U.S. Under-17 MNT Notes
Sept. 25, 2005
NETHERLANDS NEXT: The U.S. Under-17 MNT traveled to their third venue of the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship when they flew from Lima to Trujillo, where they will play their quarterfinal match on Monday, Sept. 26 against the Netherlands at Mansiche Stadium. Kickoff is 4 p.m. CT and the match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and delayed on Galavision at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
IGWE OUT: The U.S. held their second and final practice at Mansiche Stadium this afternoon. Defender Amaechi Igwe was involved in the session, but will not be available for the quarterfinal match as he picked up a red card on two cautions against Ivory Coast and is serving his one-game suspension. Three other players are holding a single yellow card after the team’s group matches. Michael Farfan and Blake Wagner were booked against North Korea, while David Arvizu was shown a card in the Italy match, which means no one is danger of missing the possible semifinal match due to a single caution they may receive against the Netherlands. During the tournament, a player must amass three cautions, and not the usual only two, before being facing a one-game suspension.
ELITE EIGHT: CONCACAF is the only confederation to have every team move on to the quarterfinals as the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica all finished in first or second in their group. While the U.S. won Group C, Costa Rica finished atop Group A with five points and Mexico snagged the second spot in Group B with six points. This is the second time CONCACAF has had all three teams move on to the second round. The last time that was accomplished? No need to look far. It was just two years ago in Finland as the same three teams all finished in second place in their group to move on. At least one CONCACAF team will advance to the semifinals as Mexico and Costa Rica face off in their quarterfinal match, and if the U.S. can beat the Netherlands it would be the first time two of the final four are from CONCACAF.
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999: With a victory against the Netherlands, the U.S. is guaranteed to at least tie their best-ever fourth place finish in 1999. That year, now full team regulars Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Oynewu led the team to a semifinal match-up with Australia, only to miss out on the final when they fell 7-8 in penalty kicks. In the third place match, the U.S. fell 2-0 to Ghana.
AUDIO DIARY NUMERO CUATRO: Quavas and Blake are back from Trujillo to bring you up to speed on what’s been going on behind the scenes since the team’s last group match against Ivory Coast. In this fourth diary the players talk about their match against Ivory Coast, their move to Trujillo, let you know what a contrast shower is and have a visitor interrupt them midway through.
IVORY COAST COACHCAST: U.S. Head Coach John Hackworth will be the first to tell you that the U-17s didn’t play their best match against Ivory Coast and he does just that in the third installment of ussoccer.com’s newest podcast segment called, “CoachCast.” Hackworth and assistant Keith Fulk take a critical look at the team’s final group match of the world championship and tell you what went wrong and right from kickoff to the final whistle.
SCOUTING HOLLAND: U.S. assistant coach Tim Mulqueen will once again sit down with ussoccer.com to give his scouting report on the Netherlands on Monday morning. Mulqueen will talk about what they’ve seen from their next opponent during their Group D matches, what he expects from them on Monday afternoon and touches on how a trip to Holland in June may help the team prepare for the quarterfinal match.
NETHERLAND NAKA: U.S. midfielder Kyle Nakazawa saw some familiar faces on the charter flight the team took to Trujillo with the Netherlands on Sunday as he actually trained with four of the players at the Dutch club Ajax when he was younger. When Nakazawa was seven years old he was noticed by an Ajax scout and three years later he went to train in Amsterdam with the team for a short time in the spring. He make the trek overseas for three straight years with his parents until he went alone when he was 13, living with one of the coaches’ family, but only stayed for six months before coming back to the states.
- The U.S. has never faced the Netherlands in the FIFA U-17 World Championship
- Overall, the U.S. has a 3-4-2 record against UEFA teams in World Championship play, with 16 goals for and 19 goals against.
