Photos from the U-17 MNT's 2-2 draw with Honduras at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The USA leads Group A by two points over Honduras with one game left to play. The U.S. faces Jamaica on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET and the match will air on FOX Sports 2. A win for the USA would qualify the team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile this October and also earn the U.S. a spot in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship match, which will be held on March 15 at 10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.Read more
2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 2, HON 2
March 8, 2015
U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the tie with Honduras:
"Obviously it was a very tough match, I think, for both teams. Both teams are very good teams, competed at a very high level. It was an entertaining match. At the end of the day we both came away with a draw, one point each. We’re happy with a draw. It still keeps us in first place in the group, and we move forward. Like we said from the beginning, it’s one game at a time. We’ll play a very good Jamaica team on Wednesday, hopefully get a positive result and move on.”
On if he expected a draw against Honduras:
"A draw against Honduras is a good result. It’s not easy to come into Honduras and play an international match and get a positive result. All you have to watch is from the senior team down – it’s not an easy place to play and Honduras is a good team. Obviously we were trying to win the game, but also know that one point – a draw – is also a good result.”
On difficulties that Honduras presented compared to previous opponents:
“Well, you’re in a stadium with I don’t know how many thousands of Honduran fans screaming and yelling. We knew in the second half Honduras was going to put a lot of pressure on us. They played a lot of long balls and they made the game difficult for us just by playing long balls. Again, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. You can’t control the game all the time, especially playing an international match on the road. And again I thought our guys did really well. We went down 1-0, to come back 2-1. We knew at the end of the game Honduras was going to put us under pressure. They got a goal and it ended up in a tie.”
On what he took away from his team, and what he took away from Honduras:
“I’m very proud of our team. I thought they did a great job - being down a goal, and coming back 2-1. They battled, played very hard, and left everything out on the field. And again, the score line read 2-2, so I think that means it was an even game. That’s the way we look at it. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and it came out 2-2 so both teams take a point.”
On if playing in front of the largest crowd of the tournament affected his team:
“No. We’ve played in front of crowds, we’ve played all over the world in international tournaments and we have had experiences like that. It was a lot of emotion for Honduras. I think the crowd obviously pushed Honduras, gave them a lot of energy. So that obviously makes it more difficult on us to deal with Honduras. It was a great crowd. They were loud, they were into the game and they had a lot of energy. I thought it was an even game.”
On how he visualizes the last matchday for the group:
“We’re going to play Jamaica and we’re going to try to win the game. That’s what we envision the United States is going to do. We’re going to play a very good Jamaica team. It should be a competitive match and our goal is to go out and get a positive result.”
On if Jamaica can cause the U.S. problems in the final group match:
“It’s soccer, so anybody can beat anybody on a given day. All the teams are competitive. We’re playing a very good Jamaica team, and yes Jamaica can still win the group. And Honduras can win the group. But we’re still in first place in the group so we can win the group also. That’s our focus, to win the group.”
U.S. U-17 MNT defender ALEXIS VELELA
On his takeaway from the match:
"I think we did a great job coming back from 1-0 to [be] winning 2-1, and then trying to keep that result. It was obviously disappointing that we couldn’t get the win, but now we have a chance against Jamaica to get to the World Cup.”
On the effort tonight:
“Throughout every game, we’ve put in all we’ve got. Every starting 11 we’ve put out there has given it their best. Today, I felt we did the same thing but, we just didn’t get the result we wanted.”
On the crowd:
“It was crazy, so many people out there. But we’ve been so used to playing teams like that, in their home with their crowd. I feel like we did a pretty good job.”
U.S. U-17 MNT defender JOHN NELSON
On going down early and being able to come back to take the lead:
“We know we have to stay positive, even if they go up 1-0. We did good to get the 2-1 lead, but they got a goal at the end to tie us. But it was a good result, I thought.”
On playing in front of a large crowd:
"I haven’t played in front of a crowd like that. It was probably the loudest crowd I’ve heard in my life, the toughest crowd. We didn’t let it get to us, we just stayed focused. I don’t think it affected us.”
