PANAMA CITY, Panama — The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team lost 3-1 to Honduras in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday. The loss eliminated the U.S. from qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
In the 42nd minute, Alvaro Romero collected the ball from a throw in before squaring it for Christopher Alegria, who wound up a full 30 yards from goal to hit a sizzling drive that Jeff Caldwell got a hand on, but failed to keep out of the net, giving Honduras a 1-0 lead.
The USA’s response was instant, however, with Joel Soñora grabbing the equalizer. Fed by midfielder Christopher Lema, Soñora dribbled and cut in from the left, where he let fly with a shot that flew past Hernandez to tie the score at 1-1 heading into the break.
Honduras reclaimed the lead early in the second half as goalscorer Brayan Velazquez turned provider, threading a beautiful pass that deceived the U.S. defense. Alberto Elis timed his run to perfection at the far post to latch on to the ball and poke it past a stranded Caldwell from five yards out in the 57th minute.
Eleven minutes later Honduras doubled their lead off a free kick. Kevin Alvarez struck his shot perfectly, curling the ball over the wall from 23 yards and past Caldwell who was helpless to keep out the world-class effort.
* 2013 will mark the first time the USA has not competed in the U-17 FIFA World Cup. The USA had qualified for 14 consecutive tournaments before missing out as a result of Sunday’s loss vs. Honduras.
* The USA fell to 7-1-0 against Honduras in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships in this age group. The U.S. has outscored Honduras 24-8.
* On Saturday, two teams clinched a spot in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup out of the CONCACAF tournament. Canada rallied twice from single-goal deficits to beat Jamaica 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, qualifying for its second straight U-17 World Cup and sixth overall. Host Panama also clinched a World Cup berth with a 4-2 victory against Trinidad & Tobago, overcoming a first-half deficit. This marks Panama’s second-straight U-17 World Cup appearance.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: April 14, 2013
Competition: 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship; Quarterfinals
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 89 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 _ F
USA 1 0 _ 1
HON 1 2 _ 3
HON – Christopher Alegria (Alvaro Romero) 42nd minute
USA – Joel Soñora (Christopher Lema) 45
HON – Alberto Elis (Brayan Velasquez) 57
HON – Kevin Alvarez 68
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 2-Shaquell Moore (capt.), 4-Tommy Redding, 5-Conor Donovan, 3-John Requejo Jr.; 6-Tyler Turner (14-Justen Glad,46), 8-Christopher Lema (17-Sebastian Elney,70), 19-Joel Soñora (11-Alan Winn, 77); 7-Rubio Rubin, 9-Ahinga Selemani, 10-Corey Baird
Subs Not Used: 12-Evan Louro, 13-Peter Schropp,15-Mukwelle Akale, 16-Elijah Martin, 18-Angel Heredia, 20-Junior Flores
Head Coach: Richie Williams
HON: 1-Cristian Hernandez; 2-Kevin Alvarez, 3-Alvaro Romero, 4-Luis Santos (capt.), 5-Javier Hernandez, 6-Devron Garcia, 7-Brayan Velasquez (18-Darwin Arita, 90+2), 8-Christopher Alegria, 9-Alberto Elis (20-Jorge Bodden, 88), 10-Isaac Borjas (15-Deybi Flores,74), 11-Rembrandt Flores
Subs Not Used: 12-Fernando Cabrera, 13-Jose Murillo, 14-Jose Fiallos, 16-Erik Gallegos, 17-Steven Ramos, 19-Cristian Argueta,
Head Coach: Jose Francisco Valladares
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 3 / 1
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Joel Soñora