U.S. Under-17 vs. Brazil: Your Running Commentary

U.S. U17 MNT vs England

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The Nike International Friendlies conclude Friday night with a must-see match between the United States Under-17 Men’s National Team and Brazil. (5 p.m., USSoccer.com)

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. has the opportunity to take home the title heading into the final match, having defeated Brazil in 2011 and lost to Portugal in 2012. With England’s victory earlier in the day against Portugal, the USA can win the title with three points against Brazil.

Richie Williams’ side is coming off a thrilling 5-1 victory against England on Wednesday, with Monterrey’s Joe Gallardo scoring a hat-trick and LA Galaxy academy member Haji Wright scoring a brace, taking his total in the tournament to three. Brazil comes into the final having defeated England 2-1 on Monday and playing to a 1-1 draw with Portugal on Wednesday.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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60 Responses to U.S. Under-17 vs. Brazil: Your Running Commentary

  1. Kodi says:

    Goal! US up 1-0!!

  2. Shawn Wallace says:


  3. QuakerOtis says:

    Nifty turn bby what looks like our #6 or #8, feeds to Wright on the wing. Wright takes it from the center line, dribles past TWO Brazilians to the top of the 18 and SCORES IT!!!

    Keeper with a nice double save as well. Defense adequate, but you feel Brazil will get one this half at least. Great play out of the back though, good play overall.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      And after a nice bit of pressure in their half, the break finally kills us. 1 – 1.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      Now US 2 – 1 Brazil. Browser crashed. What happened?

      • Francois says:

        Great interchanging with quick passing leads to a 1 on 1 opportunity with the shot being cleared off the line! The resulting corner kick leads to a goal! Gallardo with another one!

  4. Shawn Wallace says:

    Lets go!!!!!!!!!!! 2-1

  5. Francois says:

    Great interchanging with quick passing leads to a 1 on 1 opportunity with the shot being cleared off the line! The resulting corner kick leads to a goal! Gallardo with another one!

  6. WK says:

    2-1 US. Brazilians getting nasty as usual when losing. what about the other game?

  7. Andrew says:

    Where is everyone watching this?

  8. JB says:

    somebody is getting fancy with the camera angles.

  9. Ron says:

    Brazil is a man down. One of the forwards went in studs up in a tackle.

  10. A.S.A says:

    What do these results mean? Does the win against England mean that we will be better than England in like 6 years?

    • wandmdave says:

      If anything it means our raw talent pool and youth development is catching up. However, considering our academies/college system which connects youth to pros and our pro league, MLS, both aren’t up to par with the big boys its very unlikely our U17 players will continue to develop like those in the big soccer nations.

      • Sharkbait says:

        I tell you what, I don’t remember seeing US players that young looking that good on the ball as these kids did. Hopefully that will translate into promising futures for a few of them and the NT as a whole down the road.

        • wandmdave says:

          Without question its a step in the right direction and makes it more likely more players will equal or exceed the accomplishments of our current senior team players. However assuming we’ll beat England reliably in 6 years is way way too optimistic.

  11. downintexas says:

    Brazil is down a man

  12. Shawn Wallace says:

    goooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllll 3-1

  13. downintexas says:

    3-1 USA

  14. QuakerOtis says:

    Gallardo gets to the end line and pulls it back to Pulisic, who finishes well.

    Good individual ball skills from the US for the last 6 or so minutes.

  15. Sharkbait says:

    This is strange. Why is Brazil keeping two forwards just standing around midfield when the US is attacking? They’re a man down, you’d think they’d want one or both of those kids defending and try to break on the counter. I guess they just decided to concede the game when they went down a man? Admittedly I don’t watch a lot of youth soccer but if a full men’s team did something like that they’d get absolutely roasted.

  16. Shawn Wallace says:

    Haji wright>>>>>>>>>>

  17. QuakerOtis says:

    Wright with a BLAST!!! 4 – 1 USA!!!

  18. Sharkbait says:

    I keep forgetting these kids are mostly just 15. My nephew is 14 and the keepers on his teams seem to rotate between being a field player and a keeper so I don’t know why I was surprised. Can I blame it on being Friday?

    • Will says:

      Most of the kids in US are 97-98’s, Brazil’s are all 99-00’s, the media in US only forgot to say Brazil brought the U15 team for the tournament since the most important U18 tournament is going on in Brazil from now until Jan. 25th. Brazil U17 is not having any activities now. Just check the link on the Brazilian Federations about “Nike Friendlies”.

      • FK PIRIN says:

        Provide the Link. US Players are all 1998 which = turned 15 this year. There are no 97s. Your facts are wrong. Stop doing that. US Roster =
        link to ussoccer.com. I can not find the Brazil Page that shows the roster for this tournament with google searches,

      • Darwin says:

        Yeah! F’ the media!

      • Paul says:

        Will, no one on the US team is born later than ’98. This is actually the current roster for the US U15 team (link to ussoccer.com), with a few exceptions. However, no one is older than 98. it is the same for the Brazil team unless you can provide otherwise. These are all U15. These teams are prepping for the 2015 U17 FIFA World Cup.

      • bryan says:

        YOU are the one lying and spreading false information.

