U.S. Soccer

USA Qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup and CONCACAF Championship Final with 6-2 Win vs. Cuba

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 5, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship final with a 6-2 win against Cuba in the teams’ final match of the classification stage.

Three goals in each half highlighted by the first tournament tallies for Indiana Vassilev, Andrew Carleton and Bryan Reynolds paced the U.S. attack, which dominated much of the game. A Cuba own goal by Miguel Coll and second-half strikes from Zyen Jones and Tim Weah – each player’s second of the competition – rounded out the USA’s offensive barrage.

Cuba kept the match interesting by converting one of its few chances through Brian Savigne’s bullish run through the U.S. defense to tie the match at 1-1 midway through the first half and an unfortunate own goal from the USA’s Arturo Vazquez early in the second half that brought Cuba within striking distance at 3-2 in the 47th minute.

An impressive performance from Cuba goalkeeper Danny Echeverria also contributed to Cuba’s fight to stay in the match as he twice denied U.S. leading goal scorer Josh Sargent – once from the penalty spot – as well as a host of other players but was unable to stymie the Americans’ relentless attack.

With the win, the USA finished atop Group D. The team will face the winner of the Group E finale between Costa Rica and Mexico in the tournament title match.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT heads to the title game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday, May 5 against either Costa Rica or Mexico. Kickoff from Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City is set for 4 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

2

2

0

0

6

9

2

+7

Honduras

2

1

1

0

3

7

4

+3

Cuba

2

0

2

0

0

3

13

-10

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Indiana Vassilev, 15th minute: Josh Sargent won a free kick with a surging run toward the Cuba penalty area. After the U.S. captain was brought down 20 yards from goal, Indiana Vassilev stepped up to whip a left-footed free kick through the top of the Cuba wall while the goalkeeper shuffled toward the right post and the ball nestled into the opposite corner. USA 1, CUB 0 [WATCH]

CUB – Brian Savigne (Antuan Obregon), 19h minute: Obregon intercepted a U.S. back pass near midfield and dashed away down the right flank. As he neared the U.S. box, Obregon centered the ball for Savigne whose touch took him past his marker and into the area where he snapped a low shot between a defender’s legs and past charging U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces into the far left side netting. USA 1, CUB 1 [WATCH]

USA – Miguel Coll (own goal), 37th minute: The U.S. broke down the right-center of the Cuba defensive third and found Akinola near the top of the Cuba box. His through ball for Sargent was too far in front of the U.S. forward, but hit Cuba defender Miguel Coll in stride. Coll inadvertently redirected his attempted clearance into the back of his own net. USA 2, CUB 1 [WATCH]

USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola) 39th minute: After repelling a Cuba foray, the U.S. broke into the Cuba half via three quick passes that sent Akinola and Carleton away in a 3v2 where Akinola slipped Carleton in behind the Cuba back line, who spotted Danny Echeverria off his line. Carleton measured a fine chip over the ‘keeper that fell neatly below the crossbar into the back of the net. USA 3, CUB 1 [WATCH]

CUB – Arturo Vasquez (own goal), 47th minute: From a Cuba corner kick, the ball was flicked on at the near post by Obregon into the center of the six-yard box. In an attempt to clear the cross and with a defender on his back, Vasquez mishit the ball off his shin and into the roof of the U.S. goal. USA 3, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Zyen Jones (Tim Weah), 49th minute: An intricate passing sequence advanced the USA up the right flank, eventually ending at the feet of Weah outside the penalty area where he whipped a low feed across the face of goal that Jones one-timed over the Cuba goalkeeper at the back left post. USA 4, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Bryan Reynolds, 83rd minute: A free kick opportunity near Cuba’s left corner flag led to the USA sending multiple shots on goal. The last from Tim Weah was parried by Echeverria into the path of Reynolds near the back left post, and the substitute forward made no mistake, rifling a low shot inside the near post. USA 5, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Tim Weah (George Acosta), 88th minute: Another break up the right wing led to the USA’s final goal as Acosta played Weah into the box. Luckily, Weah’s first touch popped the ball up in the air behind him, allowing him to shield off his defender and get a touch to keep it away from the charging ‘keeper before curling a shot past a Cuba defender and across goal into the far left side netting. USA 6, CUB 2 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 10-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • The USA holds a commanding 7-2-0 record vs. Cuba in CONCACAF qualifying matches for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, having won the last four meetings.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: May 5, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage 
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 79 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             3          3          6
CUB                            1          1          2

