Football “Friendly” Ends In A Bizarre Standstill

Posted on Dec 19 2013 - 7:11am by Cathy Brunetti

The U.S. U-17 team beat Brazil 4-1 in the finals of the Nike International Friendlies tournament held in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. But, the match came to a bizarre and early end as the Brazilian team refused to move for the last few minutes of the match.

Multiple red cards

hajiTwo red cards and a depleted Brazilian team highlighted the match before capping off with the stand still protest.

The U.S. opened scoring in just the seventh minute, but Brazil equalized in the 16th. Officials gave Brazil its first red card in the 38th minutes after conceding a goal 2-1. The Brazilian team continued to try for a comeback in the second half, but cut off by a second red card awarded in the 86th minute. The score read 4-1 by that time, and it proved too much to take for the visiting team.

Early stop

Playing with only nine men, Brazil just stood still, refusing to move as the Americans casually passed the ball back and forth. It was apparent no one was going to move, and the referee called a stop to the match 30 seconds shy of the 90th minute.

Brazil needed either a win or a draw to raise the tournament trophy. Haji Wright of the L.A. Galaxy scored two of the four goals in the match, and was given the Golden Boot Award of the tournament. Wright scored five goals in three matches.