December 8, 2014
U-17S GET CONCACAF DRAW
4 teams to advance to 2015 World Cup
CHICAGO - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team has been paired in Group A with Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and an UNCAF qualifier for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship to be played Feb. 27-March 15 in San Pedron Sula, Honduras.
The UNCAF team - El Salvador or Guatemala - will be determined in a two-game playoff Jan. 17 and 24. All Group A games will be held at Francisco Morazan Stadium.
The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will qualify four teams directly to the FIFA 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile. Group B will be made up of Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and St. Lucia.
The USA's Group A Schedule:
Friday, Feb. 27: Cuba, 6 p.m. ET
Monday, March 2: Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 5: El Salvador/Guatemala, 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 8: Honduras, 8:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, March 11: Jamaica, 6 p.m. ET
The CONCACAF U-17 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Under this setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the U-17 World Cup in Chile and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the U-17 World Cup.
The playoff stage and final match of qualifying will be held, at Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula.
The U.S. U-17 MNT is coming off a second-place showing at the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. This age group played 27 international matches, posting a 17-7-3 record.