USA – Indiana Vassilev                                  15th minute
CUB – Brian Savigne                                      19
USA – Miguel Coll (own goal)                         37
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           39
CUB – AJ Vasquez (own goal)                       47
USA – Zyen Jones (Tim Weah)                     49
USA – Bryan Reynolds                                   84
USA – Tim Weah (George Acosta)                 88

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 13-Akil Watts, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster; 18-Indiana Vassilev, 16-Taylor Booth, 10-George Acosta; 11-Andrew Carleton (15-Zyen Jones, 46), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Tim Weah, 46), 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds, 62)
Subs not used: 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri, 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 14-Chris Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

CUB: 1-Danny Echeverria; 17-Pedro Piñeiro, 3-Miguel Coll, 15-Karel Espino, 13-Bruno Rendón; 11-Ronaldo Rosette, 14-Carlos Ibarra (2-Cristhian Turca, 46), 8-Carlos Molina, 4-Roy López (6-Jhan Marco Rodríguez, 67); 10-Brian Savigne (capt.), 19-Manuel Cruz
Subs not used: 5-Dayron López, 7-Ribaldo Roldán, 9-Yandry Romero; 12-Antuan Obregón; 18-Josúe Vega; 20-Arturo Héctor Godoy
Not available: 16-Omar Pérez
Head coach: Rufino Sotolongo

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 23 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Karel Espino (caution)                         7th minute
CUB – Pedro Piñeiro (caution)                       57

Officials:
Referee: Daneion Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel AKE (BLZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton
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U-17 MNT May 5, 2017

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: May 5, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage 
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 79 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             3               3               6
CUB                                             1               1               2

USA – Indiana Vassilev                                         15th minute
CUB – Brian Savigne                                              19
USA – Miguel Coll (own goal)                           37
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)        39
CUB – AJ Vasquez (own goal)                            47
USA – Zyen Jones (Tim Weah)                          49
USA – Bryan Reynolds                                          84
USA – Tim Weah (George Acosta)                        88

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 13-Akil Watts, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster; 18-Indiana Vassilev, 16-Taylor Booth, 10-George Acosta; 11-Andrew Carleton (15-Zyen Jones, 46), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Tim Weah, 46), 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds, 62)
Subs not used: 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri, 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 14-Chris Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

CUB: 1-Danny Echeverria; 17-Pedro Piñeiro, 3-Miguel Coll, 15-Karel Espino, 13-Bruno Rendón; 11-Ronaldo Rosette, 14-Carlos Ibarra (2-Cristhian Turca, 46), 8-Carlos Molina, 4-Roy López (6-Jhan Marco Rodríguez, 67); 10-Brian Savigne (capt.), 19-Manuel Cruz
Subs not used: 5-Dayron López, 7-Ribaldo Roldán, 9-Yandry Romero; 12-Antuan Obregón; 18-Josúe Vega; 20-Arturo Héctor Godoy
Not available: 16-Omar Pérez
Head coach: Rufino Sotolongo

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 23 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Karel Espino (caution)                           7th minute
CUB – Pedro Piñeiro (caution)                        57

Officials:
Referee: Daneion Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel AKE (BLZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton

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GALLERY: U-17 MNT Bench Shines As USA Rolls Past Cuba in Classification Stage Finale

Photos from the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team's 6-2 victory over Cuba at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama. Not only did the victory seal the USA’s berth at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, but the fifth win in as many games also launched the USA into the CONCACAF Final. That game, against Mexico, can be watched live on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. ET on CONCACAF's YouTube and Twitter channels.

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U-17 MNT May 7, 2017

USA Qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup and CONCACAF Championship Final with 6-2 Win vs. Cuba

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 5, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship final with a 6-2 win against Cuba in the teams’ final match of the classification stage.

