Nike Friendlies: U.S. U-16 boys finish first after beating Turkey

Coached by FC Cincinnati Director of Player Development Larry Sunderland, the U.S. U-16s beat Turkey, 3-2, to win the 19th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood, Florida. The U.S. U-17s, comprised of 2002s who weren't on the U-17 World Cup squad that exited at the group stage under Coach Raphael Wicky, tied the Netherlands, 2-2, later on Monday to finish third behind the runner-up Dutch and ahead of the Turks.

The U.S. U-16s, which beat the U.S. U-17s, 2-0, on Saturday, went down against Turkey in the 28th minute but equalized in the 40th minute when Moses Nyeman poked home a through pass from Brian Gutierrez. In the 54th minute, Kevin Parades, who scored in the U-16s opening 3-3 tie with the Netherlands, set up Dante Sealy to put the USA up 2-1.

In the 73rd minute, Sealy struck again when he rounded the Turkish goalkeeper after the latching onto a ball from Alex Monis that sent him through for the breakaway. Sealy's finish came after a string of eight U.S. passes, started by its goalkeeper. His first came after nine passes. Nyeman's goal also came after some slick U.S. combination play.

Turkey scored its consolation goal to make it 3-2 late in stoppage time.

in Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Nov. 18
U.S. U-17s 2 Netherlands 2
U.S. U-16s 3 Turkey 2
Nov. 16
U.S. U-16s 2 U.S. U-17s 0
Netherlands 2 Turkey 1
Nov. 14
U.S. U-17s 1 Turkey 0
U.S. U-16s 3 Netherlands 3

USA U-16s vs. Turkey full game:

2019 Nike Friendlies
2 Noah Jones (RB Leipzig)
1 Jack De Vries (Philadelphia Union)
2 Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders academy), Moses Nyeman (D.C. United), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas).
1 Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas academy), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United academy).

Nyeman signed a Homegrown contract with D.C. United last month. Sealy signed his Homegrown deal with FC Dallas in February.

In the U.S. U-17s' 2-2 with the Netherlands, Jack De Vries opened the scoring in the 48th minute and set up Noah Jones' second goal of the tournament in the 48th minute. The Dutch came back to make it a 2-2 with goals in the 64th minute and in the 90th minute.

Junior Gonzalez, the interim coach of LA Galaxy II of the USL Championship, was assigned head coaching duty of the U.S. U-17s, filling in for Wicky, who was expected to be occupied at the U-17 World Cup that ended last weekend.

1 comment about "Nike Friendlies: U.S. U-16 boys finish first after beating Turkey".
  1. Peter Bechtold, November 19, 2019 at 2:16 p.m.

    Thanks Mike. Gratulations to the U-16s and the "reserve" U-17s.

    Note to all the posters who think that our youth teams are all or mostly white suburbanites:
    Take a look at the group photo above: not many "whites" there. (That does not mean that other worthy candidates are not missed, but we should retire the old complaint that we fail to promote minorities to our national youth teams.) BTW:Klinsmann must be delighted; this is what he argued for early in this decade after being hired by USSF.

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