U.S. Head Coach John Hackworth
On if he ever expected Jamaica to come back:
“No, you don’t think that is going to happen, but I have to give full credit to the Jamaican team. They hung in there, never let down once and it was a tremendous comeback by them.”
On what he think happened in the second half:
“I thought we stopped playing football and stopped passing the ball. We had really good rhythm, but we stopped it and started playing more direct. We basically looked like we were playing for a 2-0 result. You can’t do that. We didn’t handle it right.”
“I’ve said in the build-up to this qualifying that Jamaica was a fantastic team and I knew we were going to have our hands full tonight. They’re a great team and have some unbelievable players. That being said, I thought my team played well and did what it needed to do, but it just didn’t finish it. We literally stopped doing the things we were being successful in.”
On Costa Rica:
“We have one more game against Costa Rica. We’ll look at the game film, try to prepare to the best of our abilities for Costa Rica and see if we can get a result in that match. I think it will be an extremely tough game. We have to put together a 90-minute match.”
U.S. Captain Mykell Bates
On what their feeling was up 2-0 at halftime:
“The feeling is we have a cushion, but we were getting ahead of ourselves. We were already looking at qualifying with nine points and that was our biggest mistake – knowing that we should have realized the game is not over and we still had another 45 minutes.”
On what happened in the second half:
“We lost our game plan. We did not do what we were told to do, what we were supposed to do or what we needed to do. We got away from playing soccer and try to hold onto a 2-0 lead. What we needed to do was play soccer and knock it around like we did in the first half, and execute and put one in the back of the net to finish it off, 3-0.”
On knowing they qualified despite the loss:
“To be honest, our goal isn’t just to qualify; it’s to be number one in this CONCACAF Group B. That’s why it’s such a hard loss at the moment because we were up 2-0 and could have had the victory if we would have finished off the game, putting us number one in the group. But, we didn’t do it.”
On the team’s mentality going into their final match against Costa Rica:
“Our mentality has to be that we forget this game and get ready for Sunday night. We’ll have to recuperate and come out sharp, play sharp and finish sharp for the whole 90 minutes.”
U.S. Defender Sheanon Williams
On qualifying despite the loss:
“We’re happy to qualify, but we’re here to win. It’s all good to be in the World Cup, but we want to win.”
On his goal:
“The ball came in nicely and I took a touch and decided I was going to shoot it because why not take a chance. Luckily, it went in.”
U.S. Defender Daniel Wenzel
On dealing with the range of emotions of qualifying but also losing to Jamaica:
“It’s disappointing. It’s not what I wanted to qualify on. It’s a bad loss. Our goal was to win every game, get 12 points and leave here. We still have one more game, but it’s a bittersweet feeling.”
On the letdown in the second half:
“We set ourselves up perfectly to win the first half by playing the soccer we did, getting the two goals and defending well. But in the second half, we didn’t do any of that. We gave the ball away easily, we didn’t defend together and once they got their first goal we just came apart.”
On facing Costa Rica:
“We’re just going to focus on resting and recovering, getting our legs back and just going out and getting a win. We have to put this behind us, forget about it and just go get a win.”
Head coach John Hackworth
On the match:
“We came out and executed our game plan very well in the early going, but you’ve got to finish a couple of those other opportunities we had. If we would have gotten the third goal, I think we would have made it easy on ourselves and now it’s done. Canada played well and give them credit for never giving up. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with six points from our first two games. We’re in a great spot, so now we have to battle through our tired legs and get ready for Jamaica.”
“They came out in the second half and displayed the type of soccer their capable of playing. Their number nine (Jarek Whiteman) is an excellent player, probably one of the best target forwards here. Number four (Oliver Lacoste-Lebuis) can stroke it around and their two center backs are quality. They are a good side and they showed that in the second half and against Jamaica. Full credit to them, as they made it very difficult to get out of there with three points.”
On having six points:
“We’re right where we want to be. Our plan was to come and earn three points in each of the first two matches. We wouldn’t have liked to give up the goal tonight, but now for us the biggest thing is battling through the fatigue with four games in seven days. We’ll see how it goes, we’re in the position we want to be in.”
On facing Jamaica next:
“We feel Jamaica is going to be an extremely difficult match for us, especially when it’s in Jamaica.”
Defender and Captain Mykell Bates
On the mood of the team after earning six points:
“We’re very happy. It was a tough win, but we got three points and that’s all that matters. By winning those two games we’re dictating what we’re going to do for the rest of the tournament. And that’s a very good feeling for us.”
On his goal:
“I checked to and next thing you know I saw the ball. I anticipated the ball was going to come through and took my time, took a touch and knew where I wanted to go.”
On the second half letdown:
“We were losing focus as the match went on and I think fatigure played a part in it. We just need to stay more focused to sustain the 90 minutes.”
Forward Billy Schuler
On his goal:
“I was at the line of defense and made a diagonal run. (Sheanon Williams) slipped me through and the goalie came out to defend the near post. I just tried to get there, slide and hit it far post. I got it by the goalie and I got it in.”
On how they played in the first half:
“We’ve been trying to play soccer and not just play balls over the top, trying to not play sloppy. I think it’s worked. Although sometimes we straw from not playing soccer, we lose focus at times, but we always seem to get back to it sometime in the game, which is great. That’s when we play our best.”
Sierra Mist Man of the Match Daniel Wenzel
On controlling the midfield and dominating the first half:
“We’ve just been practicing just playing simple and we just put it all together. I think by us keeping the ball, Canada just seemed to get tired. We just need to do that for the full game.”
