Saturday, April 25, 2009

ATH: U-17s Advance

U-17's Advance To The World Cup

The United States Under-17 National Team advanced to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 4-2 win over Canada in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Under CONCACAF rules, making the semifinals advances a team to the World Cup.

“We are very happy that we qualified," US coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "That was our objective from the very beginning. Qualifying is something we had to do. Our Under-17 program has been developing young players in the United States and we have qualified for every World Cup. We wanted to do nothing less than qualify. We succeeded in qualifying based on the results of the two games and we played well, individually and as a team. We are the first qualified team but we want to get to the final.

Jack McInerney converted a 2nd minute penalty and grabbed a 30th minute goal. Sebastian Lletget scored in the 39th to put the USA 3-0 at halftime. Canada cut that lead in the 71st through Jaineil Hoilett. The US got their fourth through Joseph Gyau in the 85th, with Canada scoring one minute later.

The US plays Honduras on Saturday to finish off Group A. “We had a meeting right after the game in the middle of the field and we talked about not changing anything," McInerney said. "We’re going to try to win and keep playing our game. We always say that we have to keep our focus on the next game."

Match: US Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: April 23, 2009
Competition: CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 90 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CAN 0 2 2

USA – Jack McInerney (penalty) 2nd minute
USA – Jack McInerney (Alex Shinsky) 30
USA – Sebastian Lletget (Luis Gil) 39
CAN – Jaineil Hoilett 71
USA – Joseph Gyau (Eriq Zavaleta) 85
CAN – Coulton Jackson 86

USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 3-Tyler Polak, 6-Jared Watts, 2-Eriq Zavaleta, 4-Perry Kitchen; 8-Alex Shinksy, 5-Marlon Duran, 20-Sebastian Lletget (15-Carlos Martinez, 76), 10-Luis Gil (13-Joseph Gyau, 84); 7-Stefan Jerome (17-Juan Agudelo, 65), 9-Jack McInerney
Subs not used: 11-Dustin Corea, 14-Zachary Herold, 18-Spencer Richey, 16-Nicholas Palodichuk
Subs not available: 12-Emilio Orozco, 19-Andrew Craven
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

CAN: 1-Richard Causton, 2-Hugo Lapointe-Senecal (14-Coulton Jackson, 65), 3-Feras Samain, 4-Francesco Augustin, 5-Derrick Bassi, 7-Jonathan Lao (13-Brennan McNicoll, 70), 8-Janeil Hoilett, 11-Russell Teibert (capt.), 12-Kevin Cobby, 19-Justin Maheu, 20-Karl Oumette
Subs not used: 9-Jordan Ongaro, 10-Sylla Abdoulaye, 16-Caolan Lavery, 18-Ezequiel Lubocki, 22-Garrett Cyprus
Subs not available: 6-Felix Cardin, 15-Amine Meftouh
Head Coach: Sean Fleming

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 14 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Perry Kitchen (caution) 18th minute
USA – Alex Shinsky (caution) 85

Referee: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Mejia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Sullivan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Francisco Chacon (MEX)

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