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U-17 MNT Falls to Mexico 5-4 in Penalty Kicks After 1-1 Draw in CONCACAF Championship Final

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 7, 2017) – Having already qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played to a 1-1 draw with Mexico before falling 5-4 on penalty kicks in the final of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The USA finishes the tournament with a 5-0-1 record and now turns its focus to preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, set for Oct. 6-28 in India.

The U.S. carried the play early on and came close to taking the lead in the 10th minute when Ayo Akinola’s opportunity was denied thanks to a last-gasp clearance from Mexico captain Luis Olivas. Mexico put their stamp on the remainder of the first half and forced two diving saves out of U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces, ensuring that the teams went into the halftime break scoreless.

El Tri carried their momentum early in the second half, as Daniel Lopez had a what would have been the go-ahead goal called back for a handball in the 53rd minute before Jairo Torres clanged his effort off the post five minutes later.

The U.S. broke through just after the hour mark when Tim Weah won a poor clearance at the back, leading to Andrew Carleton’s blistering effort in the 62nd minute. The U.S. had chances to increase the lead, as Josh Sargent’s opportunistic run led to a point-blank save from Mexico goal keeper Cesar Lopez in the 82nd minute before Chris Goslin hit the woodwork in the 90th.

Mexico finally broke through in second-half stoppage time as Robles headed home a cross from Daniel Lopez, sending the final to penalty kicks.

The teams converted each of the first three attempts in the shootout, but the pivotal penalty kick would come in the fourth round when Akil Watts lifted his take just over the bar. After Alexis Gutierrez gave Mexico a 4-3 advantage, James Sands gave the U.S. hope in the fifth round, only to see Roberto de la Rosa send the title-winning penalty inside the right post. 

Following the match, Garces was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Additionally, five U.S. players were included by the Tournament Study Group in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Best XI: 

Goalkeeper: Justin Garces
Right Defender: Jaylin Lindsey
Central Defender: James Sands
Central Midfielder: Chris Durkin
Forward: Josh Sargent

Up Next: The U-17 MNT will now prepare for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, set for Oct. 6-28 in India. John Hackworth’s side will learn its group opponents when the draw takes place July 7 in Mumbai.

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U-17 MNT Results at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Date

Result

Round

Goal Scorers

April 23

5-0 W vs. Jamaica

Group Stage

Durkin, Weah, Sargent, Akinola (2)

April 26

4-3 W vs. Mexico

Group Stage

Sargent (2), Ferri, Akinola

April 29

1-0 W vs. El Salvador

Group Stage

Z. Jones

May 3

3-0 W vs. Honduras

Classification Stage

Sargent (2), Akinola

May 5

6-2 W vs. Cuba

Classification Stage

Vassilev, Carleton, Z. Jones, Reynolds, Weah, o.g.

May 7

1-1 D (4-5 PKs) vs. Mexico

Final

Carleton

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Andrew Carleton (Tim Weah), 62nd minute:
The U.S. took advantage of a Mexico mistake to break the deadlock. After the Mexico back line pushed the ball around the defensive end, goalkeeper Cesar Lopez’s mishit his clearance, popping the ball up just outside the penalty area. Substitute Tim Weah alertly won the aerial challenge with Luis Olivas, heading it down for Andrew Carleton who took the ball on the hop and fired a blistering effort that evaded Lopez before sneaking inside the left post. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH]

MEX – Carlos Robles (Daniel Lopez), 90+2 minute: Relentless in their quest for an equalizer, Mexico would get it in dramatic fashion as Lopez’s dangerous cross from the left picked out Robles who nodded his header inside the back post to send the match to penalty kicks.
USA 1, MEX 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

MEX – Luis Olivas, 10th minute: The U.S. had the first quality chance of the game when Andrew Carleton hit a picture-perfect ball to split the Mexico back line and give Ayo Akinola a clean look at goal, but Olivas’ desperation touch at the top of the box was enough to throw off the U.S. attacker’s first touch before the ball trailed through the box.

