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Monday, June 20, 2011
Palmdale teen leads US to World Cup win

By Scott French

Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez scored the second goal as the U.S. romped to an unexpectedly simple 3-0 victory Sunday over the Czech Republic in its Group D opener at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.


Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS/Cosmos West Academy) slotted deftly into the far post seven minutes into the second half from feed by Paul Arriola, a San Diego-area product who plays for Arsenal FC in Alta Loma.

San Diego's Alejandro Guido gave the U.S. a fifth-minute lead, and Sierra Leone-born Texan Alfred Koroma scored in the 89th in triple-digit heat in Torreon.

North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley/Central Aztecs) started up front for the U.S. Galaxy forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) was an unused substitute.

The U.S. faces Uzbekistan on Wednesday in Torreon and New Zealand on Saturday in Pachuca.