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U-17s take Nordic Cup

Posted on 13 July 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, consisting of players born in 1994 and 1995, won the 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup with a 2-0 victory against Germany in the championship game. It was the first time the USA has attended this tournament at this age level, which featured teams of 94s and 95s. The USA earned its berth in a championship game by winning Group B with a 2-1 victory against Norway, a 3-0 triumph against Denmark and a 6-0 romp past the Netherlands.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kate Rowland (San Juan; Vacaville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)

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Baby Yanks beat Argies, fall to Uruguay, Chile at Copa Cordoba

Posted on 29 June 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated Argentina in their first match of the Copa Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. Goals from Kellen Gulley and Aldo Alvarez guided the U.S. to a 2-1 victory against the host nation. The team was unable to capitalize on their good start and dropped the next two matches against Uruguay and Chile 2-1 and 3-1, respectively. Riggs Lennon scored the lone goal in the loss to Chile and an Uruguay own goal accounted for the U.S. tally on June 25.

U.S. Copa Cordoba Schedule

Date Opponent Result Goalscorers
June 23 Argentina 2-1 W Gulley, Alvarez
June 25 Uruguay 1-2 L own goal
June 27 Chile 1-3 L Lennon

U.S. U-17 Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston),

DEFENDERS (7): Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Griffen Heffner* (CASL Chelsea FC; Wendells, N.C.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.) Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Aldo Alvarez* (SCYSO; Ontario, Calif.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jared Hegardt* (Notts Forest FC; San Diego), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Steven Oliveri* (Kicks SC; Hobe Sound, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Danny Zaid* (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)

FORWARDS (6): Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma* (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis), Francisco Ramirez* (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.)

*not part of Residency during Spring 2010 semester

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Europe trip postponed by volcanic ash

Posted on 19 April 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s trip to Europe, scheduled for April 15-May 2, has been postponed due to travel complications from the volcanic ash hovering over Europe. Wilmer Cabrera’s young squad, which had already made the domestic portion of the flight, returned to Bradenton, Fla., and will await confirmation of travel changes. When travel can be arranged, the U.S. will bypass the England leg of their journey and fly directly to Italy for the 23rd International Tournament of Gradisca. The team opens their tournament schedule against Mexico on Sunday, April 25. Cabrera’s side will also play Romania on April 26 and Croatia on April 27, with semifinals slated for April 28 and the final for April 30.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Matt Dunn (FC Koeln; Boulder, Colo.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs FC Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Takuya Okada (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

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Hit Sunrise, Fla., for final training camp ahead of CONCACAF championships

Posted on 16 February 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from February 20-27 in Sunrise, Fla., for its final training camp before head coach Kazbek Tambi chooses a 20-player roster for the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that will qualify two teams to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Tambi brings 20 players to Florida after coaching this age group through six events in 2009 and one so far this year. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships will be held in Costa Rica from March 10-20 and the USA will face Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica in the first round. The 16-game, 11-day tournament will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainseville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule

March 10 Haiti 6 p.m. CONCACAF.com Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 12 Cayman Islands 6 p.m. CONCACAF.com Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14 Costa Rica 3:30 p.m. CONCACAF.com Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium

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Cabrera finalizes 40-strong residency roster

Posted on 15 January 2010 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized the 40 players for the Spring 2010 semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born in 1994 or 1995, and are age-eligible for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, and have already begun training.

“We did our best to select the best 26 new players available to join our group,” said Cabrera. “We also invited a number of younger players because after we saw them perform at a U-15 camp here in December, we felt that they were ready. It’s a very good group, and the players all deserve to be here.”

Cabrera and his staff welcome back 14 players who were part of the program in the Fall 2009 semester and trained with players from the previous cycle. An additional six players joined the team as part of a mini-camp that concluded with the Nike International Friendlies in December, including Ive Burnett, Mikhail Doholis, Holden Fender, Nico Melo, Mario Rodriguez and Tarik Salkicic.

Those 20 players return to Bradenton with U-17 international experience. The three matches in Phoenix, where the U.S. played traditional world powers Portugal, Brazil and the Netherlands, were the first international games for this cycle of players.

