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USA Advances to U-17 World Cup Round of 16 as Third Place Finisher in Group A after 3-1 Loss to Colombia

NAVI MUMBAI, India (Oct. 12, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament’s best third-place finishers in group play after a 3-1 loss to Colombia. The U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the Group C winner in the Round of 16 dependent on the results of the final group play matches. 

The USA began the day atop Group A thanks to wins against World Cup host India (3-0) and eventual group winner Ghana (1-0), but slipped to third after Ghana beat India 4-0 and Colombia won the head-to-head tie-breaker with the U.S. after the two teams tied on points and goal differential.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Ghana

3

2

1

0

6

5

1

4

Colombia

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

USA

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

India

3

0

3

0

0

1

9

-8

After a slow start by the U.S. gifted Colombia an early lead in the third minute via a long throw-in and missed clearance, the young Americans found their grit and groove, getting stuck in on tackles and passing well in possession. As the game tilted towards the U.S., a moment of brilliance from Andrew Carleton, who beat two Colombia defenders one-on-one, set up George Acosta for the tying goal in the 24th minute.

After the break, Colombia’s attack and constant pressure disrupted the U.S. offense and eventually turned the game in Los Cafeteros’ favor. Although U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces made a handful of fine saves in the second stanza to keep the U.S. within sight of winning the group, there was little he could do to prevent Colombia’s go-ahead goal in the 67th minute – a sharp-angle free kick from Juan Peñaloza. Deiber Caicedo then provided the goal – combined with Ghana’s win against India – and the final 3-1 scoreline that pushed the U.S. into third place.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 MNT will travel to play its Round of 16 match. Depending on results from other groups’ final matches, the USA could face Group B winner Paraguay on Oct. 16 in New Delhi (10:30 a.m.; FS2, telemundo.com) or the winner of Group C on Oct. 17 in Goa (7:30 a.m.; FOX Soccer Plus, Universo).

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Juan Vidal, 3rd minute: A long throw-in from the right sideline into the U.S. box was headed on towards the goal. The U.S. defense failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to Juan Vidal, who tucked his close-range shot inside the right post past goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 0, COL 1

USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton), 24th minute: Andrew Carleton did well to beat two Colombia defenders one-v-one and drive to the right end line before cutting a ball across the box behind an unmarked Acosta who was able to redirect his run to reach back and snap a low, one-time shot past Colombian ‘keeper Kevin Mier. USA 1, COL 1

COL – Juan Peñaloza, 67th minute: The U.S. gave away a free kick four yards from the left end line that Peñaloza was able to lift over the USA wall before it dipped beneath the crossbar into the far, upper right corner of the U.S. goal. USA 1, COL 2

USA – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Peñaloza), 87th minute:
An attack down the USA’s left flank saw Peñaloza beat his man and rifle a low pass across the USA box that reached Caicedo on the back right post. Caicedo hit a one-time shot between Garces and the right post to provide the final margin. USA 1, COL 3 FINAL

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)     24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                   67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)        87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)               24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                                 67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)                    87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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USA Advances to U-17 World Cup Round of 16 as Third Place Finisher in Group A after 3-1 Loss to Colombia

NAVI MUMBAI, India (Oct. 12, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament’s best third-place finishers in group play after a 3-1 loss to Colombia. The U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the Group C winner in the Round of 16 dependent on the results of the final group play matches. 

The USA began the day atop Group A thanks to wins against World Cup host India (3-0) and eventual group winner Ghana (1-0), but slipped to third after Ghana beat India 4-0 and Colombia won the head-to-head tie-breaker with the U.S. after the two teams tied on points and goal differential.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Ghana

3

2

1

0

6

5

1

4

Colombia

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

USA

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

India

3

0

3

0

0

1

9

-8

After a slow start by the U.S. gifted Colombia an early lead in the third minute via a long throw-in and missed clearance, the young Americans found their grit and groove, getting stuck in on tackles and passing well in possession. As the game tilted towards the U.S., a moment of brilliance from Andrew Carleton, who beat two Colombia defenders one-on-one, set up George Acosta for the tying goal in the 24th minute.

