Joeys fly off to face Brazil, England and USA

Technical Director of the FFA Centre of Excellence at the AIS Peter de Roo says the Joeys participation at this week’s Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase is vital preparation for next year’s U-17 FIFA World Cup in Chile.

Tony Vidmar’s youngsters flew from Sydney today bound for Florida. There they will take on Brazil, England and host nation the USA over three group games starting Saturday (AEDT). 

While beating some of the world’s leading nations is a huge carrot for the Joeys, de Roo is adamant it won’t come at the cost of jeopardizing the team’s philosophy.

“Football is ultimately about winning games. We want to win but never at the expense of how we want to play,” de Roo told www.socceroos.com.au

“If we play how we want to then I’m sure the results will come with that. We’re not going to America to grind out results, that’s not what we’re about.

“We’re about playing football to help us win and also developing players for the (Hyundai) A-League and also future internationals (for the Socceroos). And that’s what I think we have in this group.”

Asked what the he hoped the team would get out of these three tough matches, de Roo said: “International experience at the top level is what these boys need.

“That’s why we jumped at the opportunity. This is great international exposure and we’ll be able to see where we’re at and then have 10 months to see where we can improve and what we can work on before the World  Cup (in Chile).”

Australian fans will be able to watch every single minute of the Joeys’ three matches, with every game of the five-day tournament shown live on www.ussoccer.com.

The Joeys qualified for next year's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile after downing Malaysia 2-1 in a pulsating quarter final at the AFC U-16 Championships in Thailand in September. 

*Note there is a 16-hour time difference between Florida and AEDT. 

JOEYS ROSTER FOR NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES NOV 28-DEC 2 AT LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLA

 

Player Name (Last, First)

Position

Date of

Birth

Club

2

Ward, Malcolm

Defender

26/08/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

3

Davies, Henry

Defender

05/04/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

5

Speth, Zac

Defender

29/01/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

6

Caletti, Joe

Midfielder

14/09/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

7

Maskin, Daniel

Midfielder

06/02/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

8

Arzani, Daniel

Midfielder

04/01/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

9

Armenakas, Panos

Midfielder

05/08/98

Udinese Calcio S.p.A. (Italy)

10

Dimitroff, Jamie

Midfielder

11/07/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

11

Kekeris, Peter

Attacker

07/05/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

12

Osipov, Brandon

GK

05/08/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

13

Verbi, Christian

Defender

02/07/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

14

Monahan-Vaiika, Solomon

Defender

05/02/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

15

Bandiera, Jackson

Defender

16/04/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

16

Kim, Danny

Defender

28/05/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

17

Panetta, Nicholas

Midfielder

22/04/98

  FFA Centre of Excellence

18

Delianov, James

GK

20/10/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

20

Fotakopoulos, Perry

Defender

06/09/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

22

Joice, Cameron

Attacker

21/09/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

23

Petratos, Kosta

Attacker

01/03/98

FFA Centre of Excellence

24

Tokich, Marc

Midfielder

12/05/99

FFA Centre of Excellence

Staff

Position

Tony Vidmar

Head Coach

Peter de Roo

Technical Director

Ufuk Talay

Assistant Coach

Fernando vaz Alves

Goalkeeper Coach

Aidan Brown

Team Manager

Deane Stephens

Physiotherapist

Vince Cosentini

Soft Tissue Therapist

2014 Nike International Friendlies Schedule 

All games live on ussoccer.com  
Friday, Nov. 28 
Australia vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET 
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. ET 

Sunday, Nov. 30 
Brazil vs. England, 3 p.m. ET 
USA vs. Australia, 6 p.m. ET 

Tuesday, Dec. 2 
England vs. Australia, 3 p.m. ET 
USA vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. ET