Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
Five things we learned about U.S. U-17s
by Paul Kennedy, June 22nd, 2011 4:33PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP] Here are five things we learned about the USA, 2-1 loser to Uzbekistan in their Group D game at the Under-17 World Cup in Torreon, Mexico ...

Shadows of themselves. So much for the enterprising, crisp play that marked Sunday's 3-0 win over the Czech Republic. Wilmer Cabrera's U-17s -- the same starting XI that disposed of the Czechs -- were shadows of themselves.

Carroll has nightmare. Towering Zach Carroll, inserted into the starting lineup since qualifying and so confident in the opening game against the Czech Republic, was at fault on both goals. He failed to clear a ball in the air and was beaten to the ball by Timur Khakimov, who laid it off to Bobir Davlatov, who scored from outside the area. On the second goal, Carroll needlessly took down Abbosbek Makhstaliev, who converted the penalty himself.

Koroma is manchild. Alfred Koroma is listed at 6-foot, 160 pounds, but he plays much bigger than that. For the second game in a row, he came off the bench and instantly scored a great individual goal, brushing aside his marker and scoring the USA's short-lived equalizer.

Where was Guido? A lot of was expected of Alejandro Guido, the U.S. playmaker who was raised in Tijuana but schooled on the San Diego side of the border. He played well against the Czechs but was a non-factor against Uzbekistan and subbed out late in the game.

Cut out the whining. An unfortunate part of the American game is the habit of players to whine when things go wrong. Against Uzbekistan, you saw far too much complaining by the U.S. U-17s when they only had themselves to blame for being outhustled all afternoon.

June 22 in Torreon
USA 1 Uzbekistan 2. Goals: Koroma 47; Davlatov 13, Makhstliev pen. 54.
USA -- McIntosh, Acosta, Fehr, Carroll, Amon (Smith, 46), E.Rodriguez (Koroma, 46), Dunn, Guido (Melo, 82), Pelosi, M.Rodriguez, Arriola.
Uzbekistan -- Kholmurodov, Rakhmanov, Haydarov (Jurabaev, 90), Mansurov, Makhstliev, Muratov, Sabirkhodjaev, Kholmurodov (Yarbekov, 60), Davlatov, Mirabdullaev, T.Khakimov (Ubaydullaev, 82).
Yellow Cards: USA -- Amon 34, Carroll 57, Fehr 57; Ukbekistan -- T.Khakimov 51.



0 comments
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: June 25, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
    I've been touting Cabrera as MNT coach. It's probably not being considered anyway, but I would hope that one down performance wouldn't hurt his chances to become MNT coach, presuming that there is a chance to start with.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
SoccerGrlProbs takes first in venture tournament    
SoccerGrlProbs, started by a trio of Fairfield University's women's player, took first place in the for-profit ...
Garber vs. Klinsmann, different timetables and goals    
Speaking at the annual Associated Press Sports Editors talk, MLS commissioner Don Garber pressed his case ...
USL Weekend: Unbeaten Rhinos don't believe in shortcuts    
Of the five teams still unbeaten in the USL, the most impressive has been Rochester Rhinos, ...
NASL Weekend: Upstarts Atlanta and Indy still unbeaten    
The Atlanta Silverbacks, under first-year coach Gary Smith, host the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Sanchez    
"The recent losses by the Mexican national team and sub-22 are shameful. Is someone doing anything ...
Unbeaten Red Bulls get bicoastal test against Galaxy    
Montreal takes a second consecutive weekend off to play in the Concacaf Champions League finals, which ...
What They're Saying: Nat Borchers    
"Erin, will you go to the prom with Nick?" -- Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers, while ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"We've looked at his performances and said they've been really good ones for us and he ...
Video Pick: The rise and return of Sacha Kljestan     
The latest episode of the excellent MLS Insider mini-doc series, "Sacha Kljestan's Career Comes Full Circle ...
NWSL Thursday: A-Rod hands champs first win    
Amy Rodriguez's goal early in the second half gave FC Kansas City a 1-0 win over ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives