December 2, 2011
U.S. U17s win in 88th minute
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Junior Flores scored in the 88th minute to give the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team a 2-1 win over Turkey at the Premier Sports Campus on Friday.
With the win, the U.S. is now the tournament leader based on goals scored. The USA and Brazil are tied at four points apiece after both teams recorded a win and a tie in the first two games. The two will face off in the final match of the 2011 Nike International Friendlies on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer.
The U.S. scored on the first real chance of the match for either team from a corner kick in the 18th minute. Jorge Calix fed a short pass to Flores, who lobbed the ball into the box where a host of players looked to attack the ball. U.S. captain Tyler Turner lurked at the back post, the centerback heading the ball down as Turkey goalkeeper Mehmet Goktug Bakirbas scrambled for a touch, blocked by Rubio Rubin, who ducked out of the way just in time for the ball to go over his head and into the net.
Turkey was reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute after Yusuf Selim Sahin was sent off for a two-footed, studs up challenge on Flores.
Down a goal and a player Turkey tied it up in the 47th minute when Mustafa Batuhan Altinas made his way in front of goal, pivoted and fired into the near top corner for the equalizer.
Flores sealed the victory and the U.S.'s place at the top of the group with a low strike from close range. Flores started the play with some clever footwork in the midfield before sending the ball out wide to Shaquell Moore, whose cross eventually found the head of Wesley Wade. The striker who scored the tying goal against France in the first match then teed up Flores.
A victory for either team in the USA-Brazil game would crown the champion of the Nike International Friendlies. France meets Turkey at 2 p.m. ET at the Premier Sports Complex, with the French still in contention for the title.