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    CU17 Preview, Classification Stage: May 5, 2017

    The USA (dark jerseys) can clinch a spot in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a draw against Cuba in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on May 5, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Straffon Images)

    2017 CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP
    Panama
    April 21 – May 7, 2017

    May 5, 2017
    Estadio Maracana – El Chorrillo, Panama City, Panama

    CLASSIFICATION STAGE

    GROUP D
    Cuba v USA, 6:30 p.m. ET
    USA leads CU17 series: 6W-2D-0L (19GF, 3GA)

    Last meeting: February 27, 2015 (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) USA 5, Cuba 0
    Hugo Arellano 5’; Joe Gallardo 40’, 65’, 88’; Alejandro Zendejas 43’

    Cuba (2nd place, Group B … 1W-1D-1L; 4GF, 5 GA)

    • First Round Results (Group B): 1-1 draw v Suriname (Bruno Rendon 58’); 2-1 win v Canada (Yandry Romero 26’; Manuel Cruz 59’); 1-3 loss v Costa Rica (Brian Savigne 48’)
    • Classification Stage Results (Group D): 1-7 loss v Honduras (Brian Savigne 87’)
    • Appearances: 10-1988, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
    • All-Time Record: 11W 12D 18L 47GF 72GA
    • Best Finish: Champion-1 (1988)
    • Qualification Method: Runner-up, Caribbean
    • Qualification Record: 7W 0D 1L 30GF 7GA
    • Qualification Results: 9-0 win v Dominica; 5-0 win v Barbados; 5-0 win v St. Kitts & Nevis; 2-1 win v Curacao; 6-0 win v Guadeloupe; 2-1 win v Suriname; 1-0 win v Jamaica (semifinals); 0-5 loss v Haiti (final)
    • Qualification Scorers: Brian Savigne (8 goals); Ribaldo Roldan (7); Yandry Romero (5); Ronaldo Rosette (4); Yoendry Cabrera, Manuel Cruz, Kevin Duarte, Carlos Ibarra, Cristian Turka, own-goal in favor of (1)
    • Fell 0-5 to Haiti in Caribbean under-17 qualifying final
    • With 1-3 loss v Costa Rica in last Group B game on April 28, 2017, CU17 unbeaten streak snapped at 6 games (1W-5D-1L)
    • 1 win in last 13 CU17 games (1W-6D-6L)
    • Scored and conceded at least 1 goal in each of last 5 CU17 games
    • Conceded 10 goals in last 2 CU17 matches, after allowing 6 in previous 6 outings
    • Last two CU17 wins both v Canada by same score on same day: 2-1 on April 25, 2009; 2-1 on April 25, 2017
    • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2-1989, 1991

    USA (1st place, Group C … 3W-0D-0L; 10GF, 3GA)

    • First Round Results (Group C): 5-0 win v Jamaica (Chris Durkin 53'; Tim Weah 76'; Josh Sargent 87'; Ayo Akinola 88', 90'+2); 4-3 win v Mexico (Josh Sargent 26’, 40; Blaine Ferri 51’; Ayo Akinola 84’); 1-0 win v El Salvador (Zyen Jones 52’)
    • Classification Stage Results (Group D): 3-0 win v Honduras (Josh Sargent 25’, 82’; Ayo Akinola 65’)
    • Appearances: 17-1983, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
    • All-Time Record: 56W 12D 11L 205GF 67GA
    • Best Finish: Champion-3 (1983, 1992, 2011)
    • Qualification Method: automatic North American entrant
    • 10 of 13 2017 CU17 goals scored in 2nd half
    • Posted shutouts in 10 of last 15 CU17 games
    • Scored 3 goals or more 12 of last 21 CU17 games
    • Scored 13 goals total goals in last 3 CU17 meetings v Cuba
    • Never conceded more than 1 goal in a CU17 match v Cuba, including 5 shutouts in 8 games
    • Posted a perfect record in 3 CU17 editions: 2001 (3-0-0); 2009 (3-0-0); 2011 (5-0-0)
    • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 15-1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015

    GROUP E
    Costa Rica v Mexico, 9:00 p.m. ET
    Mexico leads CU17 series: 5W-2D-3L (18GF, 12GA)

    Last CU17 meeting: March 12, 2015 (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) Mexico 1, Costa Rica 1
    Claudio Zamudio 50’ / Barlon Sequeira 85'

    Costa Rica (1st place, Group B … 3W-0D-0L; 8GF, 2GA)

    • First Round Results (Group B): 2-1 win v Canada (Jose Alfaro 44’, 90’+5); 3-0 win v Suriname (Julen Cordero 14’; Josue Abarca 64’; Justin Montero 80’); 3-1 win v Cuba (own-goal, Miguel Coll 37’; Andres Gomez 68’; Yecxy Jarquin 71')
    • Classification Stage Results (Group E): 2-1 win v Panama (Jose Alfaro 31’; Karin Arce 41’)
    • Appearances: 16-1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
    • All-Time Record: 39W 11D 17L 137GF 73GA
    • Best Finish: Champion-1 (1994)
    • Qualification Method: First Place, Central America
    • Qualification Record: 4W 0D 0L 16GF 0GA
    • Qualification Results: 4-0 win v Belize; 6-0 win v Nicaragua; 3-0 win v El Salvador; 3-0 win v Honduras
    • Qualification Scorers: Andres Gomez, Mario Mora (5 goals); Christian Muñoz (3); Jeurgen Sequeira (2); Walter Cortez (1)
    • Unbeaten in last 8 CU17 games (7W-1D-0L), conceded 1 goal or fewer in each of those outings
    • Scored 2 goals or more in 9 of last 10 CU17 games
    • Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 4 CU17 matches v Mexico
    • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 9-1985, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015

    Mexico (2nd place, Group C … 2W-0D-1L; 14GF, 5GA)

    • First Round Results (Group C): 6-0 win v El Salvador (own-goal, Kevin Menjivar 1'; Luis Olivas 31’; Daniel Lopez 35’, 46’; own-goal, Giovanni Avila 41’; Alan Maeda 75’); 3-4 loss v USA (Roberto De La Rosa 6’, 44’; own-goal, Jaylin Lindsey 90’+2); 5-1 win v Jamaica (Jairo Torres 24’, 35’; Daniel Lopez 32’, 62’; Adrian Vazquez 61’)
    • Classification Stage Results (Group E): 1-0 win v Panama (Jairo Torres 32’)
    • Appearances: 16-1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017
    • All-Time Record: 58W 13D 5L 234GF 38GA
    • Best Finish: Champion-6 (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015)
    • Qualification Method: automatic North American entrant
    • Scored at least 1 goal in each of last 18 CU17 games
    • 25-game CU17 unbeaten streak ended in 3-4 loss v USA on April 26, 2017 (20W-5D-1L)
    • Prior to loss v USA, previous CU17 loss came on March 26, 2003, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1-4 v Costa Rica)
    • Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 19 of last 20 CU17 matches
    • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 12-1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
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