USA – Jaylin Lindsey, 10th minute: Mexico immediately came back the other way and after a progressive build-up through midfield, Jairo Torres penetrated up the right and whipped in a cross looking for Andres Perez. Lindsey was there to meet the cross, but his header fell straight for Alexis Gutierrez, whose follow-up shot was blocked by the Sporting KC product, leading to a corner kick.

USA – Justin Garces, 26th minute: Mexico forward Daniel Lopez won the ball at midfield and quickly turned to begin a combination play with Roberto de la Rosa. After a set of passes between the two, Lopez lofted a ball into the box for his fellow striker before de la Rosa hit a right-footed effort that saw Garces produce a diving reaction stop as he pawed the ball away with his left hand.

USA – James Sands, 31st minute: A ball played over the top skipped past U.S. defender Arturo Vasquez, allowing de la Rosa to run onto it in stride. Entering the box with a clear lane to goal, the Mexico forward was undone just before his shot as Sands’ well-timed challenge at the top of the area cleared the danger.

USA – Justin Garces and Arturo Vasquez, 35th minute: Olivas’ chipped ball over the top was taken down off the chest by Torres before he powered towards goal and unleashed a low effort that forced Garces down to his left. De la Rosa collected the rebound and crossed looking for Lopez, but Vasquez nodded the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Justin Garces, 73rd minute: Following Carleton’s strike, Mexico continued pushing for the equalizer. De la Rosa flicked on a header into the path of Alfonso Alvarado, who made his way into the box, his centering pass filtered through the legs of Chris Durkin before de la Rosa let off a one-time blast that Garces bravely turned away to keep the advantage.

MEX – Cesar Lopez, 82nd minute: With Mexico pushing more numbers forward, the USA nearly put the game on ice when Josh Sargent latched onto a lazy ball at the back. The U.S. captain fended off challenges from Olivas and Carlos Robles before seeing his tight-angle shot from the right well saved by Lopez.

NOTES:

  • The USA is now 1-4-3 all-time vs. Mexico in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.
  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 9-1-2 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • Justin Garces was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
  • U.S. captain Josh Sargent finished as the tournament’s third leading goal scorer with five goals.
  • Ayo Akinola finished tied for fourth on the scoring chart with four goals.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Final
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 233
Weather: 84 degrees; mostly cloudy

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (Tim Weah)  62nd minute
MEX – Carlos Robles (Daniel Lopez) 90+2

Penalty Summary:
USA: Josh Sargent (goal), Tim Weah (goal), Chris Goslin (goal), Akil Watts (missed), James Sands (goal)
MEX: Daniel Lopez (goal), Carlos Robles (goal), Jairo Torres (goal), Alexis Gutierrez (goal), Roberto De La Rosa (goal)
U.S. loses 4-5 in PKs

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (17-Bryan Reynolds, 80), 6-Chris Durkin, 14-Chris Goslin, 7-Ayo Akinola (19-Tim Weah, 56), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (13-Akil Watts, 86)
Subs not used: 10-George Acosta, 12-Carlos Dos Santos, 15-Zyen Jones, 16-Taylor Booth, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

MEX: 12-Cesar Lopez; 2-Adrian Vazquez, 3-Carlos Robles, 4-Luis Olivas (capt.), 5-Raul Sandoval (15-Andres Catalan, 7); 7-Jairo Torres, 16-Marco Ruiz (19-Cesar Huerta, 23), 8-Alexis Gutierrez, 11-Andres Perez (20-Alfonso Alvarado, 53); 10-Roberto De La Rosa, 9-Daniel Lopez
Subs not used: 1-Andre Alcaraz, 6-Luis Gamiz, 13-Haret Ortega, 14-Alan Maeda, 17-Carlos Guerrero, 18-Victor Reyes,
Head coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tim Weah (caution)     83rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Final
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 233
Weather: 84 degrees; mostly cloudy

