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USA puts streak on the line
April 12th, 2013 6:17PM
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[USA UNDER-17 MEN] The U.S. under-17 men's national team will put one of the most impressive streaks in the history of American soccer on the line Sunday when it faces Honduras in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Under-17 Championship. The USA is the only team to have played in every U-17 World Cup. Through the years, many future U.S. stars -- Claudio Reyna, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Jozy Altidore, among others -- graced the U-17 world stage. Other U-17s included a future New York Yankees outfielder, super soccer agent and U-17 Women's World Cup coach. Can you name them?

USA U-17 World Cup Streak:
1985: Qualified for the inaugural tournament after winning the 1983 Concacaf U-16 Championship but sent a different age group team to the final tournament in China.
Notable players: MLB outfielder Curtis Pride, super agent Lyle Yorks.
Coach: Angus McAlpine.

Qualified for finals in Canada by finishing second in Concacaf qualifying in Honduras.
Notable players: World Cup 1998 players Chad Deering and Mike Burns, one-time phenom Steve Snow.
Coach: Roy Rees.

1989: Tied for first with Cuba -- Mexico was suspended from all international play at the time -- at the 1988 Concacaf U-17 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. Beat Brazil in opening game of final tournament in Scotland but did not advance out of its group.
Notable players: World Cup captain Claudio Reyna, UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo, Baba brothers, Nidal and Imad.
Coach: Rees.

1991: First team to reach knockout stage thanks to wins over host Italy, Argentina and China but it lost in quarterfinals to Qatar.
Notable players: U-17 Women's World Cup coach Albertin Montoya, Mike Slivinski and Mark Jonas (both capped later in the year, making them the youngest players ever to represent the USA at the senior level).
Coach: Rees.

1993: Judah Cooks' hat trick -- the first ever by an American -- gave the USA a 5-1 win over Qatar in its final group game to reach the quarterfinals.
Notable players: World Cup midfielder John O'Brien, San Jose Earthquakes keeper Jon Busch.
Coach: Rees.

1995: Three straight losses sent the USA home from the final tournament in Ecuador after the group stage.
Notable players:
Everton keeper Tim Howard, Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando.
Coach: Glenn Myernick.

1997: It was another first-round exit for the Americans with one win -- 4-0 over Austria -- in three games.
Notable players:
Former New England Revs and current ESPN broadcaster Taylor Twellman, Toronto FC defender Danny Califf.
Coach: Jay Miller.

For the only time, the USA reached the final four thanks to a 3-2 win over Mexico in the quarterfinals. The Americans fell to Australia, 7-6 in a shootout in the semifinals after their game ended 2-2.
Notable players: Landon Donovan won the Golden Ball as the tournament's top player, and DaMarcus Beasley finished third in the voting. Other future World Cup players included Oguchi Onyewu and Bobby Convey. Kyle Beckerman was also on the team, the first that had been in residency in Bradenton, Fla.
Coach: John Ellinger.

2001: The USA went winless in the final tournament in a group that included eventual champion France and runner-up Nigeria.
Notable players: National team player Eddie Johnson and former D.C. United star Santino Quaranta were the stars. Current MLS veterans include Mike Magee, Chad Marshall, Justin Mapp, Tyson Wahl.
Coach: Ellinger.

2003: Freddy Adu's coming out began with a hat trick in the 6-1 win over South Korea in the opener. But the tournament ended quietly with a 3-0 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Notable players: Other current pros include Jonathan Spector, Jacob Peterson, Corey Ashe, Eddie Gaven, Michael Harrington.
Coach: Ellinger.

2005: The USA finished first in its group with wins over North Korea (3-2) and Italy (3-1) and a tie with Ivory Coast (1-1) but it fell to the Netherlands (2-0) in the second round.
Notable players:
Current national team players Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez were on the team along with Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic, who now plays for Serbia. Five other players are currently in MLS.
Coach: John Hackworth.

2007: One win in three games was enough to send the USA into the second round, where it fell to Germany, 2-1.
Notable players: Brek Shea plays at Stoke City, and Greg Garza is at Mexican champion Tijuana. Adbus Ibrahim represented Ethiopia at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. Other players included MLS players Sheanon Williams, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Sarkodie, Danny Cruz and Zak MacMath and the late Kirk Urso.
Coach: Hackworth.

2009: The USA recovered from a 2-1 loss to Spain to beat Malawi 1-0 and UAE 1-0 and advance to the second round, where it fell to Italy 2-1.
Notable players: Juan Agudelo, Luis Gil, Jack McInerney and Perry Kitchen are already established MLS players. Will Packwood is at Birmingham City in England.
Coach: Wilmer Cabrera.

2011: The USA needed a 3-2 overtime win over El Salvador to advance to the final tournament in Mexico, where a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in its opener was followed by a 2-1 loss to Uzbekistan, 1-1 tie with New Zealand and 4-0 loss to Germany in the round of 16.
Notable players: Marc Pelosi is at Liverpool, and Jack McBean plays for the LA Galaxy. Mario Rodriguez and Dillon Serna started for the U-20s in their recent qualifying campaign.
Coach: Cabrera.

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