U.S. U-17 MNT to Face Panama in Group B Decider
U.S Under-17 Menâ€™s National Team
2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Jarrett Park Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 17, 2011
TOP SPOT ON THE LINE : The U.S. has clinched a place in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship quarterfinals but first place in Group B is still up for grabs. Following the U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s victory against Cuba, a draw between Cuba and Panama on Wednesday sent Wilmer Cabreraâ€™s side into the quarterfinals. The U.S. has three points through one game while Cuba has only one through two games, meaning the U.S. is guaranteed to finish in either first or second place in Group B. A win or a draw against Panama on Friday, Feb. 18, would give the young Americans the top place in the group. Kickoff from Jarrett Park Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is set for 4:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the game on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
ESPN FAMILY OF NETWORKS JUMPING ON AT THE QUARTERS: The USAâ€™s quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, will be shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3 at a time to be determined by where the team finishes in Group B. The ESPN family of networks will be showing all four quarterfinals and will keep rolling through the remainder of the tournament. Beginning with the quarterfinals, matches will also be streamed live on CONCACAF.com.
CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group B Schedule
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Match / ResultÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â KickoffÂ (ET)Â Â Â Â Â Â Venue/Goalscorers
Feb. 14Â Â USA 3, Cuba 1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Koroma, Oliver, E. Rodriguez
Feb. 16Â Â Panama 0, Cuba 0Â Â Â Â 4 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jarrett Park Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Feb. 18Â Â USA vs. PanamaÂ Â Â Â Â Â 4:30 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jarrett Park Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Group B Standings
TeamÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GP Â Â W Â Â Â L Â Â Â Â Â T Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GF Â Â GA Â GD Â Pts.
USA* Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â +2 Â Â Â 3
PAN Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 1
CUB Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â 3 Â Â Â Â Â -2 Â Â Â Â 1
*Qualified for Quarterfinals
- All 20 players will be available for selection to the 18-man game-day roster against Panama.
- Matt Dunnâ€™s yellow card against Cuba means if he earns another during the tournament, he will have to serve a one-game suspension.
- Seven players from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program earned a start against Cuba and two of those players, Alfred Koroma and Esteban Rodriguez, scored.Â
- In total, there are 13 players on the roster who have joined the Residency Program from Development Academy clubs, spanning all four Conferences and six of the 10 divisions.
- Seven players have been in U.S. Soccerâ€™s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., since the start of this two-year cycle: Alejandro Guido, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando PiÃ±a, Mario Rodriguez, Nathan Smith and Andrew Souders.
- Conversely, three players on the U.S. roster are in their first semester of Residency: Jordan Allen, Zach Carroll and Jack McBean.
- McBean is the lone professional player on the roster, having signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January.
- The U.S. is looking to continue its streak of being the only nation to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It participated in the 2009 event for the 13th consecutive time.
- Pelosi leads the current group in goals and caps, having scored six times in 20 international appearances at the U-17 level.
- Dunn is the only player on the roster not currently part of the Residency Program, instead playing with FC KÃ¶ln in Germany. He has been training with the U.S. team in Bradenton since January.
- Three of the 20 players were born in 1995: Kellyn Acosta, Jordan Allen and Paul Arriola.
- Alfred Koroma rejoined the U.S. team after a year-long absence from Residency and scored the teamâ€™s opening goal against Cuba.
- Defender Mobi Fehr has played in 10 international games since joining the program from Tokyo in August 2010.
GROUP A DOWN TO TWO: In some unfortunate news from CONCACAF the Haitian team is on its way home after members of the delegation were diagnosed with an illness. After a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Monday, Haiti was scheduled to play El Salvador on Wednesday. El Salvador received a 3-0 win from the forfeit, and will take over first place in Group A. Group B, which the U.S. currently leads, will cross over to play either Costa Rica or El Salvador in the quarterfinals.
