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U.S. fails to qualify for U17 World Cup

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.

Additional Notes:

* 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 Man of the Match: Joel Soñora


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1 Response »

  1. Hey, is it possible that we can find some way to blame the high school coaches across America for this loss? Perhaps the Academies should start recruiting at age 10 where kids can pay to play for 4-5 more years….keep copying the European model there Jurgen, it’s succeeding obviously!

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