CU17 Preview: March 5, 2015
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Action from the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship game between Group A rivals Cuba (orange jersey) and host Honduras on March 2, 2015, in San Pedro Sula. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP

Honduras

February 27, 2015 – March 15, 2015  

MARCH 5, 2015 – PREVIEW

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Estadio Francisco Morazan  

GROUP A

Cuba v Jamaica, 3:30 p.m. ET

Tied 0-0 in only previous CU17 meeting on November 15, 1988, in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago 

- In 2014 Caribbean Under-17 Championship, Jamaica defeated Cuba, 3-0, on goals by Peter Vassell (24’) and Nicholas Nelson (81’ pen, 83’) 

Cuba Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 5-0 loss v USA; 1-1 draw v Honduras (Raycharle Herrera 78’)
  • CU17 Appearances: 9
  • CU17 Titles: 1 - 1988
  • Best CU17 Finish: Champion – 1 (1988)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Third Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 5; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 14; GA – 3
  • Qualifying Scorers: Carlos Borromeo (4 goals); Serguey Campillo, Yosniel Gonzalez, Raycharle Herrera (2); Jansiel Blanco, Carlos Cebranco, Omar Romero, Yordan Sanchez (1)
  • Posted shutouts in 5 of 6 Caribbean qualifying matches
  • 0W-2D-4L in last 6 CU17 games … last win v Canada (2-1) in 2009
  • Conceded 4 goals or more in 5 of last 9 CU17 matches
  • Scored 1 goal or fewer in 8 of last 9 CU17 matches
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (1989, 1991) 

Jamaica Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 2-0 loss v Honduras; 2-1 win v Guatemala (Nathaniel Adamolekun 12’; Donovan Dawkins 90’+1)
  • CU17 Appearances: 12
  • CU17 Titles: 0
  • Best CU17 Finish: Final Round Group Winner – 1 (1999)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Runner-up
  • Qualification Record: GP – 7; W – 6; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 37; GA – 7
  • Qualifying Scorers: Nicholas Nelson (10); Donovan Dawkins (8); Alex Marshall (7); Justin McMaster (4); Deshane Beckford, Tajea Brown, Ajeanie Talbott (2); Fabian Grant, Peter Vassell (1)
  • Defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 19-0 in a Caribbean qualifier … Donovan Dawkins scored 7 goals in that match
  • Fell to Haiti, 2-0, in the Caribbean Under-17 Championship final
  • Win v Guatemala snapped 6-game CU17 winless streak
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (1999, 2011)

 

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Guatemala v United States, 6:00 p.m. ET

USA leads CU17 series: 4 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (13 GF, 1 GA) 

Last CU17 meeting: April 11, 2013 (at Panama City, Panama) – USA 1, Guatemala 0  

Guatemala Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 4-1 win Trinidad & Tobago (Diego Raymundo 2', 54’; Victor Valdez 10'; Abel Lemus 45'+2); 2-1 loss v Jamaica (John Mendez 26’)
  • CU17 Appearances: 10
  • CU17 Titles: 0
  • Best CU17 Finish: Quarterfinals – 1 (2013)
  • Qualification Method: Central America – Playoff Winner
  • Qualification Record: GP – 4; W – 2; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 5; GA – 5
  • Qualifying Scorers: Esteban Garcia (2 goals); Abel Lemus, John Mendez, Diego Raymundo (1)
  • Prevailed over El Salvador in a two-legged Central American playoff to qualify for CU17 (1st leg: 1-0 home loss; 2nd leg: 2-0 away win)
  • 3W-2D-9L in last 14 CU17 matches
  • Four-goal outburst v Trinidad & Tobago set new team record most goals in a single CU17 game
  • Prior to 4-1 win v Trinidad & Tobago, scored only 3 goals in previous 5 CU17 games combined
  • Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 6 of last 8 CU17 matches
  • Posted 1 shutout in last 14 CU17 matches
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 0  

USA Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 5-0 win v Cuba (Hugo Arellano 5'; Joe Gallardo 40', 65’, 88’; Alejandro Zendejas 43’); 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (Joe Gallardo 31’; Haji Wright 71’)
  • CU17 Appearances: 16
  • CU17 Titles: 3 (1983, 1992, 2011)
  • Best CU17 Finish: Champion – 3 (1983, 1992, 2011)
  • Qualification Method: automatic North American entrant
  • All-Time CU17 Record: GP – 71; W – 51; D – 10; L – 10; GF – 186; GA – 60
  • Did not qualify for 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup after falling to Honduras, 3-1, in 2013 CU17 quarterfinals…prior to that elimination, was only nation to qualify for all 14 previous editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup
  • 13W-0D-1L in last 14 CU17 games … last loss v Honduras in 2013 quarterfinals (3-1) on April 14, 2013, in Panama City, Panama
  • Posted shutouts in 6 of last 7 CU17 games
  • Scored at least 1 goal in 28 consecutive CU17 games
  • Largest CU17 win v Guatemala: 6-1 on November 12, 1988, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

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Honduras v Trinidad & Tobago, 8:30 p.m. ET

Honduras leads CU17 series: 1 win, 1 draw, 0 losses (4 GF, 3 GA) 

Last CU17 meeting: November 18, 1988 (at Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) – Trinidad & Tobago 1, Honduras 1 

Honduras Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 2-0 win v Jamaica (Darixon Vuelto 12'; Jorge Alvarez 78'); 1-1 draw v Cuba (Foslyn Grant 49’)
  • CU17 Appearances: 16
  • CU17 Titles: 0
  • Best CU17 Finish: Fourth Place – 4 (1983, 1985, 1987, 2013)
  • Qualification Method: Host
  • All-Time CU17 Record: GP – 57; W – 16; D – 13; L – 28; GF – 67; GA – 100
  • Thanks to 1-1 draw v Cuba, still has not won consecutive games in the same CU17 tournament since 1985 (4-0 win v Panama, 4-1 win v Guatemala)
  • As a 15-year-old, forward Darixon Vuelto became the youngest Honduran to score in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match, netting in a 4-1 loss to Luis Angel Firpo on October 23, 2013
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 3 (2007, 2009, 2013)  

Trinidad & Tobago Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 4-1 loss v Guatemala (Keston Julien 45’); 2-0 loss v USA
  • CU17 Appearances: 13
  • CU17 Titles: 0
  • Best CU17 Finish: Runner-up – 1 (1983)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Best Third-Place Team from Final Round, Group Stage
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 4; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 10; GA – 7
  • Qualifying Scorers: Dereem Daniel, Tekay Hoyce (3 goals); Anthony Herbert (2); Shobal Celestine, Kierron Mason (1)
  • Scored 2 or more goals in 4 of 6 Caribbean qualifying matches
  • Posted shutouts in 3 of 6 Caribbean qualifying matches
  • 1W-0D-5L in last 6 CU17 games
  • Conceded 2 goals or more in 5 of last 7 CU17 games
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (2001, 2007)