Uzbeks on Tap
After Sunday’s convincing 3-0 win against Czech Republic, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team finds itself tied for first place in Group D of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The young Americans continue their campaign in their second group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET).
June 21, 2011
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Notes
USA vs. Uzbekistan
June 21, 2011
UZBEKS ON TAP: After Sunday’s convincing 3-0 win against Czech Republic, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team finds itself tied for first place in Group D of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The young Americans continue their campaign in their second group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET). That game from Estadio Torreon will be shown live on ESPN3 and Galavision, and on tape delay on ESPNU. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
THE SCENARIOS: If New Zealand defeats or draws the Czech Republic on Wednesday and the U.S. tops Uzbekistan, the U.S. would be assured a top two finish in the group, and a place in the Round of 16. If Czech Republic beats New Zealand and the U.S. beats Uzbekistan, six points would likely be enough to send the USA to the knockout stage. The United States would also still be alive in the group with a draw or even a loss on Wednesday.
Group D Standings
Group D Results
|June 19||New Zealand 4, Uzbekistan 1||--||Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico|
|June 19||USA 3, Czech Republic 0||--||Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico|
|June 22||USA vs. Uzbekistan||3 p.m. / 4 p.m.||Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico|
|June 22||New Zealand vs. Czech Republic||6 p.m. / 7 p.m.||Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico|
|June 25||USA vs. New Zealand||6 p.m. / 7 p.m.||Estadio Hidalgo; Pachuca, Mexico|
|June 25||Czech Republic vs. Uzbekistan||6 p.m. / 7 p.m.||Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico|
- Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has yet to give up a goal in a game he’s started in 2011, posting four shutouts in four starts. His lone goal allowed was a penalty kick after he entered the game against El Salvador on Feb. 22 as a sub.
Esteban Rodriguez continued his streak of playing every minute of official competitions this year, with his 510 minutes from the qualifying tournament combining with 90 minutes in the World Cup opener.
Rodriguez, Mobi Fehr and Alfred Koroma are the only players to appear in all 11 U.S. international matches in 2011.
Alejandro Guido’s fifth-minute goal against the Czech Republic marked the second straight time that the U.S. has scored within five minutes of the opening whistle of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
With the win, the U.S. improved its record against European teams at the U-17 World Cup to 6-8-2.
It was the first time the U.S. has won its opening game at the U-17 World Cup since 2005.
The U.S. was the first team to post three goals against the Czech Republic since Turkey on Sept. 27, 2010, a 1-6 Czech loss.
Sunday’s 3-0 win was the first shutout by a U.S. team in the opening game of the U-17 World Cup since 1991, when the U.S. topped Italy 1-0.
The match against the Czechs was also just the fourth time in 49 games at the FIFA U-17 World Cup that the United States won by three or more goals.
The U.S. also won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship game 3-0 against Canada on Feb. 27, with goals from Nate Smith, Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma.
Cabrera’s lineup had four changes from that championship game, with Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Mobi Fehr and Alejandro Guido stepping into Sunday’s starting lineup.
Both players on the U.S. roster born in 1995 – Arriola and Acosta – earned the start against the Czech Republic.
Seven players representing U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs started the opening game.
U.S. captain Marc Pelosi earned his 27th career cap on Saturday, adding to his team high.
There are 18 players on the roster who lifted the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship trophy in February.
FOURTH BY THREE: The win against the Czech Republic on June 19 was the first U.S. win by three goals or more at this event since a Freddy Adu hat trick helped the 2003 team top Korea Republic 6-1 in Finland. The only other wins by three or more came on Sept. 11, 1997, against Australia (4-0) and Aug. 26, 1993, against Qatar (5-1).
A LOOK AT THE U.S. ROSTER: Head coach Wilmer Cabrera named his 21-player roster on June 9, the day before the team traveled to Torreon to begin training. The U.S. roster features 18 players who took home the regional crown at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February. There are 15 players representing 14 different clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with Arsenal FC the only club to send two players to Mexico in Paul Arriola and Wade Hamilton.
U.S U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), 1-Kendall McIntosh (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 12-Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy; Plano, Texas), 4-Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), 2-Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanch, Mich.), 6-Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), 15-Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), 3-Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.),
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matt Dunn (FC Cologne; Dallas, Texas), 10-Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), 13-Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), 11-Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), 14-Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), 17-Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), 20-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): 18-Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), 7-Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), 19-Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.) 9-Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)
FIRST GAMES COMPLETE: The first set of games wrapped up Monday night as Groups E and F were the last to play. Germany was the biggest winner of the first round, topping Ecuador 6-1. France topped Argentina 3-0 in one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. Uruguay and Brazil also won 3-0 against Canada and Denmark, respectively. Overall, the five CONCACAF teams (USA, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama) have won three games and dropped two.
IN FOCUS: UZBEKISTAN
Head Coach: Aleksey Evstafeev
Previous FIFA U-17 World Cups: None
Best Finish: N/A
FIRST TIME OUT: Uzbekistan qualified for their first-ever FIFA event by finishing as runners up at the 2010 AFC U-16 Championship, posting a narrow 0-2 defeat in the final to Korea DPR. Uzbekistan won its group ahead of Jordan, Indonesia and Tajikistan by scoring 11 goals and allowing just one. Uzbekistan, which hosted the tournament, moved on to defeat Syria 2-1 in the all-important quarterfinal game to seal their place in Mexico, and topped Australia in the semifinal by the same score.
Uzbekistan AFC Championship Results
|Oct. 24||Indonesia||3-0||Sardor, Timur (2)|
|Oct. 28||Tajikistan||8-1||Abbosbek, Azizbek, Timur (2), Javlon, Nodirhon, Jasurbek|
|Nov. 1||Syria||2-1||Abossbek, Timur|
|Nov. 4||Australia||2-1||Makhstaliev (2)|
|Nov. 7||Korea DPR||0-2||--|
Uzbekistan Republic Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Sergey Smorodin, 12-Ganisher Kholmurodov, 21-Abdumavlon Abduljalilov
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Mirzamurod Jurabaev, 3-Sardor Rakhmanov, 4-Ravshanjon Haydarov, 5-Asiljon Mansurov, 14-Javlon Mirabdullaev, 16-Khasan Askarov
MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Abbosbek Muratov, 7-Azizbek Muratov, 8-Sardor Sabirkhodjaev, 9-Kholmurod Kholmurodov, 13-Bobir Davlatov, 17-Dior Usmankhodjaev, 18-Muhsinjon Ubaydullaev, 20-Davlatbek Yarbekov
FORWARDS (4): 10-Nodirhon Kamolov, 11-Timur Khakimov, 15-Jasurbek Khakimov, 19-Zabikhillo Urinboev
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVERY GAME: For exclusive highlights of every game in Mexico, check out the highlights section of FIFA.com. Check out the competition, all the goals and the best saves on FIFA’s tournament page.
ARRIOLA’S LESSONS: U.S. U-17 MNT forward Paul Arriola has earned a place on the FIFA U-17 World Cup despite not playing a minute at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship due to a nagging injury. Now, back to 100 percent, Arriola started the USA’s opening match in Mexico, notching an assist in the 3-0 win against Czech Republic. ussoccer.com chatted with the Chula Vista, Calif.-native about his time between Jamaica and Mexico and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
FOLLOWING IN SHORT FORM: Keep tabs on the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team as they move through the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 140 characters or less by following us on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
BLOGGING FROM TORREON: Stay in tune with everything happening at the team hotel and training by keeping up with the YNT Blog on ussoccer.com. You can find exclusive photos and videos as the U.S. continues their journey in Torreon and Pachuca.