After the break, Colombia’s attack and constant pressure disrupted the U.S. offense and eventually turned the game in Los Cafeteros’ favor. Although U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces made a handful of fine saves in the second stanza to keep the U.S. within sight of winning the group, there was little he could do to prevent Colombia’s go-ahead goal in the 67th minute – a sharp-angle free kick from Juan Peñaloza. Deiber Caicedo then provided the goal – combined with Ghana’s win against India – and the final 3-1 scoreline that pushed the U.S. into third place.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 MNT will travel to play its Round of 16 match. Depending on results from other groups’ final matches, the USA could face Group B winner Paraguay on Oct. 16 in New Delhi (10:30 a.m.; FS2, telemundo.com) or the winner of Group C on Oct. 17 in Goa (7:30 a.m.; FOX Soccer Plus, Universo).

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Juan Vidal, 3rd minute: A long throw-in from the right sideline into the U.S. box was headed on towards the goal. The U.S. defense failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to Juan Vidal, who tucked his close-range shot inside the right post past goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 0, COL 1

USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton), 24th minute: Andrew Carleton did well to beat two Colombia defenders one-v-one and drive to the right end line before cutting a ball across the box behind an unmarked Acosta who was able to redirect his run to reach back and snap a low, one-time shot past Colombian ‘keeper Kevin Mier. USA 1, COL 1

COL – Juan Peñaloza, 67th minute: The U.S. gave away a free kick four yards from the left end line that Peñaloza was able to lift over the USA wall before it dipped beneath the crossbar into the far, upper right corner of the U.S. goal. USA 1, COL 2

USA – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Peñaloza), 87th minute:
An attack down the USA’s left flank saw Peñaloza beat his man and rifle a low pass across the USA box that reached Caicedo on the back right post. Caicedo hit a one-time shot between Garces and the right post to provide the final margin. USA 1, COL 3 FINAL

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)     24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                   67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)        87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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Five Things to Know: Colombia U-17s

Coming off a 1-0 statement win against African power Ghana, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team concludes group play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday, Oct. 12 when it meets Colombia, which fell to Ghana 1-0 in its first match before responding with a 2-1 win against the host nation. With a win or tie, the USA will earn the top spot in Group A heading into the Round of 16. The match vs. Colombia will be televised on FS2, and UNIVERSO at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Here are five things to know about Colombia:

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Like its senior team, the Colombia U-17 squad claimed the fourth and final World Cup spot available for South America. Placed in Group A for the 2017 South American Under-17 Football Championship, Los Cafeteros, finished second in the first stage to host Chile. A 2-1 victory over Paraguay on the last matchday of the Final Stage, combined with a 2-4 Ecuador defeat to Venezuela, secured Colombia’s ticket to India.

Here’s a look back at their results:

Group Stage

Feb. 23

2-1 W vs. Ecuador

Feb. 25

1-1 D vs. Chile

Feb. 27

3-1 W vs. Uruguay

Mar. 1

3-2 L vs. Bolivia

Final Stage

Mar. 7

2-1 W vs. Ecuador

Mar. 10

1-0 L vs. Chile

Mar. 13

0-0 D vs. Venezuela

Mar. 16

3-0 L vs. Brazil

Mar. 19

2-1 W vs. Paraguay

U-17 WORLD CUP HISTORY

2017 marks Colombia’s first appearance at the U-17 World Cup since 2009 and its sixth appearance all-time. The 2009 tournament saw Colombia finish fourth, tied for its best-ever finish at the World Cup. The most notable player from the 2009 roster is Santiago Arias, who went on to represent Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 23 games played from 1989 to 2009, Colombia’s U-17s have posted a 7-9-7 record, scoring 38 goals to 34 allowed.

