Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Finding Nimo, the new U-17 star
by Paul Kennedy, May 1st, 2007 9:30AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

USA U17 TeamThe meteoric rise of former Liberian refugee Alex Nimo continued as he scored twice on Monday night to lead the United States to a 3-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in its opening game at CONCACAF's Under-17 World Cup qualifying tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.

Nimo, who only entered the U.S. U-17 residency program in January, needed just two minutes to score the first goal of the game and his first goal for the USA, beating a T&T defender on the right flank and scoring from close range after his cross was blocked and came back to him.

"I didn't know what to do since it was my first goal," said Nimo, who raced to the corner flag and danced after his goal. "I was relieved and really excited."

Playing just his sixth international match, Nimo found the net again in the second half. He buried a shot from 10 yards with the efficacy of his hero, the Brazilian Ronaldo, whom he emulated in Buduburan, the camp located in Ghana that was at its peak the home to 50,000 Liberian refugees. Nimo would scratch No. 9 on the back of his shirts with chalk and pretended to be Ronaldo, playing soccer for hours on end in the dirt streets of Buduburan.

Eight years ago, Nimo and his family left Buduburan and arrived in the United States, where they were granted political asylum and moved to Portland, Ore., with the assistance of such charities as Catholic Ministries and Habitat for Humanity. Nimo, whom the late Clive Charles brought into the FC Portland youth program and who wore tennis shoes to his first tryout, was previously targeted for inclusion in the U-17 residency program but had to wait until after he and his family were granted U.S. citizenship last November. In the meantime, he starred for four seasons at Benson High School and is considered the best player ever to come out of the Portland Interscholastic League.

MCLOUGHLIN REPORT. The U.S. attack was a question mark entering the U-17 qualifying tournament, but John Hackworth's Americans put three goals past T&T. Ellis McLoughlin, another product of the Pacific Northwest, put the USA up, 2-0, with his team-high 13th international goal six minutes before halftime. But the Crossfire product's night ended on an unhappy note in the 80th minute when he was given a straight red card for a challenge near midfield.

T&T outshot the USA, 11-10, but goalie Zach MacMath, getting the surprise start over Josh Lambo, registered the shutout. Three '91s -- FC Dallas draft pick Abdus Ibrahim, Greg Garza and MacMath -- started against T&T, and Hackworth's other two '91 players -- Bryan Dominguez and Nick Millington -- both came off the bench.

The win moved the USA, the only country to have played in every U-17 world championship, into third place with three points after one game. Canada and Costa Rica, which played to a 0-0 draw, are tied for first place with four points apiece. Host Jamaica, which had a bye Monday night, and Trinidad & Tobago have no points. The top three teams from the five-team group advance to this summer's Under-17 World Cup in South Korea.

The USA returns to Group B action at Kingston's National Stadium Wednesday against Canada. Jamaica meets Costa Rica in the other game.

GAME SUMMARY:
April 30 in Kingston
USA 3 Trin. & Tobago 0. Goals: Nimo 2, 62, McLoughlin 39.
USA -- MacMath, Williams (Turk, 68), Bates, Shea, Wenzel, Nimo, Garza, Jeffrey, Ibrahim (Millington, 65), McLoughlin, Schuler (Dominguez, 79).
Trinidad & Tobago -- Samuel, O'Neil, Bateau, Rochford, Adams, Paul, Cyrus (De Silva, 58), Sullivan (Molino, 34), Lewis, Knox, Joseph (De Freitas, 64).
Yellow cards: USA -- Williams 24, Ibrahim 28, Bates 69; Trinidad & Tobago -- Joseph 54, Paul 81.
Red card:
USA -- McLoughlin 80.
Referee: Ruiz Bondilla (El Salvador).


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Gallardo shines as U.S. U-17s rout Cuba     
Joe Gallardo, who suffered a broken shinbone last August, scored a hat trick as the USA ...
Garber: 'Nobody's looking for a work stoppage'    
Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, MLS commissioner Don Garber ...
What They're Saying: Univision's Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"If the rights are already fixed, there's little incentive to FIFA to award 2026 to the ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
The MLS preseason wraps up on Saturday with 18 of 20 teams in action, all but ...
MLS issues record fine to owner Dell Loy Hansen    
One MLS owner, Real Salt Salt's Dell Loy Hansen, has not been shy about expressing his ...
id2 tour kicks off Monday in Argentina    
The id2 National Selection will kick off its tour of Argentina with the first of four ...
Concacaf Under-17 Championship television schedule    
The USA kicks off play in the Concacaf Under-17 Championship Friday against Cuba in San Pedro ...
USA enjoys long history of U-17 regional success    
The U.S. U-17s will get a chance at the 2015 Concacaf Under-17 Championship to avenge the ...
D.C. United sadly outclassed in Costa Rica    
Alajuelense jumped on top early and pounded D.C. United, 5-2, in the first leg of their ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"I do not understand why they [the English media] want to do this. They want to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives