Last year, the U.S. under-17 national team beat its Brazilian counterpart so badly at the Nike International Friendlies that the visiting Brazilians stopped playing at the end of match. Since then, it
has been all Brazil. For the third time in four months, Brazil's U-17s prevailed over the U.S. U-17s by the same 4-1 scoreline the USA won in 2013 to capture the 2014 Nike International Friendlies.
and midfielder Evander
each scored twice for Brazil, which needed to win to overtake the USA
for the tournament title. Christian Pulisic
, the USA’s leading scorer in the tournament with three goals, had the USA’s lone goal off
an assist by Haji Wright
, who made a great run in from the left for the tying goal midway through the first half.
Brazil swept the individual
awards: Andrey (Golden Boot), Matheus Pereira
(MVP) and Bruno
(Golden Glove). In 2013, Pulisic (MVP), Wright (Golden
Boot) and goalie Kevin Silva
(Golden Glove) took top honors. Dec. 2 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida USA 1 Brazil 4.
Goals: C.Pulisic 22; Evander 14, 42, Andrewy 62, 70. USA --
Silva; Adams, Velela (Dieterich, 81),
Barbir, Nelson; Calvillo (Gaines, 64), de la Torre, C.Pulisic, Perez (Olosunde, 52); Wright (Da Silva, 81), Zendejas. Brazil --
Bruno (Carlinhos, 90);
Kleber, Thiago, Leo, Caique (Alan, 84); Andrey (Jean, 90), Renan, Lincoln, Matheus Pereira (Matheus Fernandes, 85), Evander, Leandro (Ramon, 60).