizer.

The USA had another strong opportunity in the 21st minute when a crafty play from Perez on the left side sent a ball straight to the middle for Haji Wright who could not control it.

England had a strong attack over the following minutes, including a dangerous opportunity from William Patchings’ free kick that sailed just wide. But the combination of England’s missed chances and Silva’s ability to come up with several key saves maintained a steady presence in the back while allowing the USA to work the ball back into the offensive third.

The U.S. added to its lead shortly after defender Matthew Olosunde’s shot struck Adetayo Edun, who was called for a hand ball in the box. In the 40th minute, Pulisic stepped up to the penalty spot and nailed his kick into the right corner for a 2-0 lead.

The intensity continued in the second half as the USA threatened and attacked early. Perez’s shot went just wide in the 48th minute, but in the following offensive attack, Zendejas nudged the ball to Pulisic who sank it on the near right post of the net and open up the game wide for the USA, giving the Red, White and Blue a commanding 3-0 lead.

England continued to fight for the remainder of the game and had a couple of missed opportunities. On the first minute of stoppage time, however, Layton N’dukwu passed the ball in from the left side of the box and connected with Daniel Wright, who slotted the ball into the net and prevent a U.S. shutout.

The U.S. and Brazil opened the tournament with wins, but Brazil currently holds first place based on goal differential.

Next, the USA will face Brazil and England will play Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and the latter at 6 p.m. ET. All games at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies are shown live on ussoccer.com.


- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

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

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Josh Perez)                    11th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (penalty)                               40
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)           48
ENG – Daniel Wright (Layton N’dukwu)                 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde (19-Tyler Adams, 46), 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 84), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (17-McKinze Gaines, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Keegan Kelly, 84), 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 66), 14-Daniel Barbir
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman; 2-James Yates (12-Kyron Stabana, 80), 3-Adetayo Edun, 4-Tom Davies (capt.) (20-Daniel Wright, 80), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant, 7-Nathan Holland (17-Ike Ugbo, 70), 9-Lukas Nmecha (8-Adam Phillips, 61), 11-Layton N’dukwu, 15-Danny Collinge (5-Reece Oxford, 70), 18-William Patching, 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram
Subs Not Used: 1-Paul Woolston, 10-Marcus Edwards, 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman
Head Coach: John Peacock

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Daniel Barbir (caution)           30th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)      60

Officials:
Referee: Mark Allatin (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)


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- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Nov. 28, 2014 
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies 
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET 
Attendance: --
Weather: 53 degrees, clear 

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

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Josh Perez)                    11th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (penalty)                               40
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)           48
ENG – Daniel Wright (Layton N’dukwu)                 90+1 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde (19-Tyler Adams, 46), 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 84), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (17-McKinze Gaines, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Keegan Kelly, 84), 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 66), 14-Daniel Barbir
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman; 2-James Yates (12-Kyron Stabana, 80), 3-Adetayo Edun, 4-Tom Davies (capt.) (20-Daniel Wright, 80), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant, 7-Nathan Holland (17-Ike Ugbo, 70), 9-Lukas Nmecha (8-Adam Phillips, 61), 11-Layton N’dukwu, 15-Danny Collinge (5-Reece Oxford, 70), 18-William Patching, 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram
Subs Not Used: 1-Paul Woolston, 10-Marcus Edwards, 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman
Head Coach: John Peacock 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Daniel Barbir (caution)           30th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)      60 

Officials:
Referee: Mark Allatin (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)

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U.S. U-17 MNT Soars Past England on First Day of Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov.  28, 2014) – Guided by a balanced attack and a strong defense, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down England 3-1 on its opening match of the 2014 Nike International Friendlieson Friday night at the Premier Sports Campus.

U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic led the USA with a brace. Pulisic’s goals were No. 15 and 16 on his international tally this year. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Silva had an incredible outing, finishing with six saves and improving to 8-1-2 on the year.

The contested matchup had back-and-forth moments, but it was the USA that quickly gained the upper hand. U.S. midfielder Josh Perez had an active game and created some strong scoring chances in the opening minutes. In the 11th minute, Perez sent in a beauty of a wide left cross to Alejandro Zendejas who kicked the ball into the back of the net with his left foot for a 1-0 USA lead.

The USA continued to threaten offensively while maintaining a strong presence in the back to keep England off of the score sheet.

A corner in the 18th minute was a dangerous one from England, but Silva kept his cool and punched it out to avoid the equalizer.

The USA had another strong opportunity in the 21st minute when a crafty play from Perez on the left side sent a ball straight to the middle for Haji Wright who could not control it.

England had a strong attack over the following minutes, including a dangerous opportunity from William Patchings’ free kick that sailed just wide. But the combination of England’s missed chances and Silva’s ability to come up with several key saves maintained a steady presence in the back while allowing the USA to work the ball back into the offensive third.

The U.S. added to its lead shortly after defender Matthew Olosunde’s shot struck Adetayo Edun, who was called for a hand ball in the box. In the 40th minute, Pulisic stepped up to the penalty spot and nailed his kick into the right corner for a 2-0 lead.

The intensity continued in the second half as the USA threatened and attacked early. Perez’s shot went just wide in the 48th minute, but in the following offensive attack, Zendejas nudged the ball to Pulisic who sank it on the near right post of the net and open up the game wide for the USA, giving the Red, White and Blue a commanding 3-0 lead.