Three goals in each half highlighted by the first tournament tallies for Indiana Vassilev, Andrew Carleton and Bryan Reynolds paced the U.S. attack, which dominated much of the game. A Cuba own goal by Miguel Coll and second-half strikes from Zyen Jones and Tim Weah – each player’s second of the competition – rounded out the USA’s offensive barrage.

Cuba kept the match interesting by converting one of its few chances through Brian Savigne’s bullish run through the U.S. defense to tie the match at 1-1 midway through the first half and an unfortunate own goal from the USA’s Arturo Vazquez early in the second half that brought Cuba within striking distance at 3-2 in the 47th minute.

An impressive performance from Cuba goalkeeper Danny Echeverria also contributed to Cuba’s fight to stay in the match as he twice denied U.S. leading goal scorer Josh Sargent – once from the penalty spot – as well as a host of other players but was unable to stymie the Americans’ relentless attack.

With the win, the USA finished atop Group D. The team will face the winner of the Group E finale between Costa Rica and Mexico in the tournament title match.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT heads to the title game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday, May 5 against either Costa Rica or Mexico. Kickoff from Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City is set for 4 p.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube channel.

Social:
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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

9

2

+7

Honduras

2

1

1

0

3

7

4

+3

Cuba

2

0

2

0

0

3

13

-10

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Indiana Vassilev, 15th minute: Josh Sargent won a free kick with a surging run toward the Cuba penalty area. After the U.S. captain was brought down 20 yards from goal, Indiana Vassilev stepped up to whip a left-footed free kick through the top of the Cuba wall while the goalkeeper shuffled toward the right post and the ball nestled into the opposite corner. USA 1, CUB 0 [WATCH]

CUB – Brian Savigne (Antuan Obregon), 19h minute: Obregon intercepted a U.S. back pass near midfield and dashed away down the right flank. As he neared the U.S. box, Obregon centered the ball for Savigne whose touch took him past his marker and into the area where he snapped a low shot between a defender’s legs and past charging U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces into the far left side netting. USA 1, CUB 1 [WATCH]

USA – Miguel Coll (own goal), 37th minute: The U.S. broke down the right-center of the Cuba defensive third and found Akinola near the top of the Cuba box. His through ball for Sargent was too far in front of the U.S. forward, but hit Cuba defender Miguel Coll in stride. Coll inadvertently redirected his attempted clearance into the back of his own net. USA 2, CUB 1 [WATCH]

USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola) 39th minute: After repelling a Cuba foray, the U.S. broke into the Cuba half via three quick passes that sent Akinola and Carleton away in a 3v2 where Akinola slipped Carleton in behind the Cuba back line, who spotted Danny Echeverria off his line. Carleton measured a fine chip over the ‘keeper that fell neatly below the crossbar into the back of the net. USA 3, CUB 1 [WATCH]

CUB – Arturo Vasquez (own goal), 47th minute: From a Cuba corner kick, the ball was flicked on at the near post by Obregon into the center of the six-yard box. In an attempt to clear the cross and with a defender on his back, Vasquez mishit the ball off his shin and into the roof of the U.S. goal. USA 3, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Zyen Jones (Tim Weah), 49th minute: An intricate passing sequence advanced the USA up the right flank, eventually ending at the feet of Weah outside the penalty area where he whipped a low feed across the face of goal that Jones one-timed over the Cuba goalkeeper at the back left post. USA 4, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Bryan Reynolds, 83rd minute: A free kick opportunity near Cuba’s left corner flag led to the USA sending multiple shots on goal. The last from Tim Weah was parried by Echeverria into the path of Reynolds near the back left post, and the substitute forward made no mistake, rifling a low shot inside the near post. USA 5, CUB 2 [WATCH]

USA – Tim Weah (George Acosta), 88th minute: Another break up the right wing led to the USA’s final goal as Acosta played Weah into the box. Luckily, Weah’s first touch popped the ball up in the air behind him, allowing him to shield off his defender and get a touch to keep it away from the charging ‘keeper before curling a shot past a Cuba defender and across goal into the far left side netting. USA 6, CUB 2 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 10-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • The USA holds a commanding 7-2-0 record vs. Cuba in CONCACAF qualifying matches for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, having won the last four meetings.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: May 5, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Classification Stage 
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 79 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             3          3          6
CUB                            1          1          2

