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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Americans out at U-17 World Cup

By Scott French

Galaxy forward Jack McBean finally played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, but he'll play no more. The U.S. was tossed from the tournament Thursday in a 4-0 round-of-16 defeat to Germany in Queretaro.

By the time McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS), a 16-year-old phenom signed in January through Major League Soccer's Home Grown Player apparatus, came on in the 57th minute for North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez, the Germans already were up by four goals and certain of a Fourth of July quarterfinal against England.

Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley) and Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) started all four games in the U-17 World Cup for the Yanks, who finished second in Group D with a 1-1-1 record but were shut out in their final two matches. Esteban Rodriguez scored the second goal in the 3-0 romp over the Czech Republic in the U.S.'s tournament opener.

Paul Arriola, a San Diego-area forward who plays for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC youth club, started three games in the competition, including Thursday's. Murrieta's Wade Hamilton (Murrieta Valley HS) was one of two backups to starting goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh and did not play.

Three of the four quarterfinal matchups have been set. Uruguay will meet Group D winner Uzbekistan and Japan will face Brazil in games Sunday. Monday's second game will pit Mexico or Panama against France or Ivory Coast. The semifinals are July 7 in Guadalajara and Torreon, and the title and third-place games are July 10 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.