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U.S. U-17s go 1-1-1 in three games
by Paul Kennedy, December 5th, 2010 8:54PM

TAGS:  brazil, u-17 world cup


[NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] The U.S. under-17 national team beat South Korea, 2-1, and tied Brazil, 0-0, before falling to champion Turkey, 2-0, on the final day of the 2010 Nike International Friendlies at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.

A pair of first-half goals from Matthew Dunn and Mario Rodriguez gave the USA the win over the Koreans.

Dunn, who is in the FC Cologne youth system, scored off a corner kick played into the area, while Marc Pelosi set up Rodriguez.

Two days later, Brazil held on for a tie against the USA despite losing two players to red cards in the last 16 minutes.

Sunday's victory gave Turkey three wins in three games.

The Nike International Friendlies are played in conjunction with the Development Academy Winter Showcase, where all 156 Academy teams in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups have been competing this weekend.

Dec. 1 in Phoenix
USA 2 South Korea 1. Goals: Dunn 10, M.Rodriguez 37; Shin 41.
USA -- Pina, Souders, Acosta, Smith, Fehr, Pelosi, Dunn (Amon, 90), Salkicic, Guido, E.Rodriguez (Melo, 80), M.Rodriguez (Oliver, 74).

Dec. 3 in Phoenix
USA 0 Brazil 0.
USA -- Pina, Souders, Acosta, Smith, Fehr, Pelosi, Dunn, Salkicic (Oliver, 80), Guido (Serna, 26), E.Rodriguez (Melo, 82), M.Rodriguez.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: December 6, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
    I watched the three matches and one thing I noticed about the US team was lack of compoiser under pressure. In the first game against South Korea the boys did good untill SK turned up the pressure and player started to fall apart for the US team. The Brazil game was appauling to watch, I though the ref drew the red card 3 times,but it shows only two? There should have been at least five red cards served to the Brazilian players due to DIRTY TACTICAL PLAY, What a disgrace to Brazil's soccer program if the coach condoles this type of play among it's players, this dirty and physical play is probably what lead to the US's downfall to Turkey, being physically beaten-up, but in the end the US boys need to work on better possession, terrible passing through-out all the games, They, the US players didn't look any better than normal soccer club players. I know there has to be better players in America than what I saw in these three games, What a dissapointment!
  1. Carl Walther
    commented on: December 6, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.
    Kerry--Part of the problem in the US vs. Brazil game was that the referring was terrible. When the ref gave a red card to the wrong player, that was enough for me. Kicking a kid out of a game he came all the way from Brazil to play in, when he didn't do anything, was not just a referring mistake, but a inexcusable referring mistake.
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: December 6, 2010 at 11:49 a.m.
    Carl- Both player from Brazil should have been kicked out the game at that point, the one player already caring a yellow and the one who refued to leave the field after blasting the ball into the US players head from 3 ft away. I do agree that the ref was too lenient towards the Brazilian players. There are no excuses for dity play reguardless. I have watched enough USMNT games in Central and South America to know that the refing towards the US players would have been worst if they had played in either of these countries.

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