USA Defeats El Salvador 1-0 to Finish Undefeated in Group Play at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Zyen Jones Scores Winning Goal in Second Half as U.S. Shuffles Lineup; U.S. Begins Classification Stage Wednesday vs. Honduras at 2:30 p.m. ET on UDN and YouTube

PANAMA CITY, Panama (April 29, 2017) – Already assured of winning its group, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 1-0 behind Zyen Jones’ fifty second-minute strike to close out Group C play with a perfect 3-0-0 record at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

With a spot in Classification Stage Group D secured, U.S. head coach John Hackworth shuffled his starters for the match against Los Cuscatlecos drafting eight players into the lineup for their first start of the tournament.

Even with all the personnel changes, the U.S. did not miss a beat, controlling long passages of play and carving out chances with regularity throughout the match. The defense and goalkeeper C.J. dos Santos did their part as well, limiting El Salvador to just three shots on goal en route to recording the USA’s second clean sheet of the competition.

With a full nine points from three wins, the U.S. is one of only two teams including Group B winner Costa Rica to sport a perfect 3-0-0 record heading into the Classification Stage. Mexico and Jamaica face off later in the Group C finale for the last available spot in the Classification Stage, where the winner will face Group A winner Panama and Costa Rica in Group E.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT begins the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in a Group D clash against Honduras on Wednesday, May 3. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel. The U.S. and Honduras will be joined in Group D by Cuba.

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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group C

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

x-USA

3

3

0

0

9

10

3

9

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

9

4

5

Jamaica

2

1

1

0

3

3

6

-3

El Salvador

3

0

3

0

0

1

10

-9

x-Qualified for Classification Stage

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Zyen Jones (Bryan Reynolds), 52nd minute:
The U.S. broke down the right sideline as Reynolds was played into space. With plenty of time to pick out a pass, Reynolds whipped a low cross along the top of the six-yard box. Making a quick run toward the back post, Jones sped past two defenders to meet the cross and send a side-footed shot over charging El Salvador goalkeeper Jario Guardado into the roof of the net. USA 1, SLV 0 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: April 29, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Group C
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, mostly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             0          1          1
SLV                             0          0          0

USA – Zyen Jones (Bryan Reynolds)             52nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-C.J. Dos Santos; 13-Akil Watts, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin (capt.), 18-Indiana Vassilev; 20-Adrian Villegas, 16-Taylor Booth, 10-George Acosta (14-Chris Goslin, 71); 19-Tim Weah, 15-Zyen Jones (11-Andrew Carleton, 62), 17-Bryan Reynolds
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey; 5-A.J. Vasquez, 7-Ayo Akinola, 8-Blaine Ferri, 9-Josh Sargent
Not available: 3-Chris Gloster
Head coach: John Hackworth

SLV: 1-Jairo Guardado; 2-Kevin Menjivar, 4-Diego Chevez, 6-Ever Guzman (capt.) (7-Fernando Villalta, 75), 8-Jorge Cruz, 9-Ronald Cerritos, 10-Denis Garcia, 13-Roberto Lopez, 15-Andy Alas, 17-Mauricio Gomez (12-Rodrigo Santamaria, 71), 20-Diego Guatemala (16-Allexon Saravia, 15)
Subs not used: 3-Erick Cartagena, 5-Giovanni Avila, 11-Rolando Ramirez, 14-Christian Barillas, 18-Tomas Romero, 19-Sergio Ramirez
Head coach: Erick Prado 

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 18 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 23
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SLV – Roberto Lopez (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Indiana Vassilev (caution)       57
USA – Taylor Booth (caution)            86 

Officials:
Referee: Michele Rodriguez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Eugene Farro (ARU)
4th Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: James Sands