Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
Williams praises U-17s' resolve in opener
April 9th, 2013 7:58PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-HAITI: Reaction] U.S. under-17 national team coach Richie Williams said his players did a great job for their first time out, their 3-0 win over Haiti to open the Concacaf U-17 Championship.

"A lot of times the first game of a tournament is difficult, with a little bit of nerves," Williams said. "I thought that the guys did a very good job and we got a result. That’s important.”

Williams said he wasn't surprised about the pressure the Haitians provided, particularly in the first half before Christopher Lema's opening goal.

“No, not surprised at all," he said. "I’ve played against Haiti when I played for the national team and you saw Haiti in the U-20 qualifying and they have a lot of talent. They’re athletic, they’re strong, they’re fast and they can play. They’re definitely a difficult team to play against. We tried to make sure our guys were aware, and early in the first half they came at us with pace. We thought if we kept our composure, we passed better and kept our shape a little bit better we would get our opportunities, which we did. After our defense settled down, I don’t think we gave them too much to look at in front of the goal.”

Williams was impressed with Lema, who scored the game’s first two goals.

“Chris had a great game for us," he said. "He was very good on the ball, very good passing, was able to link up our defenders with our attackers, obviously took the penalty and had a nice second goal. He was very good tonight. Chris has been improving with our group from Day 1. He’s a valuable player for us and it’s great to see him grow as a player and to go out and score some goals for us.”



2 comments
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: April 10, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.
    Good luck on hoping for better commentary from the announcers Ric!

  1. Kerry Solomon
    commented on: April 11, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.
    Nice to see our younger teams doing well against tough opposition and keeping their cool. Skill level is good also. Interesting that former US players are having success coaching the youth teams. Looks like that was a very good move.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
U.S. Youth Futsal names 10 teams for international play    
U.S. Youth Futsal has named rosters for five boys and five girls teams, U-12 through U-18, ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women convene in California     
Coach Michelle French has gathered a 24-player U-20 women's national team squad for a July 22-29 ...
U.S. Club Soccer: 31 champions    
Thirty-one champions were crowned at the U.S. Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPL) Finals and the ...
Results: ECNL National Finals     
The girls Elite Club National League (ECNL) national championship titles for U-15, U-16 and U-17 were ...
Development Academy honors include best 'style of play'    
Unique in postseason awards, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy recognizes teams for best "style of play" ...
Development Academy National Championships Results     
The Chicago Fire won the U-17/18 division while FC Dallas was crowned U-15/16 champions at the ...
Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire reach Development Academy U-17/18 final     
Real Salt Lake AZ and the Chicago Fire won their semifinals on Thursday in Carson, Calif., ...
FC Dallas, Red Bulls reach Development Academy U-15/16 final    
Georgia United U-15/16, the only non-MLS club to reach the semifinals of either age group in ...
U.S. U-18 boys winless at NTC Invitational     
The U.S. U-18 men's national team lost to Uruguay, 2-1, and tied the Czech Republic, 1-1, ...
MLS clubs take 7 of 8 Development Academy semifinal spots    
Georgia United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in the U-15/16 quarterfinals in a penalty kick shootout to ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives