U16 v. Nigeria Match Report

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June 2023
The United States U16s responded well after a tough loss to Netherlands with a 2-1 win over Nigeria. The United States were much less wasteful and more responsible defensively and won off of goals by Noah Santos and Santiago Morales.

Match Summary

Lineup (4-2-3-1)

GK, Zack Campagnolo, Orlando City
LB, Christian McFarlanie, NYCFC
LCB, Nicholas de Almeida, Inter Miami
RCB, Davi Alexandre, RBNY
RB, Drew Baiera, NYCFC
CM, Stiven Jimenez, FCC
CM, Adyn Torres, Atlanta United
AM, Santiago Morales, IMCF
LW, Nimfasha Berchimas, Charlotte FC
RW, Jonny Shore, NYCFC
CF, Noah Santos, Portland Timber


The manager, Michael Nsien, made five subs at half and two more later in the half, including: 

Joshua Santiago for Christian McFarlane
Axel Perez for Adyn Torres
Maximo Carrizo for Jonny Shore
Sean Petrie for Noah Santos
Bryce Outman for Nimfasha Berchimas
Ervin Torres for Santi Morales
Jeremiah White for Drew Baiera

Run of play

The United States played with a lot more control and cohesiveness in this game. The United States did not press as aggressively as we typically see from our Youth National Teams, but their build up play had better tempo and precision which led to four to five good chances throughout the game.

Defensively they kept a resolute shape and their effort was very good, minimizing dangerous chances by Nigeria. Nigeria's shots were mostly from distance and there one goal was off of a set play where Campagnolo didn't quite parry the ball away from danger and the rebound was rebounded in.


Top performers

CF, Noah Santos

Santos scored the first goal on a really well placed strike from about 15 yards out.

AM, Santiago Morales

Morales continuously got into good spots and had a really nice finish on the second goal.

WING, Nimfasha Berchimas

Berchimas was again one of the most dangerous players on the field and set up a couple of nice chances. He also showed great hustle and work rate defensively.

CB, Nicholas de Almeida

Almeida was once again very good and progressive playing out of the back, showing great ball control, vision and touch on his passes.

CM, Adyn Torres

Torres won a good amount of balls in the midfield and assisted on the first goal after winning a duel, megging a midfielder and then carrying the ball 15 to 20 yards before releasing the ball to Noah Santos at the right time.

LB, Jeremiah White

White rebounded from a tough game with some really nice combination play on the left flank. He also set up a big chance on a nicely weighted cross that found the foot of Ervin Torres for a massive chance that was missed.

CB, Davi Alexandre

Alexandre's distribution was a little hit or miss, but his awareness, positioning and interrupting were superb.

LB, Christian McFarlane

McFarlane was a little sloppy on the ball, but his one on one defense was outstanding and his effort was commendable.

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Match Summary


This was the first time I have seen a U.S. Youth National Team deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation in a long time. It looked something like:

GK, Zack Campagnolo, Orlando City
LB, Jeremiah White, Philadelphia Union
LCB, Nicholas de Almeida, Inter Miami
RCB, Neil Pierre, Philadelphia Union (captain)
RB, Joshua Santiago, LAFC
CM, Ervin Torres Jr, Austin FC
CM, Adyn Torres, Atlanta United
AM, Axel Perez, Lyon
LW, Maximo Carrizo, NYCFC
RW, Bryce Outman, FC Dallas
CF, Sam Petrie, Barca AZ


The manager, Michael Nsien, made five(!) subs at half and two more later in the half, including: 

LB, Christian McFarlane, NYCFC
RB, Drew Baiera, NYCFC
CM, Stiven Jimenez, FC Cincinnati
LW, Nimfasha Berchimas, Charlotte FC
CF, Noah Santos, Portland Timbers
RW, Jonny Shore, NYCFC

Run of play

Other than a five to ten minute stretch in the first half, it was dominated by Netherlands. The United States struggled mightily to break the Netherlands press and showed very little understanding and cohesion for how they should break the press. Passes were forced, inaccurate and mistakes were countless. It felt like the team was in scramble mode for 70% of the first half. Thanks to some outstanding goal keeping by Campagnolo, the U.S. only went into the half down 2-0. There were not much in the way of bright spots aside from a few nice moments from Axel Perez.

Nsien made five subs at half and it definitely sparked a change in tone. The team looked a little more cohesive in connecting passes and a little more physical. Berchimas was immediately dangerous off of the left wing and the front four of Berchimas, Perez, Santos and Shore looked more threatening. Berchimas missed two very good chances in the second half, setup Shore for a decent chance and Perez and Pierre both went off of the post. If one of the earlier chances had been converted, the game could have gotten more interesting. Instead, the U.S. ran out of gas around the 70th minute and the game got ugly with little help from the referees. Netherlands sealed it late with a third and the game was over at that point.