Update: Historic Win for the first time Honduras U17 Sub 17 wins against the USA 3 – 1 and qualifies for the World Cup!
Way to go Catrachos! What more can we say
Honduras vs USA Sub 17 ( also known as the U17 ) is critical for “La Bicolor” Seleccion Nacional de Futbol Sub 17 for the 2013 season.
The defining game on whether Honduras will move to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) World Cup will be Sunday April 14, 2013 against the United States, after Friday’s loss to Mexico 2-0. The Hondueas vs USA quarterfinals game of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Sunday, April 14, will be at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, Panama. The game kicks off at 4:00PM Local Honduras time or 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes.
It appeared to be a very different team compared to the one that debuted last Tuesday with a 4-1 victory against Cuba, they faltered and this resulted in two oversights in less than three minutes. For the soccer match, the coach of the Honduran team Jose Valladares, left his most important men on the bench; thinking about the game against the U.S., who with yesterday’s victory over Guatemala, closed at the top of their group.
The actions in the game were very scarce by the Honduran Soccer Team; however the Mexican team was the one who played more agressively.
It was until the 28th minute that an error of wanting to move the ball from the red zone left the ball bouncing, and that’s when Ulices Jaimes, the Mexican striker appeared and changed the score 1 -0.
A minute later it was 2-0 in favor of the Mexican team, after a free throw and Pedro Teran rose to put the marker to it’s final figure of 2-0.
Jose Valladares, the Honduran coach made it clear that they go with everything they have for Sunday’s game to find the ticket to the world cup. “We came to this tournament respecting every opponent, we will play without fear against the United States, we have players with ability.”
Four teams will determine their fate for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday night. Panama (Group A winner) faces Trinidad & Tobago (Group B runner-up) at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Canada (Group B winner) against Jamaica (Group A runner-up) at 9 p.m. ET. Both games are at Estadio Agustín Sánchez in Panamá Province. On Sunday, following the USA-Honduras matchup, Mexico (Group D winner) faces Guatemala (Group C runner-up) at 9 p.m. ET at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City. All knockout round games in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship are broadcast on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes. The tournament’s four semifinalists will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 7-Nov. 8.
The CONCACAF U-17 Championship started with four groups of three teams each, with the top two teams advancing from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Pairings:
Group A: Barbados, Jamaica, Panama
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago
Group C: Guatemala, Haiti, USA
Group D: Cuba, Honduras, Mexico
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cristian Hernandez (Valle FC), 12-Fernando Cabrera (Real Espana)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kevin Alvarez (Olimpia), 3-Alvaro Romero (Real Espana), 4-Luis Santos (Olimpia), 5-Anoal Hernandez (Olimpia), 13-Jose Murillo (Motagua), 14-Jose Fiallos (Marathon).
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Devron Garcia (Victoria), 8-Christopher Alegria (Real Espana), 10-Isaac Borjas (Valencia), 11-Rembrandt Flores (Olimpia), 15-Deybi Flores (Olimpia), 16-Erik Gallegos (Real Espana)
FORWARDS (6): 7-Brayan Velasquez (Olimpia), 9-Alberto Elis (Olimpia), 17-Steven Ramos (Real Espana), 18-Darwin Arita (Real Espana), 19-Cristian Argueta (Union Deportiva), 20-Jorge Bodden (Valencia).
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion), 12-Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Conor Donovan (NC Alliance), 14-Justen Glad (RSL AZ), 2-Shaquell Moore (Unattached), 4-Tommy Redding (FC America Premier), 3-John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal), 13-Peter Schropp (Omaha FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 10-Corey Baird (San Diego Surf), 20-Junior Flores (Unattached), 18-Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes Academy), 8-Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls Academy), 16-Elijah Martin (Unattached), 19-Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors, Argentina), 6-Tyler Turner (South Central Premier)
FORWARDS (5): 15-Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy), 17-Sebastian Elney (Boca United), 7-Rubio Rubin (Unattached), 9-Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), 11-Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC)
History of the Honduras U17 ( Sub 17 ) vs the USA U17
The USA tries to qualify for the Under-17 World Cup for the 16th straight time when it plays Honduras on Sunday in the Concacaf U-17 Championship quarterfinals in Panama City. It has won all seven meetings against Honduras in Concacaf under-17 play in a series dating back to 1983.
The current teams have played each other once, tying, 1-1, at the 2012 Copa Saprissa in Costa Rica. Eight of the U.S. starters in that game are members of the U-17 squad currently ready to take on Honduras in Panama City.
