U.S. Soccer

USA Glides Past Honduras 3-0, Takes Major Step Toward U-17 World Cup Qualification

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 3, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team used a brace from Josh Sargent and strike from Ayo Akinola to earn a 3-0 win against Honduras to open the classification stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. With the result, the U.S. needs just a win, draw or a loss by four or fewer goals in its round-robin finale against Cuba on Friday to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The USA carried the play throughout the first half and knocked on the door early when Chris Goslin put a ninth minute drive just wide of goal. Six minutes later, Ayo Akinola’s blast from distance was turned away by Honduras goalkeeper Carlos Banegas.

The U.S. was finally rewarded for its early efforts in the 26th minute. Sargent drew a foul in the Honduras end and would go on to tally his fourth goal of the tournament when he redirected Andrew Carleton’s free kick from the right.

After early second half pressure from Honduras, the USA regained control of the match and added two more goals after the break. In the 65th minute, Akinola’s pressure on a ball over the top from Blaine Ferri saw the Toronto FC Academy forward finish his fourth of the tourname0nt, before Sargent slotted home his team-leading fifth of the competition in the 82nd minute.

With the result, the U.S. can qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win, draw or loss by four or less goals in Friday’s group finale against Cuba, while a win or draw would also secure the USA’s spot in Sunday’s tournament final. With three points, the U.S. currently sits on top of classification stage Group D, thanks to CONCACAF’s head-to-head tie breaker.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT begins closes out the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Cuba on Friday, May 5. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel.
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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

+3

Honduras

2

1

1

0

3

7

4

+3

Cuba

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Andrew Carleton), 26th minute:
Josh Sargent chased down a ball over the top and forced Honduras goalkeeper Carlos Banegas to drag him down outside the area, forcing a dangerous free kick opportunity on the right. On the ensuing take, Andrew Carleton found Sargent open at the six-yard where he redirected past Banega for the game’s opening goal. USA 1, HON 0 [WATCH]

USA – Ayo Akinola (Blaine Ferri), 65th minute: The U.S. increased its lead with an alert play straight off a goal kick. After Banegas put the ball back into play, Chris Durkin headed down in the center circle for Sargent before the U.S. captain laid back to Ferri. The midfielder took the ball off the chest before lobbing forward for Akinola who touched the ball past Banegas at the top of the area before finishing past the sliding attempt from Cristian Moreira at the right post. USA 2, HON 0 [WATCH]

USA – Josh Sargent (George Acosta), 82nd minute: With Honduras sitting back, the U.S. sprung one more goal in the dying moments of the match. George Acosta lobbed the ball forward for Sargent who split through the Honduras back line before slotting his right-footed effort past Banegas and inside the lower left post. USA 3, HON 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Carlos Banegas, 15th minute: The U.S. controlled much of the opening quarter-hour and saw their first chance come when Blaine Ferri threaded a ball for Ayo Akinola. Receiving the ball from about 25 yards out, the Toronto FC Academy product turned and hit a dipping effort that gave Banegas trouble, leaving the Honduras ‘keeper to get down quickly before spilling the rebound.

HON – Emilio Campos and Carlos Banegas, 38th minute: Carleton charged through the midfield and utilized a great spin move to get through two Honduras defenders before slipping Chris Durkin into the box on the left. The defender cut back for Carleton, whose left-footed effort from the top of the area was blocked by Campos. A failed clearance fell for Chris Goslin whose first-time hit from the top of the area rebounded off the chest of Banegas, who recovered quickly enough to rush off his line and punch the ball out of danger as Sargent prepared to pounce.

USA – Justin Garces, 46th minute: Early in the second half, Honduras forward Carlos Mejía found space on the left and earned a dangerous free kick when he was fouled by James Sands outside the area. On the following free kick, Luis Palma rifled his take to the left post where Garces stood tall and did well to hold on to the shot.

HON – Emilio Campos, 63rd minute: Following a build-up from Akinola, the ball fell for Chris Gloster on the left. His penetrating cross picked out Andrew Carleton at the right post, whose glancing header was cleared off the line by Campos, before the Honduras defender drilled the ball out of danger. 

