Los Angeles Soccer: CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Jack McBean plays provider, U.S. wins title

February, 27, 2011
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Galaxy forward Jack McBean came off the bench to set up two goals as the U.S. captured CONCACAF's under-17 boys championship Sunday with a 3-0 overtime triumph over Canada.


McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar), who last month signed a "Home Grown Player" contract with the Galaxy, came on for fellow Southern Californian Marco Rodriguez (North Hollywood/Poly HS in Sun Valley) with 10 minutes to go in regulation. He set up goals by Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma as the Americans won the first U-17 title CONCACAF has awarded since the mid-1990s.

Nathan Smith broke the scoreless draw two minutes into overtime with a 35-minute strike. Oliver made it 2-0 eight minutes later on a breakaway from McBean's throw-in, his fourth goal of the tournament, and Koroma netted the finale in the 119th.

Jack McBean
McBean


Both teams finished with 10 players after Oliver and Canada's Marco Lapenna were sent off after a scuffle in the 117th minute.

Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) went the distance again for the U.S. The midfielder was the only American to play every minute of the tournament -- and the only U.S. player to start all five of the team's games. Mario Rodriguez and McBean saw action in for games.

Both teams had already qualified for the June 18-July 10 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

The U.S. had previously won the tournament in 1983, when it was a U-16 event, and in 1992. Coach Wilmer Cabrera, a former pro defender who represented Colombia at the 1990 World Cup in Italyc and played at the 1998 World Cup in France, has posted an 8-0-0 mark in FIFA U-17 qualifiers. The Americans were 3-0-0 two years ago at the CONCACAF championship in Mexico, but the semifinals and final were canceled over swine-flu virus concerns.

"It was a good final, and Canada was a great opponent," Cabrera told U.S. Soccer's Web site. "A lot of things happen in finals, and I'm really happy about this one. This is the first time we've won a championship like this at this level, and I'm proud of the kids and the work they did. To come here, play five games and win all five shows that they've been doing a good job."

Panama, which beat Jamaica, 1-0, in the third-place game, and the tournament-host Reggae Boyz also qualified for the World Cup. The draw will be held May 17 in Mexico City.

Fourteen countries have qualified for the 24-team tournament, including host Mexico. The others, aside from the CONCACAF teams: Australia, North Korea, Japan and Uzbekistan from Asia; Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast and Rwanda from Africa; and New Zealand from Oceania. South America will provide another four teams, and Europe will qualify six.

Jack McBean goes 90, U.S. reaches final

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
9:48
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Galaxy forward Jack McBean got his first start Friday night at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, going the distance as the U.S. advanced to Sunday's title game with a 2-0 triumph over host Jamaica.

Marc Pelosi scored in the 10th minute and Andrew Oliver tallied in second-half stoppage for the U.S., which will meet Canada, a 1-0 victor over Panama, in the title game in Montego Bay.

McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS), who signed last month with the Galaxy as a "Home Grown Player," came off the bench in both of the Americans' group-stage games -- just 26 minutes in all -- but did not play in the quarterfinal win over El Salvador, which sent the U.S. to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, beginning in June in Mexico.

Midfielder Mario Rodriguez (North Hollywood/Poly HS) was suspended for the game after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against El Salvador, but midfielder Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale/Bell Gardens HS) went the whole way for the U.S. He and defender Mobi Fehr are the only U.S. players who have been on the field for the entirety of every game.

Mario Rodriguez leads U.S. into World Cup

February, 22, 2011
2/22/11
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North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez came off the bench to score the go-ahead goal in overtime, and the U.S. qualified for its 14th successive FIFA U-17 World Cup with a wild 3-2 victory over El Salvador in CONCACAF's quarterfinals.

There were two goals and three red cards in the final eight minutes of overtime in Montego Bay, Jamaica, but the Americans held on to advance to Thursday's semifinal against the winner of Tuesday's Jamaica-Honduras game.

Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley) scored five minutes into the extra period to provide a 2-1 advantage, and Mark Pelosi tallied in the 112th to make it 3-1. The Americans lost defender Kellyn Acosta to a second yellow card a minute later, and goalkeeper Fernando Piņa and El Salvador's Jose Peņa were ejected after a final-minute collision in the box, leading to Gerardo Iraheta's penalty kick.

Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) played the full 120 in midfield for the U.S., but Galaxy forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) did not feature.

Panama also clinched a berth in the June 18-July 10 World Cup in Mexico, beating Costa Rica, 1-0, to advance to a CONCACAF semifinal against Canada or Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico, as World Cup host, is not taking part in the CONCACAF championship.

Rodriguezes contribute to U.S. U-17 win

February, 14, 2011
2/14/11
9:22
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The U.S. opened the CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Monday with a 3-1 victory over Cuba, with Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez scoring a goal and North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez assisting Andrew Oliver's strike.


Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) and Mario Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley) were in Wilmer Cabrera's starting lineup for the Group B opener in Montego Bay, Jamaica. New Galaxy forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) came on for Mario Rodriguez in the 73rd minute.

The U.S. wraps group play Friday against Panama, and a victory in the quarterfinals will clinch a berth at the June 18-July 10 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Alfred Koroma gave the U.S. a 27th-minute advantage, Oliver made it 2-0 from Mario Rodriguez's superb outlet pass in the first minute of the second half, and Esteban Rodriguez struck four minutes later. Frank Lopez scored Cuba's goal in the 68th.

Costa Rica beat Haiti, 3-1, in the Group A opener.

Galaxy's Jack McBean ready for U-17 qualifying

February, 11, 2011
2/11/11
1:03
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The Galaxy's newest and youngest forward has obligations more pressing than competing for playing time in Major League Soccer. Jack McBean, just 16, is off for Jamaica with the U.S. under-17 national team to play in qualifiers for this summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup.


McBean, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore who last month signed a Home Grown Player contract with the Galaxy, is among four players with local ties on U.S. coach Wilmer Cabrera's 20-player roster for the 12-nation CONCACAF U-17 Championship that kicks off Monday in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Forward Mario Rodriguez, from North Hollywood, is among seven players in their fourth semester of residency and is one of the team's most experienced players, with 18 under-17 caps. Esteban Rodriguez, from Palmdale, has 14 caps. The fourth local player, Paul Arriola, is from the San Diego area but plays club soccer for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC.

The U.S. will face Cuba in a Group B opener Monday and Panama next Friday. The title game is Feb. 27. The top four teams will advance to the June 18-July 10 World Cup in Mexico.


Local players on the roster (with hometown, local high school and club affiliation):
  • F Paul Arriola (Chula Vista), Arsenal FC
  • F Jack McBean (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar HS/Los Angeles Galaxy
  • M Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale), Bell Gardens HS/Cosmos Academy West
  • F Mario Rodriguez (North Hollywood), Poly HS (Sun Valley)/Central Aztecs

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