Youth Soccer News: 2011 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP UPDATE USA Battle New Zealand Final Game Report
The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team battled New Zealand in the 2011FIFA U17 World Cup today in Pachuca, Mexico, and as these two teams clash with good crossing and strong defense, the match remained scoreless ending in a draw.
FIFA U17 WOLRD CUP STANDINGS For Group D: Uzbekistan is on top of the table with 6 points and the USA is tied with New Zealand with 4 points each and Czech Republic finish with 3 points.
USA vs New Zealand Game Report: As fans crowded the stadium and watched the FIFA U17 World Cup on TV around the world, it was an endless series back and forth action resulting in no goals scored with both teams passing through this round.
Total Ball Control: New Zealand 51% of possession and USA 49% of possession.
Fans watched as a series of free kicks went for power and soared way over the cross bar and efforts to score went wild to the right and left.
All the players worked hard and the USA maintained the majority of the possession of the soccer ball in the first half. However, the technical accuracy was lacking to effectively use the control to score. In the second half, the New Zealand U17 team controlled more but was equally unable to get the connection and score.
USA U17 Captain Marc Pelosi received two yellow cards and was sent off the field in the 67th minute of the match. It was almost as if the referee wanted to make an example of the team captain as he handed out the yellow for a relatively minor offense with no vicious acts.
The first yellow card was handed out in the 25th minute to Pelosi. The second yellow card was given to New Zealand as the half hour horns were blown.
What should have been a knock out round progressed into a series of challenges that could not be successfully turned in to a clear victory.
Even as the 82nd minute passed, the struggle for the soccer ball continued and with so much to play for in Group D, USA passed the ball with control and ease but could not get past the New Zealand’s defenses.
USA was forced to play down with only 10 on the field for a significant amount of time in the second half, after Pelosi was sent off. It is never easy when you have lost a man, but the team successfully kept its shape but neither U17 team maintained any real goal scoring efforts as the match progressed.
Fans became restless towards the end of the match as became apparent the game would end in a draw. As the players passed the ball back and forth to each other without any attempt at a challenge, the referee blew his final whistle and both teams pass through.
FIFA headquarters will determine if USA places ahead of New Zealand as the game ended in a draw.
FIRST HALF RECAP:
America had possession 56% of the time in the first half and although we had the majority of possession, the team was not been able to find the back of the net. While the USA was able to get dangerously close several times, the shots went wild. There was a lot of tension among the players and it is evident the pressure is on to win this match.
Watching these American soccer players on the pitch, it is hard to imagine they are on all so young. U17 players can't drive, drink or even really watch a R rated movie alone. (Remember the definition states that R rated movies are suitable for those under 17 years of age only when accompanied by an adult.) These young men represent our country with pride and dedication on the soccer field.
Going into this round of the FIFA U17 World Cup, both U17 teams were tied for the top place in Group D based on all tiebreakers making this match at Estadio Hidalgo. Now that honor has been given up to Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan pulled off the surprise of the FIFA U-17 World Cup so far with a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic, to secure top place in Group D.
Background on today's U17 World Cup Match - it is all on the line: After earning a 3-0 win against the Czech Republic on June 19, the U.S. fell 2-1 to Uzbekistan on June 22, but is still very much alive in the tournament. With all four teams in Group D tied on three points through two games, everything is up for grabs on Saturday. Any team that wins on Saturday will earn a place in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, and any team that loses might be eliminated from the competition.
Group D Results
Date Match Kickoff (local/ET) Venue
June 19 New Zealand 4, Uzbekistan 1 -- Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico
June 19 USA 3, Czech Republic 0 -- Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico
June 22 Uzbekistan 2, USA 1 -- Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico
June 22 Czech Rep. 1, New Zealand 0 -- Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico
June 25 USA 0, New Zealand 0 Estadio Hidalgo; Pachuca, Mexico
June 25 Czech Republic 1, Uzbekistan 2 Estadio Torreon; Torreon, Mexico
- Cabrera used the same starting lineup against both the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan.
- Esteban Rodriguez, Mobi Fehr and Alfred Koroma are the only players to appear in all 12 U.S. international matches in 2011.
- Nathan Smith was the only U.S. player to make his tournament debut against Uzbekistan when he came on at halftime.
- Four U.S. players are carrying yellow cards into the third group match: Joe Amon, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr and Tarik Salkicic. Another yellow in the match against New Zealand would mean a one-game suspension if the team advanced to the knock-out stage.
- The loss to Uzbekistan dropped the USA’s all-time record against Asian teams at this event to 5-7-3.
- The U.S. has only played a team from Oceania once before at this event, a 2-1 win against New Zealand in 1999.
- Alfred Koroma leads the U.S. with two goals scored in the first two matches. Both of his goals were scored within two minutes of him entering the game as a substitute.
