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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Battle Against El Salvador Tonight


THE VITALS
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team plays El Salvador in their second match of the CONCACAF Under-17 Qualifying Tournament tomorrow at 6 pm local time (7 p.m. ET) at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.  The match can be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. 
 

SCHEDULE, STANDINGS
Team            GP    W       L       T     GF   GA   Pts
USA             1       1        0       0      3       0     3
El Salvador    1      0        0       1      2       2     1
Guatemala     1      0        0       1      2       2     1
Jamaica         1      0        1       0      0       3     0

March 5
USA 3  Jamaica 0
Guatemala 2   El Salvador 2

March 7
USA vs. El Salvador   6 p.m. local
Guatemala vs. Jamaica  8 p.m. local

March 9
El Salvador vs. Jamaica  11 a.m. local
USA  vs. Guatemala  1 p.m. local

 

 

U.S. – JAMAICA REVIEW
The U.S. wasted little time jumping on Jamaica on Wednesday, scoring five minutes into the game on their first shot, as Corey Ashe volleyed home a Freddy Adu cross.  John DiRaimondo added a goal late in the first half, and the U.S. defense completely shut down a Jamaican attack that had scored 19 goals in their previous six qualifiers.  Adu closed the game with a brilliant solo goal in added time of the second half.  The U.S. outshot Jamaica 18-8, and goalkeeper Phil Marfuggi was only required to make two saves to preserve the shutout.
U.S. Lineup vs. Jamaica
1-Phil Marfuggi; 2-Kyle Helton, 3-Jonathon Spector, 5-Brandon Owens (capt), 16-Adrian Chevannes; 7-Brian Grazier, 15-Corey Ashe, 10-Guillermo Gonzalez (17-Daniel Szetela,, 79), 8-John DiRaimondo; 11-Freddy Adu, 4-Eddie Gaven (13-Jamie Watson, 84).

DEFENSE IN DENIAL
The U.S. defense is in the midst of one of the most impressive runs in U.S. Under-17 history, posting 14 shutouts in their last 22 matches.  Discounting three matches against MLS teams earlier this year, the U.S. team has only allowed six goals in their last 19 matches.

U.S. VS. EL SALVADOR  HISTORY
The U.S. has met El Salvador five times in CONCACAF Junior Qualifying Tournaments (Under-17, and previously Under-16), including three matches in the last two tournaments, with the U.S. pounding out convincing wins each time.  The U.S. has posted a 5-0-0 record, outscoring El Salvador 23-2, in those five matches.  In 1999, after Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Co. finished second in their qualifying group, they faced El Salvador in a home-and-home playoff.  The U.S. cruised to a 6-1 win in El Salvador, with Donovan sitting out due to a red card suspension, before securing their spot in the 1999 World Championship with a 4-0 win in Columbus, Ohio.
A recap of the previous five U.S. - El Salvador qualifying matches
U.S. vs. El Salvador in Qualifying Play
5-0-0 GF: 23 GA: 2
Date          Result     Event      Location
8-26-83     4-1 W     1st CONCACAF U-16 Tournament / Trinidad & Tobago
3-24-91     5-0 W     1st CONCACAF U-17 Tournament-Group B / Trinidad & Tobago
5-9-99       6-1 W      Two-legged playoff  /  El Salvador
5-22-99     4-0 W      Two-legged playoff  /  Columbus, Ohio
4-22-01     4-0 W      6th CONCACAF U-17 Tournament  /  St.Louis, Mo.

2001 QUALIFYING REVISITED - US KNOCKS OUT EL SALVADOR WITH CONVINCING 4-0 WIN
With a spot in the world championship on the line for the winner, the USA recorded a dominating 4-0 victory over El Salvador, marking the second straight world championship that the U.S. eliminated El Salvador.   Ed Johnson led the U.S. attack with a hat trick, and Santino Quaranta contributed with a goal and an assist.  The match was a record eighth straight international win for the U.S. Under-17s, who finished the CONCACAF qualifying tournament with a perfect 3-0 record and outscored their opponents 10-3.  The United States thoroughly dominated play the entire 90 minutes, outshooting the Central Americans 17-7.

