USA crushes Jamaica in U-17 World Cup qualifier

The USA opened its qualifying campaign for the 2017 U-17 World Cup with a 5-0 win over Jamaica. Ayo Akinolascored two of the five goals, all of which came in the second half.

In a first half in which the Americans outshot Jamaica, 8-3, Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths stopped shots by Blaine Ferri and Akinola – and Andrew Carleton's 22nd-minute penalty kick.

The USA finally beat Griffiths in the 53rd minute when Chris Durkin headed George Acosta's in-swinging corner kick into the net from six yards.

Timothy Weah, a 65th minute sub, made it 2-0 by tapping in an Akinola pass in the 77th minute. Weah had fed Akinola, who juked Shane Ricketts before delivering the return pass.

The final three goals came within seven minutes, beginning with Josh Sargent, who stretched his leg to poke the ball Kendall Edwards was trying to shield past stranded Griffiths in the 87th minute.

Sargent set up Akinola’s first goal, a low drive inside the near post, in the 88th minute. Two minutes into stoppage time, Akinola hammered home a low half-volley from 22 yards.

Results: Concacaf U-17 World Cup Qualifying

The USA faces Mexico, a 6-0 winner over El Salvador, on Wednesday in its second of three Group C games. The top two group finishers advance to the second round, which will determine the region’s four World Cup qualifiers.

April 23 in Panama City
USA 5 Jamaica 0.
Goals: Durkin (Acosta) 53, Weah (Akinola) 77, Sargent (Lindsey) 87, Akinola (Sargent) 88, Akinola 92+.
USA -- Garces; Lindsey, Gloster, Sands, Vasquez; Durkin, Ferri (Vassilev, 88), Acosta (Goslin, 76); Akinola, Sargent, Carleton (Weah, 65).
Jamaica -- Griffiths; Osei, Topey (Edwards, 63), Mullings (Thompson, 61), Gibbons, Ricketts; Verley, Atkinson, Lyons; Parris, Senior (McIntosh, 46).
Referee: Adrian Skeete (Barbados)

Stats: USA/Jamaica
Shots: 22/7
Shots on target: 10/4
Saves: 4/5
Corner Kicks: 10/1
Fouls: 6/11
Offside: 3/2
Yellow cards: USA -- A.J. Vasquez 47+; Gibbons 83.

22 comments about "USA crushes Jamaica in U-17 World Cup qualifier".
  1. Quarterback TD, April 24, 2017 at 8:22 a.m.

    No surprise here. Soccer is not even that big in Jamaica anymore. The teenagers are HIGH (sorry wrong choice of words--LoL) on Track and Field. This has cause a fallout of top athletes playing soccer. It will take a grass roots effort with players with Jamaican heritage playing for other countries to go there and revive the sport. So until then Track is king on the island and growing like a disease.

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 24, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.

    Actually cricket is the top sport there. Creative way to minimize a US success. What will your excuse be if they beat Mexico U-17s on Wednesday?

  3. Quarterback TD replied, April 24, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.

    Fire, you must be a real nutcase we are not talking India and Pakistan. In Jamaica Track events are always sold out from juniors to adults with serious fanfare. If Messi is playing a game and there is a HS track meet also I almost guarantee you Messi game will be empty. People are going insane for kids that are running close to world record times. Not sure where you getting your story but I am sure google is giving results of Jamaica from the 70's and 80's.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 24, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

    Yes, track is popular too but cricket is king in Jamaica. In any event, your tiresome attempts to be negative about US Soccer are predictable.

  5. Quarterback TD replied, April 24, 2017 at 5:22 p.m.

    Not predictable-- just stopping people like you from over hyping meaningless wins and only to be silence when US loses to a major team.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 24, 2017 at 6:22 p.m.

    No one is hyping this win. It isn't meaningless of course because they need to win these games to qualify. But they should be beating Jamaica handily, no question about it.

  7. don Lamb replied, April 24, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.

    Settle down, J/All American/Jake/Gary/Liane/Amir. I don't think you have seen me celebrate any meaningless victories regarding the youth teams. I celebrate the fact that we are producing more and better players than ever before.

  8. don Lamb replied, April 25, 2017 at 8:31 a.m.

