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U.S. U-17 MNT Set to Face Malawi in Kano, Nigeria


U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Kano , Nigeria
Oct. 28, 2009 

TAKE TWO: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will be looking to make up ground in Group E at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup when it takes on Malawi on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) in Kano, Nigeria, live on ESPNU. Following an opening game loss to Spain on Monday, the U.S. is currently in third place in the group, with the top 16 of 24 participating teams advancing to the knock-out phase. On Friday, the Americans will move to Ijebu-Ode to take on United Arab Emirates on Sunday, Nov. 1. The encounter is slated for 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Fans can also follow on ussocer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer. 

U.S. U-17 World Cup Schedule
Date            Opponent      Result / Kickoff (ET)    TV                                 Venue
Oct. 26        Spain             2-1 L                         ESPNU/Galavision           Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Oct. 29        Malawi           4 p.m. (11 a.m.)         ESPNU                          Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1         UAE              4 p.m. (10 a.m.)         ESPNU/Galavision           Gateway International; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria 

A LOOK AT THE GROUP: Group E continues on Oct. 29 with key matchups on tap. The two game one winners will duke it out on Thursday when UAE takes on Spain in a key second game, while the USA and Malawi will both be playing for the full three points to keep up with the front runners.  

Group E Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

UAE

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

ESP

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

USA

1

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

MWI

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

 QUICK HITS:

  • All 21 U.S. players are eligible to take the field against Malawi on Thursday.
  • Defenders Zachary Herold and Eriq Zavaleta, along with midfielder Marlon Duran, earned cautions against Spain in the team’s opener. Another yellow would result in a one-match suspension.
  • Malawi’s Kondwani Lufeyo and Gastin Simkonda were both sent off during Malawi’s opening game against UAE, making them ineligible to take the field against the U.S.
  • The United States enters Thursday’s match with a 1-6-1 record against African teams at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • The U.S. recently faced fellow African qualifier Gambia twice during a 10-day training camp, earning 2-0 and 5-0 wins in September.
  • Forward Jack McInerney’s fourth-minute goal against Spain was his team-high 10th of the year.
  • Overall, the American team is averaging two goals per game, having scored 36 in 18 internationals.
  • Monday’s loss to Spain was the second to the seven-time European champions this year, with the first coming on Feb. 18 in Madrid.
  • Including the two 2-1 losses to Spain, the U.S. has lost only four of the 18 international matches it has played in 2009.
  • Ten players on the U.S. roster have been in Residency since the Fall Semester of 2007: Andre Craven, Duran, Earl Edwards, Herold, Stefan Jerome, Perry Kitchen, Carlos Martinez, McInerney, Tyler Polak and Jared Watts.
  • Only one player, midfielder William Packwood, is not based full time in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Packwood is based in England and plays in the Birmingham City academy.
  • The U.S. defense has posted seven shutouts on the year, including two against fellow World Cup participant Gambia in the two most recent friendlies in September.
  • The first three games for the Americans in Nigeria will all be played on an artificial surface, with two matches at Sani Abachi Stadium in Kano and one in Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode.
  • Kano has also hosted the U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was held in Nigeria in 1999. 

ELSEWHERE IN NIGERIA: As of Tuesday, Argentina and Switzerland have both clinched berths to the Round of 16 with six points each in Groups A and B, respectively. Argentina will emerge from an extremely difficult Group A after one-goal wins against Honduras (1-0) and Germany (2-1). Group B is just as difficult, with Switzerland surprising the experts to become the first to pick up six points. The Swiss put on an impressive show against Mexico on Saturday to win 2-0, and came from behind to top Japan 4-3 on Tuesday. Oct. 27 also included an important upset in favor of the USA’s regional foe Mexico, as they posted a 1-0 win against Brazil to keep their chance of advancing intact. 

Round of 16 Teams (as of Oct. 27)
Group A: Argentina
Group B: Switzerland 

A LOOK AT THE 21: Wilmer Cabrera’s 21 player roster features players who represent 13 different states and 19 different clubs, including nine that are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Eight players have scored at least one goal for the U.S. over the course of 18 international games in 2009, and six – Earl Edwards, Luis Gil, Stefan Jerome, Perry Kitchen, Carlos Martinez and Jack McInerney –have registered more than 25 international appearances at the U-17 level. The roster blends 17 players born in 1992 and four born in 1993. 