Eight of the new players were born in 1995 and have made the jump from the U-15 Boys’ National Team, having participated with Jim Barlow’s team as recently as December. In total, 21 players have been in with the U-15 BNT during the past two years, including Kristian Scott, who joins the U.S. youth national team programs from Bristol City’s academy in England.

There are 21 players who have joined Residency from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, including six – Joe Anon, Bryan Celis, Brody Hickey, Ryan Masch, Alessandro Mion and Esteban Rodriguez – who played with Select Teams at the 2009 Winter Showcase. The Select Team players were chosen by Development Academy scouts and technical advisors, with input from youth national team coaches. Eight Select Teams came together under the guidance of a youth national team coach to play together once during the Showcase event in Phoenix, with each game serving as a platform for player evaluation at an increased level of play.

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of head coach Wilmer Cabrera and assistant coaches Paul Caffrey, Gerson Echeverry, Keith Fulk, and Paul Grafer. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at Bradenton Preparatory School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily under Cabrera, but also has access to the IMG Academy’s spacious facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists that work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, three Bermuda grass fields, an indoor dome with artificial turf, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities.

The residency program has given players an excellent opportunity to grow and move up the ladder in the world of soccer and become professionals in Major League Soccer, some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and even make an impact on the full U.S. Men’s National Team. The program in Bradenton provides players with an environment where they can prosper as individual players and gel as a team.

Since its inception, more than 300 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe. No fewer than 17 players have also registered at least one cap with the full MNT: Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Gaven, Eddie Johnson, Justin Mapp, Chad Marshall, Dax McCarty, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta, Robbie Rogers and Jonathan Spector.

Residency program roster and staff

GOALKEEPERS (4): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Juniors; Houston, Texas),
DEFENDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Pa.), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Derby County Wolves; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Carlos Grande (Central California Blues; Bakersfield, Calif.), Sagar Jambusaria (West Coast FC; San Clemente, Calif.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio),
MIDFIELDERS (13): Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Atsou Ayah (Fusion FC; Tampa, Fla.), Bryan Celis (Houston Dynamo Juniors; Houston, Texas), Irvin Gijon (Players Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Brody Hickey (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Ryan Masch (DeAnza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Oscar Ortega (Aztecs Premier; San Ysidro, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Penn.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Kristian Scott (Bristol City FC; Winterbourne, U.K.)
FORWARDS (10): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Mikhail Doholis (Eastside United; Vancouver, Wash.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), James Haupt (Everest SC; Canton, Ohio), Darius Madison (PSC Cobra; Philadelphia, Pa.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

National Team Staff
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Paul Caffrey (Bradenton, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Paul Grafer (Bradenton, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Gerson Echeverry (Holmes Beach, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Keith Fulk (Bradenton, Fla.)
Program Manager: Tim Ryder (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Equipment Coordinator: Jason Peters (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Athletic Trainer: James Spinale (Sarasota, Fla.)

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Sweep Argentina friendlies

Posted on 14 December 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under the guidance of head coach Kaz Tambi, won all four of its matches on a trip to Argentina, scoring 16 goals while allowing just one. The U.S. U-17s defeated the Chile U-17s, 7-0, on Dec. 7, downed the Argentina U-20s by a 4-1 score on Dec. 9, defeated the Argentina U-17s, 2-0, on Dec. 11, and finished with a 3-0 victory over a combined Uruguay squad of U-17s and U-20s. All four matches were played in Buenos Aires. Against Chile, forward Kylie McCarthy scored twice and Katie Naughton, a last minute replacement on the roster due to an injured player, added a goal and two assists. The U.S. team scored four times in the first half and then tallied three times after the break. Morgan Brian, the only holdover from the U.S. team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, added a goal, as did Clarissa Wedemeyer, Alesha Blair and Caprice Dydasco. Despite falling behind 1-0 against the Argentina U-20s, the USA got goals from Blair, Brian, Jennifer Gonzalez and an own goal to pull out the victory. Brian tallied both goals against the Argentina U-17s then also scored in the victory against Uruguay to give her five goals for the trip. Dydasco and Kaili Torres also scored in that final match.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule

