Los Angeles Soccer: U.S. under-17 national team
Galaxy midfielder William Raygoza and forward Jaime Villarreal -- the younger brother of L.A. Home Grown Player Jose Villarreal -- are on the 35-man roster, as are Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer.
Former Chivas USA midfielder Esteban “Stevie” Rodriguez, a star on the U.S. team that played at last year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, also is on the roster. Rodriguez signed in early February with Club Tijuana after spending the first week of preseason training with the Goats' first team.
Delgado and Spencer train with Chivas' first team, and the club is angling to sign Delgado as a Home Grown Player.
Here is the list of local players invited to the camp:
F Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC/Alta Loma), Chula Vista
M Marco Delgado (Chivas USA/Carson), Glendora (Glendora HS)
M William Raygoza (Galaxy/Carson), El Monte (South El Monte HS)
F Esteban Rodriguez (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Palmdale (Bell Gardens HS)
F Ben Spencer (Chivas USA/Carson), Albuquerque, N.M.
F Jaime Villarreal (Galaxy/Carson), Inglewood (Leuzinger HS)
The U.S. did just enough to advance to the knockout stage at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, wrapping up Group D play with a scoreless tie, then prevailing in a game of chance when defeat might have been preferable.
Saturday's result in Pachuca sent the Americans (1-1-1) and their opponent, New Zealand (1-1-1), through to the round of 16. Because the teams were even on goal difference and goals scored, lots were drawn to determine that the U.S. was second and the Kiwis third in the group, behind Uzbekistan.
Might third place have been the spot to be? Perhaps so.
The Americans will face the Group E winner Thursday in Queretaro, and unless something extraordinary occurs, that will be Germany, which has routed Ecuador (6-1) and Burkina Faso (3-0) and on Sunday takes on Panama.
New Zealand on Wednesday gets Japan (2-0-1), which eked out a victory over Jamaica, tied France and dominated an Argentina side that has not impressed. The Uzbeks will face the No. 3 team from Group F, likely Ivory Coast and possibly Australia.
Mexico, France, England, Argentina, Congo, Uruguay and Ecuador also have clinched round-of-16 berths.
Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) and North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley) were in the U.S. lineup again, and Galaxy forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton (Murrieta/Murrieta Valley HS) again watched from the bench.
Bobir Davlatov's stunning 13th-minute goal sent the Uzbeks ahead, and Abbosbek Makhstaliev converted a penalty kick to break a 1-1 draw in the 54th. Alfred Koroma, with his second goal of the tournament, tallied just after halftime.
Three local players started for the U.S.: Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS), North Hollywood's Mario Rodriguez (Poly HS in Sun Valley) and Paul Arriola, who is from the San Diego area but plays club ball for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC. Galaxy forward Jack McBean, from Newport Beach (Corona del Mar HS), and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton, from Murrieta (Murrieta Valley HS) were among the unused substitutes.
The U.S. and New Zealand, a 1-0 loser to the Czech Repubic, top the group on goal difference (plus-2) and goals scored (four apiece) heading into their meeting Saturday in Pachuca.
The U.S. U-17 World Cup roster is out, and five players from the L.A. area -- including 16-year-old Galaxy forward Jack McBean -- are on it.
McBean, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore who signed at the end of January with the Galaxy through Major League Soccer's Home Grown Player mechanism, is the only first-team Major League Soccer player on coach Wilmer Cabrera's 21-man roster for the June 18-July 10 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. McBean has played with the Galaxy's reserve and academy teams but hasn't yet featured for the first team.
McBean and three others from the area -- midfielder Esteban Rodriguez and forwards Mario Rodriguez and Paul Arriola -- were part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF championship in February. Goalkeeper Wade Hamilton is the fifth local player.
Arriola lives south of San Diego but plays for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC, with Hamilton.
The Americans will face the Czech Republic (June 19 in Torreon), Uzbekistan (June 22 in Torreon) and New Zealand (June 25 in Pachuca) in Group D play.
Here's a list of the locals, with hometown, local high school and club team:
- Wade Hamilton (Murrieta), Murrieta Vallety HS/Arsenal FC
- Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale), Bell Gardens HS/Cosmos Academy West
- Paul Arriola (Chula Vista), Arsenal FC
- Jack McBean (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar HS/Galaxy
- Mario Rodriguez (North Hollywood), Poly HS/Central Aztecs
Garden Grove's Luis Gil netted the third goal for the U.S. under-20 national team in a 3-3 draw Tuesday with France, part of a six-day training camp in Vichy with interim head coach Tab Ramos, the former U.S. national team star.
Gil, 17, who plays for Real Salt Lake, scored in the 54th minute to give the Americans a 3-1 lead in Carquefou, France. UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe also was in the starting lineup.
The teams will meet again Thursday.
U-17 DRAW: The U.S. under-17 national team was drawn into Group D with the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan and New Zealand for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
The U.S. will play the Czechs on June 19 and Uzbeks on June 22, both in Torreon, and New Zealand on June 25 in Pachuca.
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