The U.S. Under-17 National Team won the Nike International Friendly series for the very first time, making their way through Turkey, and tying France en route to their crowing achievement; beating Brazil 3-1 in the tournament’s final match.
Five Red Bull Academy players were part of the teams roster including standout forward Wesley Wade, defender Kevin Politz, keeper Evan Louro, and midfielders Steven Echevarria and Christopher Lema. Wade and Lema were regular starters for the side while Politz and Echevarria saw limited playing time as substitutes.
Check out this video, featuring Wesley Wades game sealer against Brazil:
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HODGSON NIXES REAM TRIAL RUMORS
The Birmingham Mail caught up with West Brom boss Roy Hodgson to discuss Tim Ream’s arrival with the side.
“Andy Marriott (Albion’s assistant sporting and technical director) was over in the US recently chatting to the MLS and the New York Red Bulls because Tim Ream is one of their interesting young players,” said Hodgson. “They agreed it would be nice to spend a week with a Premier League club and we were happy to oblige. I don’t know if it will lead to anything more. He’s only played a few times for the US national team and I don’t know his club are desperate to sell him.”
Hodgson further downplayed the training stint, citing the difficulties of signing a player with few international caps and highlighting the teams own center back prospect, Craig Dawson, as a potential club option.
JOZY’S BEAUTIFUL EQUALIZER
Touch. Class. Beauty. Jozy has finally found a place to grow.
Check out the former Red Bull product (1:53) play a clever give and go, then weave his way towards a game tying goal.
DEL PIERO – AGAIN
This time, it’s RDS out of Canada with the link. As it turns out, the Montreal Impact were courting the Juventus legend recently.
According to the report, Del Piero’s interest in MLS involves only two sides; the L.A. Galaxy and, you guessed it, the New York Red Bulls.
Del Piero is in the last year of his contract with Juve.
SPEAKING OF THE IMPACT: ANELKA
Nicolas Anelka has formally agreed towards a move from Stamford Bridge. Over the past few years, his name has prominently been attached to the New York Red Bulls. When such rumors have persisted, they have seemingly come to pass; just look at the build up towards Juan Pablo Angel, Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry respectively.
This time, however, a new suitor looks to lure the Frenchman into their midst – and it isn’t the Galaxy. The Montreal Impact have inquired upon the services of the French striker, who would be a perfect fit for the francophone franchise.
“We did meet with Nicolas Anelka,” Impact coach Jesse Marsch told Goal.com. “The discussions were very good. I think there was great potential for a good fit and I think there still is. I think the organization is open to [being] committed to spending major dollars to bring in good players.”
Today marks the first stage of the MLS re-entry draft. Red Bulls up for grabs include long time veteran Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, and Bouna Coundoul. The draft begins at midday.
AND FINALLY …
Congrats go out to the Viking Army for earning first place in this year’s inaugural Mo’vember fundraiser.
Mo’vember is a worldwide movement dedicated to fundraising and spotlighting men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Viking capitano Ralph Chupi Garcia went the Hulk Hogan route with his facial growth, earning $1,754 of his teams $8,254. The handlebar handily beat out the competition, coming in second place overall amongst a plethora of league competition (yes, this was an MLS wide event).
In the end, it isn’t about where they finished (though bragging rights are pretty awesome); it is about spotlighting a worthy cause.
Well done VA!