Dec. 7 Chile (U-17 and U-20 players) 7-0 W McCarthy (2), Brian, Wedemeyer, Blair, Naughton, Dydasco Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 9 Argentina U-20 WNT 4-1 W Blair, Brian, Gonzalez, own goal Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 11 Argentina U-17 WNT 2-0 W Brian (2) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 13 Uruguay (U-17 and U-20 players) 3-0 W Brian, Dydasco, Torres Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Cabrera names 22 to Nike International roster

Posted on 01 December 2009 by ASN Staff

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized a 22-player roster for the upcoming Nike International Friendlies in Phoenix. The team arrived in Phoenix Monday afternoon to begin training, leading up to its first game against Portugal on Friday, Dec. 4. The new cycle of players for the U.S. U-17 MNT will play its first three international games at this level, continuing the weekend with friendly matches against Brazil on Dec. 5, and the Netherlands on Monday, Dec. 7. All three games, held alongside the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase, will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. MT. All 22 players were born in 1994, making them age eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Half of the U.S. roster will be representing their country while their hometown clubs are in attendance as part of the Development Academy, with 11 players each representing a participating club.

U.S. U-17 Roster By Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Ive Burnett (Central Jackson; Brandon, Miss.), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Derby County Wolves; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8)
: Atsou Ayah (Fusion FC Tampa; Tampa, Fla.), Tarek Beckles (BW Gottschee; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Irvin Gijon (Players Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Eric Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Nicholas Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Oscar Ortega (Aztecs Premier; San Ysidro, Calif.), Sebastian Velasquez (Arsenal FC; Los Angeles, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5)
: Mikhail Doholis (Eastside United; Vancouver, Wash.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red; Southlake, Texas); Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

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Lose to Italy to exit World Cup

Posted on 04 November 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team was defeated 2-1 by Italy today in Kaduna, Nigera, in the Round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, eliminating them from the tournament.

Italy opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a strike from Giacomo Beretta after a missed penalty by Jack McInerney in the 16th minute. The second half saw the U.S. draw level after Nick Palodichuk converted a Luis Gil corner, but Pietro Iemello’s strike from the top of the box in the 56th minute would prove to be the winner.

The U.S. leaves the World Cup with a 2-2-0 record playing at three different venues across Nigeria. The team recorded two shutouts and head coach Wilmer Cabrera used all 18 field players during the course of the tournament.

“We created a lot of chances, we had more possession tonight than against any other team that we played, but we couldn’t find a way to finish our chances,” said Cabrera.

The first action of the match came in the first minute as Stefan Jerome broke down the right side and crossed for Alex Shinsky, but the midfielder could not meet the ball cleanly and his header never troubled Italian goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Italy answered promptly in the fifth minute with a Federico Carraro turn and shot that went just wide of the far post from the left side of the box.

The U.S. continued on the attack, and Italian defender Federico Mannini picked up a yellow card in the sixth minute for a challenge on Marlon Duran. This would be followed with a nice spell of possession for the Americans as they pressured the Italian defense and looked for a breakthrough. After linking together several passes, McInerney found himself with space to blast a 25 yard shot which was pushed out for a corner by Bardi in the 13th minute.

Mannini was again under the microscope in the 16th minute when a seemingly innocuous throw in for the Italians deep in their own half bounced up and struck the defender’s slightly outstretched arm. Paraguayan referee Carlos Amarilla had no choice to point the spot as Mannini was standing two yards inside his own penalty area.

With a chance to give the U.S. an early lead, McInerney stepped up to the spot, but his shot was saved by Bardi who dove correctly to his right. The missed opportunity seemed to take a bit out of the young Americans, as Italy seized the chance to take back control of the match after their slow start, with striker Beretta looking particularly threatening.

After a pair of half chances from the two Italian frontrunners, the Azzurri found their breakthrough on the foot of Beretta. Bardi sent a 28th minute goal kick down the middle of the pitch where Iemello rose to flick the ball backwards toward goal. The ball skipped through to Beretta who successfully held off U.S. captain Jared Watts and clipped home a shot that eluded the onrushing Earl Edwards in the U.S. goal.

It was a quick strike that stunned the U.S. men, who had not given up a goal since the 30th minute of their World Cup opener against Spain.

