The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team officially advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship when Haiti fell to Guatemala 3-1 in Group C play on Tuesday.
Haiti (0-2-0) was eliminated as Guatemala (1-0-0) got two goals from Christopher Ortiz and he assisted a Mario Hernandez tally in the 78th minute. That means Guatemala and the USA will move on to the all-important quarterfinals as the top two teams from each group advance to that stage.
The USA (1-0-0) faces Guatemala on Thursday at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama (6:30 p.m. ET kickoff; 7 p.m. delayed broadcast on FOX Soccer).
The U.S. can win Group C with either a win or a draw against Guatemala as the U.S. holds the goal differential advantage over Guatemala. The USA is at plus-3 following a group-opening 3-0 victory against Haiti, while Guatemala’s goal differential is plus-2.
The winner of Group C faces the Group D runner-up and the Group C runner-up faces the Group D winner in the quarterfinals on April 14. Group D includes Mexico, Honduras and Cuba.
The semifinalists of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this year.