The United States is into the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but only after advancing past Jamaica 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Sunday’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship playoff match at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.
Costa Rica earned a FIFA U-17 World Cup berth for the first time since 2009, defeating Canada 3-0 in a CONCACAF Under-17 Championship playoff on Sunday at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.
Prior to its 1-0 win on Wednesday, Jamaica had defeated the United States only once in five previous CONCACAF Under-17 Championship meetings. If the Reggae Boyz want to qualify for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup, they’ll have to repeat the feat Sunday at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.
Canada missed out on an opportunity to qualify directly for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday, when it dropped a 1-0 decision to Panama in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship’s last Group B game.
Up until two years ago, the United States was the only nation to participate in every edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. That streak was snapped by virtue of a 3-1 loss to Honduras in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Through the combination of its own 2-1 win over Guatemala and Jamaica’s 1-0 triumph over the United States, Honduras clinched the Group A title in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (CU17) on Wednesday, earning a second straight FIFA U-17 World Cup berth.