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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction to be Held Feb. 10 in Orlando

CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team legend Briana Scurry and former coach Dr. Joe Machnik will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

The Class of 2017 induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. ET as part of the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting. The ceremony will be invite-only but fans will be able to watch live on ussoccer.com.

During the 1999 Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a women's sporting event, Scurry helped shut out China for 120 minutes before stopping the Steel Roses' third penalty kick attempt in the dramatic shootout, allowing final U.S. shooter Brandi Chastain to clinch the World Cup title. Scurry also shepherded the U.S. WNT to two Olympic gold medals during an eleven-year run as the team's top goalkeeper.

Machnik has been involved with soccer in the United States in almost every way: as a player, coach, referee, instructor, match commissioner and now as a broadcaster for FOX Sports. Since 1977, Machnik has run No. 1 Soccer Camps, a program that has helped develop over 80,000 young players and seen its alumni play professionally and with the U.S. National Team. In 1990, Machnik was on the sidelines with head coach Bob Gansler as an assistant coach when the U.S. Men's National Team reached its first World Cup in 40 years. He has served as head of referees for three professional soccer leagues, including 15 years of involvement with Major League Soccer.

Briana Scurry Bio:
Scurry played for the U.S. WNT from 1994-2008, anchoring teams that won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals. The team's first choice goalkeeper for eleven years, she was Player of the Match in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, perhaps the most memorable women's sporting event of all time. At the time of her retirement in 2010, Scurry was by far the most decorated goalkeeper in WNT history with 175 caps and 72 career shutouts. Professionally, she was a founding player in the Women's United Soccer Association with the Atlanta Beat. Now, Scurry is a powerful advocate for concussion/traumatic brain injury awareness and a motivational speaker.

Dr. Joe Machnik Bio:
Machnik has done it all in American soccer, as a player, coach, referee, instructor, match commissioner and broadcaster. An instrumental figure in the sport, Machnik helped guide the U.S. MNT back to the World Cup in 1990 after a 40-year absence as an assistant coach and worked as head of referees for three different professional leagues, including 15 years with MLS. His No. 1 Soccer Camps have helped to develop over 80,000 young players since 1977 and he is believed to be the only man to both coach in two NCAA Finals and officiate an NCAA Final.

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La U.S.MNT Empata 1-1 Con el Campeón Europeo Portugal

LEIRIA, Portugal (14 de noviembre, 2017) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cerró el año empatando 1-1 ante Portugal en suelo portugués, con una alineación que presentó a varios jóvenes que debutaban con la selección mayor. Entre los debutantes de la U.S. MNT se encontraba el volante ofensivo formado en el FC Dallas y que milita en el Schalke 04 de la Bundesliga, Weston McKennie. El mediocampista de 19 años disfrutó de un debut soñado, anotando el gol de la ventaja apenas pasado el minuto 20 de juego.

McKennie estuvo cerca del doblete con un remate de cabeza que se estrelló en el travesaño y estuvo a punto de registrar una asistencia a Tyler Adamas, pero el arquero Bruno realizó una gran atajada para evitar la derrota de los europeos.

Lamentablemente, el portero Ethan Horvath tuvo un día complicado en apenas su segunda actuación con la U.S. MNT, ya que un marcado error en un balón centrado por Antunes que no tenía ninguna dosis de peligro costó muy caro y término significando el empate de los vigentes campeones europeos.

Y si bien es cierto que EE.UU. estuvo cerca de conseguir el segundo tanto, el cual entre el travesaño y las atajadas de Bruno les fue negado, también Portugal tuvo aproximaciones que pudieron significar la derrota, en especial un potente disparo de Gonçalo Paciência que reventó el larguero.

Próximamente: Estados Unidos no volverá a jugar hasta finales de enero del próximo año. Recibirá en el StubHub Center a la selección de Bosnia & Herzegovina el 28 de enero, 2018, a través de la señal de FS1 y UniMás.   

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Weston McKennie, minuto 21: El jugador del Schalke se combinó con C.J. Sapong por la banda izquierda. En el área y con balón controlado, McKennie amagó a Ricardo Ferreira y se puso de frente con el arquero portugués para definir con pierna cambiada.

POR – Vitorino Antunes, minuto 31: Cambio de juego de Bruno Fernandes a la banda izquierda donde venía incorporándose Antunes. Entre la línea de banda y el costado izquierdo del área grande, Antunes prendió el balón de volea para sacar un centro con efecto directo a la posición del portero Ethan Horvath. Pero Horvath no pudo abrazar el esférico y se le escabulló de túnel y lentamente rodó para introducirse a segundo palo.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:
POR – Manuel Fernandes, minuto 35: Potente cañonazo de derecha de larga distancia que Horvath contuvo sin dar rebote.