The Honduras Sub 17 or U17 has two previous appearances in the Under-17 World Cup which came in 2007 and 2009.
• For the USA, midfielder Chris Lema is the leading goal scorer on the USA in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with two tallies. Both came in the opening 3-0 win against Haiti on April 7, including the game-winning penalty kick in the first half.
• Forward Ahinga Selemani scored his sixth career goal with the U-17s to cap off the USA scoring against Haiti.
• The leading scorer among the group is forward Rubio Rubin, who scored 11 goals in 22 international games in 2012, and has scored 12 total goals for the U-17 MNT.
• Midfielder Corey Baird garnered his fourth career goal with the U-17 MNT when he tallied the USA’s lone score in the 49th minute of the 1-0 victory against Guatemala on Thursday, April 11, to win Group C of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
• The U-17 MNT is captained by defender Shaquell Moore, who along with fellow defender John Requejo Jr. played in all 24 international matches last year for the U-17s.
• The roster consists of 19 players who are members of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program. The only player not part of the Residency Program is midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina and is the son of three-time Major League Soccer All-Star Diego Soñora.
• Defender Justen Glad joined the Residency Program for the first time for the 2013 Spring Semester.
• Thirteen players on the U-17 MNT roster have ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams.
• Lema and goalkeeper Evan Louro were members of the New York Red Bulls team that won the program’s first U-15/16 Finals Week crown on July 23, 2012.
USA U17 MNT vs. HONDURAS
• The USA is 7-0-0 against Honduras in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships in this age group. The U.S. has outscored Honduras by a 23-5 margin.
• The series dates back to Sept. 1, 1983, when the USA defeated Honduras 2-0 in the semifinal of the 1983 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. The U.S. advanced to the final, where after a scoreless regulation the USA defeated Trinidad & Tobago in penalty kicks.
• The USA’s most lopsided victory against Honduras came in the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship as the U.S. blanked Honduras 7-0 in its second Group A match at Puerto Espana in Trinidad & Tobago.
• The last time the U.S. and Honduras met in this event was the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, when the USA wrapped up Group A play with a 3-0 victory on April 25 to win the group at 3-0-0 while Honduras was second at 1-1-1. Nicholas Palodichuk scored twice and current Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney added a tally for the U.S. Both teams advanced to the championship round, but it was canceled because of a swine flu outbreak. The four CONCACAF semifinalists advanced to the FIFA U-17 World Cup: Group A winner USA, Group A runner-up Honduras, Group B winner Mexico and Group B runner-up Costa Rica.
• In the most recent international meeting, the U.S. and Honduras played to a 1-1 draw in the second game of the Copa Saprissa on June 24, 2012, in San Jose Costa Rica. After Albert Elis scored an 18th-minute goal for Honduras, the USA’s Corey Baird responded with a 28th-minute equalizer off of Ahinga Selemani’s assist. Eight of the U.S. starters in that game are members of the U-17 squad at this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The Copa Saprissa tournament matches were 70 minutes long, not 90.
• In the previous U-17 World Cup Qualifying cycle, the U.S. defeated Honduras 6-0 on Feb. 5, 2011, in the final international friendly before the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Marc Pelosi had three goals in that game in Bradenton, Fla.
Honduras U17 (Sub17) History
- Honduras took second place in Group D at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, finishing runner-up to Mexico. Honduras is coming off a 2-0 loss to defending FIFA U-17 World Cup champion Mexico on Thursday.
- After allowing a goal to Cuba, Honduras tallied four unanswered goals and earned a 4-1 win on April 9 to open Group D play and book a spot into the quarterfinals. Devron Garcia scored two goals in the first half while Brayan Velasquez and Rembrandt Flores added second-half insurance goals to eliminate Cuba from the competition.
- Honduras took first place in the Central American (UNCAF) U-17 qualifying tournament in December of 2012, posting a 3-0-1 record and outscoring its opponents 13-3. The lone tie, a 1-1 draw, came against Guatemala on Dec. 13. Honduras notched a 5-2 victory against El Salvador on Dec. 7, a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on Dec. 9 and a 4-0 victory against Nicaragua on Dec. 11.
- During the UNCAF, Alberto Elis led the squad with five goals, including all three against Costa Rica. Devron Garcia was second on the team with three goals, including a two-goal effort during the 4-0 win against Nicaragua.
- Honduras has qualified two of the past three FIFA U-17 World Cups, making its first appearance in 2007 in the Korea Republic and heading to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.