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Chicago Fire Academy goalkeeper Damian Las, U.S. U-17 MNT finish second at Nike International Friendlies

By Chicago Fire Communications, 12/03/18, 10:00AM CST


Chicago Fire Academy goalkeeper Damian Las was in net for the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team for it's final matchup of the 2018 Nike Friendlies on Sunday night, a 1-1 draw with Brazil.

Making his second start in the tournament's three matches, Las was credited with several big stops to help the Americans secure a point and lock up a second-place finish in this year's event. In the sixth minute, Las denied Brazil's first big scoring opportunity by getting his hands on a Gabriel Silva attempt from close range and deflecting it over the bar to keep things scoreless. Las additionally showed up when it mattered late, making key stops at Brazil pushed for a winner.

Goals were scored by Gianluca Busio for the Americans in first-half stoppage time, and Brazil's Ivonei in the 84th minute.

The U.S. finished the friendlies with five points, two behind tournament winners Portugal. For more on the 2018 Nike International Friendlies, visit


USA: 1-Damian Las; 3-Adam Armour, 5-Kobe Hernandez, 2-Joe Scally, 14-Mason Judge; 11-Griffin Yow, 6-Tayvon Gray, 21-Gianluca Busio (4-Axel Alexandre, 90), 10-Giovanni Reyna (capt.); 18-Peter Stroud (8-Adam Saldana, 63), 19-Ricardo Pepi (9-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, 63)
Substitutes not used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 7-Andre Luiz Costa, 15-Sebastian Falsone, 16-William Reilly, 17-Cameron Dunbar, 20-Daniel Robles
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

BRA: 1-Gabriel Pereira; 3-Henri Santos (capt.), 2-Yan Couto (19-Neto, 63), 15-Gustavo, 13-Derick (18-Ivonei Rabelo, 83); 10-Reinier Carvalho, 5-Fabinho, 11-Talles Magno, 20-Iago (4-Renan, 46); 8-Talles Costa (7-Diego Rosa, 70), 9-Gabriel Vieira (17-Kawan, 83)
Substitutes not used: 6-Eduardo Jesus, 12-Cristian, 16-Riquelme, 14-Gabriel Noga,
Head coach: Guilherme Dea