THE ROSTER

All 21 players on the Colombia roster play their club soccer domestically. The clubs with the largest constituency of players are AC Deportivo Cali, Atletico Nacional and CD Estudiantes FC, each with three players on the squad.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicolas Gomez - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Daniel Melo - (Udinese Barranquilla, COL), Kevin Mier - (Atletico Nacional, COL)

DEFENDERS (2): Andres Cifuentes - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Guillermo Tegue - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Christian Andrade - (Millonarios FC, COL), Fabian Angel - (Barranquilla FC, COL), Gustavo Carvajal - (America de Cali, COL), Brayan Gomez - (Atletico Nacional, COL), Thomas Gutierrez - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL), Etilso Martinez - (Atletico Rionegro 2010, COL), Robert Mejia - (Universitario Popayan, COL), Yadir Meneses - (Envigado FC, COL), Juan Penaloza - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL), Andres Perea - (Atletico Nacional, COL)

FORWARDS (6): Santiago Barrero - (Atletico Rionegro 2010, COL), Deiber Caicedo - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Leandro Campaz - (Deportes Tolima, COL), Deyman Cortes - (CD Atletico Huila, COL), Luis Lopez - (Santa Fe CD, COL), Juan Vidal - (Barranquilla FC, COL)

SENIOR TEAM PRODUCTION

Current Colombia star James Rodriguez made his debut on the international stage with the U-17 squad, scoring three goals in the 2007 U-17 World Cup. Los Cafeteros advanced to the knockout round, but were eliminated by eventual champion Nigeria. The Bayern Munich man also starred at the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Colombia, captaining the team as well as scoring three goals and notching three assists.

Other players to go on to professional and senior National Team prominence after breaking through with Colombia’s U-17s include Cristián Zapata, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarín, Adrián Ramos and Jeison Murillo.

THE MANAGER

On August 23, 2016, the Colombian Football Federation named Orlando Restrepo its U-17 head coach. With extensive experience managing clubs in Colombia’s professional soccer leagues including Once Caldas, Pereira, Atletico Bucaramanga, Envigado, Rionegro, Real Cartagena and Patriotas, Restrepo also managed around 50 international matches with clubs Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia in 1999 and Ramonense of Costa Rica during the 2004-2005 season.

Since 2010, Restrepo has been at the forefront of different training processes, first as director of minor divisions of the Ferroválvulas club and was previously the technical director for Atletico Nacional’s Under-17 category.

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PREVIEW: USA Aims for Group A Summit in U-17 World Cup Finale vs. Colombia | 10:30am ET | FS2, UNIVERSO

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with its final Group A game against Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 12. The match kicks off at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, India at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS2 and UNIVRESO. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

After two statement victories against host India (3-0) and Ghana (1-0) to open its 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the U.S. sits atop Group A with six points and now needs a win or a tie vs. Colombia to claim the top spot in the group. Based on point accumulation possibilities from other groups in the tournament, the USA has already secured a spot in the Round of 16 as one of the top third place finishing teams, at minimum. Through a variety of scenarios, anything less than a win or tie against Colombia could result in the USA traveling to a new city and as much as two full days less rest before its Round of 16 match. 

“I think it’s really important for us to finish on top of the group, because the pathway for the next round is significantly easier if you finish first,” U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth said. “Both in terms of maybe who you get in the next round and also the amount of rest you can have. You can be looking at a swing from three days’ rest to five days’ rest so, it’s a huge thing for us. We are facing a Colombia team that is excellent, one of the best countries in the world at this sport and we have our hands full.”

Colombia comes into the match with three points after splitting their first two Group A contests. Los Cafeteros opened group play with a 1-0 loss to Ghana before bouncing back with a dramatic 2-1 win against India. With a win vs. the USA, Colombia would guarantee its advancement to the Round of 16.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A Standings

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

4

0

4

Ghana

2

1

1

0

3

1

1

0

Colombia

2

1

1

0

3

2

2

0

India

2

0

2

0

0

1

5

-4

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Group Pairings:
Group A: India (host), USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D: Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Group A Schedule:
Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. ET: India 0, USA 3; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m. ET: Ghana 0, USA 1; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. ET: USA vs. Colombia; Dr. DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

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