NOTES:

  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 9-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • The USA holds a commanding 8-1-1 record vs. Honduras in CONCACAF qualifying matches for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • Josh Sargent’s two goals take his team-leading total to five at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The U.S. captain sits second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race, two goals behind Honduras striker Carlos Mejía.
  • Ayo Akinola’s 65th-minute strike has him one goal behind Sargent with four.
  • Andrew Carleton, Blaine Ferri and George Acosta each collected their second assists of the tournament.
  • The U.S. has held opponents scoreless in three of its four matches at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: May 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage; Group D
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees; rain

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                    1             2             3
HON                                   0             0             0

USA – Josh Sargent (Andrew Carleton)    26th minute
USA – Ayo Akinola (Blaine Ferri)             69
USA – Josh Sargent (George Acosta)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Chris Durkin (16-Taylor Booth, 87), 14-Chris Goslin (10-George Acosta, 69), 8-Blaine Ferri; 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Tim Weah, 83)
Subs not used: 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 13-Akil Watts, 15-Zyen Jones, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

HON: 1-Carlos Banegas; 3-Axel Gomez, 4-Cristian Moreira (Capt.), 5-Alexander Bahr, 15-Emilio Campos; 6-David Cardona, 7-Gerson Chavez, 11-Luis Palma, 20-Cristian Madrid; 9-Patrick Palacios (19-Kenneth Martinez, 90), 14-Carlos Mejia 
Subs not used: 12-Jordy Castro, 2-Osbed Perez, 8-Everson Lopez, 10-Joshua Canales, 13-Gustavo Vallecillo, 16-Bayron Varela, 17-Cristian Contreras, 18-Santiago Cabrera
Head coach: Jose Francisco Valladares
 

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Goslin (caution)                      6th minute
HON – Carlos Banegas (caution)                 24
HON – Patrick Palacios (caution)                84 

Officials: 
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Aki (BLZ)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josh Sargent

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U-17 MNT May 3, 2017

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: May 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage; Group D
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees; rain

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             2             3
HON                                    0             0             0

USA – Josh Sargent (Andrew Carleton)    26th minute
USA – Ayo Akinola (Blaine Ferri)             69
USA – Josh Sargent (George Acosta)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Chris Durkin (16-Taylor Booth, 87), 14-Chris Goslin (10-George Acosta, 69), 8-Blaine Ferri; 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Tim Weah, 83)
Subs not used: 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 13-Akil Watts, 15-Zyen Jones, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

HON: 1-Carlos Banegas; 3-Axel Gomez, 4-Cristian Moreira (Capt.), 5-Alexander Bahr, 15-Emilio Campos; 6-David Cardona, 7-Gerson Chavez, 11-Luis Palma, 20-Cristian Madrid; 9-Patrick Palacios (19-Kenneth Martinez, 90), 14-Carlos Mejia
Subs not used: 12-Jordy Castro, 2-Osbed Perez, 8-Everson Lopez, 10-Joshua Canales, 13-Gustavo Vallecillo, 16-Bayron Varela, 17-Cristian Contreras, 18-Santiago Cabrera
Head coach: Jose Francisco Valladares
 

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Goslin (caution)                      6th minute
HON – Carlos Banegas (caution)                 24
HON – Patrick Palacios (caution)                84 

Officials:
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Aki (BLZ)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josh Sargent

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GALLERY: U-17 MNT Defeats Honduras 3-0 in First Match of Classification Stage

Photos from the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team's 3-0 victory against Honduras at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama. After the opening win in the classification stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. now needs a win, draw or a loss by four or fewer goals in its round-robin finale against Cuba on Friday to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. That game can be seen live at 6:30 p.m. EST on Univision Deportes and the CONCACAF YouTube channel. Read more
U-17 MNT May 5, 2017

USA Glides Past Honduras 3-0, Takes Major Step Toward U-17 World Cup Qualification

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 3, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team used a brace from Josh Sargent and strike from Ayo Akinola to earn a 3-0 win against Honduras to open the classification stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. With the result, the U.S. needs just a win, draw or a loss by four or fewer goals in its round-robin finale against Cuba on Friday to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The USA carried the play throughout the first half and knocked on the door early when Chris Goslin put a ninth minute drive just wide of goal. Six minutes later, Ayo Akinola’s blast from distance was turned away by Honduras goalkeeper Carlos Banegas.

The U.S. was finally rewarded for its early efforts in the 26th minute. Sargent drew a foul in the Honduras end and would go on to tally his fourth goal of the tournament when he redirected Andrew Carleton’s free kick from the right.