USA – Indiana Vassilev                                  15th minute
CUB – Brian Savigne                                      19
USA – Miguel Coll (own goal)                         37
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           39
CUB – AJ Vasquez (own goal)                       47
USA – Zyen Jones (Tim Weah)                     49
USA – Bryan Reynolds                                   84
USA – Tim Weah (George Acosta)                 88

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 13-Akil Watts, 5-A.J. Vasquez, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster; 18-Indiana Vassilev, 16-Taylor Booth, 10-George Acosta; 11-Andrew Carleton (15-Zyen Jones, 46), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Tim Weah, 46), 7-Ayo Akinola (17-Bryan Reynolds, 62)
Subs not used: 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri, 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 14-Chris Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

CUB: 1-Danny Echeverria; 17-Pedro Piñeiro, 3-Miguel Coll, 15-Karel Espino, 13-Bruno Rendón; 11-Ronaldo Rosette, 14-Carlos Ibarra (2-Cristhian Turca, 46), 8-Carlos Molina, 4-Roy López (6-Jhan Marco Rodríguez, 67); 10-Brian Savigne (capt.), 19-Manuel Cruz
Subs not used: 5-Dayron López, 7-Ribaldo Roldán, 9-Yandry Romero; 12-Antuan Obregón; 18-Josúe Vega; 20-Arturo Héctor Godoy
Not available: 16-Omar Pérez
Head coach: Rufino Sotolongo

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 23 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Karel Espino (caution)                         7th minute
CUB – Pedro Piñeiro (caution)                       57

Officials:
Referee: Daneion Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel AKE (BLZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton
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U-17 MNT May 5, 2017

Preview: U-17 MNT Eyes World Cup Berth, CONCACAF Final Place vs. Cuba

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 Friday, May 5 with its decisive classification stage match against Cuba. The group finale kicks off at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and on the CONCACAF YouTube channel. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s pivotal 3-0 win against Honduras, 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. Despite their loss to the USA, Honduras has already clinched their spot in the World Cup. A USA loss to Cuba by a maximum of eight goals would also send Los Catrachos to Sunday’s Final, while anything over eight would send Cuba to the championship match.

Group Standings and Advancement Scenarios

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

Schedule/Results:
May 1Honduras 7, Cuba 1
May 3 – USA 3, Honduras 0
May 5 – USA vs. Cuba – 7 p.m. ET

For the USA to Qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup

  • Win or draw vs. Cuba -OR-
  • Lose by four goals or less vs. Cuba

For the USA to Clinch a Berth in the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final

  • Win or draw vs. Cuba

For Cuba to Qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup

  • Win vs. USA by five goals

For Cuba to Clinch a Berth in the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final

  • Win vs. USA by nine or more goals

Per CONCACAF’s tournament regulations, tie-breaking procedures are determined as follows:                              

  • Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
  • Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  • Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  • Greater goal difference in all group matches
  • Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
  • Drawing of lots.

USA VS. CUBA HISTORY

The USA and Cuba Under-17 National Teams have faced each other eight times in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying competition. The U.S. holds a 6-2-0 advantage in the series, including winning the last three meetings in 2009, 2011 and 2015.

In 2015, the two sides faced each other during the tournament’s group stage. The game was the first of the competition for both teams and the USA had little trouble, defeating Los Leones del Caribe 5-0. The USA would go on to a playoff stage, where they advanced to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile after defeating Jamaica 5-4 on penalties.

USA CAPTAIN JOSH SARGENT CHASING GOLDEN BOOT

After his brace against Honduras, USA forward Josh Sargent currently sits two goals behind Honduras striker Carlos Mejía, who leads all players with seven goals.

The last USA player to win the tournament’s Golden Boot was Andrew Oliver who, in 2011, tied with two other players with four goals as the USA went on to win the regional title.

KEEPING AN EYE ON YELLOW CARDS

Per the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship rules and regulations, single yellow cards were eliminated at the end of the group stage. This allowed both the USA and Cuba to play with clean slates against Honduras. With both teams vying for a spot in Sunday’s final, the two rosters must now keep an eye on any additional yellow cards received during Friday’s match, which would result in a suspension from the championship match.