On being at the top of the group heading to the final group game against Jamaica:
“We just have to beat Jamaica and we’re through to the World Cup. We have to come out strong. We can’t take them lightly. If we win we have our ticket to the World Cup.”
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 8, 2015) – In a wild match that included leads for both sides, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played Honduras to a 2-2 draw in Group A at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán.
After falling behind early, the USA’s Luca de la Torre and Josh Perez tallied goals to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. But in the closing minutes, Honduras’ David Sanchez salvaged an equalizer and forced the USA to look to Wednesday to clinch a berth for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Shortly after the equalizer, Honduras’ Jorge Alvarez was shown a straight red card for fouling U.S. forward Brandon Vazquez. However, the USA was unable to capitalize on the subsequent free kick and the match ended in a stalemate.
With the draw, the U.S. (3-0-1, 10 points) maintains its two-point advantage over Honduras (2-0-2, 8 points) in the Group A standings. The USA wraps up the group stage against Jamaica at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, at Estadio Francisco Morazán. The game is live on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO and Univision Deportes.
A victory against Jamaica would give the USA first place in the group and an automatic berth to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. A draw also could potentially be enough for the U.S. to advance even if Honduras wins its final match against Guatemala, pending the USA maintaining its goal differential advantage.
Earlier Sunday in Group A action, Jamaica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 5-1. Jamaica moved to 2-1-1 (7 points) while Trinidad & Tobago fell to 0-4-0 (0 points). Guatemala (1-2-1, 4 points) and Cuba (0-1-3, 3 points) played to a scoreless draw prior to the USA-Honduras game.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
HON – Victor Matamoros, 16th minute: With heavy back-and-forth play in the early going but no real chances during the first 15 minutes, Honduras was first to strike on a set piece chance. Jose Raul Galeano delivered a right-footed corner kick from the left side that the USA defense tried to head out of danger, but Honduras right back Matamoros collected on the right side of the box. After a quick chest trap, he volleyed a shot past U.S. captain Hugo Arellano and goalkeeper Will Pulisic into the left side of the net. USA 0, HON 1
USA – Luca de la Torre (Josh Perez), 23rd minute: The U.S. responded well after the Honduras goal when Joe Gallardo played a through ball to Perez on the left side of the box. Perez worked the ball toward the end line and crossed into the six-yard box to de la Torre, whose cheeky, left-footed back heel tap-in went into the net. It was de la Torre’s first goal of the year and second of his U-17 MNT career. Perez has three assists this year. USA 1, HON 1
USA – Josh Perez, 32nd minute: The U.S. once again worked the ball through the left side off of a John Nelson throw-in to Luca de la Torre, who set up Haji Wright near the end line. Wright’s pass was deflected by two Honduras defenders – first Denil Maldonado and then Gabriel Ortiz – before making its way to Perez on the right side of the box. Perez made the most of Honduras’ inability to intercept, slotting his shot into the upper right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the tournament and team-leading sixth goal in 2015. USA 2, HON 1
HON – David Sanchez (Jorge Alvarez), 88th minute: In the waning minutes, Honduras’s Alvarez crossed the ball in from the left side and Sanchez went up for the header in the six-yard box. The ball actually struck Sanchez’s right shoulder, and it caromed into the left of the frame past U.S. goalkeeper Will Pulisic. USA 2, HON 2 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Erick Arias, 46th minute: Just seconds into the second half, U.S. striker Joe Gallardo attacked from the right side of the box and Arias made a key block on the shot to surrender a USA corner kick.
HON – Michael Perello, 46th minute: Off of a corner kick from the right side, Josh Perez connected with USA defender Hugo Arellano, who headed it toward the net. The ball hit the ground near Alejandro Zendejas but was not redirected by the midfielder. Perello stayed focused on the trajectory of the bouncing header and batted the ball away from the area.
USA – Will Pulisic, 77th minute: Darixon Vuelto sped with the ball from the midfield and had some open space for a shot as he eyed the left of the frame. Pulisic confidently dove to his right for the save. Honduras could not muster an additional scoring chance with the ensuing corner kick.
Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT prepares for its fifth and final Group A match against Jamaica at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
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- The U-17 MNT is now 6-1-1 in international play this year.
