The U.S. U-17 national team grabbed the lead in the second minute and added two more goals before halftime en route to a 3-1 victory over Brazil that captured the Nike International Friendlies title in Lakeland, Florida, on Sunday evening.
Midfielder Rubio Rubin (Beaverton, OR), captain and defender Tyler Turner (Meriden, CT) and Red Bulls prospect Wesley Wade (South Orange, NJ) got the goals—all of them well taken—but the star of the show was tricky winger Junior Flores (Manassas Park, VA), who played a part in all three goals and consistently tormented the Brazilians for 90 minutes.
Here are the goals:
2′ Rubin finds the net early with a skillful touch with his back to goal:
16′ Brazil ties it up on an unbelievable strike by Matheus Querioz:
31′ Turner beats two players in the box and finishes into the upper corner to put the U.S. back on top:
43′ Wade makes it 3-1 right before the break, finishing off some great set-up work by Flores:
The U.S. created three more clear chances in the second half but couldn’t finish. For their part, Brazil did ramp up the pressure but they never seriously troubled U.S. keeper Paul Christensen (Woodinville, WA).
On their third goal, the U.S. out-Brazil-ed Brazil, stringing together 11 consecutive passes, the final one coming from Flores on the left flank and finding Wade at the near post. The Red Bulls academy player—one of seven New York prospects in camp with the U-17s—scored two goals in the tourney to go with one assist.
In addition to Wade, Flores, and Turner (two goals in three games from his centerback position), other U.S. standouts were DC United academy player DeAndre Robinson, a speedster who opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw with France, outside backs John Requejo (Carpinteria, CA) and Shaquell Moore (Powder Springs, GA), Rubio, and striker Corey Baird (Escondido, CA).
The Americans finished first with two wins and a draw (and seven goals scored). Brazil were second with a win a draw and a loss.