For the USA, midfielder Chris Goslin must tread carefully Friday after receiving a yellow card in the sixth minute against Honduras, while Cuba’s Karel Aldair Espino Contreras, Carlos Molina López and Ribaldo Roldán Moreno are also on caution watch. Cuba midfielder Omar Pérez Ramírez received a red card during Monday’s 7-1 loss vs. Honduras and will be ineligible to play against the USA.

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.)

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), finished runner-up five times: (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996) and qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup (formerly FIFA World Championship) 15 times (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015). The first and only time the USA has missed out on qualifying for the World Cup came in 2013.

Of the ten CONCACAF tournaments, that they have qualified for and participated in, Cuba has won once (1988) and qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup twice (1989, 1991).

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.

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.

EYES ON INDIA 2017

The U.S. has qualified for 15 FIFA U-17 World Cups and has their sights set on No. 16 in 2017. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India will be held from October 6-28 in Kochi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati, and Kolkata. The final draw for the tournament will be held July 7 in Mumbai.
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U-17 MNT May 5, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Cuba U-17 MNT

After sweeping the group stage and winning its opening classification stage match at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is set to square off against Cuba on Friday with the goal of earning a berth to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup this October in India. Before settling in to watch the game (6:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes and CONCACAF’s YouTube page), here are five things you should know about Cuba.

CUBA’S ROAD TO THE CLASSIFICATION STAGE
After finishing second in the Caribbean Zone’s qualification tournament for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Cuba was drawn into Group B with eventual group winner Costa Rica, Canada and Suriname. After drawing Suriname 1-1 in their opening game, Cuba defeated Canada 2-1. The win proved crucial, propelling Cuba to the classification stage as Group B runner up after dropping its final group game to Costa Rica 3-1.

THE ROSTER
The Cuba U-17 roster is made up of domestic-based players. FC La Habana of the Cuban first division, Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba, contributed a team-high seven players.

Cuba U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPRS (3): Danny Echevarría Díaz (Villa Clara/CUB), Antuan Obregon Medina (Mayabueque/CUB), Arturo Héctor Godoy (La Habana/CUB)

DEFENDERS (7): Miguel Ignacio Coll Tamayo (Holguín/CUB), Christopher Yoel Llorente Fernándezn (Cienfuegos/CUB), Pedro Paulo Piñeiro Sarduy (La Habana/CUB), Bruno Manuel Rendón Cardoso (Matanzas/CUB), Cristhian Turca Pijuan (La Habana/CUB), Karel Aldair Espino Contreras (Artemisa/CUB), Roy Luis López (Camaguey/CUB)

MIDFILDERS (6): Carlos Alberto Molina López (Matanzas/CUB), Carlos Elián Ibarra Molina (Santiago de Cuba/CUB), Josue Vega Alvares (La Habana/CUB), Omar Pérez Ramírez (Villa Clara/CUB), Ronaldo Rosette García (La Habana/CUB), Jhan Marcos Rodriguez Licea (Camaguey/CUB)

FORWARDS (4): Manuel Ignacio Cruz Ledesma (Camaguey/CUB), Brian Savigne Polanco (Santiago de Cuba/CUB), Ribaldo Roldan Moreno (La Habana/CUB), Yandry Romero Clark (La Habana/CUB)

WHAT’S IN A (NICK)NAME?
Cuba is commonly known as “Los Leones del Caribe”, which means, “The Caribbean Lions.”

THE COACH
A former player for Cuban first division team FC Pinar del Río from 1976 to 1989, Rufino Sotolongo is in his second year as head coach of the Cuba U-17 men’s national team. As a player, Sotolongo twice won the league championship in 1987 and 1989. As coach of FC Pinar from 1995-1996, Sotolongo once again claimed the hardware from a league title.

Before he coached the Cuba U-17 Men’s National Team, Sotolongo led the Cuba and Dominican Republic women’s national teams from 2004-2010 and 2011-2015, respectively.

CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Since the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983, Los Leones del Caribe have participated in 10 CONCACAF U-17 tournaments. The current edition marks Cuba’s fifth appearance in a row, dating back to 2009.

Of the 10 CONCACAF tournaments that they have qualified for and participated in, Cuba has won once (1988) and qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup (formerly FIFA World Championship) twice (1989, 1991).

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