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2010 U.S. Soccer
 2010 U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer News: Final Day of Nike International Friendlies Set for Sunday Along with 42 Academy Games

Aspiring national team players took to the Showcase field at the 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in a pair of featured matches.

SELECT TEAM GAMES SHOWCASE TOP TALENT: Aspiring national team players took to the Showcase field at the 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in a pair of featured matches. A pool of players from Academy teams in each age group were divided into two teams, Red and Blue, and played in front of an audience of U.S. National Team coaches and scouts as well has college coaches and their peers. In the older age group (born in 1992 or 1993), Cal Odyssey’s Vilyan Bijev scored the game's three goals in a 3-0 victory for Red against Blue. In the younger age group (born in 1994 or 1995), Nick Tobias of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute as Red was victorious once again. 

HIGHLIGHTING U.S. SOCCER TRAINING CENTERS: Although not a direct part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, U.S. Soccer Training Centers are similar in the aspect that they are used to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams. Open to both boys and girls between 12 and 18 years old, Training Centers are single day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. More than 160 have been held since the program launched in the summer. U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore and U.S. Under-18 MNT head coach Mike Matkovich.

Quick Hits from Saturday’s Games

  • Maikon Orrellana of Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18 scored four goals in 64 minutes as his club won what is essentially a home game 7-0 against IMG Academy U-17/18. The match was RSL AZ’s first-ever in an Academy Showcase.
  • Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18 midfielder Troy Peterson scored twice in a 3-0 win against South Carolina United FC U-17/18.
  • Kevin Correa (Met Oval U-17/18) and Brandon Jordi (North Meck SC U-17/18) scored both of their respective teams’ goals in a 2-2 tie.
  • Daylon Curtis Schiffel from California Development Academy U-17/18 came on at halftime against Richmond Strikers U-17/18 and scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-1 decision.
  • Birmingham United U-17/18 held San Diego Surf U-17/18 scoreless through 85 minutes, but then the flood gates open with three goals coming in game’s final five minutes. Reed McKenna bagged the first and third for the brace.
  • Israel Lopez of San Jose Earthquakes U-17/18 scored two goals in two minutes in his team’s 5-1 victory against Texas Rush AJ Auxerre U-17/18.
  • Chivas USA U-15/16 and San Diego Surf U-15/16 both won 6-1. Chivas’ Christian Carillo netted a hat trick and Jesus Jimenez added two of his own, while all six of San Diego’s were scored by different players.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES UPDATE: Sunday will mark the final day of international games at the 2010 Nike International Friendlies as Brazil will battle Korea Republic at 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. MT) and the USA faces Turkey with a chance to win the tournament championship at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT). The U.S. game against Turkey will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. Though the Nike International Friendlies date back to 2003, this is the first time the event is being played as a tournament and crowning a champion, and should the U.S. beat Turkey they will win the inaugural title. 

Team 

GF

GA

GD 

Pts 

USA 

2

1

+1 

Turkey 

2

1

+1

Brazil 

0

0

Korea Republic 

0

2

4

-2 

FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS: Team captains are meeting with U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna during the weekend to talk about the Respect initiative. Development Academy coaches and players are encouraged to create the best possible learning environment by respecting themselves, teammates, coaches, referees and the game. The team captains were issued special armbands with RESPECT sewn in. For more information, check out the YNT Blog at ussoccer.com. 

CHECK OUT THE GOALS: Check out 10 of the top goals from the first day of play at the Development Academy Winter Showcase at ussoccer.com

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