Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
USA needs improvement despite opening win
by Paul Kennedy, February 14th, 2011 7:28PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA held off Cuba for a 3-1 win Monday in their opening Group B game at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Alfred Koroma, who returned to the U-17 residency program after a year off, had the lone goal in the second half. Andrew Oliver added a goal and an assist, and Esteban Rodriguez scored the third goal.

Cuba had its chances, however. Klanze Froese hit the crossbar late in the first half, and after Dairon Perez cut the deficit to 3-1 in the 69th minute, U.S. goalie Fernando Pina was called up to stop Javier Aguilar on a breakaway.

“We did not play our best game tonight but we were able to win and that’s important in this tournament,” said U.S. coach Wilmer Cabrera. “We have to improve ourselves because we did not play a complete game, but hopefully it will be a good lesson for the kids to understand that we have to play our best in every game if we want to go to the World Cup. The most important thing for us is to take care of ourselves first and make sure that we get better and show a better quality to our game.”

The USA is now off until Friday when it faces Panama at Jarrett Park.

In Monday's other game, Costa Rica beat Haiti, 3-1, in the Group A opener.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals with berths at the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico on the line.

Feb. 14 in Montego Bay
USA 3 Cuba 1. Goals: Koroma 27, Oliver 46, E.Rodriguez 50; Lopez 68.
USA --
Pina, Smith, Souders, Fehr, Acosta, E.Rodriguez, Dunn, Serna (Allen, 72), Oliver, M.Rodriguez (McBean, 73), Koroma (Salkicic, 76).
Cuba -- Sanchez, Labrada, Diz, Rosales, Froese, Collado, Perez (Capote, 71), Herrera (Lopez, 60), Piedra, Aguilar, Mezquia.
Yellow Cards: USA -- Salkicic 81; Cuba -- Labrada 35, Froese 78.
Referee: Enrico Winjgaarde (Surinam)



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
D.C. and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw in preseason action on Friday. Two matches ...
49ers and NBA Kings ante up on Sac MLS bid    
Sacramento Republic FC ownership continues to grow with the announcement that San Francisco 49ers owner and ...
U.S. women head to Europe without three stars    
Four months ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup, the USA heads to Europe for friendlies ...
MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick will return    
Out-of-market packages MLS Live, MLS's subscription streaming service, and MLS Direct Kick, MLS's cable and satellite ...
What They're Saying: Paul Rogers    
"Did I want to pull out [of the U.S. team] this close to a World Cup? ...
MLS Trade Central: Agudelo returns to Revs    
The New England Revolution got a boost for its MLS title hopes when 22-year-old Juan Agudelo ...
Chelsea vs. Man City: Showdown At Stamford Bridge     
On Saturday, two of the most expensive teams money can buy will square off in a ...
What They're Saying: Bob Gansler    
"I'm doing fine. I recovered quite quickly, to their surprise. I was able to leave (the ...
Video Pick: Back-heel volley golazo from Chelsea youngster     
Kasey Palmer, an 18-year-old midfielder, scored this beautiful goal in U-21 action against West Ham.
Obituary: Milton Aimi    
Milton Aimi played a variety of roles in spurring the growth of soccer in Texas and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives