U16 BNT wins 2019 Nike Friendlies

U16 BNT wins 2019 Nike Friendlies
by Travis Clark
November 19, 2019

On the back of a 3-2 win against Turkey, the U.S. Under-16 Boys' National Team captured the 2019 Nike Friendlies with a 2-0-1 record.

This year's format shifted the competition to earlier in the year, and featured two U.S. sides along with U16 teams from Turkey and the Netherlands.

The U.S. U16 BNT opened the tournament with a 3-3 draw against the Netherlands last Thursday. Trailing 3-1 into injury time, goals from Kevin Paredes and Sota Kitahara helped the U16s rally for what turned out to be a crucial result. The U.S. U17 side, compiled of players born in 2002 that didn't compete at this year's World Cup, defeated Turkey 1-0 on the opening day thanks to a goal from Noah Jones.

In the second matchday for each team, the Under-16 side defeated the Under-17 with two goals in the second half. Kitahara opened the scoring, before Moses Nyeman added a second in a 2-0 victory for the U16s.

Heading into the final matchday, the Under-16s and Holland were in the running for the Nike Friendlies crown. The U16s held on to beat Turkey by a 3-2 score, thanks in part to a pair of goals from Dante Sealy. In the final game of this year's competition, the Netherlands drew 2-2 against the U.S. Under-17s.

Thursday, Nov. 14

U.S. U16s 3-3 Netherlands

Starting Lineup: Gabe Slonina; Mauricio Cuevas, Jonathan Gomez, Dante Huckaby, Eric Kinzner, Dante Sealy, Tyler Freeman, Sam Sarver, Sota Kitahara, Daniel Edelman, Moses Nyeman

U.S. U17s 1-0 Turkey

Starting Lineup: Seth Wilson; Rickson Van Hees, John Tolkin, Jonathan Tomkinson, Joshua Ramsey, Tucker Lepley, Joshua Pynadath, Bailey Sparks, Noah Jones, Gilbert Fuentes, Jack De Vries

Saturday, Nov. 16

U16s 2-0 U17s

U17 Lineup: Bryan DowdJonathan Tomkinson, Tucker Lepley, Joshua Pynadath, Pablo Soares, Antino Lopez, Damian Rivera, Jack Imperato, Cesar Garcia, Sagir Arce, Bryson Hankins

U16 Lineup: Anthony Ramos; Mauricio Cuevas, Javier Casas, Dante Sealy, Jack McGlynn, Jalen Neal, Casey Walls, Noah Hall, Alex Monis, Daniel Edelman, Kevin Paredes

Monday, Nov. 18

U.S. U16s 3-2 Turkey

Starting Lineup: Gabe Slonina; Jonathan Gomez, Dante Huckaby, Eric Kinzner, Mauricio Cuevas, Moses Nyeman, Sota Kitahara, Brian Gutierrez, Javier Casas, Dante Sealy, Kevin Paredes

U.S. U17s 2-2 Netherlands

Starting Lineup: Seth Wilson; John Tolkin, Jonathan Tomkinson, Joshua Ramsey, Bailey Sparks, Noah Jones, Gilbert Fuentes, Jack de Vries, Axel Alejandre, Antino Lopez, Cesar Garcia

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