After early second half pressure from Honduras, the USA regained control of the match and added two more goals after the break. In the 65th minute, Akinola’s pressure on a ball over the top from Blaine Ferri saw the Toronto FC Academy forward finish his fourth of the tourname0nt, before Sargent slotted home his team-leading fifth of the competition in the 82nd minute.

With the result, the U.S. can qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win, draw or loss by four or less goals in Friday’s group finale against Cuba, while a win or draw would also secure the USA’s spot in Sunday’s tournament final. With three points, the U.S. currently sits on top of classification stage Group D, thanks to CONCACAF’s head-to-head tie breaker.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT begins closes out the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Cuba on Friday, May 5. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel.
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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

+3

Honduras

2

1

1

0

3

7

4

+3

Cuba

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Andrew Carleton), 26th minute:
Josh Sargent chased down a ball over the top and forced Honduras goalkeeper Carlos Banegas to drag him down outside the area, forcing a dangerous free kick opportunity on the right. On the ensuing take, Andrew Carleton found Sargent open at the six-yard where he redirected past Banega for the game’s opening goal. USA 1, HON 0 [WATCH]

USA – Ayo Akinola (Blaine Ferri), 65th minute: The U.S. increased its lead with an alert play straight off a goal kick. After Banegas put the ball back into play, Chris Durkin headed down in the center circle for Sargent before the U.S. captain laid back to Ferri. The midfielder took the ball off the chest before lobbing forward for Akinola who touched the ball past Banegas at the top of the area before finishing past the sliding attempt from Cristian Moreira at the right post. USA 2, HON 0 [WATCH]

USA – Josh Sargent (George Acosta), 82nd minute: With Honduras sitting back, the U.S. sprung one more goal in the dying moments of the match. George Acosta lobbed the ball forward for Sargent who split through the Honduras back line before slotting his right-footed effort past Banegas and inside the lower left post. USA 3, HON 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Carlos Banegas, 15th minute: The U.S. controlled much of the opening quarter-hour and saw their first chance come when Blaine Ferri threaded a ball for Ayo Akinola. Receiving the ball from about 25 yards out, the Toronto FC Academy product turned and hit a dipping effort that gave Banegas trouble, leaving the Honduras ‘keeper to get down quickly before spilling the rebound.

HON – Emilio Campos and Carlos Banegas, 38th minute: Carleton charged through the midfield and utilized a great spin move to get through two Honduras defenders before slipping Chris Durkin into the box on the left. The defender cut back for Carleton, whose left-footed effort from the top of the area was blocked by Campos. A failed clearance fell for Chris Goslin whose first-time hit from the top of the area rebounded off the chest of Banegas, who recovered quickly enough to rush off his line and punch the ball out of danger as Sargent prepared to pounce.

USA – Justin Garces, 46th minute: Early in the second half, Honduras forward Carlos Mejía found space on the left and earned a dangerous free kick when he was fouled by James Sands outside the area. On the following free kick, Luis Palma rifled his take to the left post where Garces stood tall and did well to hold on to the shot.

HON – Emilio Campos, 63rd minute: Following a build-up from Akinola, the ball fell for Chris Gloster on the left. His penetrating cross picked out Andrew Carleton at the right post, whose glancing header was cleared off the line by Campos, before the Honduras defender drilled the ball out of danger. 

NOTES:

  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 9-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • The USA holds a commanding 8-1-1 record vs. Honduras in CONCACAF qualifying matches for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • Josh Sargent’s two goals take his team-leading total to five at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The U.S. captain sits second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race, two goals behind Honduras striker Carlos Mejía.
  • Ayo Akinola’s 65th-minute strike has him one goal behind Sargent with four.
  • Andrew Carleton, Blaine Ferri and George Acosta each collected their second assists of the tournament.
  • The U.S. has held opponents scoreless in three of its four matches at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: May 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage; Group D
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees; rain

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                    1             2             3
HON                                   0             0             0

USA – Josh Sargent (Andrew Carleton)    26th minute
USA – Ayo Akinola (Blaine Ferri)             69
USA – Josh Sargent (George Acosta)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Chris Durkin (16-Taylor Booth, 87), 14-Chris Goslin (10-George Acosta, 69), 8-Blaine Ferri; 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Tim Weah, 83)
Subs not used: 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 13-Akil Watts, 15-Zyen Jones, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