- The U.S. has played four of the eight teams left in the World Championship during the past two years, facing Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, China and North Korea (the U.S. holds a 4-3-0 record in the six meetings they had against those teams, losing twice to Brazil and once to Mexico, while defeating China twice and Costa Rica and North Korea once)
- The U.S. is assured of finishing no lower than sixth place, and if Turkey moves on to the semifinals today, the U.S. will finish no higher than fifth
- Midfielder Jeremy Hall has scored four goals in his last six appearances. He scored against Mexico, Gambia and China in pre-tournament matches before finding the back of the net against Ivory Coast
- When the U.S. steps out onto the field against Ivory Coast it will mark their 40th appearance in a U-17 World Championship match, which is the second most all-time. Brazil will increase its hold on the most appearances when it takes the field for the 49th time against North Korea on Monday
- The U.S. is on a six-game undefeated streak in international play, their last loss coming to Mexico (2-1) on Aug. 20
- The U.S. record in World Championship play now stands at 15-18-6, with 57 goals scored and 67 goals against
- U.S. head coach John Hackworth increased his international record to 14-3-2 after drawing with Ivory Coast
- In those 14 victories, Hackworth has managed to defeat 11 different countries
ALL ABOUT HOLLAND:
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Dutch weren’t totally at their best in qualifying as they seemed to struggle with their finishing and never dominated an opponent, but they still managed to get to the championship match, which shows just how resilient they can be. In their opening match against Croatia, the Netherlands went down by two goals only to draw even at 2-2, getting the equalizer in stoppage time. After a scoreless draw with Switzerland, the Oranje booked a spot in the final four with a 2-1 victory against Israel. In the semifinals, the Dutch struggled to find the net despite numerous chances on goal against the Italians before an extra-time strike put them through to the final against Turkey. In their first European Championship final, the Netherlands again struggled to score and this time it caught up with them as Turkey took advantage and took the title with a 2-0 win.
2005 U-17 European Championship
Netherlands 2, Croatia 2
Netherlands 0, Switzerland 0
Netherlands 2, Israel 1
Netherlands 1, Italy 0
Turkey 2, Netherlands 0
HOW THEY’VE DONE HERE: Holland’s first appearancepionship has been impressive already after three games. In their opening match, they quickly shook off the scoring troubles they had dealt with in qualifying, coming out of the gates with a five-goal performance against Qatar. After snagging three points, their biggest group match – and probably the biggest of the tournament – was next as they faced Brazil. Despite losing 2-1, the Netherlands made the Brazilians sweat, especially after they had lost their opening match to Gambia. Needing a victory in their final group match, the Dutch came out with confidence and pulled out a 2-0 win, which gave them six points and a better goal differential than Gambia to secure second place in Group D.
U.S.-NETHERLANDS HISTORY: This U-17 group has never played the Netherlands during the past two years, and the two teams have never met in a FIFA U-17 World Championship, as this is the Netherlands first appearance. The last time a U.S. U-17 team faced the Netherlands was back on April 24, 2000, in Northern Ireland. The U.S. won the match 3-0, getting goals from Eddie Johnson, Santino Quaranta and Justin Mapp.
STAR PLAYER: Of all the impressive players on Netherlands squad, striker Diego Biseswar deserves a special mention. The Feyenoord Rotterdam star is extremely powerful and has everything it takes to become a Ruud van Nistelrooy of the future. Along with Biseswar, right-winger Marvin Emnes of Sparta Rotterdam, and John Goossens have displayed their value to the team with two goals each during group play.
LAST TIME OUT:
Netherlands vs. Gambia
September 23, 2005 – Estadio Nacional; Lima, Peru – 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship
Netherlands 2 Goossens (33), Marcellis (72)
NED: 1-Tim Krul; 2-Tom Hiariej, 3-Dirk Marcellis (capt.), 4-Jordy Buijs, 14-Mike Van der Kooij (15-Erik Peters, 76); 6-Rudd Vormer (12-Niels Vorthoren, 70), 8-Jeffrey Sarpong, 10-Anita Vurnon; 7-Melvin Zaalman (17-Marvin Emnes, 64), 9-Diego Biseswar, 11-John Goossens.
GAM: 16-Babucarr Suso; 3-Ousman Sonko, 4-Alagie Ngum, 5-Lamin Conteh, 6-Mandou Bojang; 8-George Cole, 12-Abdoulie Mansally, 14-Sainey Nyassi (13-Pa Modou Jagne, 87), 17-Sanna Nyassi; 9-Momodou Ceesay, 20-Ousman Jallow (capt.).
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