Italy continued to pressure the U.S. defense and almost produced a second goal with a 3-on-2 counter attack in the 33rd minute from a Zachary Herold turnover. However, the U.S. awoke in the latter moments of the first half in search of the equalizer. Midfielders Gil and Palodichuk, who were instrumental in the bright start for the U.S., combined well in the middle of the field to spring Jerome down the right channel. With ample space at the top of the box, he ballooned a cross to the far post which failed to trouble the Italian defense.

Coming back onto the pitch for the second half, Cabrera’s men looked to reenact their lively start to first period. Jerome, again, was the protagonist in the 47th minute as he ran at the Italian defense from the right side. After beating two men, defender Felice Natalino intervened at the top of the area. As he and Jerome came together, the ball popped out to an unmarked McInerney fifteen yards from goal. His hard-struck shot was somehow redirected onto the crossbar by the fingertips of Bardi, who once again denied McInerney of a gilt-edged chance.

In the 50th minute, Bardi was penalized for holding the ball longer than the allotted six seconds given to goalkeepers. Amarilla whistled the infraction and awarded an indirect free kick to the U.S. 17 yards from goal. McInerney stepped up to take the shot but his goalward effort was blocked by a defender and eventually scrambled out for a corner kick.

The resulting corner kick in the 51st minute saw the Americans level the score as Palodichuk rose to meet Gil’s cross at the six yard box and glanced a downward header into the side netting at the far post. It was the first goal of the tournament for the midfielder and just the second given up by Italy.

Buoyed by the goal and looking for a second, the U.S. looked to take control of the proceedings. McInerney and Shinsky manufactured a half chance by combining on the left side, but the Azzurri would need only five minutes to regain the lead from a vintage Italian counter attack.

After gaining possession in midfield, the Italian defense found Beretta on the right in front of defender Tyler Polak. Beretta looked up to find Iemello cutting in from the left wing. The midfielder received the ball in stride and continued into the center of the pitch in between the U.S. center backs and beat Edwards with a well struck effort from 18 yards.

With the lead retaken, the Italians slowed down the pace of the game and made things difficult for the U.S. in the midfield – not letting them build an attack and harrying them in possession.

In the 60th minute, Italy made the first of its three changes by replacing midfielder Lorenzo Cristetig with more defensive minded Leonardo Bianchi in order to shore up the midfield. Six minutes later, goal scorer Iemello came off for Alessandro Scialpi and Cabrera made his first move by replacing Jerome with Dominick Sarle.

In the 68th minute, defender Alessandro de Vitis earned a booking for a hard challenge on Shinsky on the left. Gil bent the resultant free kick to the far post just out reach of Bardi, but there was not an American present to turn it into the goal as it bounced out for a goal kick. The match continued much in the same vein as the U.S. continued unsuccessfully to unlock the Italian defense.

Shinksy earned a yellow of his own in the 75th minute which would prove to be his last contribution as he was subbed off in the 81st minute for striker Victor Chavez. Two more substitutions came in quick succession as Carraro was taken off for Simone Benedetti in the 83rd and forward Juan Agudelo came in for Herold in the 84th minute for the U.S.

It was the substitute Chavez who nearly provided the U.S. with a late equalizer as fellow replacement Sarle made an incisive move down the middle of the field. Just as he approached the Italian back line, he slipped the ball over to an advancing Chavez who found himself with room to shoot from 12 yards, but his effort slid agonizingly wide of Bardi’s far post.

At the end of regular time, the U.S. won a series of corner kicks, but failed to test Bardi or the Italian defense.

In the waning moments of stoppage time, Eriq Zavaleta earned a red card for impeding Natalino, who looked to break down the right flank and behind the defense. McInerney was booked in subsequent discussion with the referee but the cards would have no effect on the play on the pitch as the referee blew his whistle for full time right after the restart. Thus, ending the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s run at the 2009 World Cup in Nigeria.