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (Tim Weah)  62nd minute
MEX – Carlos Robles (Daniel Lopez) 90+2

Penalty Summary:
USA: Josh Sargent (goal), Tim Weah (goal), Chris Goslin (goal), Akil Watts (missed), James Sands (goal)
MEX: Daniel Lopez (goal), Carlos Robles (goal), Jairo Torres (goal), Alexis Gutierrez (goal), Roberto De La Rosa (goal)
U.S. loses 4-5 on PKs

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (17-Bryan Reynolds, 80), 6-Chris Durkin, 14-Chris Goslin, 7-Ayo Akinola (19-Tim Weah, 56), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (13-Akil Watts, 86)
Subs not used: 10-George Acosta, 12-Carlos Dos Santos, 15-Zyen Jones, 16-Taylor Booth, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

MEX: 12-Cesar Lopez; 2-Adrian Vazquez, 3-Carlos Robles, 4-Luis Olivas (capt.), 5-Raul Sandoval (15-Andres Catalan, 7); 7-Jairo Torres, 16-Marco Ruiz (19-Cesar Huerta, 23), 8-Alexis Gutierrez, 11-Andres Perez (20-Alfonso Alvarado, 53); 10-Roberto De La Rosa, 9-Daniel Lopez
Subs not used: 1-Andre Alcaraz, 6-Luis Gamiz, 13-Haret Ortega, 14-Alan Maeda, 17-Carlos Guerrero, 18-Victor Reyes,
Head coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tim Weah (caution)     83rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton

U-17 MNT Falls to Mexico 5-4 in Penalty Kicks After 1-1 Draw in CONCACAF Championship Final

PANAMA CITY, Panama (May 7, 2017) – Having already qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played to a 1-1 draw with Mexico before falling 5-4 on penalty kicks in the final of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The USA finishes the tournament with a 5-0-1 record and now turns its focus to preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, set for Oct. 6-28 in India.

The U.S. carried the play early on and came close to taking the lead in the 10th minute when Ayo Akinola’s opportunity was denied thanks to a last-gasp clearance from Mexico captain Luis Olivas. Mexico put their stamp on the remainder of the first half and forced two diving saves out of U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces, ensuring that the teams went into the halftime break scoreless.

El Tri carried their momentum early in the second half, as Daniel Lopez had a what would have been the go-ahead goal called back for a handball in the 53rd minute before Jairo Torres clanged his effort off the post five minutes later.

The U.S. broke through just after the hour mark when Tim Weah won a poor clearance at the back, leading to Andrew Carleton’s blistering effort in the 62nd minute. The U.S. had chances to increase the lead, as Josh Sargent’s opportunistic run led to a point-blank save from Mexico goal keeper Cesar Lopez in the 82nd minute before Chris Goslin hit the woodwork in the 90th.

Mexico finally broke through in second-half stoppage time as Robles headed home a cross from Daniel Lopez, sending the final to penalty kicks.

The teams converted each of the first three attempts in the shootout, but the pivotal penalty kick would come in the fourth round when Akil Watts lifted his take just over the bar. After Alexis Gutierrez gave Mexico a 4-3 advantage, James Sands gave the U.S. hope in the fifth round, only to see Roberto de la Rosa send the title-winning penalty inside the right post. 

Following the match, Garces was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Additionally, five U.S. players were included by the Tournament Study Group in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Best XI: 

Goalkeeper: Justin Garces
Right Defender: Jaylin Lindsey
Central Defender: James Sands
Central Midfielder: Chris Durkin
Forward: Josh Sargent

Up Next: The U-17 MNT will now prepare for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, set for Oct. 6-28 in India. John Hackworth’s side will learn its group opponents when the draw takes place July 7 in Mumbai.