POR – Danilo Pereira, minuto 39: El mediocampista del Porto aprovechó la complacencia de la zaga estadounidense en la salida e interceptó un pase a Kellyn Acosta de frente al arco. Danilo sacó un disparo raso que Horvath nuevamente contuvo.

USA – John Brooks, minuto 44: Tiro de esquina rematado de cabeza por Brooks adelantándose a la salida del arquero Beto, y mandando el balón al fondo del arco. Sin embargo el tanto no contó, ya que el árbitro había señalado previamente un empujón de Matt Miazga a su marcador.

USA – Tyler Adams, minuto 52: Servicio por izquierda de McKennie que la zaga portuguesa fue incapaz de cortar, y tras un bote, Adams remató de cabeza a segundo poste. Beto se lanzó para realizar la atajada.

USA – Weston McKennie, minuto 55: Tiro de esquina rematado de cabeza por el debutante que se estrelló en el travesaño y de campanazo no alcanzó a cruzar la línea de gol.

POR – Gonçalo Paciência, minuto 68: En segunda jugada tras el rechazo defensivo en un tiro de esquina, Bernardo Silva le dejó un pase a Paciência quien de media vuelta sacó un elevado y potente remate en el área que reventó el travesaño.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, minuto 72: Centro a perfil cambiado de Lynden Gooch por izquierda, directo al corazón del área. Tras botar en el área, Carter-Vickers controló en el área chica, el esférico le quedo a media altura y antes de que rematara de zurda, el portero Bruno salvó su arco con una media tijera de derecha.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de EE.UU. vs. Portugal
Fecha: 14 de noviembre, 2017
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa; Leiria, Portugal
Inicio: 3:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. hora local)
Asistencia: 19,017
Clima: 45 grados, parcialmente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2         F
USA                                         1          0         1
POR                                         1          0         1

USA – Weston McKennie (CJ Sapong)                           minuto 21
POR – Vitorino Antunes (Bruno Fernandes)                    31

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Bill Hamid, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks (16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 46), 15-Eric Lichaj (21-Jorge Villafaña, 59); 19-Danny Williams; 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 84), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Juan Agudelo (20-Lynden Gooch, 59); 18-CJ Sapong (14-Dom Dwyer, 77)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 22-Jesse González, 5-Tim Ream, 7-Kelyn Rowe
Director Técnico: Dave Sarachan

POR: 22-António Pimparel; 2-Nelson Semedo, 3-Pepe (4-Luis Neto, 10), 24-Ricardo Ferreira, 5-Vitorino Antunes; 8-Bruno Fernandes (10-João Eduardo, 46), 13-Danilo Pereira (6-Ruben Neves, 62); 14-Manuel Fernandes, 17-Bruma (11-Bernardo Silva, 62), 18-Gelson Martins (19-Gonçalo Paciência, 46); 7-Gonçalo Guedes (16-Marcos Lopes, 81)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 1-José Sá, 9-André Silva, 12-Anthony Lopes, 15-Idgar Ié, 20-Kevin Rodrigues, 21-Ricardo Pereira, 23-João Cancelo
Director Técnico: Fernando Santos

Resumen estadístico: USA / POR
Tiros: 9 / 13
Tiros al arco: 5 / 6
Atajadas: 5 / 4
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 8
Faltas: 20 / 18
Fueras de lugar: 0 / 1 

Resumen de penalidades:
Ninguna 

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Cuarto Oficial: Andre Marriner (ENG)

Jugador del Partido ussoccer.com: Weston McKennie

 

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Espanol Nov 14, 2017

McKennie Scores in Debut as USA Draws Portugal 1-1 in Leiria

LEIRIA, Portugal (Nov. 14) – On a night that kicked off a new era, the U.S. Men’s National Team drew 1-1 with third-ranked Portugal in the USA’s final match of 2017. The MNT’s young prospects put encouraging performances with 19-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie’s goal highlighting the talent in the team as the United States finished 2017 with a 10-2-7 record.

Starting in his first MNT appearance, McKennie gave the U.S. the lead in the 21st minute with a well-placed shot inside the near post, becoming the third-youngest U.S. player in the modern era to score in his first cap. Midfielder Tyler Adams and center back Cameron Carter-Vickers join McKennie in making their debuts for the senior National Team.

