February 25, 2011
A PLACE IN THE FINAL
U.S. U 17s top Jamaica 2-0, will face Canada
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – A goal and assist from captain Marc Pelosi gave the U.S. to a 2-0 victory against hosts Jamaica in the semifinal of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Andrew Oliver added his third of the tournament and the United States posted their second shutout in advancing to the final.
“This was one of our better games in this championship,” said U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “The crowd was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. This was the first time for some of our players to play in this environment and it’s a wonderful experience. Jamaica was a tough team but we were able to deal with a lot of things for 90 minutes tonight.”
In the 10th minute, the U.S. pulled ahead off a strike from Pelosi. Alejandro Guido delivered a low driven corner kick across the box, and the Jamaican attempt to clear resulted in a pop up inside the box. Alfred Koroma won the air battle and powered a header towards goal, and an unmarked Pelosi wheeled and left footed a rifle off the underside of the crossbar. The goal was his second of the tournament, following the game-winner in the 112th minute against El Salvador that clinched the USA’s spot in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Oliver buried a pass from Pelosi who had beaten his marker to the endline and cut the ball back towards the six-yard box. Oliver’s calm finish was his third in four matches in the tournament.
The U.S. will face Canada in the championship match on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at Catherine Hall Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3, and fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. Canada advanced to the final with a 1-0 victory against Panama earlier in the day.