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U-17 MNT Results at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Date

Result

Round

Goal Scorers

April 23

5-0 W vs. Jamaica

Group Stage

Durkin, Weah, Sargent, Akinola (2)

April 26

4-3 W vs. Mexico

Group Stage

Sargent (2), Ferri, Akinola

April 29

1-0 W vs. El Salvador

Group Stage

Z. Jones

May 3

3-0 W vs. Honduras

Classification Stage

Sargent (2), Akinola

May 5

6-2 W vs. Cuba

Classification Stage

Vassilev, Carleton, Z. Jones, Reynolds, Weah, o.g.

May 7

1-1 D (4-5 PKs) vs. Mexico

Final

Carleton

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Andrew Carleton (Tim Weah), 62nd minute:
The U.S. took advantage of a Mexico mistake to break the deadlock. After the Mexico back line pushed the ball around the defensive end, goalkeeper Cesar Lopez’s mishit his clearance, popping the ball up just outside the penalty area. Substitute Tim Weah alertly won the aerial challenge with Luis Olivas, heading it down for Andrew Carleton who took the ball on the hop and fired a blistering effort that evaded Lopez before sneaking inside the left post. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH]

MEX – Carlos Robles (Daniel Lopez), 90+2 minute: Relentless in their quest for an equalizer, Mexico would get it in dramatic fashion as Lopez’s dangerous cross from the left picked out Robles who nodded his header inside the back post to send the match to penalty kicks.
USA 1, MEX 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

MEX – Luis Olivas, 10th minute: The U.S. had the first quality chance of the game when Andrew Carleton hit a picture-perfect ball to split the Mexico back line and give Ayo Akinola a clean look at goal, but Olivas’ desperation touch at the top of the box was enough to throw off the U.S. attacker’s first touch before the ball trailed through the box.

USA – Jaylin Lindsey, 10th minute: Mexico immediately came back the other way and after a progressive build-up through midfield, Jairo Torres penetrated up the right and whipped in a cross looking for Andres Perez. Lindsey was there to meet the cross, but his header fell straight for Alexis Gutierrez, whose follow-up shot was blocked by the Sporting KC product, leading to a corner kick.

USA – Justin Garces, 26th minute: Mexico forward Daniel Lopez won the ball at midfield and quickly turned to begin a combination play with Roberto de la Rosa. After a set of passes between the two, Lopez lofted a ball into the box for his fellow striker before de la Rosa hit a right-footed effort that saw Garces produce a diving reaction stop as he pawed the ball away with his left hand.

USA – James Sands, 31st minute: A ball played over the top skipped past U.S. defender Arturo Vasquez, allowing de la Rosa to run onto it in stride. Entering the box with a clear lane to goal, the Mexico forward was undone just before his shot as Sands’ well-timed challenge at the top of the area cleared the danger.

USA – Justin Garces and Arturo Vasquez, 35th minute: Olivas’ chipped ball over the top was taken down off the chest by Torres before he powered towards goal and unleashed a low effort that forced Garces down to his left. De la Rosa collected the rebound and crossed looking for Lopez, but Vasquez nodded the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Justin Garces, 73rd minute: Following Carleton’s strike, Mexico continued pushing for the equalizer. De la Rosa flicked on a header into the path of Alfonso Alvarado, who made his way into the box, his centering pass filtered through the legs of Chris Durkin before de la Rosa let off a one-time blast that Garces bravely turned away to keep the advantage.

MEX – Cesar Lopez, 82nd minute: With Mexico pushing more numbers forward, the USA nearly put the game on ice when Josh Sargent latched onto a lazy ball at the back. The U.S. captain fended off challenges from Olivas and Carlos Robles before seeing his tight-angle shot from the right well saved by Lopez.