HON: 1-Carlos Banegas; 3-Axel Gomez, 4-Cristian Moreira (Capt.), 5-Alexander Bahr, 15-Emilio Campos; 6-David Cardona, 7-Gerson Chavez, 11-Luis Palma, 20-Cristian Madrid; 9-Patrick Palacios (19-Kenneth Martinez, 90), 14-Carlos Mejia 
Subs not used: 12-Jordy Castro, 2-Osbed Perez, 8-Everson Lopez, 10-Joshua Canales, 13-Gustavo Vallecillo, 16-Bayron Varela, 17-Cristian Contreras, 18-Santiago Cabrera
Head coach: Jose Francisco Valladares
 

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Goslin (caution)                      6th minute
HON – Carlos Banegas (caution)                 24
HON – Patrick Palacios (caution)                84 

Officials: 
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Aki (BLZ)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josh Sargent

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U-17 MNT May 3, 2017

USA Seeks Result vs. Honduras in Bid to Reach U-17 World Cup | UDN, YouTube | 4:30pm ET

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues the task of qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India on Wednesday, May 3 with its opening Classification Stage clash against Honduras. The match kicks off at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama, at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network (UDN) and on the CONCACAF’s YouTube channel. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. comes into the game after sweeping the initial group stage with victories against Jamaica (5-0), Mexico (4-3) and El Salvador (1-0). Finishing first in Group C play propelled the U.S. into Classification Stage Group D, where the team is joined by Honduras and Cuba. Those two sides squared off in the opening match of the group on Monday night, with Honduras taking a resounding 7-1 victory. The U.S. will follow up Wednesday’s match vs. Los Catrachos with a clash against Cuba on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.ET

The top two finishers from Classification Group D will automatically punch their tickets to the World Cup, while the first place finisher will also move on to the regional tournament championship on Sunday, May 7 where they will face the winner of Group E, comprised of Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama.

U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)

USA VS. HONDURAS HISTORY
The U.S. and Honduras Under-17 National Teams have faced each other nine times in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying competition. The USA holds a 7-1-1 advantage in those matches, scoring 26 goals and conceding 10. The first contest came at the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983 when the USA won 2-0. Honduras’ lone victory came during the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where they earned a 3-1 quarterfinal victory and denied the USA a place at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

In their most recent meeting during the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the sides played to a 2-2 draw, which propelled Honduras to the top of their six-team group and an automatic berth at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The result pushed the U.S. into a do-or-die playoff against Jamaica, where they defeated the Reggae Boyz 5-4 on penalty kicks to earn their World Cup ticket.

SO, WE MEET AGAIN
From February 27 and March 2 of this year, the USA traveled to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras’ U-17s in a series of four games. The USA’s first team defeated Honduras’ in both matches, 3-0 and 5-1, while the reserves split the series, dropping the first match 1-0 before bouncing back to win 3-0 in the second game.  

YELLOW CARDS RESET
Per the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship rules and regulations, single yellow cards are eliminated at the end of the Group Stage. This does not include two cautions received in different games of the Group Stage, and any resulting automatic suspension still has to be served in the first game of the Classification Stage. For the USA, this means the clearance of yellow cards for A.J. Vasquez, Indiana Vassilev and Taylor Booth.

After having two players cleared of cautions during the Group Stage, Honduras midfielders Gerson Chavez and Cristian Madrid each picked up yellow cards against Cuba and will need to be careful in Wednesday’s game against the U.S. if they desire to play for their country should Honduras reach the tournament final on May 7.

HONDURAS LOOKING TO CLINCH WORLD CUP BERTH
After opening the first game of the Classification Stage with a 7-1 win against Cuba on Monday, Los Catrachos now need just a draw or win against the USA to lockdown their berth at October’s U-17 World Cup. Monday’s victory against Cuba set a team record for the most goals scored in a CONCACAF U-17 game, as forwards Patrick Palacios and Carlos Mejía paced the side with three goals apiece; the former scored his trio before the halftime whistle. The win moved Honduras to first place in Group D. A win against the USA on Wednesday night would also propel Los Catrachos to the CONCACAF Final.

CARLOS MEJÍA LEADS GOLDEN BOOT CHASE
Entering the Classification Stage, Honduras striker Carlos Mejía was tied with Mexico’s Daniel López for the golden boot lead with four goals each, but following his hat-trick performance against Cuba, he now stands alone with seven goals. Of those, five have come off his left foot in open play, one from a successful penalty kick and one from a put-back following his own penalty kick attempt being blocked.

