April 26, 2009
A PERFECT THREE
U.S. U-17s win again in CONCACAF
Tijuana, Mexico -- The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Honduras, 3-0, to take the top place in Group A of the CONCACAF U-17 tournament. The win gave coach Wilmer Cabrera’s team three victories in as many games.
Nicholas Palodichuck, who had not played in either of the first two games, scored the first and third goals for the U.S. Jack McInerney added a goal in the 28th minute, bringing his total to a tournament-high five goals in three games.
With a berth to the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria locked up on Thursday, Cabrera was able to change his lineup and six new starters took the field against Honduras. With Dustin Corea and Emilio Orozco both entering the game at the start of the second half, all 20 players on the U.S. roster saw action during the group phase.
“It was a pretty match,” said Cabrera,. “We had six players play who were not starters and with the other five players, we confronted a Honduran team who knew they had qualified already and that probably changed their perspective of the game.
“Our first objective was to qualify for the World Cup. Our second objective was to play the greatest number of players possible. We have accomplished our tasks and we have done it by winning.”
Honduras sealed its place in Nigeria before even taking the field, as Canada’s loss to Cuba was enough to give the Central American nation one of the top two places in Group A. Despite both teams’ assured progression to the next round, the two sides had much to play for. The winner would take the group title and play the second place finisher from Group B in the semifinals on Wednesday, April 29.