- The USA moved to 7-1-1 all-time against Honduras in this tournament’s history.
- Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured a 4-3-3 formation, anchored by goalkeeper Will Pulisic and a defensive line of Matthew Olosunde at right back, John Nelson at left back and the center back pairing of Hugo Arellano and Alexis Velela.
- The midfield trio included Luca de la Torre in an attacking role, Eric Calvillo and Alejandro Zendejas.
- Up front, Joe Gallardo played centrally and Haji Wright and Josh Perez played on the wings. All three players earned their third starts in four games at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
- Arellano, who started the opening two games against Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago, wore the captain’s armband for the third time in the tournament.
- Will Pulisic and Olosunde are the only U-17 MNT players to have started in all four games in qualifying, and Pulisic is the only USA player to log the full 360 minutes.
- Midfielder Christian Pulisic, who had started in the first three games of qualifying, was an available bench option after taking a knock to his left knee in the first half against Guatemala on March 5. He is day-to-day.
- Will Pulisic moves to 5-0-1 this year.
- The USA used three subs in the second half In the 67th minute, Tyler Adams made his fourth appearance in the tournament when he entered for de la Torre. Forward Brandon Vazquez made his third appearance in qualifying, replacing Gallardo in the 73rd minute. In the 82nd minute, Pierre Da Silva replaced Nelson and Adams dropped to the left back position.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: March 8, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Weather: 77 degrees; Partly cloudy, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
HON 1 1 2
HON – Victor Matamoros 16th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (Josh Perez) 23
USA – Josh Perez 32
HON – David Sanchez (Jorge Alvarez) 88
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson (17-Pierre Da Silva, 82); 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca de la Torre (18-Tyler Adams, 67), 20-Alejandro Zendejas; 11-Josh Perez, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vazquez 73), 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used: 10-Christian Pulisic, 12-Kevin Silva, 13-McKinze Gaines, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 15-Danny Barbir, 16-Thomas McCabe
Head Coach: Richie Williams
HON: 12-Michael Perello; 2-Victor Matamoros, 5-Dylan Andrade (capt.) (9-Darixon Vuelto, 46), 17-Denil Maldonado, 19-Gabriel Ortiz; 7-Foslyn Grant, 8-Erick Arias, 6-Jorge Alvarez, 15-Jose Raul Galeano, 16-Jeancarlo Vargas (14-David Sanchez, 80); 13-Wisdom Quaye (11-Oslin Sevilla, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jose Aguiluz, 3-Wesly Decas, 10-Oscar Castro, 18-Kevin Castro, 20-Darwin Diego
Head Coach: Jose Valladares
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 7 / 18
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 16 / 19
Offside: 0 / 0
HON –Denil Maldonado (caution) 38th minute
USA – Joe Gallardo (caution) 44
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 65
HON – Jose Raul Galeano (caution) 85
HON – Jorge Alvarez (ejection) 90
HON – Erick Arias (caution) 90+1
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Paredes (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Mora (CRC)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Luca de la TorreRead more
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (8 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos empató 2-2 contra el anfitrión Honduras en el penúltimo partido de grupo del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015.
Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 3-0-1 (10 puntos) en el grupo, seguido por Honduras (2-0-2, 8 puntos). Los ganadores de los Grupos A y B avanzarán a la final el 15 de marzo y clasificarán directamente a la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de la FIFA en Chile del 17 de octubre al 8 de noviembre.
Estados Unidos se ha enfrentado a Honduras en nueve ocasiones en el torneo y tiene un registro de 7-1-1 contra los centroamericanos.
Luca de la Torre y Josh Pérez anotaron los goles de EE.UU., remontando el marcador y manteniendo la ventaja hasta el minuto 87 cuando Honduras igualó por medio del suplente David Sánchez.
Fue el primer gol del año para de la Torre, y su segundo con la Selección Sub-17 de EE.UU. Para Pérez, fue su cuarto del torneo después de su triplete contra Guatemala en el partido anterior. Encabeza la lista de goleadores de la Sub-17 de EE.UU. con seis en lo que va del 2015.
