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USA beats Jamaica to move into final
by Paul Kennedy, February 25th, 2011 9PM
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[CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA is one game from winning the Concacaf under-17 championship for the first time since 1992 thanks to a 2-0 win over host Jamaica that moved it into Sunday's final against Canada in Montego Bay (TV: ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, live, 7 pm ET).

Marc Pelosi scored one goal in the 10th minute and set up Andrew Oliver's second-half injury time goal to lead the Americans past Jamaica.

The U.S. made five changes to the starting lineup from the quarterfinal victory against El Salvador. Kendall McIntosh started in goal in place of Fernando Pina, who was shown a red card in the last match. Three other U.S. players were unavailable. Kellyn Acosta picked up two yellows against El Salvador while Matt Dunn and Mario Rodriguez were shown their second cautions of the tournament.

“This was one of our better games in this championship,” said U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “The crowd was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. This was the first time for some of our players to play in this environment and it’s a wonderful experience. Jamaica was a tough team but we were able to deal with a lot of things for 90 minutes tonight.”

Canada beat Panama 1-0 in the first semifinal.
 
All four semifinalists have qualified for the 2011 Under-17 World Cup, which will be held in Mexico June 18-July 10.
 
Semifinals
Feb. 25 in Montego Bay
Jamaica 0 USA 2. Goals: Pelosi 10, Oliver 90+2.
Jamaica -- Trench, Jenkins, Wallace, Powell, Smith, Williams, Holness, Wright, Lewis (Benbow, 65), Palmer, J.Brown (Jones, 74)
USA -- McIntosh, Smith, Fehr, Carroll, Amon, Pelosi, Salkicic, Guido, E.Rodriguez, McBean, Koroma (Oliver, 82)
Referee: Ricardo Arellano (Mexico).



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