U-17 MNT Takes on Germany in Round of 16 of 2011 World Cup in Queretaro, Mexico
After a dramatic second-place finish in Group D, the U.S. has arrived in Queretaro, Mexico, to prepare for a Round of 16 match against Group E champion Germany. With a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinals at stake, the match kicks off at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) on Thursday, June 30, at Estadio Corregidora, live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the game on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Germany
Estadio Corregidora; Queretaro, Mexico
June 29, 2011
ONTO THE SWEET 16: After a dramatic second-place finish in Group D, the U.S. has arrived in Queretaro, Mexico, to prepare for a Round of 16 match against Group E champion Germany. With a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinals at stake, the match kicks off at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) on Thursday, June 30, at Estadio Corregidora, live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the game on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
DRAWING OF LOTS: Entering the final match day of Group D, all four teams were locked on three points, and the U.S. and New Zealand were even on every tie-breaking category. Uzbekistan beat the Czech Republic 2-1 to clinch the top spot in the group, and the U.S. and New Zealand played to a scoreless draw to finish tied across all categories. It took a drawing of lots to determine who would finish second or third in Group D, with the U.S. drawn into second place to set up a date with Germany. New Zealand also advanced as a third-place team, and will play Japan on Wednesday, June 29. All eight Round of 16 games will be shown live on ESPN3.com.
AUSTRALIA COMPLETES THE FIELD: The final scheduled group match between Australia and Denmark ended more than 12 hours after it was supposed to. Heavy rains and lightning in Queretaro forced Sunday night's match to be suspended and replayed on Monday morning at 10 a.m. With an 89th minute goal clinching the 1-1 draw, Australia also sealed its place in the knock out stage and is set for a match against fellow Asian side Uzbekistan on Wednesday afternoon in Torreon.
KNOCK-OUT STAGE SET: With the final group match between Australia and Denmark finished, the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup is set. Host Mexico and Germany are the only two teams that won all three group matches. Japan, England and Brazil each won their respective group with seven points and Uzbekistan was the only team to finish atop its group with six points.
REPRESENTING THE REGION: Three CONCACAF teams have advanced to the knock-out stage, as Mexico, the U.S. and Panama will all represent the region in the Round of 16. At least one CONCACAF team is guaranteed to move on to the quarterfinals, as Mexico and Panama will meet in the second round. The U.S. will face Germany, one of three European teams in the Round of 16 along with England and France, with South America the only other region with three representatives in Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina.
REGRESAMOS A QUERETARO: The USA's second-place finish in Group D meant a return to Queretaro, where the U.S. held a training camp in late April that included two friendlies against Mexico in Estadio Corregidora. More than 20,000 fans watched Mexico top the United States 1-0 on April 27 and 2-0 on May 1. All 21 players on the U.S. World Cup roster took part in that camp, staying in the same hotel and using the same training facilities that the team is using ahead of the Round of 16 game against Germany.
STRAIGHT TO PENALTIES: In May, the FIFA Executive Committee voted to bypass extra time in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and, should a knock-out game end in a draw, it would move directly to a penalty kick shootout. The new policy will also be in effect for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
EACH WITH ONE OUT: The U.S. will be without the services of midfielder Marc Pelosi, who has served as the team's captain in the first three matches, after her earned two yellow cards against New Zealand. For their part, Germany will be without starting midfielder Okan Aydin, who received a straight red card in the team's final group game against Panama.
Cabrera changed his lineup in the third match against New Zealand when he started Alfred Koroma, giving the forward his first start of the tournament. The head coach will have to change his lineup at least once more against Germany as he'll be without the services of suspended team captain Marc Pelosi.
U.S. players Tarik Salkicic, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr and Joe Amon each enter the match with a yellow card. Another caution against Germany would mean a one-match suspension if the U.S. were to advance.
U.S. goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has allowed just two goals in seven games he's started this year. Both of those goals came against Uzbekistan, which was also the first loss McIntosh has suffered this year.
The U.S. and Germany have both earned two shutouts from their three group games.
Including the win against the Czech Republic in Group D, the U.S. holds a 6-8-2 record against European teams at this competition.
Germany is one of only two teams to have won all three of its group matches at the World Cup (the other is host Mexico).
German forward Samed Yesil scored three of Germany's six goals during the final round of UEFA qualifying in May.
Germany is the only team to score six goals in one match at this tournament, a 6-1 win against Ecuador in their opener.
Neither the U.S. nor Germany will hold training sessions at Estadio Corregidora to ensure that the pitch is at its best for Thursday's matches.
In total 569,913 people attended the 36 group matches in the six venues across Mexico, with an average of 15,380 supporters per game.
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. 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.