November 1, 2009
U.S. win, in U-17 WC 2nd round
IJEBU-ODE, Nigeria -- The U.S. Under-17 men reached the second round of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates at Gateway International Stadium in their final match in Group E Sunday.
Jack McInerney’s first-half goal proved the difference in the Americans' second consecutive shutout.
McInerney scored his second goal of the tournament off a rebound of a Nick Palodichuk shot in the 35th minute, slotting home inside the left post from six yards with goalkeeper Ahmed Shambih scrambling to recover.
The U.S. (2-1-0, six points) finished in second place in Group E and advanced to the round of 16 at the tournament, where the Americans will face Italy, winners of Group F, Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. ET in Kaduna, Nigeria (the match can be followed live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, at twitter.com/ussoccer and at espn360.com. The television broadcast information will be announced soon).
Spain (3-0-0, nine), which defeated the U.S., 2-1, in its opening match, took first in the group with nine points, while UAE has also advanced on three points as one of the four best third-place teams.
It was the fourth consecutive U-17 World Cup where the U.S. has advanced past the group stage, and seventh overall. The U.S. is the only nation to have participated in all 13 events.
“We are really pleased with today’s performance," U.S. coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "I want to congratulate UAE, who have a very good team and were very competitive. The play was very good from the kids tonight. They moved the ball around well and created good opportunities. We came to play good football, play a good match and move the ball forward. We were only able to score once, but that one was enough to give us the chance to get to the next round.”