Chicago Fire Academy goalkeeper Damian Las (Norridge, Ill.) started and went the distance in net for the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team in their opener at the Nike Invitational Friendlies, a 1-0 loss to England Wednesday in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Las delivered a number of outstanding saves in a standout performance, finishing with seven saves on the evening. Las and the U.S. held a dynamic England side at bay until the 79th minute of an 80-minute match, when a header by England's Taylor Harwood-Bellis off a corner kick went just beyond the reach of a diving Las.
Highlights from the match are available at the top of the page and in the tweets below courtesy of @USsoccer_YNT.
The U.S. will look to bounce back in their second match of the Nike Invitational Friendlies, which comes Friday (Dec. 1) at 6 p.m. CT when the U.S. faces the Netherlands. The game will stream live on U.S. Soccer's Facebook Page and YouTube channel.
For more on the game and the Nike Invitational Friendlies, visit ussoccer.com.