Estados Unidos cierra su paso por la fase de grupos el miércoles, 11 de marzo, contra Jamaica a las 7 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Go y Univisión Deportes.
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2
HON – Victor Matamoros, minuto 16: José Galeano tomó un tiro de esquina que envió al centro del área. La defensa de EE.UU. despejó con la cabeza pero el balón no salió del área. El defensa de Honduras Victor Matamoros bajó el balón con el pecho y disparó de volea con el primer toque un cañón que pasó por un lado del portero William Pulisic, quien se aventó pero no alcanzó el esférico. USA 0, HON 1
USA – Luca de la Torre (Josh Pérez), minuto 23: Estados Unidos atacó por el lado izquierdo y Joe Gallardo envió un pase directamente hacia adelante para Josh Pérez. Éste controló el balón y recortó con un pase hacia el centro en donde Luca de la Torre hacía la carrera hacia el primer poste y Haji Wright hacia el centro de la portería. Fue de la Torre quien llegó al balón, dirigiéndolo con el talón y enviándolo con toque de lujo al fondo de la red. USA 1, HON 1
USA – Josh Pérez (Haji Wright), minuto 32: El balón rebotó en el área grande por el lado izquierdo y Luca de la Torre mandó un pase bombeado hacia la línea de fondo donde se encontraba Haji Wright. El alto delantero estadounidense mando un pase también bombeado hacia el borde superior del área chica en donde esperaba Josh Pérez. Parecía que la defensa hondureña iba a despejar, pero solamente alcanzó a desviar un poco el balón que rodó por el borde del área chica. Pérez se abalanzó sobre pelota, aprovechando bien la oportunidad y disparando con fuerza a la parte derecha de la portería. USA 2, HON 1
HON – David Sánchez (Jorge Álvarez), minuto 87: El lateral izquierdo de Honduras envió un balón largo al primer poste, donde estaba el suplente David Sánchez con un defensa estadounidense. El balón pegó en el hombro derecho de Sánchez, desviándose hacia la portería y por un lado de William Pulisic, pegado al poste, para igualar el marcador. USA 2, HON 2 (FINAL)
- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -
Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Honduras
Fecha: 8 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 10 p.m. ET
Clima: 77 grades; nubes dispersas
Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
HON 1 1 2
HON – Victor Matamoros minuto 16
USA – Luca de la Torre (Josh Pérez) 23
USA – Josh Pérez (Haji Wright) 32
HON – David Sánchez (Jorge Álvarez) 87
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson (17-Pierre Da Silva, 82); 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca de la Torre (18-Tyler Adams, 67), 20-Alejandro Zendejas; 11-Josh Pérez, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vázquez, 73), 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used: 10-Christian Pulisic, 12-Kevin Silva, 13-McKinze Gaines, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 15-Danny Barbir, 16-Thomas McCabe
Head Coach: Richie Williams
HON: 12-Michael Perello; 2-Victor Matamoros, 5-Dyland Andrade (capt.) (9-Darixon Vuelto, 46), 17-Denil Maldonado, 19-Gabriel Ortíz; 6-Jorge Álvarez, 7-Foslyn Grant, 8-Erick Arias, 15-José Raúl Galeano, 16-Jeancarlo Vargas (14-David Sánchez, 80); 13-Wisdom Quaye (11-Oslin Sevilla, 71)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Joé Aguiluz, 3-Wesly Decas, 10-Oscar Castro, 18-Kevin Castro, 20-Darwin Diego
Director Técnico: José Valladares
Resumen estadístico: USA / HON
Tiros: 7 / 18
Tiros a Gol: 3 / 5
Atajadas: 3 / 1
Tiros de Esquina: 7 / 5
Faltas: 16 / 19
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 0
Resumen de penalidades:
HON – Denil Maldonado (amonestación) minuto 38
USA – Joe Gallardo (amonestación) 44
USA – Hugo Arellano (amonestación) 65
HON – José Raúl Galeano (amonestación) 85
HON – Jorge Álvarez (expulsión) 90
HON – Erick Arias (amonestación) 90+1
Árbitro: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Miguel Paredes (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Juan Mora (CRC)
Cuarto Oficial: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Jugador del Partido: Luca de la TorreRead more