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U-17 MNT Battles Guatemala for First Place in Group C of 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship


U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama

April 11, 2013

U.S. U-17 MNT BATTLES GUATEMALA FOR FIRST PLACE IN GROUP C OF 2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has already advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, but the squad wants to clinch first place in Group C when it faces Guatemala on Thursday, April 11, at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, Panama. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Soccer on a half-hour delay starting at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. leads Group C with a 1-0-0 record and plus-3 goal differential after opening the tournament with a 3-0 win against Haiti on April 7. Guatemala (1-0-0) eliminated Haiti (0-2-0) from the tournament with a 3-1 win against the Caribbean nation on Tuesday, April 9, which also guaranteed the U.S. a spot in the quarterfinals. The USA has the advantage in goal differential over Guatemala (plus-2 goal differential) and can win the group by virtue of either a win or a draw on Thursday. (The YNT Blog)

The Group C winner will face the Group D runner-up and the Group C runner-up will play the Group D winner on April 14 at Estadio Rommel Fernández. Cuba was eliminated from Group D, meaning the USA will face either Group D leader Mexico (1-0-0, 3 points, plus-4 goal differential) or Honduras (1-0-0, 3 points, plus-3 goal differential). Mexico and Honduras face each other in the late game on Thursday (9 p.m. ET) to determine the Group D winner.


2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP C STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

1

1

0

0

3

0

+3

3

Guatemala

1

1

0

0

3

1

+2

3

Haiti

2

0

2

0

1

6

-5

0

April 7
USA 3, Haiti 0
April 9
Guatemala 3, Haiti 1
April 11
USA vs. Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET

For complete group standings, visit ussoccer.com.


CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT:
The CONCACAF U-17 Championship consists of four groups of three teams each, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. The USA is in Group C with Guatemala and Haiti, which was eliminated from the tournament. Group A includes Panama, Barbados and Jamaica. Group B consists of Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago. Group D is comprised of Mexico, Honduras and Cuba, which was eliminated from the tournament. The tournament’s four semifinalists will qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 17-Nov. 8.


ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), 12-Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), 14-Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake Academy; Tucson, Ariz.), 2-Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), 4-Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), 3-John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), 13-Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 10-Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), 20-Junior Flores (Unattached; Manassas Park, Va.), 18-Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), 8-Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), 16-Elijah Martin (Unattached; Fresno, Calif.), 19-Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Arg.), 6-Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
FORWARDS (5): 15-Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), 17-Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), 7-Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), 9-Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), 11-Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC; Garland, Texas)


U.S. U-17 MNT 2013 INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 23

Mexico

0-4 L

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

Feb. 26

Panama

1-1 T

Flores

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 7

Haiti

3-0 W

Winn (2), Selemani

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 11

Guatemala

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 14

TBD

TBD

FOX Soccer

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City


2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Match

Result/
Time (ET)

TV

Stage

April 6

Jamaica vs. Panama

1-1, T

Group A

April 6

Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago

2-0, CAN

Group B

April 7

Haiti vs. USA

3-0 W

FOX Soccer

Group C

April 7

Cuba vs. Mexico

1-5, MEX

Group D

April 8

Barbados vs. Jamaica

2-2, T

Group A

April 8

Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago

0-2, TRI

Group B

April 9

Guatemala vs. Haiti

3-1, GUA

Group C

April 9

Honduras vs. Cuba

4-1, HON

Group D

April 10

Panama vs. Barbados

6:30 p.m.

Group A

April 10

Canada vs. Costa Rica

9 p.m.

Group B

April 11

USA vs. Guatemala

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer (delay)

Group C

April 11

Mexico vs. Honduras

9 p.m.

Group D

April 13

Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-up

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 1

April 13

Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-up

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 2

April 14

Group C Winner vs. Group D Runner-up

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 3

April 14

Group D Winner vs. Group C Runner-up

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 4

April 17

QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 Winner

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Semifinal 1

April 17

QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Semifinal 2

April 19

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Third Place

April 19

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Final


2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Pairings:
Group A: Barbados, Jamaica, Panama
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago
Group C: Guatemala, Haiti, USA
Group D: Cuba, Honduras, Mexico


ROSTER NOTES

  • Through the first four days of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder Chris Lema is tied with six other players for the goal scoring lead with two tallies. Lema scored two goals, including the game-winning penalty kick in the first half, during the USA’s 3-0 win against Haiti on April 7.
  • The U-17 MNT is captained by defender Shaquell Moore, who along with fellow defender John Requejo Jr. played in all 24 international matches last year for the U-17s.
  • The leading scorer among the group is forward Rubio Rubin, who scored 11 goals in 22 international games in 2012.
  • The roster consists of 19 players who are members of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program. The only player not part of the Residency Program is midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina and is the son of three-time Major League Soccer All-Star Diego Soñora.
  • Defender Justen Glad joined the Residency Program for the first time for the 2013 Spring Semester.
  • Thirteen players on the U-17 MNT roster have ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams.
  • Lema and goalkeeper Evan Louro were members of the New York Red Bulls team that won the program’s first U-15/16 Finals Week crown on July 23, 2012.


