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U-17 MNT Take La Serena Cup Title With 2-1 Win Against Ecuador

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team rounded out their trip to La Serena, Chile, with an undefeated 3-0-1 record against South American sides, taking home the championship of the La Serena Cup. The U.S. recorded a 2-0 win over Chile in their opening game on Feb. 1, a 1-0 victory against Peru on Feb. 3 and a 1-1 draw against Ecuador to round out group play.

Set for a rematch with Ecuador in the final on Saturday, Feb. 7, the U.S. prevailed 2-1 to take the Cup title. Leading the way for the Americans in Chile, Jack McInerney scored three goals in the four games. Earl Edwards started three games in goal, allowing just one goal against, a penalty against Ecuador in the final, in 270 minutes.

U.S. U-17 MNT La Serena Cup Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Feb. 1 Chile 2-0 W Renken, McInerney
Feb. 3 Peru 1-0 W Duran
Feb. 5 Ecuador 1-1 T Ambrose
Feb. 7 Ecuador 2-1 W McInerney (2)

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT v. Ecuador
Competition: Championship Game, La Serena Cup 2009
Location: La Serena, Chile
Date: February 7, 2009
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:
            1     2     F
USA     1    1     2
ECU    0    1     1

USA - Jack McInerney (Perry Kitchen)            43rd minute
ECU - Jonathan De La Cru (Penalty Kick)     60
USA - Jack McInerney (Penalty Kick)               65

USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 2-Eriq Zavaleta, 3-Tyler Polak, 4-Perry Kitchen, 6-Jared Watts; 5-Marlon Duran, 7-Stefan Jerome, 8-Charles Renken (22-Donovan Henry, 75), 10-Luis Gil, 11-Carlos Martinez (20-Zachary Herold, 33); 7-Stefan Jerome (13-Joseph Gyau, 60), 9-Jack McInerney;
Subs not used: 18-Spencer Richey, 12-Sean Davis, 17-Juan Agudelo, 19-Hassan Saad, 21-Michael Ambrose
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

ECU: 12-Diego Posligua; 4-Jorge Valencia, 6-Cesar Villacis (19-Richard Caicedo, 88), 17-Estaban Villaprado, 20-Mario Pineida; 5-Dixon Arroyo, 8-Yeison Ordonez, 10-Jonathan De La Cru, 15-Ramiro Montesdeoca(18-Marco Nazareno, 66), 16-Kevin Tello; 9-Luis Celi (14-Joao Plata, 83);
Subs Not Used: 1-Fredy Carcelen, 2-Bryan Carranza, 4-Jorge Valencia, 11-Carlos Alava, 13-Jorge Cuesta,
Head Coach: Jose Javier Rodriguez

Statistical Summary:
Shots 7 / 5
Shots on goal 4 / 2
Saves 1 / 2
Corner Kicks 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jared Watts (sent off)          31st minute
USA - Marlon Duran (caution)        47
ECU - Jorge Valencia (caution)     67
ECU - Marco Nazareno (caution)   84
ECU - Yeison Ordonez (caution)   91+