U.S. U-17 World Cup TV schedule

All of the American’s matches in the U-17 world cup will be televised here in the States:

-Mon Oct 26
Spain v USA – 2pm ET on ESPNU & Galavision
-Thu Oct 29
USA v Malawi – 11am ET on ESPNU
-Sun Nov 1
USA v UAE – 10am ET on ESPNU

These are all available on ESPN360 as well.

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Luis Gil to Arsenal not a done deal

Soccer by Ives is reporting that Luis Gil’s move to Arsenal has not been completed. Gil has received interest from other European clubs and is looking to turn his trip to the U-17 World Cup into a new contract.

U.S. announce roster for U-17 World Cup

The U.S. will open Group E play in Kano, Nigeria against Spain on Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET). The team will stay at Sani Abacha Stadium to play Malawi on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) before moving to Ijebu-Ode and Gateway International Stadium to finish the first round against United Arab Emirates on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). All three of the American’s group games will be televised live on ESPNU and Galavision.

GOALKEEPERS: Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS: Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS: Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City, Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

The forgotten Youth World Cups

It’s been in the back of my mind all summer that the U-17 and U-20 World Cups were approaching, but I wasn’t sure who, what, where, when, why, etc.  Well, the U-17 World Cup draw just happened, and it doesn’t look too bad:

GROUP E

United Arab Emirates

Malawi

Spain

USA

Based on my limited knowledge of the U-17 game, I’d say the USA should be a favorite to make it out of their group.  Apparently the U-20 draw happened a while ago.  This one looks pretty tough:

GROUP C

USA

Germany

Cameroon

Korea Republic

Again, based on my limited knowledge of the U-20 game, all of these teams could be pretty tough.  The African teams always seem to out-perform their seniors in the big competitions.  I believe the US drew with Korea in the last U-20 World Cup (yes, different groups of players, but I don’t have a lot to work on here).  Germany…well, they’re Germany.  And last time I checked, our boys were being coached by Thomas Rongen.

Anyway, the U-20s will be playing from September 24th to October 16th, and the U-17s will play from October 24th to November 15th.  We’ll try to keep any eye on those tournaments when they roll around…maybe we’ll try to do a brief preview for each.

Jack McInerney feature

I’ve enjoyed Justin Rodriguez’ stories for Soccernet on the US youth system.  His latest is a feature on Jack McInerney.  For those of you who don’t know/remember McInerney, he is the kid who seemingly came out of nowhere to score 5 goals and 3 assists in the U-17s’ 3-game CONCACAF Championship campaign.  I knew nothing about him before that tournament, and I’ve learned little about him since, so I’m glad Rodriguez chose Jack as his latest topic.  In potential transfer news, apparently McInerney has a trial with a first-division Dutch side.  Let’s hope it goes well–an early European move would be fantastic.  Here’s the article: McInerney shoulders the goal-scoring load for U-17s.