    You want facts: How about this one -- A 14 year old American dominated a U17 international club tournament. Another one: a younger FC Dallas team beat an older Real Madrid team at the tournament. Another one: That same week, FCD's U19s also won an international club tournament against impressive competition. Another one: NYRB U17s impressed on their way to finishing 3rd in the Elite division of Gen adidas. Fact: MLS homegrown players are playing a higher percentage of minutes than ever before. Another fact: The US U20s just won CONCACAF for the first time ever, easily handling Mexico in the process. Another one: The US U16s just dismantled Mexico 3-0 in France. These facts are all around you, yet you plead ignorance always asking for facts and numbers. If you were seriously open to the possibility that we could be producing a lot of talent, then you would see this. If you simply are bitter and have a narrative about how youth development in the US is not fair and not as good as Brazil and therefore awful, then you can continue to ignore these facts and go on with your narrative. For the record, I am not blind to our issues. It's just that I see our successes, too. You act like I am completely one-sided (a cheerleader), but you are wrong in that assessment, too. We have a long way to go, but I have some perspective on where we have come from, which might separate me from you.

  9. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 25, 2017 at 9:56 a.m.

    I didn't bother with Kumar's wall of text beyond the first sentence or two. We went through this last week. Both the Dallas and Real Madrid teams were not full-strength teams. Most of Dallas's best youth players were in fact winning another youth tournament at the time. Of course, if Real had won you would be touting that result non-stop as evidence of how terrible we are. Hope I won't be accused of "killing democracy" because of this comment. Kumar has an inflated sense of self-importance. We are a bunch of dudes writing opinions on youth soccer in a corner of the internet that 99.99% of internet users will never see. The stakes just aren't that high.

  10. Goal Goal, April 25, 2017 at 2:29 p.m.

    Did you ever notice of all the national teams that we have on the boys/men side that there is very little representation by FC Dallas overall? We all know that FC Dallas has one of the best or the best Development Academies in the entire US Soccer program. That would = exceptional coaching and better developed player overall. So with that being said why are their players not being seen more than they are when these teams are picked? My answer is the Dallas coaching staff is better than our national team coaches and they don't want there kids being tainted. Any response?

  11. don Lamb replied, April 25, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.

    The younger national teams are full of FCD players. That academy didn't start producing players on the regular until about 3 years ago, so, like everything else, it will take time. Also, you are forgetting about Kellyn Acosta, perhaps the brightest prospect in US soccer.

  12. don Lamb replied, April 26, 2017 at 8:58 a.m.

    Where do you see that? Forgive me if I don't trust your word, but the above saga is why. Either way, that number doesn't include guys like Davies who signed at the end of last season, or Brooks Lennon, who was in Liverpool for a couple of years before coming back to RSL, or a few others who signed at the end of last season.

  13. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 26, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.

    Don, why don't we adopt Kumar's fact-free style of argument? I'll give it a shot. Kumar, didn't you know that MLS signed 400 homegrown American players this year and they are playing 98% of the minutes in the league this season? I can't find a link to any source but just trust me.

  14. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 26, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.

    The list you linked to shows 14, not 10 signed in 2017. Also, the list shows that in past years, homegrowns were signed throughout the season. It's only April so we have to wait until later in the year to compare. So your negativism is misplaced yet again.

  15. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 26, 2017 at 1:42 p.m.

    Also, several of the 2016 signings were after the season ended. So there have been more signings this offseason than in the past according to the source you linked to. Please try harder. Thank you.

  16. don Lamb replied, April 26, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.

    J - FCD's three teenage professionals are in the youth national teams. Acosta would be with the U21s if he were not already featuring for the full nats. Zendejas was in the youth pool before probably switching to Mexico. Gonzalez is 21 and is eligible to represent Mexico (which he has) or the US at senior level. There is an amateur player who is with the 15s. Coy Craft has been with youth national teams also. If you ask me, I'd say that the national team pools are littered with FCD players from the 21s on down. That's eight players from FCD in the pool from 21 on down.

  17. don Lamb replied, April 26, 2017 at 1:55 p.m.

    This does not include the players who are in pools that have not made final rosters... No doubt about the fact that FCD has played a major role in our youth national team program over the last few years.

  18. don Lamb replied, April 26, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

    Thanks, J. The research is not the negative thing. It is your interpretation, which is often wrong, of the facts that is at issue.

  19. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 26, 2017 at 3 p.m.

    Also Paxton Pomykal would surely be with the U-17s but he misses the cutoff by 2 weeks.

  20. don Lamb replied, April 26, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

    Check out Pomykal's goal against Belarus yesterday for the 18s.

  21. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 26, 2017 at 6:49 p.m.

    Nice goal Don but it must have been against a B team or something. We all know all Americans are terrible at soccer and only Kumar has the answer.

  22. Goal Goal, April 25, 2017 at 9:52 p.m.

    FC Dallas has 1 player on men's national teams from u17 down. The FC Dallas player is on the U17

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