Tuesday, March 17, 2015

U-17s Clinch World Cup Berth

It wasn't pretty, but the U.S. U-17s are bound for the World Cup in Chile this fall. Pitted against Jamaica, the club that dealt the U.S. their first loss in the tournament, the Americans again struggled to generate offense. After playing to a 0-0 tie, the U.S. pulled off a 5-4 shootout victory sending them to Chile along with Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras. The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2013 U-17 World Cup when they were upset in the knockout round by Honduras 3-1.

The U.S. last appeared in the World Cup in 2011 (tournaments are every two years) where they were knocked out of the Round of 16 by Germany, 4-0. They finished the tournament 1-2-1 with a win over the Czech Republic, a draw versus New Zealand and a loss to Uzbekistan in group play. That U.S. side featured Dillon Serna (Colorado), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy) and Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana). Matches start for the 2015 Cup on October 17th.

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