RETURN TO JARRETT PARK: As other teams adjust to the climate and atmosphere of Montego Bay, the U.S. team have some experience in that department. Cabreraâ€™s team traveled to Jamaica for a training camp that went from Jan. 25-Feb. 3 and included two matches against the hosts in Jarrett Park â€“ now the site of the USAâ€™s second Group B match. The U.S. drew 0-0 with Jamaica on Jan. 28 and topped them 2-1 on Jan. 30 behind goals from Esteban Rodriguez and Alfred Koroma.
GET TO KNOW FERNANDO: Get to know U.S. U-17 MNT and Houston Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Fernando Pina in this video from Montego Bay. We asked Fernando about his favorite goalkeepers, his mom's Mexican cooking, and what it means to play for the national team.
MEET ZACH CARROLL: U.S. U-17 MNT defender Zach Carroll has moved from Development Academy Finals Week champion Vardar to the Residency Program, and now finds himself in Montego Bay. Studio 90 gets to know Carroll, his favorite player, and how much he loves his Grandmom's chicken and dumplings. LINK ME PLEASE
RODRIGUEZ READY FOR CONCACAF STAGE: U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team midfielder Esteban Rodriguez moved from Southern California to Bradenton, Fla. after making an impact at the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase. Now in Jamaica for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Rodriguez speaks to ussoccer.com about his young career.
U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 1-Fernando PiÃ±a (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 4-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 12-Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), 17-Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), 6-Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), 3-Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), 2-Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 15-Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), 5-Matt Dunn (FC KÃ¶ln; Dallas, Texas), 10-Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), 11-Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), 14-Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), 13-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): 20-Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), 7-Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), 19-Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), 16-Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)
A PEEK AT PANAMA: To earn a place in CONCACAFâ€™s final 12, Panama finished second in a crazy three-team triangular that saw each Central American team pick up one win and one loss in its two games. Panama topped Honduras 1-0 on Nov. 10 before falling to Guatemala by the same score two days later. Honduras topped Guatemala 2-0 on Nov. 14, putting Panama in second place in the three-team group to advance to the final round of qualifying.
Panama U-17 Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ivan Picant, 12-Joseph Vargas
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Eric Francisco, 3-Jose Maughn, 4-Roberto Pinto, 13-Francisco Narbon, 19-Alfredo Stephens
MIDFIELDERS (9): 5-Roberto Chen, 7-Dario Wright, 10-Darwin Pinzon, 11-Alzair Paredes, 15-Romario Piggott, 16-Alonzo Goot, 17-Bryan Santamaria, 20-Alexander Gonzalez, 21-Gilberto Villa
FORWARDS (4): 6-Anel Vargas, 8-Salvatore Messina, 9-Omar Browne, 18-Jorman Aguilar
A SECOND ATTEMPT AT THE OLD FORMAT: The 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship was the first time the World Cup qualifying event was held as a championship since 1996 â€“ at least it would have been. After the U.S. and host Mexico won all three group games in Tijuana in 2009, the two rivals seemed destined for a championship clash. But, with the four World Cup berths decided, the semifinals and final were cancelled due to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus.
U.S. U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The U.S. has won the CONCACAF championship twice at this level, in 1983 and 1992, but because those were U-16 events, the U.S. has technically never won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. When the qualifying tournament was held as two groups in separate venues, the U.S. won its group three times (2001, 2003, 2005).
CHANGE OF VENUE: The U.S. was originally slated to play Fridayâ€™s game against Panama at Trelawny Stadium. A jazz festival held on the stadium grounds rendered the field unplayable and the match was moved to Jarret Park.Â Catherine Hall was the site of the U.S. win against Cuba and will serve as host for all four quarterfinals, two semifinals, the third-place game and final.
THE SETTING: The U.S., El Salvador and Costa Rica have already booked a place in the quarterfinals, but there are still six games remaining in the 12-team group phase. Keep up with the YNT Blog for all the news from the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in beautiful Montego Bay. ÂTAKING TO TWITTER: U.S. Soccer has launched a Twitter feed geared specifically toward fans of U.S. youth national teams and the Development Academy. Follow @ussoccer_ynt to keep up with the U-17s as they move through World Cup qualifying.