Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ATH: US U-17s over Cuba

U-17's Open With Big Win

The United States Under-17 National Team beat Cuba 5-0 to start the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Stefan Jerome opened the scoring in the 31st minute for the USA. Jack McInerney made it 2-0 four minutes later, and Sebastian Lletget added a third in the 40th minute. McInerney got his second goal of the game in the 48th, and Luis Gil added a goal to his two assists in the 63rd to finish off the scoring.

“At first we were a little hesitant, but as the game went on we took control and created opportunities,” US coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “We took advantage of the opportunities that we had. We were very focused on the game and we had several good training sessions. We had a good victory but we can’t take anything away from Cuba, they were a great opponent and we must keep our heads in the game against Canada and Honduras.”

US keeper Earl Edwards got the shutout without having to make a save. In all, Cuba managed two shots with none on goal. The United States put eleven shots on goal from 16 taken, including McInerney hitting the woodwork twice in the opening 31 minutes.

The United States plays Canada on Thursday at 7pm ET.

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: April 21, 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 2 5
CUB 0 0 0

USA – Stefan Jerome (Jack McInerney) 31st minute
USA – Jack McInerney (Luis Gil) 34
USA – Sebastian Lletget 40
USA – Jack McInerney (Luis Gil) 48
USA – Luis Gil (Jack McInerney) 63

USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 3-Tyler Polak, 6-Jared Watts, 2-Eriq Zavaleta, 4-Perry Kitchen; 8-Alex Shinksy (15-Carlos Martinez, 64), 5-Marlon Duran, 20-Sebastian Lletget (13-Joseph Gyau, 70), 10-Luis Gil; 7-Stefan Jerome (19-Andrew Craven, 75), 9-Jack McInerney
Subs not used: 11-Dustin Corea, 14-Zachary Herold, 17-Juan Agudelo, 18-Spencer Richey,
Subs not available: Emilio Orozco, Nicholas Palodichuk
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

CUB: 1-Odisnel Cooper (12-Yeimi Guerra, 44); 13-Alejandro Marquez, 15-Yadien Ortiz, 4-Daniel Cantero, 3-Yordan Exposito; 14-Dayron Blanco (16-Ricardo Pena,77), 10-Luis Portal, 5-Liosvel Hernandez, 18-Ovaldo Lemus, 20-Osdany Soto (17-Humberto Ruig, 58)
Subs not used: 2-Yandry Prieto, 6-Over Urgelles, 8-Raydel Fernandez, 11-Randy Lizama
Head Coach: Alexander Gonzales

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 16 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alex Shinsky (caution) 47th minute
CUB – Ovaldo Lemus (caution) 88

Referee: Raymond Bogle (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Sullivan (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Dion Niel (JAM)
Fourth Official: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)

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