The US U-16 national team captured the 2019 International Friendlies title Monday, thanks to a little help from the U-17 side.
The Champions of the 2019 Nike International Friendlies raise the 🏆— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) November 19, 2019
Congratulation to the 🇺🇸 U-16 Squad! pic.twitter.com/OHZjWSxNyF
Following the thrilling win, the U-16s cheered on the U-17 side against the Netherlands in the second game of the doubleheader. The Dutch, which had a superior goal differential, could have captured the title with a win.
De Vries, who was signed last summer for the 2020 season, capitalized on a failed Dutch clearance to open the scoring in the 48th minute.
48' | 🚨🇺🇸1⃣ - 0 🇳🇱 🚨— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) November 19, 2019
Jack De Vries pokes it past the keeper for the opening goal! pic.twitter.com/beNSgLvUlR
He then turned playmaker, threading a pass through four Dutch players to Noah Jones. The RB Leipzig U-19 forward found room in the box and lifted a left-footed, 12-yard shot into the net to double the advantage six minutes later.
56' | 🇺🇸 2⃣ - 0 🇳🇱— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) November 19, 2019
A great team buildup ends with Nasuhi Noah Jones placing it calmly into the far corner 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/2JOariLM6s
The Dutch roared back, cutting the deficit in half in the 64th minute on a brilliant solo effort by Dillon Hoogewerf, who also set up Yusuf Barasi’s 90th-minute equalizer.
Needing a win for the title, the Netherlands pressed for the decisive goal, but FC Dallas academy goalkeeper Seth Wilson denied Hoogewerf with a kick save in the second minute of stoppage time.
FINAL | 🇺🇸 2 - 2 🇳🇱— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) November 19, 2019
Seth Wilson saves the last good chance of the game and it ends all level pic.twitter.com/GYQCRbAL58