Los Angeles Soccer: Wade Hamilton
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.
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.
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