REACHING THE BIG STAGE
The 2017 edition marks the 17th occasion that the U.S. U-17 MNT will compete in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has won the CONCACAF U-17, formerly U-16, Championship title three times: (1983, 1992, 2011) and finished runner-up five times: (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996).

In the 17 CONCACAF tournaments from 1983 to 2015, Los Catrachos have qualified for four FIFA U-17 World Cups (2007, 2009, 2013, 2015). The team’s best finish came in 2015, finishing as runner up to Mexico.

JOHN HACKWORTH AS U-17 MNT HEAD COACH
In his second stint as head coach of the U-17 Men’s National, John Hackworth is looking to lead the USA to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for a third time.

Hackworth served as an assistant to John Ellinger, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup before guiding the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 editions as head coach before departing for other opportunities. The former Philadelphia Union manager returned to the U-17 MNT in December 2015.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The 2017 tournament began in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After the initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group advanced to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams in each. In the second group stage, the top two finishers from each group qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, while the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title.

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U-17 MNT May 3, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Honduras U-17 MNT

After sweeping the group stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is set to square off against Honduras on Wednesday in one of its two classification stage games to earn a berth in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup this October in India. Before settling in to watch the game (4:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes and CONCACAF’s YouTube page), here are five things you should know about Honduras.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED

After finishing second in the Central American Zone’s qualification tournament to qualify for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Honduras was drawn into Group A with host Panama, Curaçao, and Haiti. Despite dropping the first result 4-2 to the hosts, Honduras bounced back with six points against Curaçao and Haiti, defeating the Caribbean nations 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. The pair of wins secured Honduras a second-place finish in the group stage, placing them into Group D of the classification stage.

EARLY DOMINANCE IN THE CLASSIFICATION STAGE

Los Catrachos opened the first game of the classification stage Monday with a 7-1 win against Cuba, setting a team record for the most goals scored in a CONCACAF U-17 game. Forwards Patrick Palacios and Carlos Mejía paced the team with three goals apiece, the former of which scored the trio before the halftime whistle. The win provisionally moved Honduras into first place of Group D, with a tie or win against the USA guaranteeing Honduras a spot in India.

CARLOS MEJÍA LEADS GOLDEN BOOT CHASE

Mejía’s hat trick against Cuba moved him to the top of the Golden Boot standings with seven goals in the tournament, trailed by Mexico’s Daniel López with four. Of his seven goals, five have come off his left foot in open play, one from a successful penalty kick, and one from a rebounded put-back following his own blocked penalty kick attempt.

THE ROSTER

The Honduras U-17 roster is mostly made up of domestic-based players (18), but does feature one player currently based in the United States and one player in Mexico. Real España Reservas of the Honduran first soccer division, Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras, is represented by a team-high four players.

WHAT’S IN A (NICK)NAME?

The Honduras Men’s National Teams have three nicknames: “Los Catrachos,” which is a term for someone from Honduras, “La Bicolor,” which represents the blue and white of the Honduran flags and uniforms and “La H,”which represents the H in Honduras.

DETAILED ROSTER

Goalkeepers (2): Carlos Banegas (Comayagua F.C./HON), Jordy Castro (Real España Reservas/HON)

Defenders (7): Alexander Bahr (Atlanta United F.C./USA), Emilio Campos (UDG Mexico 3ra Division/MEX), Cristian Contreras (Real España Reservas/HON), Axel Gomez (Olimpia Reservas/HON), Cristian Moreira (Social Vida Reservas/HON), Osbed Perez (Platense Junior L.M./HON), Gustavo Vallecillo (CARDVA Liga Ascenso/HON)

Midfielders (8): Santiago Cabrera (Honduras Progreso Reservas/HON), Joshua Canales (Olimpia Reservas/HON), David Cardona (Real Juventud L.A./HON), Gerson Chavez (Real España Reservas/HON), Everson Lopez (Motagua Reservas/HON), Cristian Madrid (Vida Reservas/HON), Luis Palma (Vida Reservas/HON), Bayron Varela (Motagua Reservas/HON)

Forwards (3): Kenneth Martinez (Motagua Reservas/HON), Carlos Mejia (Vida Reservas/HON), Patrick Palacios (Real E
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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

U-17 MNT April 21, 2017 - May 7, 2017
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