Mexico, the two-time winner of the Under-17 World Cup and defending regional champion, trailed for most of the first half against Puerto Rico before rallying for a 2-1 in the round of 16 at the
Concacaf Under-17 Men's Championship in Bradenton, Florida.
Puerto Rican Jose Luis Lopez
's goal in the sixth minute was the first goal Mexico allowed in the tournament and El Tri
trailed until the 42nd minute when Jesus Gomez
scored on a free kick. Israel Luna
won the game with a goal in the 68th minute.
The LA Galaxy's Efrain Alvarez
the game on the bench but was subbed in to start the second half. Mexico will face El Salvador in the quarterfinals.
The four quarterfinal winners will advance to the 2019 U-17 World Cup
in Brazil. Round of 16, Results: May 8 in Bradenton, Fla.
2 Puerto Rico
(Gomez 42, Luna 68; Lopez 7.) El Salvador
1. (Vasquez 45, Flores 70; Wright 82.) Haiti
2 Dominican Republic
0. (Own goal 28,
Christophe 34.) Honduras
4 Trinidad & Tobago
1. (Miranda 46, 76, 88, Aguilera 61; Sheppard 57.) Round of
May 9 in Bradenton, Fla. USA
vs. Guadeloupe Panama
vs. Guatemala Costa Rica