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

U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Italy 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup; Round of 16, Nov. 4, 2009
Venue: Ahmadu Bello Stadium; Kaduna, Nigeria
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 11,311
Weather: 90 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:

ITA – Giacomo Beretta (Pietro Iemmello) 29th minute
USA – Nick Palodichuck (Luis Gil) 51
ITA – Pietro Iemmello (Giacomo Beretta) 56

Lineups:
USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 6-Zachary Herold (16-Juan Agudelo, 84), 2-Jared Watts (capt.), 15-Eriq Zavaleta, 3-Tyler Polak; 7-Stefan Jerome (13-Dominick Sarle, 66), 10-Luis Gil, 11-Nick Palodichuk, 5-Marlon Duran, 8-Alex Shinsky (19-Victor Chavez, 81); 9-Jack McInerney
Subs not used: 4-Perry Kitchen, 21-Keith Cardona, 12-Spencer Richey, 14-Carlos Martinez, 17-William Packwood, 18-Andrew Craven, 20-Boyd Okwuonu
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

ITA: 12-Francesco Bardi; 5-Simone Sini, 3-Federico Mannini, 15-Michele Camporese, 2-Felice Natalino; 19-Marco Fossati, 20-Federico Carraro (13-Simone Benedetti, 83), 6-Lorenzo Crisetig (16-Leonardo Bianchi, 60), 8-Alessandro de Vitis; 18-Pietro Iemmello (7-Alessandro Scialpi, 66), 9-Giacomo Beretta
Subs not used: 4-Vincenzo Camilleri, 10-Stephan el Shaarawy, 11-Simone dell Agnello, 14-Andrea Bagnai, 21-Giacomo Venturi
Head coach: Pasquale Salerno

Stats Summary:
USA / ITA
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 14
Offside: 2 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Federico Mannini (caution) 6th minute
ITA – Alessandro de Vitis (caution) 68
USA – Alex Shinsky (caution) 74
USA – Eriq Zavaleta (sent off) 90+3
USA – Jack McInterny (caution) 90+4

Officials:
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Emigdio Ruiz (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Yegros (PAR)
Fourth Official: Pablo Pozo (CHI)

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Advance to second round of World Cup

Posted on 04 November 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has qualified for the Round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria after defeating Malawi and United Arab Emirates, both by a 1-0 scoreline.

The U.S. will face Italy in their second round game on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. ET in Kaduna, Nigeria. Wilmer Cabrera’s men boys bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Spain to record a 1-0 win against Malawi thanks to an Alex Shinsky strike in the 54th minute. With qualification on the line, the U.S. defeated UAE 1-0 in their final group match behind a Jack McInerney goal in the 35th minute. The two wins gave the U.S. six points and a spot in the quarterfinals as second place finishers in Group E where they will face Group F winners Italy.

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Defeat Malawi, 1-0

Posted on 29 October 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team rebounded in their second game of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, defeating Malawi 1-0 with a goal from midfielder Alex Shinsky at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Nigeria.

Shinsky volleyed home a rebound from the top of the box in the 54th minute after a Marlon Duran shot, and the ball found its way through the arms and legs of Malawian goalkeeper Cuthbert Seengwa for the game winning goal.

The win moves the United States into a tie for second place in Group E with three points, but United Arab Emirates currently have the edge on the goals scored tiebreaker. With two wins, Spain moves into the top place in the group with six points, and have secured a berth to the knock-out stage. Malawi currently sits on zero points and will play the group leaders on Sunday.

Cabrera’s squad will have a chance to move onto the round of 16 when they play their third and final opening round game against the UAE on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. ET. With Daylight Saving Time ending at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, remember to set your clocks back one hour in order to catch the match that will be broadcast on ESPNU, ESPN360.com and Galavision.

“Today was a tough game. We were both motivated teams on the field,” said U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “The United States’ record against African teams isn’t so good, but today we moved the ball and worked hard and we got the goal we needed. Now, we have a chance to move to the next stage, and we have to focus on UAE because that is a very important game.”

Cabrera made two changes to his starting lineup, giving Jared Watts the captain’s armband with Eriq Zavaleta replacing Perry Kitchen while forward Stefan Jerome was replaced up top by Victor Chavez. Both new starters were second half substitutes in the first game against Spain.

The match began promisingly for the United States, as they attacked down into Malawi’s end immediately after kickoff and earned a corner kick less than a minute into the match. Taken by Tyler Polak, the inswinger was cleared out by the Malawi defense, but the U.S. would not relent. The U.S. earned three corners in the first six minutes, with the best chance coming from a forceful Jack McInerney header that was saved by Malawi goalkeeper Cuthbert Seengwa.