England continued to fight for the remainder of the game and had a couple of missed opportunities. On the first minute of stoppage time, however, Layton N’dukwu passed the ball in from the left side of the box and connected with Daniel Wright, who slotted the ball into the net and prevent a U.S. shutout.

The U.S. and Brazil opened the tournament with wins, but Brazil currently holds first place based on goal differential.

Next, the USA will face Brazil and England will play Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and the latter at 6 p.m. ET. All games at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies are shown live on ussoccer.com.


- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

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

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Josh Perez)                    11th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (penalty)                               40
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)           48
ENG – Daniel Wright (Layton N’dukwu)                 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 2-Matthew Olosunde (19-Tyler Adams, 46), 3-John Nelson, 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 7-Haji Wright, 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Thomas McCabe, 84), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (17-McKinze Gaines, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Keegan Kelly, 84), 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 66), 14-Daniel Barbir
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman; 2-James Yates (12-Kyron Stabana, 80), 3-Adetayo Edun, 4-Tom Davies (capt.) (20-Daniel Wright, 80), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant, 7-Nathan Holland (17-Ike Ugbo, 70), 9-Lukas Nmecha (8-Adam Phillips, 61), 11-Layton N’dukwu, 15-Danny Collinge (5-Reece Oxford, 70), 18-William Patching, 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram
Subs Not Used: 1-Paul Woolston, 10-Marcus Edwards, 14-Trent Arnold, 16-Easah Suliman
Head Coach: John Peacock

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Daniel Barbir (caution)           30th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)      60

Officials:
Referee: Mark Allatin (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Fourth Official: Chipalo Street (USA)


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Brazil Earns Convincing 4-0 Win against Australia in Nike Friendlies Opener

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Nov. 28, 2014) – The Australia and Brazil U-17 Men’s National Teams kicked off the 2014 Nike International Friendlies as Brazil secured its first victory of the tournament shutting down Australia with dominant 4-0 victory.

Brazil (1-0-0) controlled the ball for much of the first half and quickly jumped to an early lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Andrey received a perfectly placed left cross pass from defenseman Caique who sent the ball right into Andrey’s boot.

Four different players scored for the verde amarela with Leandro, Lincoln and Evander joining Andrey on the score sheet.

With the pressure mounting, Brazil knocked the second goal in on the 32nd minute after Andrey sent a left band pass to Evander to put the South Americans up 2-0.

After struggling to get past midfield for much of the first half, Australia (0-1-0) came out of the locker room and had a couple of opportunities to convert a score in the second half but it was unable to knock one in past the Brazilian defense.

In turn, Brazil forward Leandro found himself in the perfect spot after a shot ricocheted off the post and from the hands of the Australia goalkeeper onto Leandro’s right leg, sending the ball into the net and expanding the Brazilian advantage to 3-0.

With Brazil in total control of the game, Lincoln added a fourth score and the exclamation point in the 63rd minute after an assist from Renan to lift its team to a big 4-0 win.

Australia goalkeeper James Delianov made 12 saves, with eight coming in the second half.

Australia’s Henry Davies received his second yellow card of the match in the 75th minute and was ejected from the game. He will miss the team’s next game and serve a one-game suspension.

Up next, Australia will face the United States and Brazil will take on England on Sunday, Nov. 30. All games at the Nike International Friendlies are live on ussoccer.com.

- 2014 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Australia U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Nov. 28, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: --
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
AUS 0 0 0
BRA 2 2 4 

BRA – Andrey (Caique) 5th minute
BRA – Evander (Andrey) 32
BRA – Leandro 48
BRA – Lincoln (Renan) 63

Lineups:
AUS: 18-James Delianov (capt.); 16-Danny Kim, 3-Henry Davies, 15-Jackson Bandiera (5-Zac Speth, 56), 9-Panos Armenakas; 13-Christian Verbi (20-Perry Fotakopoulos, 46), 8-Daniel Arzani, 6-Joe Caletti (capt.), 17-Nicholas Panetta (11-Peter Kekeris, 56); 10-Jamie Dimitroff (23-Kosta Petratos, 46), 22-Cameron Joice (2-Malcolm Ward, 76)
Subs Not Used: 7-Daniel Maskin, 12-Brandon Osipov, 14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika, 24-Marc Tokich
Head Coach: Tony Vidmar

BRA: 1-Bruno; 14-Thiago, 8-Matheus Pereira (13-Alan, 66), 4-Leo, 6-Caique; 2-Kleber (5-Matheus Fernandes, 69), 15-Renan, 7-Andrey (18-Jean, 62); 10-Leandro (16-Mauro Junior, 66), 17-Lincoln (9-Eronildo, 69), 19-Evander (11-Ramon, 62)
Subs Not Used: 3-Ronaldo, 12-Carlinhos, 20-Loran 
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Stats Summary: AUS / BRA
Shots: 5 / 27
Shots on Goal: 2 / 16
Saves: 12 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 44th minute
AUS – Perry Fotakopoulos (caution) 50
AUS – Henry Davies (caution) 75
AUS – Henry Davies (ejection) 75

Officials:
Referee: Caleb Mendez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: TJ Zablocki (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Hutchinson (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)

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Australia and Brazil meet in the first match of the 2014 tournament at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

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