NOTES:

  • The USA is now 1-4-3 all-time vs. Mexico in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.
  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 9-1-2 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • Justin Garces was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
  • U.S. captain Josh Sargent finished as the tournament’s third leading goal scorer with five goals.
  • Ayo Akinola finished tied for fourth on the scoring chart with four goals.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Final
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 233
Weather: 84 degrees; mostly cloudy

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (Tim Weah)  62nd minute
MEX – Carlos Robles (Daniel Lopez) 90+2

Penalty Summary:
USA: Josh Sargent (goal), Tim Weah (goal), Chris Goslin (goal), Akil Watts (missed), James Sands (goal)
MEX: Daniel Lopez (goal), Carlos Robles (goal), Jairo Torres (goal), Alexis Gutierrez (goal), Roberto De La Rosa (goal)
U.S. loses 4-5 in PKs

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Chris Gloster; 8-Blaine Ferri (17-Bryan Reynolds, 80), 6-Chris Durkin, 14-Chris Goslin, 7-Ayo Akinola (19-Tim Weah, 56), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (13-Akil Watts, 86)
Subs not used: 10-George Acosta, 12-Carlos Dos Santos, 15-Zyen Jones, 16-Taylor Booth, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

MEX: 12-Cesar Lopez; 2-Adrian Vazquez, 3-Carlos Robles, 4-Luis Olivas (capt.), 5-Raul Sandoval (15-Andres Catalan, 7); 7-Jairo Torres, 16-Marco Ruiz (19-Cesar Huerta, 23), 8-Alexis Gutierrez, 11-Andres Perez (20-Alfonso Alvarado, 53); 10-Roberto De La Rosa, 9-Daniel Lopez
Subs not used: 1-Andre Alcaraz, 6-Luis Gamiz, 13-Haret Ortega, 14-Alan Maeda, 17-Carlos Guerrero, 18-Victor Reyes,
Head coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tim Weah (caution)     83rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton

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PREVIEW: USA Faces Mexico Rematch in 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final

After qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India with its decisive 6-2 win against Cuba on Friday, the USA now looks for its fourth CONCACAF U-17 Championship title, and first since 2011, when it take on Mexico in Sunday’s Final. The match kicks off at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF YouTube channel. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Sunday’s match marks the ninth CONCACAF Final appearance by the U.S. and eighth for Mexico. In their first eight outright championship appearances, the USA has won the title three times (1983, 1992, 2011) and finished as runner-up five times (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996). In Mexico’s seven previous Final appearances, El Trí has won six times (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015) and placed second once (1992).

In reaching the Final, Mexico posted two wins in Classification Stage Group E, defeating Panama 1-0 and Costa Rica 6-1. Despite their 4-3 loss to the U.S. during the Group Stage, Mexico advanced in second from Group C, earning six points by defeating El Salvador (6-0) and Jamaica (5-1). The USA secured its berth in the final with wins against Honduras (3-0) and Cuba (6-2) in Classification Stage Group D.

The final draw for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India will be held July 7. The tournament will be played from Oct. 6-28 in Kochi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati, and Kolkata.  The U.S. has now qualified for 16 FIFA U-17 World Cups, while Mexico is headed to their 13th.

TWO MATCHUPS IN 11 DAYS, THREE IN 252 DAYS

In their April 26 group stage clash, the USA defeated Mexico 4-3 in historic fashion. Led by captain Josh Sargent’s pair of goals, the result marked the USA’s first World Cup Qualifying victory against Mexico at the U-17 level and also ended El Tri’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.

The two sides met for the first time during the current cycle in last August’s Torneo de Naciones in Mexico City. After the USA and Mexico each faced Portugal and Qatar, the final group game served as the de facto championship match.

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead through Ayo Akinola in the second minute, but Mexico responded with two goals before halftime. USA defender Arturo Vasquez leveled things at 2-2 three minutes after the break. Mexico would go on to score three unanswered goals to go up 5-2 in the 79th minute. U.S. midfielder George Acosta’s 89th minute penalty kick seemed a small consolation, but then Mexico’s Alexis Gutierrez converted a minute later to close the scoring at 6-3.