Malawi’s offense was restricted to attempting through balls, but the U.S. back line held strong under the guidance of Watts to continually force Malawi offside. Their first shot of the game came in the 10th minute of the match, when forward Maxwell Mwangyongo hit a hard, low shot to the left of U.S. goalkeeper Earl Edwards, who did well to get down and hold onto the ball with a Malawian attacker lurking for the rebound.

McInerney earned the first booking of the match in the 18th minute, after a collision with Seengwa at the top of the box while running onto a pass.

Heading into halftime, the statistics showed the frustration of both teams. Despite having seven corner kicks, the U.S. had only three shots on goal while Malawi’s 11 offside calls belied their main style of attack.

Picking up where they left off at the break, the U.S. earned a corner kick in the first minute of the second half, continuing their tenacity to push into the attack. In the 53rd minute, the U.S. again drove forward, this time beginning with distribution from Edwards. Duran received the ball at midfield and passed to Luis Gil on his right. Gil attempted to cross it to Shinsky on the left side of the box, but it was intercepted and headed down but not out. Falling to the top of the box, McInerney ran onto the loose ball but blasted his shot just wide to the left of the goal.

Stealing possession after the ensuing goal kick, substitute Andrew Craven, who had replaced Chavez seconds earlier, immediately took the ball down the left side and sent a cross to the far post. Overshooting the onrushing U.S. attack, the ball fell to Gil on the right edge of the box. After Gil’s clever backheel pass over a defender found Duran, he ripped a shot from a sharp angle on the right side of the goal, but Seengwa blocked it into the air. The rebound was poorly headed out by a defender, and Shinsky was able to volley the ball straight back at Seengwa. The Malawian goalkeeper mishandled the shot and it went through his arms and legs as he bent down to catch it, eventually rolling across the line for a 1-0 U.S. lead.

Despite the fortuitous bounce, it was a well earned goal for a U.S. squad that ended the match with an 11-2 advantage on corner kicks. The game continued with much of the same from the first half, as both teams tried to find attackers behind their opposing back lines. Malawi were consistently called offside, ending the game with 18 infractions, and only once threatened Edwards’ goal.

In the 77th minute, Malawi attacked, keeping good possession in the U.S. end. Attempting to clear, Polak fouled Kelvin Hanganda approximately 35 yards from goal in the center of the field. Stepping up to take the free kick was captain Bruno Milanzi, who rocketed a shot towards the roof of the net. Edwards took no chances on the rising shot, tipping the ball over the goal for the corner.

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

U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Malawi, Oct. 29, 2009
Competition: 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup; Group E
Venue: Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 9,000
Weather: 93 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:

USA – Alex Shinsky 54th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 6-Zachary Herold, 2-Jared Watts (capt.) (20-Boyd Okwuonu, 87), 15-Eriq Zavaleta, 3-Tyler Polak; 10-Luis Gil, 11-Nick Palodichuk, 5-Marlon Duran, 8-Alex Shinsky (14-Carlos Martinez, 66); 9-Jack McInerney, 19-Victor Chavez (18-Andrew Craven, 54)
Subs not used: 4-Perry Kitchen, 7-Stefan Jerome, 21-Keith Cardona, 12-Spencer Richey, 13-Dominick Sarle, 17-William Packwood, 16-Juan Agudelo
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

MWI: 1-Cuthbert Seengwa; 2-Pilirani Zonda, 6-Peter Mselema, 8-Bongani Kaipa, 13-Francis Mulimbika; 7-Tonny Chitsulo (9-Adrew Mpetiwa, 75), 15-Takondwa Issah (12-Gilbert Chirwa, 63), 17-Mike Kaziputa, 18-Kelvin Hanganda, 11-Maxwell Mwanyongo (4-Patience Kalumo, 61); 10-Bruno Milanzi (capt.)
Subs not used: 5-Robert Simkonda, 16-Victor Nangwale, 19-Kingston Chindebvu, 20-Willie Saenda, 21-Jailos Kapalamula
Head coach: John Kaputa

Stats Summary:
USA / MWI
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 11 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 2 / 18

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jack McInerney (caution) 18th minute
MWI – Kelvin Hanganda (caution) 57

Officials:
Referee: Massimo Busacca (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Arnet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Navarro (SUI)
Fourth Official: Subkhiddin Mohd Salle (MAS)

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