After Sunday's convincing 3-0 win against Czech Republic, the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team finds itself tied for first place in Group D of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The young Americans continue their campaign in their second group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET).
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Notes
USA vs. Uzbekistan
June 21, 2011
UZBEKS ON TAP: After Sunday's convincing 3-0 win against Czech Republic, the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team finds itself tied for first place in Group D of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The young Americans continue their campaign in their second group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET). That game from Estadio Torreon will be shown live on ESPN3 and Galavision, and on tape delay on ESPNU. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
THE SCENARIOS: If New Zealand defeats or draws the Czech Republic on Wednesday and the U.S. tops Uzbekistan, the U.S. would be assured a top two finish in the group, and a place in the Round of 16. If Czech Republic beats New Zealand and the U.S. beats Uzbekistan, six points would likely be enough to send the USA to the knockout stage. The United States would also still be alive in the group with a draw or even a loss on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has yet to give up a goal in a game he's started in 2011, posting four shutouts in four starts. His lone goal allowed was a penalty kick after he entered the game against El Salvador on Feb. 22 as a sub.
Esteban Rodriguez continued his streak of playing every minute of official competitions this year, with his 510 minutes from the qualifying tournament combining with 90 minutes in the World Cup opener.
Rodriguez, Mobi Fehr and Alfred Koroma are the only players to appear in all 11 U.S. international matches in 2011.
Alejandro Guido's fifth-minute goal against the Czech Republic marked the second straight time that the U.S. has scored within five minutes of the opening whistle of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
With the win, the U.S. improved its record against European teams at the U-17 World Cup to 6-8-2.
It was the first time the U.S. has won its opening game at the U-17 World Cup since 2005.
The U.S. was the first team to post three goals against the Czech Republic since Turkey on Sept. 27, 2010, a 1-6 Czech loss.
Sunday's 3-0 win was the first shutout by a U.S. team in the opening game of the U-17 World Cup since 1991, when the U.S. topped Italy 1-0.
The match against the Czechs was also just the fourth time in 49 games at the FIFA U-17 World Cup that the United States won by three or more goals.
The U.S. also won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship game 3-0 against Canada on Feb. 27, with goals from Nate Smith, Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma.
Cabrera's lineup had four changes from that championship game, with Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Mobi Fehr and Alejandro Guido stepping into Sunday's starting lineup.
Both players on the U.S. roster born in 1995 - Arriola and Acosta - earned the start against the Czech Republic.
Seven players representing U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs started the opening game.
U.S. captain Marc Pelosi earned his 27th career cap on Saturday, adding to his team high.
There are 18 players on the roster who lifted the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship trophy in February.
FOURTH BY THREE: The win against the Czech Republic on June 19 was the first U.S. win by three goals or more at this event since a Freddy Adu hat trick helped the 2003 team top Korea Republic 6-1 in Finland. The only other wins by three or more came on Sept. 11, 1997, against Australia (4-0) and Aug. 26, 1993, against Qatar (5-1).
A LOOK AT THE U.S. ROSTER: Head coach Wilmer Cabrera named his 21-player roster on June 9, the day before the team traveled to Torreon to begin training. The U.S. roster features 18 players who took home the regional crown at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February. There are 15 players representing 14 different clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with Arsenal FC the only club to send two players to Mexico in Paul Arriola and Wade Hamilton.