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U.S. U-17 MNT to Face El Salvador for Spot at 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup


U.S Under-17 Men’s National Team
2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Feb. 21, 2011

PLAYING FOR THE TICKET : The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team is set for the quarterfinal match of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship against El Salvador that will send one team to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. The U.S. has its record as the only team to qualify for every FIFA U-17 World Cup on the line against El Salvador, with Tuesday’s game being televised live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3 at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the game from Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt

CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quarterfinal Schedule
Date        Match                           Kickoff (ET)    Venue
Feb. 22   Costa Rica vs. Panama    12 p.m.          Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 22   USA vs. El Salvador        3 p.m.            Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 23   Canada vs. T & T           12 p.m.           Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 23   Jamaica vs. Honduras     3 p.m.            Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Final Group B Standings
Team         GP    W      L       T          GF    GA    GD    Pts.
USA           2       2       0       0          4       1       +3     6
PAN           1       0       1       1          0       1       -1      1
CUB           2       0       1       1          1       3       -2      1

Full Standings

CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group B Results
Date        Match / Result           Venue
Feb. 14   USA 3, Cuba 1           Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 16   Panama 0, Cuba 0      Jarrett Park Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 18   USA 1, Panama 0      Jarrett Park Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Full Schedule

QUICK HITS

  • Andrew Oliver, who scored in each of the USA’s two games, is one of five players who have scored multiple goals in this tournament. 
  • Oliver’s goals were his fifth and sixth international goals of his U-17 career, and his first two of 2011.
  • U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera has given minutes to 18 of the 20 players on the roster through only two games.
  • Only five U.S. players have played all 180 minutes so far in this tournament: Fernando Pina, Kellyn Acosta, Andrew Souders, Mobi Fehr and Esteban Rodriguez.
  • In all, 34 goals have been scored in the 12 games of the group phase, including Canada’s 8-0 win against Barbados.
  • Four U.S. players are carrying a yellow card into the quarterfinal, meaning if they receive another one and the U.S. advances, they will have to serve a one-game suspension: Matt Dunn, Alejandro Guido, Mario Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi.
  • Two players from El Salvador are in the same position as Jose Pena and Romel Mejia each picked up yellow cards against Costa Rica.
  • All 20 players will be available for selection to the 18-man game-day roster against El Salvador.
  • In contrast to the USA’s U-17 record, their quarterfinal opponent has never participated in a FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • There are 13 players who hail from Development Academy clubs, spanning all four conferences and six of the 10 divisions.
  • Seven players that have been in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., since the start of this two-year cycle. Alejandro Guido, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando Piña, Mario Rodriguez, Nathan Smith and Andrew Souders are all currently in their fourth semester.
  • Conversely, there are three players on the U.S. roster who are in their first semester of Residency: Jordan Allen, Zach Carroll and Jack McBean.
  • McBean is the lone professional player on the roster, having signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January.

MEET JORDAN ALLEN: Empire United midfielder Jordan Allen introduces himself and tells us about his first semester of Residency, his favorite athlete and what it's like wearing the U.S. Soccer crest.

THE REGEN DAY: Three days between games seems like a long time, but they go by quickly and it’s important to make sure everyone is in top form for the quarterfinals. Get a glimpse of how the U.S. U-17 MNT regenerates and recovers from an intense game versus Panama and take a trip to the hotel's spa to learn some of the science behind using the hot and cold tubs.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Seven players from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program earned a start against Cuba and two of those players, Alfred Koroma and Esteban Rodriguez, scored. In total, there are 13 players on the roster who have joined the Residency Program from Development Academy clubs, spanning all four Conferences and six of the 10 divisions.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 1-Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 4-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 12-Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), 17-Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), 6-Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), 3-Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), 2-Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 15-Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), 5-Matt Dunn (FC Köln; Dallas, Texas), 10-Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), 11-Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), 14-Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), 13-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): 20-Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), 7-Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), 19-Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), 16-Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

THE EL SALVADOR STORY: El Salvador finished as runners up in Group A of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which ended with only two teams finishing the group phase after Haiti left the tournament early. Receiving a 3-0 win due to Haiti’s forfeit, El Salvador needed only to draw Costa Rica in what turned out to be their lone group game, but instead came up on the losing end of a 3-2 result.

THE PRELIMS: El Salvador navigated Central American preliminary qualifying by finishing in the top two of a three-team triangular with none other than Costa Rica finishing first in the group. Against Nicaragua on Oct. 28, the Salvadorans jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead and nearly saw it slip away as Nicaragua got two back in the 83rd and 87th minutes. With two players serving red card suspensions against Costa Rica, El Salvador lost that Oct. 30 game by a 2-1 score. Defender Victorino Zelaya led El Salvador with two goals in those games.

El Salvador U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3):1-Rolando Morales, 18-Wilberto Hernandez, 22-Luis Mina
DEFENDERS (6):  2-Gilberto Pena, 3-Victorino Zelaya, 12-Moises Mejia , 15-Olivier Ayala , 16-Kevin Barahona, 19-Giovanny Zavaleta
MIDFIELDERS (8):  4-Nelson Zelaya, 5-Jose Villavicencio, 6-Brayan Landaverde, 8-Diego Galdamez, 10-Eder Polanco, 13-Romel Mejia, 14-Alvaro Lizama, 20-Saul Varela
FORWARDS (3):  9-Jose Pena, 11-Ivan Castro, 17-Geraldo Iraheta

U.S. U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:
The U.S. has won the CONCACAF championship twice at this level, in 1983 and 1992, but because those were U-16 events, the U.S. has technically never won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. When the qualifying tournament was held as two groups in separate venues, the U.S. won its group three times (2001, 2003, 2005).

JOIN US IN MONTEGO BAY: The YNT Blog has everything you need to keep up with the U.S. U-17 MNT as they look to book a place in their 14th straight FIFA U-17 World Cup. Check out all the news and stories from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

TAKING TO TWITTER: U.S. Soccer has launched a Twitter feed geared specifically toward fans of U.S. youth national teams and the Development Academy. Follow @ussoccer_ynt to keep up with the U-17s as they move through World Cup qualifying.


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