LAST TIME IN THE CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP

  • The U-17 MNT won the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a perfect 5-0-0 run and clinched a berth in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup by virtue of a 3-2 overtime win against El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Feb. 22 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. After playing to a 1-1 score through regulation, the USA’s Mario Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi scored back-to-back goals in overtime, while El Salvador cut the gap to 3-2 with a 120th-minute penalty kick from Gerardo Iraheta.
  • With the win, the USA qualified for its 15th consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup, continuing its record as being the only nation to qualify for every edition of the event.
  • The U.S. went on to win the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, posting a 3-0 overtime win against Canada in the title match on Feb. 27. Nathan Smith, Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma each scored a goal in the extra session after both teams were scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation.
  • The USA roster included three players who were on the USA’s 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship runner-up squad: Kendall McIntosh, Mario Rodriguez and Dillon Serna.


U.S. U-17 MNT vs. GUATEMALA

  • The USA is 3-0-0 against Guatemala in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships in this age group.
  • In those three matches, the U.S. has outscored Guatemala 12-1.
  • In the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the U.S. opened Group A play with a 6-1 win against Guatemala on Nov. 12 and went on to take second place in the group stage.
  • The U.S. blanked Guatemala 3-0 on Aug. 14 at the 1992 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, in the team’s second match in Group C play in Guantanamo, Cuba. The USA would go on to win the group ahead of Guatemala.
  • In the 2003 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament, the USA defeated Guatemala 3-0 on March 9 in the final Group A match and won the group at 2-0-1. Guatemala was last at 0-2-1.


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RICHIE WILLIAMS FACT FILE:
Richie Williams was named the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach in January of 2012, moving into the position just a few months after being appointed the U-18 MNT head coach in October of 2011. As the U-17 MNT head coach, Williams takes on the task of leading the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999. Williams has his sights set on the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Here are some of his accomplishments as both a coach and a player:

  • The former U.S. National Team midfielder recently spent five seasons an assistant coach for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. During his Red Bulls tenure, he also had two stints as the team’s interim head coach. Williams began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, where he spent two seasons.
  • After graduating from Virginia in 1992 with two NCAA National Championships under his belt, Williams joined indoor side Buffalo Blizzard and played 30 games with the team during the 1992-93 National Professional Soccer League season. Williams signed with the Richmond Kickers in the U.S. International Soccer League in 1993. That same year, Williams had a brief stint with Scotland’s Ayr United before returning to the Kickers for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
  • Williams joined MLS for the league’s first season and D.C. United selected him in the fourth round of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft, where he reunited with his college coach, Bruce Arena. In his five seasons with D.C., Williams helped the club win three MLS Cup titles. Williams also won back-to-back U.S. Open Cups, in 1995 with the Kickers and in 1996 with D.C. United.
  • D.C. traded Williams to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2001, where he spent a year with the team. Williams returned to D.C. United in 2002, but went back to the MetroStars the following season. He closed out his professional playing career with the Richmond Kickers and officially retired in September 2005.
  • Williams made his international debut for the U.S. MNT on Nov. 6, 1998, against Australia. He made a total of 20 appearances for the team between 1998 and 2002, helping the U.S. to 12 wins, including the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also was a member of the U-23 and U-20 Men’s National Teams during his career.


IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
National Football Federation of Guatemala
Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Best U-17 World Cup Finish: Has never qualified


GUATEMALA UPDATE

  • Christopher Ortiz scored a pair of goals in the first half to lead Guatemala to a 3-1 victory against Haiti on Tuesday. Ortiz’s tallies came in the 24th and 28th minutes to gain a 2-1 lead after Haiti had taken a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Mario Hernandez added an insurance goal late in the second half.
  • Prior to the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Guatemala posted a 1-1-2 record in the Central American group stage in December.
  • Guatemala’s lone win in Central American play came against El Salvador on Dec. 9, 2012. Ortiz scored three goals, including an 89th-minute game-winner, to defeat El Salvador 3-2.
  • Guatemala only scored four goals during the Central American tournament, with Luis Samayoa scoring the team’s other goal in a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Dec. 13.


GUATEMALA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Nicholas Hagen, 12-Pablo Flores
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Wilson Garcia, 3-Allen Yanes, 4-Derian Ramirez, 5-Gabriel Perez, 16-Kenndell Curup,
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Edwin Flores, 8-Diego Meda, 10-Luis Samayoa, 13-Diego Ruano, 14-Jose Ruiz, 15-Marvin Rivera, 17-Elias Hernandez, 19-Jair Espinoza, 20-Sebastian Arana
FORWARDS (4): 7-Christopher Ortiz, 9-Emiliano Menendez, 11-Mario Hernandez, 18-Jose Vigil

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