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U.S. U-17 MNT Tops Dynamo Academy 3-0 in Soft Opening of BBVA Compass Stadium

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Houston Dynamo Academy 3-0 on Thursday in what was the official soft opening event to introduce the newly built BBVA Compass Stadium.

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Richie Williams

IN THE IMAGE: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams

HOUSTON (May 10, 2011) – Ahinga Selemani netted two goals and Tyler Turner added a tally as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Houston Dynamo U-17/18 Academy team 3-0 on Thursday in the soft opening of BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston.

The U.S. broke through in the 32nd minute. Selemani picked up the ball on the right flank and used a combination of speed and force to get past left back Christian Gonzalez. With a step past his defender, Selemani placed the ball past a lunging Fernando Piña. Selemani scored his second of the match in the 49th minute, dribbling past three defenders before hammering the ball past Piña.

The U.S. U-17s capped off their scoring in the 49th minute on Turner’s header off of a Cameron Lindley assist to take a 3-0 lead.

– U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Game Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Houston Dynamo Academy
Date: May 10, 2012
Competition: BBVA Compass Stadium Soft Opening
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
Attendance: 8,611
Weather: windy, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
U.S. U-17              1 2 3
Dynamo Academy  0 0 0

U.S. U-17 – Ahinga Selemani 32nd minute
U.S. U-17 – Ahinga Selemani 49
U.S. U-17 – Tyler Turner (Cameron Lindley) 53

U.S. U-17 – Paul Christensen (Evan Louro, 46), Shaquell Moore (Elijah Martin, 60), John Requejo Jr. (Adonis Amaya, 60), Tyler Turner, Kevin Politz (Jorge Miranda, 60), Cameron Lindley, Corey Baird (Mukwelle Akale, 60), Angel Heredia (Aaron Meyer, 60), Ahinga Selemani (Wesley Wade, 60), Junior Flores (Christopher Lema, 60), Rubio Rubin (Bradford Jamieson, 60)

Dynamo Academy – Fernando Piña (Leopoldo Castillo, 83); Samuel Omondi (Alex Ochoa, 50), Bradley Bourgeois, Erik Tello (Manuel Chavez, 77), Christian Gonzalez; Martin Agredo (Christian Diaz, 50), Jorge Andrade (Bryan Salazar, 50), Juan Lopez (Raymundo Marquez, 61), Jorge Contreras (Jose Rodriguez, 61); Alan Arellano, Glen Reid (Elochukwu Ozumba, 72)

Stats Summary: HOU / U.S.
Shots: 14 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 4 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Kyle Phillips
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Boles; Midge Van Es
Fourth Official: Enea Zhonga

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the match:
“I thought it was great. It was an excellent experience for our players, and the same for the Houston players. It’s not often that young players get to play in a stadium in front of a big crowd and it’s something they will remember for the rest of their careers. We were very happy to get invited.”

On Ahinga Selemani’s performance:
“Ahinga has come on nicely. He just got with us in January. He has adapted well, improving every week and scoring goals. He is big and strong with some pace, but he can also hold the ball up. If he can do this every time he gets out on the field he can be great for our team.”

On the progress of the Academy system:
“The Academy system is progressing along nicely. I still think we have some work to do but I think it’s great to be able to see the Dynamo U-18s come out and be very competitive. We just need to keep developing our academies and keep developing our young kids and hopefully it will help improve soccer in our country.”

On the stadium:
“It’s beautiful. The Houston fans are great and they are going to come out and support the Dynamo. It’s great for MLS and for soccer in the United States. I wish the Dynamo the best of luck in their new venue.”

On the match:
“I thought it was a good match. The Houston Dynamo came out strong and our team was able to match their intensity. I think we played well and just showed the crowd what we can do.”

Thoughts on the stadium:
“I really like the ground. The ball rolled nicely and enabled us to play our game.”

Dynamo Director of Youth Development JAMES CLARKSON
Thoughts on the match:
“It was a fantastic experience for the players. The atmosphere and the stadium are just incredible.”

What your players will take away from the match:
“I hope this match inspires our players. I was a little disappointed that we had 11 shots and didn’t score a goal. Hopefully, they learn from it, and if they do it will be worthwhile. I think it’s a great night for those guys and hopefully we can push on and continue to improve.”

Thoughts on the U.S. U-17s:
“I thought the U-17s were very good. They have some real talent on their team. They play a nice system, moving the ball around. They have another year before qualifying starts so the future looks really bright.”

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