BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The United States U-17 national team cruised to a win over Cuba in the opening game of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 championship which serves as the qualification tournament for this summer's U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
Andrew Oliver was the man of the match with a goal and an assist for the US U-17 team that is trying to become the only team to have qualified for every U-17 World Cup.
The US opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Alfred Kamora scored off a rebound of Oliver's intial shot.
In the 46th minute the US would grab a second goal when Oliver would capitalize on a combination with Mobi Fehr and Mario Rodriquez.
Esteban Rodriguez would give the Americans a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute when Esteban Rodriquez would hammer home a pass from Dillon Serna.
Cuba would pull one back in the 69th minute when Dairon Perez scored for Cuba on a defensive breakdown.
The US will next take on Panama in their final round of group play on Friday, February 18th.
In that game they will hope to have star players Marc Pelosi and Alejandro Guido who both missed the game against Cuba with minor injuries.
Should the US advance to the quarterfinals after the Panama game, the US will take part in a winner-take-all quarterfinal match that will alone determine their qualification fate.
That game will be either against Costa Rica, El Salvador, or Haiti.