In a back-and-forth opening 15 minutes, both sides held possession but couldn’t create any real threats. That changed soon after, as the USA strung together a series of dangerous runs before McKennie’s strike (aided by a CJ Sapong pass) gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Portugal equalized in the 31st minute on a fortunate shot that slipped under U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. The teams traded opportunities for the remaining hour to leave the contest a 1-1 draw. The USA’s all-time record against Portugal remains dead even at 2-2-3.

The MNT will return to action in 2018 when the team hosts Boznia and Herzegovina for a friendly match on Jan. 28 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and the match with be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Weston McKennie (C.J. Sapong), 21st minute: Making a run down the left sideline, C.J. Sapong played the ball past two defenders inside to McKennie, streaking towards the net. He maneuvered past one more Portuguese defender, took a few steps to settle the ball and cleverly wrong-footed the ‘keeper to slot him at the near post. USA 1, POR 0 [WATCH]

POR – Antunes (Bruno Fernandes), 31st minute: Building up beginning with the ‘keeper, Portugal was methodical in the final third, patiently making moves before sending a long cross from the right to the left side. Upon receiving the booming pass, Antunes volleyed a shot towards the goal from outside the box, where it slipped through the hands of U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. USA 1, POR 1 FINAL

Key Saves:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 39th minute: After a save, Horvath played a ball to the field, where Danilo Pereira beat Kellyn Acosta to the ball. Running full speed, he blasted a shot at Horvath, who stayed in front and took it in to his chest.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 45th minute: As Bruma made a dangerous run to the net, Horvath came out to play the ball, diving in front of the attacker’s feet to push the ball away and stop a dangerous opportunity for the Portuguese.

POR – Beto, 52nd minute: Receiving a pass from Eric Lichaj at the 18, Cameron Carter Vickers sprinted towards the end line and sent an on-target cross to Tyler Adams at the far post. Beto dove and got one hand on the ball, just enough to pat it out-of-bounds and maintain the deadlock.

POR – Beto, 71st minute: Lynden Gooch played the ball into the box after a USA free kick, finding Carter-Vickers positioned at the far post. Standing a step away from the goal line, he attempted to trap the ball with his chest, but Beto got a foot in to boot away the goalscoring opportunity.

USA – Bill Hamid, 77th minute: Antunes launched another booming shot from outside the top right corner of the penalty area and Hamid made an athletic play to leap up and deflect the shot upwards. He finished the play and snagged the ball on its way down to preserve the draw.

NOTES

  • Weston McKennie scored his first goal in his first cap. At 19-years-old, he becomes the third-youngest U.S. player to achieve that feat in the modern era, behind Juan Agudelo and Landon Donovan.
  • CJ Sapong picked up his first assist in his third international appearance.
  • A total of three U.S. players earned their first cap. Midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie both got the start, while Cameron Carter-Vickers made his debut from the bench when he entered at halftime.
  • Adams (18 years, 273 days) becomes the first player born in 1999 to appear for the MNT and is the second youngest to earn a cap in 2017 after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 187 days on March 24, 2017 vs. Honduras).
  • The MNT started two teenagers (Adams, Mckennie) for the first time since 1988, a span of 29 years.
  • Ten players who took the field for the U.S. tonight were age 24 or younger: (24) Juan Agudelo, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin; (22) Kellyn Acosta, Ethan Horvath, Matt Miazga; (21) Lynden Gooch; (19) Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie; (18) Tyler Adams.
  • Seven of the USA’s starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Adams, Agudelo and Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Acosta and McKennie (FC Dallas), Horvath (Real Colorado), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).
  • Veteran Danny Williams captained the side for the first time tonight and earned his first MNT appearance since a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Oct. 11, 2016.
  • Starting at right back, DeAndre Yedlin will finish 2017 one cap shy of the half-century mark.
  • Partnering with fellow FC Dallas product McKennie in central midfield, Kellyn Acosta led all players in the starting XI by making his 13th appearance of 2017.
  • The centerback partnership of Miazga and Carter-Vickers in the second half was a reprisal of the duo’s role at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Following a series of injuries, John Brooks returned to the U.S. lineup for the first time since June 8, 2017.
  • Acosta, Miazga, Sapong, Horvath, Adams and McKennie all made their first MNT appearances on European soil.
  • Since first meeting in 1978, the USA and Portugal are an even 2-2-3 all-time.
  • The MNT is 0-2-2 all-time against A Seleçao on Portuguese soil.
  • The U.S. finished 2017 with a record of 10-2-7.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Portugal 
Date: Nov. 14, 2017 
Competition: International Friendly 
Venue: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa; Leiria, Portugal
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local) 
Attendance: 19,017 
Weather: 45 degrees; partly cloudy

