The 2016 Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida from Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Included on the roster is Josh Sargent (St. Dominic/SLSG Missouri Academy), one of twelve players who return after participating in the event in 2015. The team went 1-2-0 last year with their only win coming against Netherlands, with Sargent scoring a stoppage time game-winner you can see at the bottom of this post.
Photo Gallery – U17 YNT at SLSG Academy
Throughout the 14th edition of the Nike Friendlies, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on their counterparts from Brazil, Portugal and Turkey. The U-17 MNT and its opponents will consist of players born in the year 2000 or after whose goal is to represent their countries at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT
The tournament will feature three doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the evening game of each match day. The U.S. will face Portugal on Nov. 30, Turkey on Dec. 2 and will close out the competition against Brazil on Dec. 4. All matches will be streamed on ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page.
2016 Nike International Friendlies Viewing Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. Portugal, 6 p.m. CT
Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal vs. Brazil, 2:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. Turkey, 6 p.m. CT
Sunday, Dec. 4
Turkey vs. Portugal, 12:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. Brazil, 4 p.m. CT
The Development Academy Winter Showcase will once again take place alongside the Nike Friendlies at Premier Sport Campus and will include 74 Under-15/16 and 72 Under-17/18 Academy clubs. There will be featured Academy games streamed live in addition to the Nike Friendlies, with the Dec. 1, 3, and 5 showcase matchups listed here. All of the games are part of my Soccer on TV Calendar as well.
SLSG Missouri is participating in the Showcase and I’ve added their games to my St. Louis Soccer Calendar. Unfortunately the limited streaming choices for the DA Showcase do not include an SLSG match.
|Day||Time||U18 Boys||Time||U16 Boys|
|Friday||2:00 pm||Capital Area Railhawks||tbd||Concorde Fire|
|Saturday||2:00 pm||Seattle Sounders||tbd||DC United|
|Monday||11:15 am||Lonestar FC||tbd||Carolina Rapids|
Why watch? Christian Pulisic participated in the 2013 and 2014 tournament and was named Tournament MVP in 2013. A great chance to see the future.
The USA won the Nike Friendlies in 2013 and was the runner-up in 2014, while England took home the championship most recently in 2015. Turkey and Portugal last attended the Nike Friendlies in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Furthermore, Brazil has attended the tournament every year since 2006, in addition to a 2003 appearance.