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U-17 MNT Faces Honduras in CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quarterfinal with World Cup Qualification on the Line


U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Quarterfinal
Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
April 14, 2013

U.S. U-17 MNT FACES HONDURAS WITH WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION ON THE LINE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team tries to qualify for its unprecedented 16th straight World Cup in this age group when it faces Honduras in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday, April 14, at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, Panama. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. is coming off a 1-0 victory against Guatemala on Thursday, April 11, to win Group C to set up the match against Honduras, which was the runner-up to Mexico in Group D. The U.S. is the only country to advance to every edition of the World Cup while Honduras has qualified for two FIFA U-17 World Cups (2009 and 2011).

QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
Four teams will determine their fate for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday night. Panama (Group A winner) faces Trinidad & Tobago (Group B runner-up) at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Canada (Group B winner) against Jamaica (Group A runner-up) at 9 p.m. ET. Both games are at Estadio Agustín Sánchez in Panamá Province. On Sunday, following the USA-Honduras matchup, Mexico (Group D winner) faces Guatemala (Group C runner-up) at 9 p.m. ET at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City. All knockout round games in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship are broadcast on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes. The tournament’s four semifinalists will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 7-Nov. 8.

The CONCACAF U-17 Championship started with four groups of three teams each, with the top two teams advancing from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

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


FINAL 2013 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP C STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

2

2

0

0

4

0

+4

6

Guatemala

2

1

1

0

3

2

+1

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 1, Guatemala 0

For complete group standings and the tournament schedule, visit ussoccer.com.


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

Lema (2), Selemani

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 11

Guatemala

1-0 W

Baird

Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City

April 14

Honduras

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

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

2-0, PAN

Group A

April 10

Canada vs. Costa Rica

1-1, T

Group B

April 11

USA vs. Guatemala

1-0 W

FOX Soccer (delay); Univ. Dep.

Group C

April 11

Mexico vs. Honduras

2-0, MEX

Univision Deportes

Group D

April 13

Panama (A1) vs. T&T (B2)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 1

April 13

Canada (B1) vs. Jamaica (A2)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 2

April 14

USA (C1) vs. Honduras (D2)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 3

April 14

Mexico (D1) vs. Guatemala (C2)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 4

April 17

QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 Winner

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Semifinal 1

April 17

QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Semifinal 2

April 19

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Third Place

April 19

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Final


ROSTER NOTES

  • For the USA, midfielder Chris Lema is the leading goal scorer on the USA in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with two tallies. Both came in the opening 3-0 win against Haiti on April 7, including the game-winning penalty kick in the first half.
  • Forward Ahinga Selemani scored his sixth career goal with the U-17s to cap off the USA scoring against Haiti.
  • The leading scorer among the group is forward Rubio Rubin, who scored 11 goals in 22 international games in 2012, and has scored 12 total goals for the U-17 MNT.
  • Midfielder Corey Baird garnered his fourth career goal with the U-17 MNT when he tallied the USA’s lone score in the 49th minute of the 1-0 victory against Guatemala on Thursday, April 11, to win Group C of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
  • 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 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.


U.S. U-17 MNT vs. HONDURAS

  • The USA is 7-0-0 against Honduras in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships in this age group. The U.S. has outscored Honduras by a 23-5 margin.
  • The series dates back to Sept. 1, 1983, when the USA defeated Honduras 2-0 in the semifinal of the 1983 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. The U.S. advanced to the final, where after a scoreless regulation the USA defeated Trinidad & Tobago in penalty kicks.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory against Honduras came in the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship as the U.S. blanked Honduras 7-0 in its second Group A match at Puerto Espana in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • The last time the U.S. and Honduras met in this event was the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, when the USA wrapped up Group A play with a 3-0 victory on April 25 to win the group at 3-0-0 while Honduras was second at 1-1-1. Nicholas Palodichuk scored twice and current Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney added a tally for the U.S. Both teams advanced to the championship round, but it was canceled because of a swine flu outbreak. The four CONCACAF semifinalists advanced to the FIFA U-17 World Cup: Group A winner USA, Group A runner-up Honduras, Group B winner Mexico and Group B runner-up Costa Rica.
  • In the most recent international meeting, the U.S. and Honduras played to a 1-1 draw in the second game of the Copa Saprissa on June 24, 2012, in San Jose Costa Rica. After Albert Elis scored an 18th-minute goal for Honduras, the USA’s Corey Baird responded with a 28th-minute equalizer off of Ahinga Selemani’s assist. Eight of the U.S. starters in that game are members of the U-17 squad at this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The Copa Saprissa tournament matches were 70 minutes long, not 90.
  • In the previous U-17 World Cup Qualifying cycle, the U.S. defeated Honduras 6-0 on Feb. 5, 2011, in the final international friendly before the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Marc Pelosi had three goals in that game in Bradenton, Fla.



CAUTION SITUATION

  • U.S. midfielder Chris Lema was issued a yellow card in the 63rd minute of the team’s 1-0 win against Guatemala. Should he pick up another yellow, he will receive a one-game suspension in the following match.
  • Guatemala’s Darwin Arita also is sitting on a yellow card from his team’s 2-0 loss to Mexico on Thursday.


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.


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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: HONDURAS
National Autonomous Federation of Football of Honduras
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Founded: 1951 (Joined FIFA in 1951)
Best U-17 World Cup Finish: Qualified in 2007 and 2009

HONDURAS UPDATE

  • Honduras took second place in Group D at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, finishing runner-up to Mexico. Honduras is coming off a 2-0 loss to defending FIFA U-17 World Cup champion Mexico on Thursday.
  • After allowing a goal to Cuba, Honduras tallied four unanswered goals and earned a 4-1 win on April 9 to open Group D play and book a spot into the quarterfinals. Devron Garcia scored two goals in the first half while Brayan Velasquez and Rembrandt Flores added second-half insurance goals to eliminate Cuba from the competition.
  • Honduras took first place in the Central American (UNCAF) U-17 qualifying tournament in December of 2012, posting a 3-0-1 record and outscoring its opponents 13-3. The lone tie, a 1-1 draw, came against Guatemala on Dec. 13. Honduras notched a 5-2 victory against El Salvador on Dec. 7, a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on Dec. 9 and a 4-0 victory against Nicaragua on Dec. 11.
  • During the UNCAF, Alberto Elis led the squad with five goals, including all three against Costa Rica. Devron Garcia was second on the team with three goals, including a two-goal effort during the 4-0 win against Nicaragua.
  • Honduras has qualified two of the past three FIFA U-17 World Cups, making its first appearance in 2007 in the Korea Republic and heading to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.



HONDURAS ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cristian Hernandez, 12-Fernando Cabrera
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kevin Alvarez, 3-Alvaro Romero, 4-Luis Santos, 5-Anoal Hernandez, 13-Jose Murillo, 14-Jose Fiallos
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Devron Garcia, 8-Christopher Alegria, 10-Isaac Borjas, 11-Rembrandt Flores, 15-Deybi Flores, 16-Erik Gallegos
FORWARDS (6): 7-Brayan Velasquez, 9-Alberto Elis, 17-Steven Ramos, 18-Darwin Arita, 19-Cristian Argueta, 20-Jorge Bodden

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