USA continued winning in the CONCACAF U-17 semi-final Championship

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USA continued winning in the CONCACAF U-17 semi-final Championship

The winning band of the US national under-17 team continued on Friday when they thrashed the same version of the Jamaican national team in the semi-final of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, 2 - 0.

The match was staged at Catherine Hall Montego Bay, the place where the Yanks played their quarter-final of the cup against, El Salvador. US defeated Salvadorians 3 - 2.

Stars and Stripes will be facing Canadian national team in the final of the tournament on Sunday at the same venue. The Canadians beat Panama in their second last match of the championship, 1 - 0. The early goal for the Reds came from a free kick in the 8th minute of the first half.

The US team has won all the matches in the contest including scrimmages against Cuba and Panama in the pool matches and El Salvador in the quarter-final. The young team’s performance has earned them a berth in the World Cup which will be staged later in the year in Mexico. The hosts of the under-17 championship, Jamaica have also qualified for the world contest. The contenders of the other semi-final, Canada and Panama are also in the World Cup.

The US players did manage to impress head coach, Wilmer Cabrera with the brilliant knack they showed from the start of the tournament. The extra effort the manager put in the team finally paid off. Just one scrimmage is left between them and the trophy.

However, the alums of some of the best academies did show what training they got from their soccer alma maters. Players with the likes of Paul Arriola from Arsenal FC, Jack McBean from Los Angeles Galaxy and goalie Fernando Pina from Houston Dynamo all played a vital part in keeping the winning stream flowing for the young Stars and Stripes.

The team placed the first goal on the scoreboard earlier in the first half when Marc Pelosi converted a corner kick in the 10th minute of the first half. The Jamaicans half stopped the ball but the skipper’s foot found the ball in the corner of the post and ushered it into the net to materialize the kick in to a score for the team.

The second goal was also assisted by the captain of the outfit as he passed the ball to the West Side United striker Andrew Oliver, who was called in by Cabrera in later in the second half. He took the ball all the way to the posts and cemented the lead for the North Americans in the injury time of the second half. However, watching the game all through the 90-minute stretch, the performance of the Yanks was marvellous and the one goal lead was like a mountain for the hosts to climb. The eleventh hour goal by the US forward was the topping on the Jamaican mince meat pie.

Nonetheless, the Jamaican coach Wendell Downswell also tried to take the game in the last minutes of the first half and later in the second period when they were just one goal short of drawing the match at full time but the Americans superseded them with great tactical skills.

The next scrimmage of the tournament will be staged at the same venue, Catherine Hall Stadium on 27 February at 1900 Hrs, local time. USA national team will face Canada as their opposition in the quest for the title.



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