- The goal scored by Uzbekistan’s Bobir Davlatov was the first allowed by U.S. goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh in a match he’s started in 2011.
- Both players on the U.S. roster born in 1995 – Paul Arriola and Kellyn Acosta – earned the start against the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan.
- Seven players representing U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs started the opening two games.
- U.S. captain Marc Pelosi earned his 28th career cap on Tuesday, adding to his team high.
- There are 18 players on the roster who lifted the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship trophy in February.
- New Zealand’s Stephen Carmichael is second in the tournament with three goals scored (Cote d’Ivoire’s Souleymane Coulibaly has four).
- All 21 players for New Zealand are domestically based.
A LOOK AT THE U.S. ROSTER: Head coach Wilmer Cabrera named his 21-player roster on June 9, the day before the team traveled to Torreon to begin training. There are 15 players representing 14 different clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with Arsenal FC the only club to send two players to Mexico in Paul Arriola and Wade Hamilton.
U.S U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), 1-Kendall McIntosh (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 12-Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy; Plano, Texas), 4-Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), 2-Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanch, Mich.), 6-Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), 15-Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), 3-Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.),
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matt Dunn (FC Cologne; Dallas, Texas), 10-Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), 13-Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), 11-Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), 14-Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), 17-Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), 20-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): 18-Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), 7-Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), 19-Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.) 9-Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)
LOTS TO PLAY FOR: All 24 teams at the FIFA U-17 World Cup have now played two matches, but only four teams have sealed a place in the Round of 16. Host Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Uruguay are the only four teams to have won both games, and each will be playing their third match to try to clinch first place in their respective groups. With the top two teams in each group plus the four best third-place teams, every team in the tournament is still mathematically alive, but the USA’s Group D is the only group where everyone still has a chance to take the top place.
IN FOCUS: New Zealand
Head Coach: Aaron McFarland
Previous FIFA U-17 World Cups: 1997, 1999, 2007, 2009
Best Finish: Round of 16 (2009)
SHORT HISTORY VS. NZE: The U.S. and New Zealand have met only once before in this competition, that back in 1999 when New Zealand was the host. In the opening match of the tournament, Landon Donovan and Abe Thompson helped the USA to a 2-1 win in Auckland. That 1999 team was the only American side to reach the semifinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, finishing in fourth place.
NZE’S RECENT SURGE: New Zealand entered Mexico with the hopes of building upon the success of the 2009 team that became the first Kiwi squad to ever advance to the knock-out stage of a FIFA tournament. A win or a draw against the United States would all but secure a place in the Round of 16 for the second-consecutive tournament. The 2011 event marks New Zealand’s fifth overall.
THROUGH OCEANIA: In 2009, New Zealand had to only navigate a four-team final round tournament to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but in 2011 the road became much more difficult. It took five games in 10 days to book their ticket to Mexico, the Young All Whitesconceding just one goal along the way while scoring 15.
New Zealand Oceania Championship Results
Date Opponent Result New Zealand Goalscorer(s)
Jan. 10 Vanatu 5-1 W Payne, Howieson, Vale, Tuiloma, Yamamoto
Jan. 12 Fiji 1-0 W Vale
Jan. 14 American Samoa 4-0 W Wypych, Turner, Payne, Yamamoto
Jan. 16 Papua N. Guinea 3-0 W Howlett, Buswell, Payne
Jan. 18 Tahiti 2-0 W Howieson, Payne
New Zealand Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Scott Basalaj, 20-Scott Armistad, 21-Liam Anderson
DEFENDERS (4): 2-Harshae Raniga, 4-Reece Lambert, 5-Luke Adams, 16-Bill Tuiloma
MIDFIELDERS (12): 3-Stephen Carmichael, 6-Jordan Vale, 7-Kip Colvey, 8-Rhys Jodran, 9-Tim Payne, 10-Cameron Howieson, 11-James Debenham, 12-Jesse Edge, 13-Cameron Martin, 14-Ryan Howlett, 17-Harley Tahau, 18-Calvin Opperman
FORWARDS (2): 15-Dylan Stansfield, 19-Ken Yammamoto
MCINTOSH MAKING HIS MOVE: Playing an individual position in a team sport and competing for the only spot in the starting lineup, goalkeepers have an interesting dynamic when competing for playing time. Just ask U.S. U-17 MNT goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh, who has been competing for roster spots and playing time since joining the Residency Program two years ago. Every day, he and his fellow ‘keepers – who are also his competition – train together in a small, close-knit group.
FOLLOWING IN SHORT FORM: Keep tabs on the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team as they move through the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 140 characters or less by following us on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
MOVING TO PACHUCA: Stay in tune with everything happening at the team hotel and training by keeping up with the YNT Blog on ussoccer.com. You can find exclusive photos and videos as the U.S. continues their journey at the World Cup in Pachuca.
Sources : Soccernation.com