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U-17 MNT Kicks off 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Against Haiti in Panama City


U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti – 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
April 7, 2013

U.S. U-17 MNT KICKS OFF 2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST HAITI: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Haiti on Sunday, April 7, at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, Panama. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

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 Haiti and Guatemala. 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. 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.

U-17 MNT Head Coach RICHIE WILLIAMS:
On the team’s preparation in Panama:
“It’s been nice to be able to get down here four to five days before our first game. We’ve had three quality days of training. We got out to the field, have gotten used to the weather here and used to being down in Panama. We were here about a month ago and got the guys acclimated and we’re just getting the team ready. They’ve done extremely well and we feel they’re prepared and ready to go for the game on Sunday.”

On the training regimen and buildup for the qualifying:
“We’re trying to keep it the same that we’ve been doing over the past 16 months. We don’t want to change it up too much. We think the guys have done a great job and are improving, both individually and as a team. We’re bringing some things in that we think Haiti will possibly present to us on the field. It’s usual things that we do all the time, just to get out on the field and make sure they’re ready and we don’t overwork them. There is a balance of hard work but making sure they’re also ready to go into Sunday’s game to put in a good 90 minutes.”

On getting ready for Haiti:
“From what we’ve seen, we feel they’re a good team. We feel that physically they’re very good. They can run, they’re big, they’re strong and they try to play. They have good enough technical ability that they can attack. They try to get numbers forward. We have to make sure that we’re ready and can’t take anything for granted and make sure we’re prepared defensively.”

On the excitement and anticipation among the team:
“You can see that they’re ready to go. We’re excited. We want to get out on the field and have the guys bring out what they’ve been training for over the past 16 months. At the end of the day, this is what really matters. All of the tournaments and games that we’ve had leading up to this didn’t really matter much. Now for the next three games (two group games and potentially the all-important quarterfinal), we’re really concentrating and focused on being ready to go and showing to everyone that all the hard work they’ve put in and all the development they’ve had will lead us to the World Cup.”

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

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 11

Guatemala

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City


2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Matchup

Result/
Time (ET)

TV

Stage

April 6

Jamaica vs. Panama

6:30 p.m.

Group A

April 6

Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago

9 p.m.

Group B

April 7

Haiti vs. USA

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Group C

April 7

Cuba vs. Mexico

9 p.m.

Group D

April 8

Barbados vs. Jamaica

6:30 p.m.

Group A

April 8

Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago

9 p.m.

Group B

April 9

Guatemala vs. Haiti

6:30 p.m.

Group C

April 9

Honduras vs. Cuba

9 p.m.

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

Matches will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer (subject to change), with the exception of the April 11 game between the USA and Guatemala, which will be broadcast on a half hour delay starting at 7 p.m. ET. U.S. U-17 MNT fans can follow the team via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.


ROSTER NOTES

  • 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.
  • Eleven players on the U-17 MNT roster have current ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams.
  • Midfielder Christopher 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.
  • In preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the USA had a weeklong trip to Panama in late February to face Mexico, Panama and a local club team Arabe Unido.
  • The U.S. dropped a 4-0 decision against Mexico non Feb. 23 and played Panama to a 1-1 draw on Feb. 26. Junior Flores scored the USA’s lone goal off of a Rubin assist in the fifth minute.
  • The USA has qualified for all 15 FIFA U-17 World Cups and is the only country to do so.



LAST TIME IN CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP

  • The U-17 MNT won the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a perfect 5-0-0 run and clinching 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. HAITI

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT has never faced Haiti in a CONCACAF U-17 Championship or Tournament since the competition began in 1983.
  • The USA and Haiti both qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, but both sides were on opposite groups at the CONCACAF U-17 Tournament. The championship format was not in place in that event as Group A winner Haiti and Group A runner-up Honduras, and Group B winner USA and Group B runner-up Costa Rica advanced to the World Cup.


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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: HAITI
Haitian Football Federation
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904(Joined FIFA in 1933)
Best U-17 World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2007); 0-2-1 in Group D


HAITI UPDATE

  • Haiti advanced to the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship after a dominant 3-0-0 performance in Group 3 of the Caribbean qualifying. Jonel Desire and Jean Wisner Derival combined for nine of the team’s 10 goals – five from Desire and four from Derival.
  • Haiti posted a 3-0 victory against Saint Lucia on July 5, 2012, with Desire scoring the game’s first two goals and Derival adding a tally in the 77th minute.
  • Haiti gave up a third-minute goal but scored four unanswered to beat Curaçao 4-1 on July 7, 2012. Desire scored three goals and Derival opened Haiti’s scoring in the sixth minute.
  • The team capped off Caribbean qualifying with a 3-1 win against the Dominican Republic on two goals from Derival and a tally from Therson Phillippe.
  • Haiti qualified for its only FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2007, advancing along with the USA, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago out of the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament.
  • In 2011, Haiti withdrew from the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Haitian Football Federation told CONCACAF it could not field a team because of an illness that struck the members of its squad. Haiti opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica and withdrew before its match against El Salvador, which was awarded a 3-0 win because of Haiti’s absence.


HAITI ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Louinord Louis, Peterson Michel
DEFENDERS (8): Ronald Destine, Mike Guillaume, Josue Alexis, Clamax Joseph, Roose Similien, Jean Junot Valentin, Wilbens Saint Fleur, Stivenson Federic
MIDFIELDERS (6): Richelin Etienne, Jean Wisner Derival, Richkard Calixte, Ronald Jean-Marie, Therson Philippe, Erickson Phebe
FORWARDS (4): Jonel Desire, Arcus Carlens, Ednal Clebert, Guerdy Edouard

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