“Full credit to Mexico and they are a very good team, but I think we’ve improved since then and this game at this point is very important to both teams because it sets us up for going through to the next stage,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said about the match.

USA VS. MEXICO U-17 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

Prior to their group stage encounter on April 26, the U.S and Mexico had not faced each other in a U-17 World Cup qualifying game since 1996. In that final group stage matchup, the USA lost 3-1 and finished second on points to Mexico.

As reigning champions from 2015, Mexico has held the edge over the USA in U-17 FIFA World Cup qualifying (4-1-1). This year’s tournament marked the first time that the sides faced each other in the initial group phase.

NEW STADIUM, NEW SURFACE

The first 24 matches of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship were played at Estadio Maracaná, but Sunday’s Final moves to Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama’s national stadium and the venue for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on March 28.

While the venue is much bigger, the primary difference is the change in surface from the turf of Estadio Maracaná to the natural grass surface at Estadio Rommel Fernández.

LAST CHANCE FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT

After a 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 whose four goals in the 2011 edition tied him with two other players for the honor.

Mexico’s Daniel López is also in the hunt for the award given to the tournament’s top goal scorer. The El Trí striker sits just one goal behind Mejía after notching two goals in Mexico’s 6-1 victory against Costa Rica.

EXPERIENCED COACHES

In his second stint leading the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, John Hackworth is looking to guide the U-17 MNT to the World Cup for a third time as head coach. Hackworth began with the U-17 MNT by serving as an assistant to former head coach John Ellinger, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup. After Ellinger’s departure, Hackworth took the reins and guided the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 World Cups as head coach before departing for other opportunities. After managing M.L.S. side Philadelphia Union, Hackworth returned to the U-17 MNT in December of 2015.

His opposite number is Mario Arteaga. A former Mexico youth international, Arteaga played with famed Liga MX club CD Guadalajara before finishing his professional career with Club León. Internationally, he represented El Trí at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, appearing in a pair of 1-1 draws with Australia and Ghana. As a manager, Arteaga took over Mexico’s U-17 program in July of 2014. Since then, he has guided the side to the title at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, followed by an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

REACHING THE BIG STAGE

This year 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 five times: (1983, 1992, 2001, 2003 and 2011) and finished as runner-up five times: (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996).

Since the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983, El Trí has participated in 15 of 17 tournaments, claiming six titles (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015) and one runner-up finish (1992). In total, Mexico has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 12 times.

Once qualified, Mexico has had an impressive run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. El Trí has advanced from the group stage seven times, made the Semifinals on four occasions and won the tournament twice – the 2005 edition in Peru and 2011 at home in Mexico.

Recently Mexico finished as runners up at the 2013 competition in United Arab Emirates and fourth in the last World Cup in Chile.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The 2017 tournament began in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group advanced to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers from each group (Mexico and Costa Rica, USA and Honduras) qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, while the first-place teams in each group moved on to play for the tournament title.

EYES ON A FAVORABLE DRAW

Having already clinched their 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup spots, the USA and Mexico will now fight for a higher seed in the World Cup draw. Identical to the U-20 World Cup draw and the FIFA procedures, entering the draw as regional champions will provide the winning nation with more points, and a better chance of ending up in the draw’s seeded pot.

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.)

MEXICO U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION:

Goalkeepers (2): Andre Alcaraz (CD Guadalajara), Cesar Lopez (CD Guadalajara)

Defenders (7): Andres Catalan (Monarcas Morelia), Alan Maeda (Santos Laguna), Luis Olivas (CD Guadalajara) Haret Ortega (Club América), Carlos Robles (Atlas), Raul Sandoval (Club Tijuana), Adrian Vazquez (Pachuca)

Midfielders (6): Luis Gamiz (Club Tijuana), Carlos Guerrero (Club León) Alexis Gutierrez (CD Guadalajara), Andres Perez (Querétaro), Victor Reyes (Monarcas Morelia), Marco Ruiz (Atlas)

Forwards (5): Alfonso Alvarado (Monterrey), Roberto De La Rosa (Pachuca), Cesar Huerta (CD Guadalajara), Daniel Lopez (Club Tijuana), Jairo Torres (Atlas)

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U-17 MNT May 7, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Mexico U-17 MNT

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on Mexico in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final on Sunday, May 7 at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, Panama, having already qualified for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India. The match will determine the 12th outright CONCACAF tournament winner since 1983, when the USA took home the inaugural hardware against Trinidad & Tobago.

