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U.S. U-17 MNT Could Clinch FIFA World Cup Berth With Win Against Canada on April 23


U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team
CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Tijuana, Mexico
April 22, 2009


WIN AND WE’RE IN: After a 5-0 win against Cuba on Tuesday, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team can clinch a berth to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Canada on Thursday, April 23, in the team’s second game at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. A victory would give the U.S. six points and ensure advancement to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship and thus one of four regional berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The U.S. is the only country to qualify for every FIFA U-17 World Cup since the tournament’s inception in 1985. Fans can follow Thursday’s game live from Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico, on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker at 4 p.m. PT.

WHERE THEY STAND: With Canada and Honduras playing to a 1-1 draw in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the U.S. has sole possession of first place in Group A. After their opening draw, Canada and Honduras are currently tied for second place in the group with one point each.

Group A Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3
Canada 1 0 0 1 1 1 E 1
Honduras 1 0 0 1 1 1 E 1
Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 5 -5 0


U.S. CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Result/Time (local / ET) U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
April 21 Cuba 5-0 W Jerome, McInerney (2), Lletget, Gil Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 23 Canada 4 p.m. / 7 p.m. -- Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 25 Honduras 4 p.m. / 7 p.m. -- Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 29 Semifinals TBD -- Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
May 2 Third Place / Final TBD -- Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico

LOOKING BACK AT THE ATTACK: The five goals margin of victory against Cuba was the largest for the U.S. in the CONCACAF U-17 since 1999. That year, a 6-1 victory against El Salvador came in the playoff series that determined the third and final CONCACAF team that advanced to the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The U.S. actually has a history of scoring a lot of goals in regional qualifying:

Five-Goal Margins of Victories
-1999: USA 6, El Salvador 1
-1994: USA 7, Netherland Antilles 0
-1991: USA 5, El Salvador 0
             USA 6, Puerto Rico 0
-1988: USA 6, Guatemala 1
             USA 7, Honduras 0
             USA 6, St. Lucia 0

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster By Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), 18-Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): 14-Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 4-Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic AS Monaco; Indianapolis, Ind.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), 3-Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), 8-Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), 6-Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), 2-Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 19-Andrew Craven (First Coast Kicks; St. Simons Island, Ga.), 5-Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), 20-Sebastian Lletget (Santa Clara SC; South San Francisco, Calif), 15-Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): 17-Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), 11-Dustin Corea (East Side United FC; Milwaukee, Ore.), 13-Joseph Gyau (FC DELCO; Silver Springs, Md.), 7-Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; FC Davie, Fla.), 9-Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.)

QUICK HITS:

  • The U.S. has a 4-1 record against Canada, with the only loss coming in 1988.
  • The two teams met two years ago in this event, a 2-1 victory for the U.S.
  • The 5-0 victory against Cuba was the largest margin of victory for the U.S. in this tournament since 1996 when the team toppled El Salvador 6-1.
  • It was also the fourth-consecutive time that the U.S. has begun regional qualifying campaign with a shutout.
  • Jack McInerney continued his impressive scoring rate with his two goals against Cuba, bringing his total to six goals in four international matches this year.
  • McInerney’s two assists against Cuba were his first two this year. Stefan Jerome leads the team with three assists in 2009.
  • Jerome also leads all players with 27 international games played.
  • Team captain Perry Kitchen and fellow defender Jared Watts are tied for the team lead with nine international appearances in 2009. Kitchen’s 726 minutes are also a team high.
  • Luis Gil, who scored a goal and had two assists against Cuba, is the youngest player on the U.S. roster.
  • Midfielder Alex Shinksy picked up the team’s only yellow card of the game in the 48th minute. Should he receive another caution in this tournament, he would also earn a one-game suspension.
  • Canada’s Francesco Augustin is in a similar predicament after being booked in the second half of Canada’s draw with Honduras.
  • The U.S. now holds an international record of 5-3-2 on the year.
  • Since taking the helm of the U-17 MNT and Residency Program in the fall of 2007, head coach Wilmer Cabrera has compiled an international record of 13-11-5.

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH: Canada, like the United States and Mexico, qualified for the final round of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with North America’s automatic bids. Head coach Sean Flemming will rely heavily on players in the Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecap youth systems to attempt to qualify for Canada’s fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup and first since 1994. Canada’s captain Russell Teibert of the Whitecaps scored Canada’s lone goal from the penalty spot in the opener. Three Canadian players are based in Europe, with Derrick Bassi plays at Middlesbrough in England, Jaineil Hoilett at FC St. Pauli in Germany, and Abdoulaye Sylla at FC Metz in France.

Canada U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Richard Causton (Vancouver Whitecaps), 22-Garrett Cyprus (Toronto FC)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Hugo LaPointe-Senecal (Royal Beauport), 3-Feras Samain (Toronto FC), 4-Francesco Augustin (Trois Riviere Attack), 5-Derrick Bassi (Middlesbrough), 15-Amine Meftouh (Trois Riviere Attack), 20-Karl Ouimette (Trois Riviere Attack)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Felix Cardin (Trois Riviere Attack), 7-Jonathan Lao (Toronto FC), 11-Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), 12-Kevin Cobby (Vancouver Whitecaps), 13-Brennan McNicoll (Toronto FC), 18-Ezequiel Lubocki (Lucania SC)
FORWARDS (5): 8-Jaineil Hoilett (FC St. Pauli), 9-Jordan Ongaro (Edmonton Scottish), 10-Abdoulaye Sylla (FC Metz), 14-Coulton Jackson (Vancouver Whitecaps), 16-Caolan Lavery (Red Deer Renegades), 19-Justin Maheu (Toronto FC)

RETURN TO THE OLD FORMAT: The 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will mark the first time since 1996 that a regional champion is crowned. The U.S. has won the championship twice at this level, in 1983 and 1992. When the qualifying tournament was held as two groups in separate venues, the U.S. won its group three times (2001, 2003, 2005).

GROUP B INFO: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and host Mexico kick off Group B action today in Estadio Caliente. Guatemala and Costa Rica will play in the double header and host Mexico will debut against Trinidad & Tobago in the later game.

Group B Schedule

Date Match Kickoff Venue
April 22 Costa Rica vs. Guatemala 1:30 p.m. PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 22 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico 4 p.m PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 24 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1:30 p.m. PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 24 Mexico vs. Guatemala 4 p.m. PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 26 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala 1:30 p.m. PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 26 Mexico vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. PT Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico

ALREADY IN: While South American (CONMEBOL) Qualifying is currently underway, nine teams have already earned their place at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Nigeria qualified by hosting the event and will join Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Malawi in representing Africa. Asia is the only other region to have completed qualifying with Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Uzbekistan slated to represent the continent in Nigeria.

SEE IT ON VIDEO: With the CONCACAF U-17 Championship underway, you can keep up with all of the U.S. U-17 MNT action via ussoccer.com’s all_access video. Check out the players and coaches thoughts on the game against Cuba and see what they had to say ahead of the team’s match up with Canada by visiting ussoccer.com.

OR IN PHOTOS: If a picture tells a thousand words then you can read millions of words by looking through U-17 MNT photos on ussoccer.com. Check out all the photos by clicking here.

BLOGGING AWAY: Did you know you could watch the entire game video of the U.S. game against Cuba on the YNT Blog? Check that out and learn more about the U.S. U-17s as they journey through the CONCACAF Championship by clicking here.

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