The U.S. under-17 boys national team won its first international tournament of the '92 cycle when it beat Ecuador, 2-1, in the final of the La Serena Cup in northern Chile.
way for the Americans was Jack McInerney
, who scored both goals in the final to give him three goals in four games. Earl
started three games in goal, allowing just one goal, a penalty against Ecuador in the final.
Coach Wilmer Cabrera
gave all 18
players on the trip at least one start.
The competition was in preparation for the 2009 CONCACAF Championship campaign, which opens against Cuba April 21 in Tijuana, Mexico. The event
will mark the first time since 1996 that CONCACAF has held a championship event for under-17 boys at a single venue. U.S. CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Schedule April 21 --
Cuba April 23 --
Canada April 25 --
Honduras April 29 --
Semifinals May 2 --
Third-Place Game/Final (All games at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana.)