U-S. U-17 squad for CONCACAF tourney finalized
U.S. U-17 men's national team coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized his 20-player roster for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The U.S. team travels to Jamaica on Saturday, Feb. 12, ahead of its opening Group B match against Cuba on Monday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. ET. The U-17s round out play in the three-team group on Friday, Feb. 18, against Panama at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals with Group B to crossover against Group A which is made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Haiti. The winner of Group B will face the second-place finisher in Group A, and vice versa. The quarterfinal winners will move on to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
"We're going with the guys who we think are ready to participate in this tournament," said Cabrera in a press release. "These are our top 20 players right now and we hope they can prove themselves at this event. They know what to do, and have a very good concept of what we need as a team."
Midfielder Marc Pelosi leads the current squad in goals and caps, having scored six times in 20 international appearances at the U-17 level.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh, Fernando Pina
DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta, Joe Amon, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr, Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jordan Allen, Matt Dunn, Alejandro Guido, Marc Pelosi, Esteban Rodriguez, Tarik Salkicic, Dillon Serna
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola, Alfred Koroma, Jack McBean, Andrew Oliver, Mario Rodriguez