U.S. v El Salvador
April 22,  2001
St. Louis, Mo.

Scoring Summary
            1   2   Final
USA        2   2   4 (E. Johnson 29, 50, 71; Quaranta 33)
SLV        0    0   0

U.S. Line-up: 18-Adam Schuerman; 8-Jordan Harvey, 12-Gray Griffin (Capt.), 14-Chad Marshall (4-Paul Johnson, 83), 6-Chris Lancos; 15-Jordan Stone, 16-Craig Capano, 7-Mike Magee (13-David Johnson, 75); 3-Justin Mapp (11-Chefik Simo, 68), 9-Santino Quaranta, 10-Ed Johnson.

EL SALVADOR OPENS QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT WITH DRAW
El Salvador fought back from a two-goal deficit to post an opening 2-2 draw in their opening match of the Group A Qualifying Tournament.  Jonny Brown scored in the sixth and 37th minutes to give the hosts an early lead.  Carlso Calderon pulled one goal back for El Salvador just three minutes before the half.  The Salvadorans were the superior team for long stretches of the match and were justly rewarded with an equalizer midway through the second half.  Christopher Dulce, El Salvador’s most dangerous player, knotted the score in the 67th minute.  Jose Ochoa recorded his squad’s only caution of the match.
El Salvador’s line-up from yesterday’s match:
Dennis Salinas – Guillermo Parada, Aristedes Chinchilla, José Henríquez, Adan Larios, Carlos Calderón (José Reyes), Rodolfo Ayala, Diego Henríquez, José Ochoa (Christopher Dulce), Ricardo Hernández, Oscar García.
Booked: Ochoa 33’.
 
GOING FOR THE TRIFECTA
If the U.S. tops El Salvador tomorrow, it will mark the third U.S. win against El Salvador across three age groups in the last four months.  The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team topped El Salvador in Under-20 qualifying 1-0 on November 15 in Charleston, S.C.  Two days later, the Men’ s National Team topped El Salvador 2-0 in Washington, D.C.

EL SALVADOR IN THE FIFA UNDER-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
El Salvador has never qualified for a FIFA Under-17 World Championship.
 

HOW THEY GOT HERE
El Salvador advanced to the final round of the CONCACAF Under-17 qualifying tournament after finishing at the top of the Central American Group A qualifying tournament last December.  El Salvador opened with a solid 5-0 win over lowly Nicaragua, before surprising the hosts Honduras with a 1-0 win that sent them to Guatemala.

GROUP A
Siguatepeque, Honduras
Estadio Municipal
Team            GP    W    T    L   GF:GA Pts.
El Salvador     2     2     0     0     6:0      6
Honduras        2     1     0     1     6:1      3
Nicaragua       2     0     0     2     0:11     0

December 10, 2002
EL SALVADOR 5 – NICARAGUA 0
Scoring Summary
SLV - Guillermo PARADA 2nd minute.
SLV - Christopher DULCE 26.
SLV - Christopher DULCE 51.
SLV - Ricardo HERNÁNDEZ 70.
SLV - Christopher DULCE 85.

December 12, 2002
HONDURAS 0 – EL SALVADOR 1
Scoring Summary
SLV - Rodolfo Ayala  20th minute

December 14, 2002
HONDURAS 6  – NICARAGUA 0
 

CLINCH ME IF YOU CAN
The U.S. can clinch a spot in Finland 2003 tomorrow, but will need some help.  First the U.S. needs to top El Salvador in the opener, and then Ellinger and his team will be rooting for Jamaica and Guatemala to draw in the second match.  If both results go the U.S. way, then the U.S. will qualify for their tenth straight Under-17 world championship.

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