  19. Shawn Wallace says:

    brazil is dirty

    • Sharkbait says:

      Did the Brazilian guy clock Pulisic in the face? Was hard to see what happened since the camera was panning away as it happened but when he got back up it looked to me like a bruise might’ve been starting to form under his left eye.

  20. JB says:

    boo. play out the end of the game. not a fan.

  21. wandmdave says:

    wow. I’ve never seen a team totally give up.

  22. M says:

    Brazil was out classed in every sense of the word.

  23. Sharkbait says:

    I’m filing this under “One of the weirdest endings I’ve ever seen.” For those who didn’t watch, a little after the 80th minute a Brazil kid laid out Pulisic somehow, a minor melee broke out, after it settled down the Brazilian got sent off, and then the two teams stood staring at each other for 5 minutes and not playing to finish out the game. Strange strange strange.

    • JB says:

      The commentator noted that one of our players may have a Guinness world record for longest time for one person to have possession of a ball during a match.

    • M says:

      The Brazil players wanted to keep playing but their coach ( per the announcer ) told the not to. Fortunately the ref didn’t add any stoppage time, it was really an uncomfortable last 3 or 4 minutes.

      • Darwin says:

        Who was it that held the ball? Kid had guts. It was a solid move buy him to hold the ball and stare down the Brazilian team and get the crowd to chant USA at them. They had no fight in them and just walked off of the field quietly.

        That was great to watch!

  24. Ted Tran says:

    As the American press likes to say, “The gap is closing”.

  25. DC says:

    Are these considered full strength squads?

  26. bottlcaps says:

    Events like these go a long way towards reinforcing beliefs that teams like Brazil are not supermen nor are they unbeatable. The Mexican youth teams have learned that and have defeated Brazil when it counts, in the various Youth WC”s. They have no fear of the mystique of Brazil. Defeating Brazil in a rough and tumble match, and defeating them quite easily, sends a message to the US teen players that played in this game, and those that play in future games. Be prepared, bring your A game and keep cool and you can defeat anyone, anywhere.

  27. Increase says:

    This is weak from brazil. Babies.

  28. Will says:

    Hi there, just a comment, Brazil played the entire tournament with the U15 team. Brazil’s boys are ALL 2 years younger than US boys in a very critical age. Brazil uses these tournaments to expose young kids to older kids…the score, well, we all know what happen when it’s 11×11 on the same age group :) Enjoy

    • Tony says:

      So you are telling me that Brazil won a game prior to this with a u-15 team? I’m sorry it’s just hard to believe if you are going to make a statement like that

    • Spencer says:

      The US team members are all 15… Are you saying that the Brazilians were all 13?

      • Will says:

        Alexis Velela was born in 97 most of others are 98, while Brazilian players are all 99’s. The US team would be old U16 while Brazil young U15, most players have 18 months difference, just check the Brazilian Federation website or compare rosters. I’m just pointing out that we Brazilians knew since the beginning that we had a U15 National team playing up in a U17 tournament, apparently the media forgot to mention that in US…blame Nike not me.

        • Spencer says:

          Why would I blame Nike for your poor math skills?

        • FK PIRIN says:

          Alexis Velela was born on April 17, 1998, what is wrong with you. Why can’t you get the facts right? I can’t find a single place on the web that shows the ages for the U-15 Brazil team, and the current U-17 list is 1996 and 1997 birthdates, from what I can see, which makes them older than our U-17s.

    • Tony says:

      If it is true, they should have lost to both England and Portugal

      • Will says:

        I’m not sure which age group England had, but isn’t strange they lose 5-1 to US? So if US beat England 5-1, Brazil 4-1 on U17 level, how come the USMNT U17 did not manage to qualify for the U17 World Cup recently played?! Isn’t something wrong?!

        • Tony says:

          Because it is a different set of players…all of the us kids are 15 anyways

        • irishapple21 says:

          The U-17 team had been contaminated by Caleb Porter’s presence with the U-23s. Now that Porter has moved on to helping Portland avoid winning trophies, the U-17s are playing better.

          • The Garrincha says:

            Have to admit you are pretty much correct bout C Porter, and if the US does not land J Green, you can look no further than missing the Olympics. Simply if we had been there J Green would already be completely entrenched in USMNT.
            In any event way to go new U17s, not the ones that missed the upcomming U17 World Cup.

        • FK PIRIN says:

          They didn’t qualify, but they were very close to qualifying, and our qualifying tournament goes to single elimination, so one bad game in the quarterfinals and you are out. Here is the result for the last game against Honduras, link to ussoccer.com. They finished top of their group but had to win against Honduras or they were out. This happens in soccer. However, US had qualified for last consecutive 14 Fifa U-17 World Cups before this.

        • FK PIRIN says:

          Also if brazil is so talented why did they lose to mexico in the quarterfinals.

  29. Nick says:

    Qualifying doesnt begin for another 18 months for this group. They havent qualified because it hasnt started yet. Brazil was really classless in this game, complained when they didnt get calls and then lashed out at our players in frustration on multiple occasions. I hate to see red cards in youth games, but both were warranted.

  30. bryan says:

    man, the one game i didn’t get to watch and it sounds like i really missed out!