Sunday’s game can be seen live at 4 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF YouTube channel.

Here are five things you should know going into Sunday’s game:

CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Sunday’s championship is a rematch of the group stage contest which saw the USA win a wild 4-3 encounter back on April 26. While they lost to the U.S., Mexico dominated its other two group games against El Salvador (6-0) and Jamaica (5-1).

In their first classification stage game, Mexico faced a tough Panama side that gave everything that had, knowing that a loss or tie would result in a missed World Cup berth. In the end, a breakaway goal by Jairo Torres in the 32nd minute of play was all Mexico needed to end the host nation’s quest and secure their own World Cup berth.

Two days later, Mexico and Costa Rica squared off to determine first place in classification stage Group E. Despite an even start to the match, Mexico scored five unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 victory.

CONCACAF AND FIFA WORLD CUP HISTORY

Since the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983, El Tri has participated in 15 of 17 tournaments, claiming six titles (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015) and one runner-up finish (1992). In total, Mexico has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 12 times.

Once qualified, Mexico has had an impressive run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. El Trí has advanced from the group stage seven times, made the semifinals on four occasions and won the tournament twice – the 2005 edition in Peru and 2011 at home in Mexico.

Most recently Mexico finished as runners up at the 2013 competition in United Arab Emirates and fourth in the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile.

THE MANAGER

A former Mexico youth international, Mario Arteaga was born in Guadalajara and played with famed local club CD Guadalajara before finishing his professional career with Club León. Internationally, he represented El Trí at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, appearing in matching 1-1 draws with Australia and Ghana.

As a manager, Arteaga took over Mexico’s U-17 program in July of 2014. Since then he guided the side to a first-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, followed by an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

DANIEL LÓPEZ CHASING THE GOLDEN BOOT

After notching two goals in Mexico’s 6-1 victory against Costa Rica, El Trí striker Daniel López currently stands in second place of the tournament’s Golden Boot standings, with six goals, one behind Honduras forward Carlos Mejía. U.S. captain Josh Sargent sits third on the scoring list with five goals. 

THE ROSTER

All 20 players on the Mexico roster play domestically and represent eight Liga MX clubs: CD Guadalajara (5), Club Tijuana (3), Atlas (3), CF Pachuca (2), Monarcas Morelia (2), Querétaro FC (1), Santos Laguna (1), Club América (1), CF Monterrey (1) and Club León (1).

Goalkeepers (2): Andre Alcaraz (CD Guadalajara), Cesar Lopez (CD Guadalajara)

Defenders (7): Andres Catalan (Monarcas Morelia), Alan Maeda (Santos Laguna), Luis Olivas (CD Guadalajara) Haret Ortega (Club América), Carlos Robles (Atlas), Raul Sandoval (Club Tijuana), Adrian Vazquez (Pachuca)

Midfielders (6): Luis Gamiz (Club Tijuana), Carlos Guerrero (Club León) Alexis Gutierrez (CD Guadalajara), Andres Perez (Querétaro), Victor Reyes (Monarcas Morelia), Marco Ruiz (Atlas)

Forwards (5): Alfonso Alvarado (Monterrey), Roberto De La Rosa (Pachuca), Cesar Huerta (CD Guadalajara), Daniel Lopez (Club Tijuana), Jairo Torres (Atlas)

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U-17 MNT May 7, 2017

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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