BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, December 5, 2011
The US U17 national team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Sunday night in Lakewood Ranch, Florida to win the 2011 Nike International Friendlies.
After a draw against France and a win against Turkey, the US and Brazil entered into the game even on four points.
The United States opened the scoring in the second minute when Rubio Rubin received a flick-on header from Shaquell Moore off a set piece and then craftily volleyed it past Brazilian keeper Guilherme for a 1-0 lead.
Brazil equalized in the 16th minute on a strike from Matheus to even the score at 1-1.
The United States regained the lead in the 31st minute through Tyler Turner after a Brazil failed to clear an American free kick into the box. After a skirmish, the ball fell to the feet of Turner who took a few controls with his right foot and fired a shot from 10 yards into the top right corner for a 2-0 lead.
The United States took a two goal lead in the 43rd minute when Junior Flores made a brilliant run down the right side and sent in a cross that found Wesley Wade. Wade volleyed the ball past a diving Guilherme from just a few yards out for a 3-1 win.
The US victory was deserved as they outshot the Brazilians 9-3 an controlled most of the game.
This win marks a successful start to the 2013 U-17 cycle and the team will look to improve upon a disappointing performance at the 2011 U17 World Cup where they bowed out in the round of 16 with a loss to Germany.