With the Footie 7 Tournament having gotten underway yesterday in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, the United States and the Ukraine both came away winners.
Ukraine beat Argentina 3 – 0. The United States beat the Netherlands 1 – 0, with defender Kevin Hensley scoring in eighth minute to put the USA ahead. The United States managed to eight shots off in the game, with 1 on goal. The USA goalkeeper had 11 saves. Team USA had 3 corner kicks.
Following the game, the United States head coach Stuart Sharp was quoted as saying by U.S. Soccer, “I was delighted with the attitude of the players today in a game that required a great deal of concentration and physical commitment. […] It goes without saying, kicking off this competition with a victory against the 4th-ranked team in the world is an excellent start, but now we must focus on the next three games which will be against some very tough opposition. The squad has been working hard over the past year, and gradually we are starting to see the benefits of this in our games. Our next match is against Ukraine, who is second in the world, and we may require to shuffle the team a little to allow for some injuries from today’s game, but I am confident no matter who enters the field wearing our jersey will give their all for the team.”
Team USA had three players making their national team debut at the competition. The full squad included goalkeepers, Alex Hendricks and Keith Johnson, defenders Bryce Boarman and Kevin Hensley, midfielders Mason Abbiate, Adam Ballou, Tyler Bennett, Seth Jahn, Jarrett Razon, Gavin Sibayan, Marthell Vazquez and Jordan Weise, and forwards Michael Moore and Rene Renteria.
The tournament continues all week. The United States are scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday when they meet the Ukraine, then play Argentina on Thursday and wrap up the tournament by playing hosts Portugal on Friday.