US U-17s to take on Brazil in friendly tournament

The United States U-17 team will measure up against Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey at the Nike International Friendlies in Phoenix from Dec. 1-5.

The three matches will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

Wilmer Cabrera's side, which will consist of 21 to 23 members of the 40-student class training in Bradenton, Fla., will battle the Asian nation first, tackle the Samba Boys two days later and finish up the six-game tournament against Turkey on Dec. 5.

For the first time in tournament history, a winner will be crowned after the six-match round-robin.

Additionally, all 78 Academy teams will also be in Phoenix for the 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase. Each club will play three matches between Dec. 3-7.

Twenty members of the U-17 team are currently on a training trip through England. Strikers Mario Rodriguez and Andrew Oliver tallied against Manchester City's youth side on Tuesday and the squad will play Blackburn and Scotland's U-17 on Saturday and Wednesday, respectively.

The team is preparing for the 2011 CONCACAF championship, held in Jamaica from February 12-28. The top four squads automatically qualify for the U-17 World Cup.

Roster in England:


Kendall McIntosh - Mustang Academy

Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo


Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas

Mobi Fehr - Tokyo Verdy 1969

Alessandro Mion - Kendall SC

Nathan Smith - Cal Odyssey

Andrew Souders - Crew Soccer Academy

Danny Zaid - Camp Elite Guatemala


Joe Amon - South Carolina United FC

Alejandro Guido - Aztecs Premier

Nico Melo - Florida Rush

Marc Pelosi - De Anza Force

Esteban Rodriguez - Cosmos Academy West

Tarik Salkicic - Strictly Soccer

Dillon Serna - Colorado Rapids


Daniel Flores - Cal Odyssey

Kellen Gulley - MS Chicago Fire Juniors

Alex Muyl - Cosmos Academy East

Andrew Oliver - Westside United

Mario Rodriguez - Central Aztecs

Noah Davis covers the United States national team for Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.

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