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U.S. Set to Play Canada for CONCACAF Under-17 Championship


U.S Under-17 Men’s National Team
2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 26, 2011

ALL NORTH AMERICAN FINAL: After a 2-0 semifinal win against host Jamaica on Friday, the U.S. U-17 is set to face Canada for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3, and fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. Canada was a 1-0 victor against Panama in the first semifinal match on Friday.

CONCACAF QUALIFIERS SET: Along with host Mexico, the U.S. and Canada will be joined by Panama and Jamaica for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup this summer. The four teams qualified by advancing through the group stage of this tournament and winning the all-important quarterfinal matches. It will be the first FIFA U-17 World Cup for Panama, the first since 1995 for Canada and first since 1999 for Jamaica. The U.S. has continued its streak of being the only nation to have qualified for all 14 FIFA U-17 World Cups.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship Schedule and Results

Round  Date  Match  Time  Venue
Semifinal  Feb. 25  Canada 1, Panama 0  -  Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Semifinal  Feb. 25  USA 2, Jamaica 0  -  Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Third Place   Feb. 27  Jamaica vs. Panama  4 p.m. ET  Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Final  Feb. 27  USA vs. Canada  7 p.m. ET  Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica


QUICK HITS

  • The United States has a record of 46-9-10 all time at this event with 171 goal scored and 57 against. 
  • Canada has yet to allow a goal in this tournament and has outscored its opponents 11-0 through four games. 
  • These two teams have met seven times at this event, with the U.S. winning six of those games and losing once back in 1988. 
  • The U.S. will once again be without starting goalkeeper Fernando Piña, who received an extra game suspension after his red card vs. El Salvador. 
  • Midfielder Alejandro Guido will also miss the final with a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. 
  • Andrew Oliver’s goal against Jamaica was his team-high third of the tournament. He improved his career total to seven. 
  • Marc Pelosi’s goal against Jamaica was his second in as many games. He leads the team with eight goals in 24 international appearances, which is also a team high. 
  • Six different players have scored the nine U.S. goals: Oliver (3), Pelosi (2), Esteban Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Alfred Koroma and Guido. 
  • Mobi Fehr and Esteban Rodriguez are the only two U.S. players to have played all 390 minutes through the first four games. 
  • U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera has used four different lineups in those four games, making five changes between the quarterfinal and semifinal starting lineup. 
  • There are 13 players on the U.S. roster who hail from Development Academy clubs, spanning all four conferences and six of the 10 divisions. 
  • Canada comes into the championship match having never won a title at this level, and also has never finished in second place. 
  • Canada has two players who have scored four goals apiece in this tournament in Michael Petrasso and Keven Aleman.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY: The U.S. will be looking for its first CONCACAF U-17 Championship since 1992 – which is a bit deceptive since CONCACAF hasn’t crowned a champion since 1996. Nonetheless, the young Americans will be looking for their third regional title on Sunday, having also won in 1983, when it was a U-16 championship. In fact, the U.S. played Canada in 1992 in the four-team group that played a round-robin to determine the winner. The U.S. came away with a 1-0 win.

ROAD TO THE FINAL: With one goal accomplished – qualifying for the World Cup – the U.S. changed gears and is now looking to win the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. With Sunday night’s match versus Canada set, take a quick look at how the U.S. advanced to the final.

Feb. 14: USA 3, Cuba 1
Andrew Oliver delivered a goal and an assist as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 3-1 win against Cuba in their opening group match. Alfred Koroma opened the scoring and Esteban Rodriguez added a third as the U.S. improved their unbeaten record against Cuba in U-17 qualifying to 4-0-2 lifetime.

Feb. 18: USA 1, Panama 0
Entering the second and final group game, the U.S. had already earned a place in the knock out stages. Oliver’s goal in the 49th minute would be all the U.S. would need against Panama as his second goal of the tournament helped lift the U.S. to a 1-0 victory and the top place in Group B.

