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Host Honduras (pictured) will look to make it two wins in a row against the USA in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship when they meet on March 8, 2015, in San Pedro Sula. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP

Honduras

February 27, 2015 – March 15, 2015  

MARCH 8, 2015 – PREVIEW

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Estadio Francisco Morazan  

GROUP A

Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica, 5:00 p.m. ET

First-ever CU17 meeting 

Trinidad & Tobago Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 4-1 loss v Guatemala (Keston Julien 45’); 2-0 loss v USA; 2-0 loss v Honduras
  • 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-6L in last 7 CU17 games … last win v Costa Rica, 2-0, on April 8, 2013
  • Conceded 2 goals or more in 10 of last 12 CU17 games
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (2001, 2007)

Jamaica Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 2-0 loss v Honduras; 2-1 win v Guatemala (Nathaniel Adamolekun 12’; Donovan Dawkins 90’+1); 1-1 draw v Cuba (Nathaniel Adamolekun 53’)
  • 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
  • 1W-3D-4L in last 8 CU17 games
  • 3W-3D-4L in the game following a draw in the same CU17 tournament
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (1999, 2011)

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Cuba v Guatemala, 7:30 p.m. ET

First-ever CU17 meeting 

Cuba Quick Facts

  • Group A Results: 5-0 loss v USA; 1-1 draw v Honduras (Raycharle Herrera 78’); 1-1 draw v Jamaica (Eduard Puga 47’)
  • 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-3D-4L in last 7 CU17 games … last win v Canada (2-1) in 2009
  • After conceding 4 goals or more in 3 straight CU17 matches, allowed only 1 in each of last 2
  • Scored 1 goal or fewer in 7 consecutive CU17 matches
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 2 (1989, 1991) 

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’); 4-1 loss v USA (Erick Soto 65’)
  • 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-10L in last 15 CU17 matches
  • Four-goal outburst v Trinidad & Tobago set new team record most goals in a single CU17 game
  • Posted 1 shutout in last 15 CU17 matches
  • Has not lost 3 straight games in same CU17 tournament since 1985
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances: 0

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USA v Honduras, 8:30 p.m. ET

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

- Last CU17 meeting: April 14, 2013 (at Panama City, Panama) – USA 1 (Joel Soñora 44’), Honduras 3 (Christopher Alegria 42’; Alberth Elis 57’; Kevin Alvarez 68’) 

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’); 4-1 win v Guatemala (Joshua Perez 10’, 19’, 45’ pen; Pierre Da Silva 48’)
  • 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 – 72; W – 52; D – 10; L – 10; GF – 190; GA – 61
  • 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
  • 14W-0D-1L in last 15 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 8 CU17 games
  • Scored at least 1 goal in 29 consecutive CU17 games
  • Largest CU17 win v Honduras: 7-0 on November 14, 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) 

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’); 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (Dylan Andrade 53'; Wisdom Quaye 90'+1
  • CU17 Appearances: 16
  • CU17 Titles: 0
  • Best CU17 Finish: Fourth Place – 4 (1983, 1985, 1987, 2013)
  • Qualification Method: Host
  • All-Time CU17 Record: GP – 58; W – 17; D – 13; L – 28; GF – 69; GA – 100
  • 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)

 

 
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