Youth: U.S. U-17 boys tie Portugal in Nike Friendlies opener

D.C. United academy striker Griffin Yow's 36th minute strike earned the USA a 1-1 tie with Portugal at the Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood, Florida.

Yow intercepted a poor back pass and easily beat the Portuguese keeper in the USA's opener on Wednesday.

Tiago Tomas scored Portugal's equalizer in the 81st minute.

UP NEXT. On Friday, the USA faces Turkey, which opened with a 1-0 loss to Brazil. The game will be streamed live at 6:30 p.m. at ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer's Facebook and YouTube.

Nov. 28 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 
USA 1 Portugal 1. Goals: Yow 36; Tomas 81.
USA -- Las, Scally, Armour, Alejandre, Hernandez, Gray, Saldana (Stroud, 80), Reyna, Ocampo-Chavez (Pepi, 64), Yow (Dunbar, 90), Reilly .
Portugal -- Soares, R.Rodrigues (Buta, 84), Araujo, Quaresma (Cruz, 70), Brito, Daniel, Pereira (Conceicao, 70), Bernardo, Tavares (Sousa, 55), Tomas, D.Rodrigues (Batalha, 70).

U.S. U-17 boys national team
Player (club; hometown; caps/goals before tournament)
GOALKEEPERS (3)
Trace Alphin (North Carolina FC academy; Raleigh, N.C.; 0/0)
Damian Las (Chicago Fire academy; Norridge, Ill.; 11/0)
Chituru Odunze (Vancouver Whitecaps academy; Calgary, Alberta; 3/0)
DEFENDERS (8)
Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.; 12/0)
Adam Armour (North Carolina FC academy; Cary, N.C.; 8/0)
Sebastian Falsone (Virginia Development Academy; Warrenton, Va.; 0/0)
Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas academy; Keller, Texas; 0/0)
Tayvon Gray (New York City FC academy; Bronx, N.Y.; 7/0)
Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy  academy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 11/1)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt academy/GER; Tampa, Fla.; 10/0)
Joe Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 11/1)
MIDFIELDERS (6)
Masango Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Minneapolis, Minn.; 0/0)
Andre Luiz Costa (Rayo Vallecano academy/ESP; Madrid, Spain; 0/0)
William Reilly (Atlanta United FC academy; Decatur, Ga.; 2/0)
Giovanni Reyna (Unattached; Bedford, N.Y.; 5/1)
Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy academy; Panorama City, Calif.; 14/1)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United academy/ENG; Chester, N.J.; 12/0)
FORWARDS (7)
Cameron Dunbar (LA Galaxy academy; Chula Vista, Calif.; 0/0)
Ruben Hernandez (Club Leon academy/MEX; Manteca, Calif.; 0/0)
Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Sounders FC 2; Kent, Wash.; 12/5)
Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas academy; McKinney, Texas; 3/0)
Daniel Robles (Sounders FC 2; White Center, Wash.; 5/0)
Alex Villanueva (Seattle Sounders academy; Maple Valley, Wash.; 0/0)
Griffin Yow (D.C. United  academy; Clifton, Va.; 3/2)

6 comments about "Youth: U.S. U-17 boys tie Portugal in Nike Friendlies opener".
  1. Right Winger, November 29, 2018 at 2:52 p.m.

    I am interested in seeing some comments on our play in this game if anyone saw it.

  2. Right Winger, November 29, 2018 at 3:20 p.m.

    I saw the game but I am always accused of being negative so I ain't saying nothing.

  3. Right Winger, November 30, 2018 at 4:21 p.m.

    OK-
    We have a group of very good conditioned athletes but creativity is limited and just because you have possession doesnt mean you control the game.  You have to create opportunities and then put the ball in the net.  First you have to get within range of the net.  Need someone who can take charge in the middle to move  the ball up the field.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, December 2, 2018 at 12:36 a.m.

    I will watch it tomorrow. Too late tonight.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, December 2, 2018 at 12:42 a.m.

    I take that back. I cannot find it.

  6. Right Winger, December 3, 2018 at 1:02 p.m.

    Bob, I regret you couldn't find it.  Your feedback is always good and I was looking forward to your critique.  I had the opportunity to view the games and personally I was dissappointed in the play not only with us but the entire group of teams that were there.  I can't believe that the best players were sent to this.  Maybe it is because it is not a FIFA sanctioned event and many kids were with clubs over the pond that would not release them for this activity.


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