On facing Jamaica:
“Jamaica is our biggest game because if we get a result we’ll qualify. All of our focus is on that game, getting a win and moving on from here.”
TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2007) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 2-0 win vs. El Salvador in the opening match of a doubleheader at Raymond James Stadium. Goal-scorers Greg Garza and Tommy Meyer tallied in the first half with goals in the 17th and 24th minutes, respectively.
At the other end of the field, Zach McMath got the start in goal, while Josh Lambo held El Salvador scoreless in the second half to combine for the shutout. It marks the eighth clean sheet in 2007 for the U-17s.
Head coach John Hackworth’s squad continues to prepare for Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The five-team, round-robin tournament will take place from April 28 to May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica, with all the matches being played at National Stadium. Along with the host, the U.S. will face Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (full schedule). The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report
Participants: USA vs. El Salvador
Location: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Date: March 25, 2007
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
SMU 0 0 0
USA - Greg Garza (Alex Nimo) 16th minute
USA - Tommy Meyer (Greg Garza) 24.
USA: 18-Zac MacMath (1-Josh Lambo, 46); 2-Sheanon Williams, 3-Mykell Bates (capt.), 7-Tommy Meyer, 20-Chris Klute; 5-Nick Millington, 8-Jared Jeffrey, 6-Daniel Wenzel, 17-Greg Garza (14-Eder Arreola, 80); 19-Alex Nimo (10-Bryan Dominguez, 71), 13-Billy Schuler (9-Ellis McLoughlin, 65)
Subs not used: 4-Howard Turk, 11-Alex Dixon, 12-Aubrey Perry, 15-Dane Shea, 16-Brandon Zimmerman
Head Coach: John Hackworth
SLV: 1-Diego Cuellar; 3-Andres Menendez (capt.), 4-Xavi Garcia, 6-Cristian Valencia, 7-Henry Escobar (5-Alex Mendoza, 77), 8-Diego Chavarria, 9-Andres Flores (12-Armando Quintanilla, 87), 10-William Maldonado (16-William Aguirre, 46), 11-Ricardo Orellana (17-Gilberto Baires, 46), 14-Herbert Sosa, 15-Fabricio Alfaro.
Shots 20 3
Shots on goal 5 2
Saves 2 7
Fouls 18 25
Corner Kicks 5 3
Offside 2 3
SLV - Diego Chavarria (caution) 33rd minute
USA - Greg Garza (caution) 57.
SLV - Fabricio Alfaro (caution) 63.
SLV - William Aguirre (caution) 79.
CHICAGO (March 24, 2007) – U.S. Soccer and ussoccer.com will once again present MatchACCESS coverage on the popular website during Sunday’s doubleheader with the full Men’s National Team and the U-17 Men’s National Team at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
MatchACCESS coverage will kick off with the live broadcast of the U-17 MNT’s match against El Salvador at 9 a.m. ET, followed by post-match coverage of U.S. MNT vs. Ecuador, starting immediately after the match at 2 p.m. ET. If fans miss the live U-17 broadcast, the match will be re-aired in its entirety beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET.
The live streaming of the entire U.S. U-17 MNT match will provide fans with the opportunity to see head coach John Hackworth’s squad as they continue to prepare for Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The five-team, round-robin tournament will take place from April 28 to May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica, with all the matches being played at National Stadium. Along with the host, the U.S. will face Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (full schedule). The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.
MatchACCESS will also include post-match coverage of USA-Ecuador, which fans can follow live on ESPN2 (12 p.m. ET), Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Coverage on ussoccer.com will include exclusive interviews with players after the match and the post-game press conference with head coach Bob Bradley.
Sunday’s crowd at the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game at Raymond James Stadium will be the largest ever for a U.S. Soccer event in the Bay Area as more than 27,000 tickets have been sold. Tickets starting at $18 are still available through ussoccer.com, area Ticketmaster outlets (including the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa Theater, the USF Sun Dome, and FYE stores) and by phone at 813-287-8844. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. While a ticket provides access to both matches, re-entry into the stadium is not permitted.
The U.S. MNT will debut their brand new 2007 Nike U.S. Men's National Team Third Jersey against Ecuador. The jersey is another example of Nike's worldwide commitment to providing players with garments that are both comfortable and technically advanced. [ORDER YOUR NEW 3RD JERSEY NOW]
Hackworth named a 20-player roster for the match against El Salvador, who is in the other CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament (Group B) with Haiti, Honduras and Mexico. The top two finishers in the group, which will be played from April 4-8 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will also qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
While the match will be the first in the stadium for both U.S. teams, it will only be a short trip to Tampa for the Under-17s as U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program is located at IMG Academies in nearby Bradenton. Started in 1999, the Residency Program has become a symbol of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to increasing the development opportunities for players and the success of the Youth National Teams. The 40 U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton and train daily under the guidance of Hackworth and assistant coaches Keith Fulk, Raul Diaz Arce, Tim Mulqueen and Brian Maisonneuve.
Nine members of Bradley’s roster vs. Ecuador came through the Residency Program – DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Justin Mapp, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce and Jonathan Spector. [Watch the MNT Train at Bradenton]
U-17 MNT Roster - Spring 2007 Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)
U-17 MNT Results/Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
March 2 UVA 2-3 L Schuler, Levry
March 3 Florida ODP ‘91s 3-0 W Finley (3)
March 10 Honduras U-17
March 12 Honduras U-17
March 14 Municipal Reserves
March 16 Comunicaciones Reserves
U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)
Date of Birth
Apr 13, 1990
Federal Way, Wash.