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), 1-Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), 12-Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 4-Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), 20-Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), 3-Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), 2-Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), 15-Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):  5-Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), 14-Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), 17-William Packwood (Birmingham City, Concord, Mass.), 11-Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), 8-Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): 16-Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), 19-Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), 18-Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), 7-Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), 9-Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), 13-Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.) 

MALAWI’S CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT: The 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup marks the first ever appearance at a FIFA event for the nation of Malawi, a stark contrast to the USA’s record 13th appearance in just the U-17 World Cup. The southeastern African country took a non-traditional route to Nigeria, qualifying after Niger was disqualified from the competition, but that doesn’t take away from the national pride in the young team. Players as young as 14 have traveled to the event to represent an upswing in Malawian soccer. The senior team has played in just one African Cup of Nations tournament, that coming in 1984, but this year reached the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying.  

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Malawi was given a second chance to participate in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup after being eliminated in the first round of African qualifying. After losing two games to Burkina Faso and Niger, Malawi found a new level of play and defeated Zimbabwe 5-1. That victory became key to Malawi’s U-17 World Cup dreams, as they stepped in to one of the confederation’s four places in Nigeria with Niger’s disqualification after they were found to have used overage players. In the preliminary competition in CAF, Malawi eliminated South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia en route to the final round.  

Malawi U-17 WC Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cuthbert Seengwa, 16-Victor Nagnwale, 21-Jailos Kapalamula
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Piliarni Zonda, 3-Kondwani Lufeyo, 5-Robert Simkonda, 6-Peter Mselema, 8-Bongani Kaipa, 13-Francis Mulimbika, 15-Takondwa Issah
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Patience Kalumo, 12-Gilbert Chirwa, 17-Mike Kaziputa, 18-Kelvin Hanganda, 19-Kingston Chindebvu, 20-Willie Saenda
FORWARDS (5): 7-Tonny Chitsulo, 9-Andrew Mpetiwa, 10-Bruno Milanzi, 11-Maxwell Mwanyongo, 14-Gastin Simkonda 

TWEETING ALONG: Follow the U-17 MNT in short form as they journey through Nigeria by keeping up to date on our official Twitter page at twitter.com/ussoccer.

BLOGFRICA: If you want to keep up with the team in longer form, including exclusive stories, interviews, photos and more, make sure to follow the YNT Blog. Click here to join the team along its journey through Kano, Ijebu-Ode and beyond at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

MEET WILLIAM PACKWOOD: Imagine having just turned 15 years old, packing up everything you own and moving across the ocean, away from your parents and friends and beginning a career in a different country. That’s exactly the path that American midfielder William Packwood has taken to first get to England and Birmingham City FC, and then to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.  Meet one of the USA’s newest, and youngest, players in Nigeria by clicking here. 

Last time out…
On the field for the U.S. U-17 MNT at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Oct. 26, 2009 - 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup; Group E - Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria

USA     1          Jack McInerney 4
ESP      2          Borja 22, Pablo Sarabia 30

USA:1-Earl Edwards; 4-Perry Kitchen (capt.) (15-Eriq Zavaleta, 46), 6-Zachary Herold, 2-Jared Watts, 3-Tyler Polak; 10-Luis Gil, 11-Nick Palodichuk, 5-Marlon Duran (13-Dominick Sarle, 89), 8-Alex Shinsky; 9-Jack McInerney, 7-Stefan Jerome (19-Victor Chavez, 46)
Subs not used: 21-Keith Cardona, 12-Spencer Richey; 20-Boyd Okwuonu, 14-Carlos Martinez, 17-William Packwood, 16-Juan Agudelo, 18-Andrew Craven
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

ESP: 1-Edgar; 3-Jon Aurtenetxe, 4-Sergi Gomez, 5-Marc Muniesa, 20-Albert Dalmau; 6-Koke (capt.), 8-Eduardo Ramos, 17-Pablo Sarabia; 7-Iker Muniain (12-Alvaro Morata, 84), 9-Borja (19-Kevin, 62), 10-Isco (14-Jordi Amat, 7)
Subs not used: 13-Julen Celaya, 21-Yeray, 2-Albert Blazquez, 11-Adria Carmona, 15-Javier Espinosa, 16-Kamal, 18-Sergi Roberto
Head coach: Gines Melendez

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