April 24, 2009
U.S. wins, clinches spot in U-17 World Cup
Tijuana, Mexico -- The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team recorded a 4-2 victory over Canada on Thursday night to earn a place at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup and a spot in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-17 tournament.
The U.S. is the only country to qualify for every competition the tournament’s inception in 1985. Coach Wilmer Cabrera’s team will head to Nigeria for the tournament from Oct. 24-Nov. 15, as 24 teams from around the world converge on the west-African country with a hope of lifting the U-17 World Cup trophy.
The U.S. has a chance to clinch the top spot in Group A with a win or a tie against Honduras on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can follow Saturday’s game live from Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico, on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
"We succeeded in qualifying based on the results of the two games and we have played well, both individually and as a team," Cabrera said. "We are the first qualified team but we want to get to the final of this tournament.”
“We will continue to work and we have an important game against Honduras that is the game that will decide who will be first in the group. Honduras is going to be playing to qualify, therefore it should be a very intense game."
Jack McInerney once again took control of the offense, netting two more goals to take his tally to four in two games, a tournament high. McInerney’s first goal was a penalty kick in just the second minute and the forward added a highlight-reel goal in the 30th minute to help the U.S. to a 2-0 lead.
The U.S. took a 3-0 halftime lead on Sebastian Lletget’s second goal of the tournament and rounded out the scoring with a second-half goal from substitute Joseph Gyau.