The 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida from Nov. 29-Dec. 11. In the 15th edition of the Men’s Nike Friendlies for the Under-17 Men’s National Team, the USA will take on its counterparts from Brazil, England and Netherlands. The tournament will feature players born in the year 2002 or after whose goal is to represent their countries at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The tournaments will feature six doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the evening games on each match day. The U-17 MNT will face England on Nov. 29, Netherlands on Dec. 1 and finish against Brazil on Dec. 3.
The early game of the first two U-17 match days will kick-off at 2:30 p.m. CT with the USA game following at 6 p.m. CT. The third match day will feature a 12:30 p.m. CT kick-off for the first game, followed by the USA match at 4 p.m. CT. All matches will be streamed on Ussoccer.com
Wednesday, Nov. 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. CT
Friday, Dec. 1
England vs. Brazil, 2:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. Netherlands, 6 p.m. CT
Sunday, Dec. 3
Netherlands vs. England, 12:30 p.m. CT
USA vs. Brazil, 4 p.m. CT
All of the games are part of my Soccer on TV calendar that will also include any Academy games that are streamed. That schedule wasn’t available when I initially posted this report so check the calendar.
Note: Mitch Eise of Sporting KC Academy (Springfield, MO) was named to the initial 24 player roster for the Nike Friendlies but did not make the final 20 man roster. He’ll play for the Academy team at the Winter Showcase instead.
|Academy Live stream|
|Age Group||Date||Match||Time (CT)|
|U-18/19||Nov. 30||Strikers FC vs. FC Greater Boston Bolts||10 a.m.|
|U-18/19||Nov. 30||Colorado Rapids vs. Crossfire Premier||1 p.m.|
|U-16/17||Dec. 2||Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC||10 a.m.|
|U-16/17||Dec. 2||FC Golden State vs. Sockers FC||1 p.m.|
|U-16/17||Dec. 4||Pateadores vs. Chargers Soccer Club||8 a.m.|
|U-16/17||Dec. 4||FC Dallas vs. New York City FC||10:15 a.m.|
The Development Academy Winter Showcase will once again take place alongside the Nike Friendlies at Premier Sport Campus and will include 76 Under-16/17 and 72 Under-18/19 Boys’ Academy clubs and 69 clubs from each of the three Girls’ Academy age groups: Under-15, Under-16/17 and Under-18/19. There will be featured Academy showcase games streamed live in addition to the Nike Friendlies, with the Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 Boys’ schedule and Dec. 6, 8 and 10 Girls’ matchups to be announced on ussoccerda.com.
|STLFC ACADEMY SCHEDULE|
|Thu Nov 30||12:00 pm||U-18/19||LA Galaxy|
|Fri Dec 1||9:00 am||U-16/17||IMG Academy|
|Fri Dec 1||12:00 pm||U-18/19||Weston FC|
|Sat Dec 2||12:00 pm||U-16/17||FC Greater Boston Bolts|
|Sun Dec 3||10:15 am||U-18/19||Crossfire Premier|
|Mon Dec 4||8:00 am||U-16/17||Virginia Development Academy|
The Nike Friendlies began in 2001 to provide top-level competition for Men’s Youth National Teams, and has become a premier annual event for youth soccer. In 2008, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Winter Showcase joined forces with the Nike Friendlies, and the combined event highlights the cohesion between the Development Academy Member Clubs and the Youth National Teams. In the 2016-17 cycle, 92% of all Boys’ and Men’s Youth National Team players were products of Development Academy clubs. Since the start of the inaugural Girls’ Development Academy season in September 2017, 70% of the players called into Women’s Youth National Team camps are rostered full-time in the Girls’ Academy. The U.S. Talent Identification Network will include YNT staff, Technical Advisors and U.S. Soccer Scouts who will cover each of the 541 games, 226 Boys’ games and 315 Girls’ games, to identify and evaluate players from across the country.