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U.S. U-17 MNT Ready to Take on U.A.E. in Final Group Match of 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup


U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Pre-Game Notes
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
Oct. 31, 2009

CHANCE TO ADVANCE: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team has a chance to advance to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win against United Arab Emirates on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. With three points from their first two matches, the United States can assure advancement with a win, as six points would be enough for at least second place in Group E. The U.S. can also advance to the knockout round with a draw, as other results have rendered four points sufficient for progress to the next round. The U.S. and UAE will square off from Gateway International Stadium live on ESPNU, ESPN360.com and Galavision. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. U-17 World Cup Schedule
Date    Opponent         Venue                                                  Result / Kickoff (ET)    TV/U.S. Goalscorers
Oct. 26   Spain              Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria           2-1 L                             McInerney
Oct. 29   Malawi            Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria           1-0 W                            Shinsky
Nov. 1    UAE               Gateway International; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria  4 p.m. (10 a.m.)              ESPNU/Galavision 

HOW WE CAN GET THERE: The U.S. can be certain to advance with a win against UAE, which would give them six points and either first or second place in the group. With a draw, the U.S. would stay in third place despite being tied with UAE on four points. UAE would have the advantage in the second tiebreaker, goals scored.

Group E Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

ESP

2

1

0

0

5

2

+3

6

UAE

2

1

1

0

3

3

E

3

USA

2

1

1

0

2

2

E

3

MWI

2

0

2

0

0

3

-3

0

A LOOK AT THE 21: Cabrera’s 21 player roster features players who represent 13 different states and 19 different clubs, including nine that are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Eight players have scored at least one goal for the U.S. over the course of 12 international games in 2009, and five – Luis Gil, Stefan Jerome, Perry Kitchen, Carlos Martinez and Jack McInerney – who have registered more than 25 international appearances at the U-17 level. The roster blends 17 players born in 1992 and four born in 1993

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), 1-Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), 12-Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 4-Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), 20-Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), 3-Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), 2-Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), 15-Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):  5-Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), 14-Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), 17-William Packwood (Birmingham City, Concord, Mass.), 11-Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), 8-Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): 16-Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), 19-Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), 18-Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), 7-Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), 9-Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), 13-Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

QUICK HITS:

  • All 21 U.S. players are eligible to take the field against Malawi on Thursday
  • The USA and UAE have never faced each other at any level.
  • Defenders Zachary Herold and Eriq Zavaleta, along with midfielder Marlon Duran, earned cautions against Spain in the team’s opener and Jack McInerney saw yellow against Malawi. Another yellow would result in a one-match suspension.
  • Though the Americans changed venues for their third match, Sunday’s game at Gateway International Stadium will mark the third game the U.S. has played on artificial surface in the tourament.
  • The 1-0 win against Malawi was the eighth shutout for the U.S. defense in 2009.
  • It was also the first shutout in a men’s youth World Cup since Josh Lambo was in the nets against Belgium at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • Forward Jack McInerney’s fourth-minute goal against Spain was his team-high 10th of the year.
  • 10 players on the U.S. roster have been in Residency since the Fall Semester of 2007: Craven, Duran, Edwards, Herold, Jerome, Kitchen, Martinez, McInterney, Polak and Watts.
  • Only one player, midfielder William Packwood, is not based full time in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Packwood is based in England and plays in the Birmingham City academy.

ELSEWHERE IN NIGERIA: As of Tuesday, Argentina and Switzerland have both clinched berths to the Round of 16 with six points each in Groups A and B, respectively. Argentina will emerge from an extremely difficult Group A after one-goal wins against Honduras (1-0) and Germany (2-1). Group B is just as difficult, with Switzerland grabbing a perfect three wins and Mexico sewing up second spot on six points. That leaves Brazil on the outside looking in; their three points mean they will have to wait for other results to see if they progress to the next round. Iran earned passage to the second round of the U-17 World Cup for the first time, with the Young Etalons of Burking Faso and Kiwis of New Zealand joining teams in the knockout round.

Round of 16 Teams (as of Oct. 31)
Group A: Nigeria, Argentina, Germany
Group B: Switzerland, Mexico
Group C: Iran, Colombia
Group D: Turkey, Burkina Faso, New Zealand

UAE IN THE WAY: The United Arab Emirates stands in the way of the United States’ progression to the next round, with the Asian side also on three points in Group E. UAE started off the tournament on the right foot, beating Malawi to open proceedings in Nigeria. After falling to Spain 3-1 in the last game, UAE needs to right the ship quickly to have any hope of seeing the knockout round.

GOAL NUMBER 1300: Mexico’s Carlos Campos scored the 1300th goal in a FIFA U-17 World Cup during their group match against Japan, but a betting man would have put money on a U.S. player to tally the milestone. That’s because in the past two tournaments a U.S. player hit a milestone goals in the U-17 World Cup, with Mykell Bates tallying the 1100th goal during the 2007 tournament and Ryan Soroka getting the memorable 1000th goal in Peru in 2005. A U.S. player also struck the 100th goal, with Ben Crawley hitting the mark against Ecuador in 1987.

TWEETING ALONG: Follow the U-17 MNT in short form as they journey through Nigeria by keeping up to date on our official Twitter page at twitter.com/ussoccer.

BLOGFRICA: If you want to keep up with the team in longer form, including exclusive stories, interviews, photos and more, make sure to follow the YNT Blog. Click here to join the team along its journey through Kano, Ijebu-Ode and beyond at the FIFA U-17 WC.

Last time out
On the field for the U.S. U-17 MNT at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Oct. 29, 2009 – 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup; Group E - Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, Nigeria

USA       1        Alex Shinsky 54
MWI      0

USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 6-Zachary Herold, 2-Jared Watts (capt.) (20-Boyd Okwuonu, 87), 15-Eriq Zavaleta, 3-Tyler Polak; 10-Luis Gil, 11-Nick Palodichuk, 5-Marlon Duran, 8-Alex Shinsky (14-Carlos Martinez, 66); 9-Jack McInerney, 19-Victor Chavez (18-Andrew Craven, 54)
Subs not used: 4-Perry Kitchen, 7-Stefan Jerome, 21-Keith Cardona, 12-Spencer Richey, 13-Dominick Sarle, 17-William Packwood, 16-Juan Agudelo
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

MWI: 1-Cuthbert Seengwa; 2-Pilirani Zonda, 6-Peter Mselema, 8-Bongani Kaipa, 13-Francis Mulimbika; 7-Tonny Chitsulo (9-Adrew Mpetiwa, 75), 15-Takondwa Issah (12-Gilbert Chirwa, 63), 17-Mike Kaziputa, 18-Kelvin Hanganda, 11-Maxwell Mwanyongo (4-Patience Kalumo, 61); 10-Bruno Milanzi (capt.)
Subs not used: 5-Robert Simkonda, 16-Victor Nangwale, 19-Kingston Chindebvu, 20-Willie Saenda, 21-Jailos Kapalamula
Head coach: John Kaputa

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