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USMNT Under-16’s down U-17’s in Nike International Friendly

The U.S. Under-16 Boys National team earned a win and bragging rights on Saturday night after downing the Under-17 Men’s National Team 2-0 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Seattle Sounders product Sota Kitahara and D.C. United’s Moses Nyeman both scored in the Nike International Friendly showdown.

Kitahara entered the game at halftime and broke the scoreless deadlock just after the hour mark. After a nice pass from FC Dallas talent Dante Sealy, Kithara stroked a calm finish into the side netting.

Both goalkeepers came up clutch in this match, but L.A. Galaxy product Anthony Ramos denied Philadelphia Union homegrown Jack de Vries later in the half.

Nyeman iced the win for the U-16’s in the final stages, scoring in the 89th minute for a 2-0 scoreline.

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The U-16’s sit atop of the group following its 3-3 comeback draw against the Netherlands on Matchday 1. Larry Sunderland’s side takes on Turkey on Monday in its final match of the tournament, while the U.S. U-17’s face the Dutch right after.


  1. hahahahaha….thats awesome. we should have tournaments like this for senior vs junior or USMNT VS “REST OF THE US” teams. LOVE IT!!!

    • I’ve always thought that having a January “Camp Cup Cake” match between the USMNT & US U-23’s would be a good game to watch, and a way to see who can push for a roster spots. The January camp usually ends with a couple games against week opponents….so why not try something a little different….
      Sr. Team –
      D: Long, Parker, Zimmerman, Lovitz, Lima
      M: Bradley, Roldan, Lletget, Trapp, K. Acosta, Hyndman
      F: Arriola, Baird, Jozy, Zardes, Morris

      U-23 Squad –
      D: M. Robinson, Glad, Cannon, McKenzie, Farfan, D. Acosta, Trusty
      M: Yueill, Parks, Pomykal, Aaronson, Sands, Mihailović
      F: Ebobisse, Lewis, Lennon, Saucedo


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