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

USA – Weston McKennie (CJ Sapong)                        21st minute
POR – Vitorino Antunes (Bruno Fernandes)                31

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Bill Hamid, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks (16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 46), 15-Eric Lichaj (21-Jorge Villafaña, 59); 19-Danny Williams (capt.); 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 84), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Juan Agudelo (20-Lynden Gooch, 59); 18-CJ Sapong (14-Dom Dwyer, 77)
Subs not used: 22-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-Tim Ream, 7-Kelyn Rowe
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

POR: 22-António Pimparel; 2-Nelson Semedo, 3-Pepe (4-Luis Neto, 10), 24-Ricardo Ferreira, 5-Vitorino Antunes; 8-Bruno Fernandes (10-João Eduardo, 46), 13-Danilo Pereira (6-Ruben Neves, 62); 14-Manuel Fernandes, 17-Bruma (11-Bernardo Silva, 62), 18-Gelson Martins (19-Gonçalo Paciência, 46); 7-Gonçalo Guedes (16-Marcos Lopes, 81)
Subs not used: 1-José Sá, 9-André Silva, 12-Anthony Lopes, 15-Idgar Ié, 20-Kevin Rodrigues, 21-Ricardo Pereira, 23-João Cancelo
Head coach: Fernando Santos

Stats Summary: USA / POR 
Shots: 9 / 13 
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 4 
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8 
Fouls: 20 / 18 
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Officials: 
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Weston McKennie

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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Portugal - International Friendly


Portugal vs. USA
International Friendly
Nov. 14, 2017
Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa; Leiria, Portugal
Live Broadcast: 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás and UDN

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI at Portugal: 1-Ethan Horvath, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-John Brooks, 8-Weston McKennie, 15-Eric Lichaj, 17-Juan Agudelo, 18-CJ Sapong, 19-Danny Williams, 23-Kellyn Acosta

Substitutes: 12-Bill Hamid, 22-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-Tim Ream, 7-Kelyn Rowe, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 14-Dom Dwyer, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 20-Lynden Gooch, 21-Jorge Villafaña

  • During tonight’s match a telethon will be conducted to benefit victims of the devastating wildfires that caused more than 100 fatalities earlier this year in Northern and Central Portugal.
  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): DeAndre Yedlin (49), John Brooks (33), Juan Agudelo (27), Danny Williams (23), Kellyn Acosta (17), Eric Lichaj (14), Matt Miazga (4), CJ Sapong (3), Ethan Horvath (2), Tyler Adams (1), Weston McKennie (1)
  • The Starting XI’s average cap number (including this match): 15.8
  • The Starting XI’s average age: 24 years, 67 days
  • Eight starters are age 24 and under: (24) Agudelo, Brooks, Yedlin, (22) Acosta, Miazga, Horvath, (19) McKennie, (18) Adams
  • Seven of the starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Adams, Agudelo and Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Acosta and McKennie (FC Dallas), Horvath (Real Colorado), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).
  • Midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie make their U.S. MNT debuts tonight.
  • Adams (18 years, 273 days) becomes the first player born in 1999 to appear for the MNT and is the second youngest to earn a cap in 2017 after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 187 days on March 24, 2017 vs. Honduras).
  • Veteran Danny Williams captains the side for the first time tonight and earns his first MNT appearance since a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Oct. 11, 2016.
  • Coming off a season in which he led all U.S.-eligible players with 16 goals in M.L.S. this season, CJ Sapong earns his first cap since a 1-0 friendly win at Panama on Jan. 25, 2012.
  • Starting at right back, DeAndre Yedlin will finish 2017 one cap shy of the half-century mark.
  • Partnering with fellow FC Dallas product McKennie in central midfield, Kellyn Acosta leads all players in the starting XI by making his 13th appearance of 2017.
  • Having debuted in a 2-0 win at Cuba on Oct. 7, 2016, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath earns his
  • Both Brooks and Williams have tallied for the MNT on European soli, each contributing a goal in the USA’s 4-3 friendly win at the Netherlands on June 5, 2015.
  • Juan Agudelo, Eric Lichaj and Matt Miazga were all part of the USA’s 2017 Gold Cup championship side.
  • Acosta, Miazga, Sapong, Horvath, Adams and McKennie all make their first MNT appearances on European soil.
  • With both teams dressing 20 players tonight, forward Josh Sargent will not dress due to a right quad strain.     
  • Since first meeting in 1978, the USA and Portugal are an even 2-2-2 against each other.
  • The sides have twice met in the FIFA World Cup. Acting U.S. MNT head coach Dave Sarachan was an assistant on the team that defeated A Seleçao 3-2 in both teams’ opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. DeAndre Yedlin and substitute Alejandro Bedoya each featured in the USA’s 2-2 draw with Portugal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • The USA’s other win against Portugal came in a 1-0 victory on June 3, 1992 in Chicago.
  • The MNT is 0-2-1 all-time against A Seleçao on Portuguese soil.
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2017 Men's and Women's Nike International Friendlies, DA Winter Showcase to Take Place Nov. 29-Dec. 11

CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2017) – The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida from Nov. 29-Dec. 11.

In the 15th edition of the Men’s Nike Friendlies, the USA will take on its U-17 counterparts from Brazil, England and Netherlands. The tournament will feature players born in the year 2002 or after whose goal is to represent their countries at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In the first Women’s Nike International Friendlies held in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, the U.S. U-20 WNT will face Brazil, England and Finland. The USA, Brazil and England will bring players born in 1998 or later while Finland will feature players born in 1997 and later. The USA and Brazil will use the tournament to further preparations for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. England has already qualified while Finland did not earn a berth to the tournament.

The tournaments will feature six doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the evening games on each match day. The U-17 MNT will face England on Nov. 29, Netherlands on Dec. 1 and finish against Brazil on Dec. 3. The U-20 WNT will take on England on Dec. 7, Finland on Dec. 9 and will end the competition against Brazil on Dec. 11.

The early game of the first two U-17 match days will kick-off at 3:30 p.m. ET with the USA game following at 7 p.m. ET. The third match day will feature a 1:30 p.m. ET kick-off for the first game, followed by the USA match at 5 p.m. ET. For the U-20 match days, all three match days will see 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. kickoff times.

All matches will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 1
England vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Netherlands, 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 3
Netherlands vs. England, 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. ET

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 7
Brazil vs. Finland, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 9
England vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Finland, 6:30 p.m. ET

Monday, Dec. 11
Finland vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6:30 p.m. ET

The Development Academy Winter Showcase will once again take place alongside the Nike Friendlies at Premier Sport Campus and will include 76 Under-16/17 and 72 Under-18/19 Boys’ Academy clubs and 69 clubs from each of the three Girls’ Academy age groups: Under-15, Under-16/17 and Under-18/19. There will be featured Academy showcase games streamed live in addition to the Nike Friendlies, with the Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 Boys’ schedule and Dec. 6, 8 and 10 Girls’ matchups to be announced on ussoccerda.com.

The U.S. U-17 MNT won the Nike International Friendlies most recently in 2016, while England took home the championship in 2015. England and Netherlands last attended the Nike Friendlies in 2015. Furthermore, Brazil has attended the tournament every year since 2006, in addition to a 2003 appearance.

The Friendlies have featured a number of players throughout the years who went on to play for the senior MNT, including Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley. International players such as Brazil’s Neymar and Marcelo, the Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, and many others have also played in the well-regarded international tournament.

The U-20 U.S. WNT has had an excellent year of preparation, taking three trips to Europe – to Spain, England and Germany – while conducting three domestic training camps, one of which included two games against the Japan U-20 WNT. The Nike Friendlies will mark the final international matches of the year for the U.S. team, but it will convene in Florida for a training camp at the end of the year. That will be the last preparation before the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship being held in Trinidad & Tobago from Jan. 18-28.

At that tournament, the USA was drawn into Group B with Nicaragua, Mexico and the first-place finisher from the Caribbean pre-qualifying. The top three finishers qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

The Nike Friendlies began in 2001 to provide top-level competition for Men’s Youth National Teams, and has become a premier annual event for youth soccer. In 2008, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Winter Showcase joined forces with the Nike Friendlies, and the combined event highlights the cohesion between the Development Academy Member Clubs and the Youth National Teams. In the 2016-17 cycle, 92% of all Boys’ and Men’s Youth National Team players were products of Development Academy clubs. Since the start of the inaugural Girls’ Development Academy season in September 2017, 70% of the players called into Women’s Youth National Team camps are rostered full-time in the Girls’ Academy. The U.S. Talent Identification Network will include YNT staff, Technical Advisors and U.S. Soccer Scouts who will cover each of the 541 games, 226 Boys’ games and 315 Girls’ games, to identify and evaluate players from across the country.

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