Feb. 22: USA 3, El Salvador 2 (Quarterfinal)
A goal in the 112th minute by Marc Pelosi proved decisive as the United States collected a hard-fought 3-2 win against El Salvador. Alejandro Guido scored first for the United States in the fourth minute, but regulation ended 1-1 heading into the 30-minute extra time. Mario Rodriguez gave the U.S. the lead five minutes into extra time followed by Pelosi’s winner. A late El Salvador penalty wasn’t enough to keep the USA out of the semifinals, and the victory secured a place at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Feb. 25: USA 2, Jamaica 0 (Semifinal)
In front of an enthusiastic capacity crowd, a goal and assist from Pelosi paced the U.S. to a 2-0 victory against hosts Jamaica in the semifinal of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Oliver added his third of the tournament and the United States posted their second shutout in advancing to the final.

CHECKING OUT THE ROSTER: So far, U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera has called on 19 of the 20 players on the roster through four games and has used four different starting lineups. He’ll once again need to settle on a different starting 11 for the championship match with Alejandro Guido facing a suspension. Kendall McIntosh, who came on after Fernando Piña was sent off against El Salvador, will get his second start of the tournament as Piña serves the second of his two-game suspension.

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.)

WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTS: If you’ve missed a game, or just want to relive the U.S. team’s quest to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, ussoccer.com has highlights of all four matches.

CHECKING IN ON CANADA: Canada, like the U.S., received an automatic place in the 12-team final round of this tournament and have impressed through four games. After an opening demolition of Barbados, the Canadians played to a scoreless draw with Honduras, which was all they needed to take first place in Group D. In their key quarterfinal match against Trinidad & Tobago, Canada got goals from Christopher Nanco and Keven Aleman to earn a 2-0 victory.

Canada CONCACAF U-17 Championship Results

Date  Opponent  Result  Canada Goalscorer(s) 
Feb. 17  Barbados  8-0 W Petrasso (3), Jalali, Nanco, Aleman (2), Cain 
Feb. 19  Honduras  0-0 T  -- 
Feb. 23  Trinidad & Tobago  2-0 W  Nanco, Aleman 
Feb. 25  Panama  1-0 W  Gasparotto 

STRONG ON BOTH ENDS: Canada will face their toughest opponent on Sunday, but has been up to the task through four games of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Top-choice goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau has yet to allow a goal in Montego Bay. At the other end of the park, six different players have contributed to the team total of 11 goals. Michael Petrasso and Keven Aleman both have four goals, Christopher Nanco has two and Wesley Cain, Sadi Jelali and Luca Gasparotto have one each. Gasparotto was the hero in the 1-0 semifinal win against Panama.

Canada U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Maxime Crepeau, 18-Quillan Roberts
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Adam Polakiewicz, 4-Ismail Benomar, 5-Daniel Stanese, 6-Parker Seymour, 13-Luca Gasparotto
MIDFIELDERS (9): 2-Samuel Piette, 7-Marco Lapenna, 8-Bryce Alderson, 11-Christopher Nanco, 12-Matteo Pasquotti, 14-Shadrack Mmunga, 19-Wesley Cain, 20-Michael Patrasso, 21-Dylan Carreiro
FORWARDS (4): 9-Sadi Jalali, 10-Keven Aleman, 15-Jordan Hamilton, 16-Jay Chapman

REMATCH OF 2009: These two teams met in Group A action of the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Tijuana, Mexico. Two goals from Jack McInerney and one each from Sebastian Lletget and Joe Gyau led to a 4-2 win. That victory, the second for the U.S. in that group stage, secured the Americans a place at the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria.

JOIN US IN MONTEGO BAY: The YNT Blog has everything you need to keep up with the U.S. U-17 MNT as they seek a (technically) first-ever CONCACAF U-17 crown. Get the story behind the goal celebration and take an inside look in to the team’s day-to-day activities.

YNT ON TWITTER: U.S. Soccer's Twitter feed geared specifically toward fans of U.S. youth national teams and the Development Academy reached 1,000 followers on the same day that the U-17 Men qualified for the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Follow @ussoccer_ynt to keep up with YNT and Academy news and notes during an important year for the programs.


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