[USA-MALAWI REPORT CARD]
Soccer America's Paul Kennedy
rates the U.S. players in Thursday's 1-0 win over Malawi at the
Under-17 World Cup.
Once again, the USA had a big edge in possession but little to show for it. Indeed, the Americans created fewer good opportunities against Malawi than they did
against Spain on Monday.
The U.S. backline, very shaky in the first half against Spain, was much more more composed against the Young Flames, who played themselves offside time and
time again with little effort by the American defenders.
After an initial charge, the Americans refused to be drawn into a foot race with Malawi. Especially in the second half, they
were content to pass the ball around in midfield.
The trouble was in the final third, where Jack McInerney
never looked comfortable. Andrew Craven
came on for Victor Chavez
in the second half and brought energy but little in the way of skills to break down the
All in all, it was a subdued performance by the Americans, but Coach Wilmer Cabrera
gets this first victory.USA-MALAWI REPORT CARD U.S. Players:
Earl Edwards (Nomads SC) 5
Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC) 5
Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride) 5
Jared Watts (North Meck SC) 6
Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy) 6
Marlon Duran (Latino Americana) 6
Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC) 6
Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC) 4
Jack McInerney (Cobb SC)
Victor Chavez (Real So Cal) Subs: 4
Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers) 4
(Wilmington Jr.) NR
Boyd Okwuonu (Tulsa Thunder) (1=low; 5-average; 10;-high.)