USA U-17s vs. Uzbekistan: Your Running Commentary

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The United States Under-17 national team looks to take a step closer to the knockout stage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup as at faces Uzbekistan in its second Group D game at Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico (4 p.m.,, Galavision).

The Americans routed the Czech Republic, 3-0, in their opening game, behind goals from Alejandro Guido, Esteban Rodriguez and Alfred Koroma. Coach Wilmer Cabrera has elected to go with the same starting XI that earned the victory on Sunday, and his team can secure a place in the Round of 16 with another win.

Uzbekistan, meanwhile, fell to New Zealand, 4-1, in its opening match and is in need of result to keep its dreams of advancing alive.

If you will be watching the USA-Uzbekistan match, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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121 Responses to USA U-17s vs. Uzbekistan: Your Running Commentary

  1. Mig22 says:

    Wow. Uzbek strike scores! Didn’t see that coming

  2. syght says:

    Failure to clear the ball, that’s just sloppy on our boys’ part.

  3. jp992751 says:

    Should be 2-0 Uzebekitan. Our CBs are not good and the second goal was called offsides but replays show he was clearly onside by a yard or two. Not impressed with the US so far.

  4. jp992751 says:

    Our RB is looking terrible as well. Way to many giveaways.

  5. Mig22 says:

    Now the Uzbeks got robbed on a missed offsides. The US better start holding onto the ball.

    Apparently, it’s so hot there that fatigue WILL factor in later in the game.

  6. stpauljosh says:

    wow, a national team sheild worse than ours. huzzah!

  7. chris says:

    Where is uzbekistan?

  8. Randy says:

    Zach Carroll is just practicing his early giveaways so he can be ready for the full nats.

  9. jp992751 says:

    Wow imagine that a dissallowed goal in a WC!?!?!?! Defender didn’t even attempt the ball should be 2-1 instead it is 1-0.

  10. syght says:

    No goal for USA? Okay, so we’re even now for that blown offsides that shoulda made it 2-0 Uzbekistan…

  11. chris says:

    Matt dunn passes back more then klejstan

  12. Joran says:

    US is down by a goal but at least they are playing more attacking/attractive football compared to the senior team in the Gold Cup….

  13. jp992751 says:

    Looks like it has evened out. Uzebk was not offsides and that was not a foul. 1-0 Game on.

  14. chris says:

    Why am I behind by like 10 minutes?

  15. jp992751 says:

    Really? I thought it was our senior team. lots of lat and back passes but not much going forward. Especially against a team that we should be blowing out.

  16. jonk says:

    Nice sequence started in the back by Pelosi and Guido ends with a header over the bar.

  17. jonk says:

    Come on, it’s right next to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan

  18. syght says:

    Guido’s got some flair, I like it.

  19. jp992751 says:

    Just like the nats we can’t pass in the final 1/3.

  20. Ben says:

    I really don’t understand this worthless, idiotic style of play we are attempting…keeping possession is great if you can switch the field and find some penetration through the midfield to create chances, but every time we switch the field it takes 4 passes and at least 20 seconds and then when we do get it to the other side they’ve easily closed it down and we pass it 30 yards back again. This is a sad day for me, i thought by now we had competent coaches able to teach our youth some creativity and effective playing styles, so much for that…

  21. jonk says:

    Uzbekistan keeper has an awesome mullet.

  22. jp992751 says:

    Wow our RB Ammon is just getting pounded.

  23. agnigrin says:

    espn3 is on time…galavision is 8 minutes behind…

  24. chris says:


  25. abc says:

    Let me guess, Galavision not ESPN3?

  26. chris says:

    I think if somone gets hurt and needs trainer assistance then they should stay off the field for at least 10 minutes just for precaution

  27. jp992751 says:

    Wow we look bad. Safe to say we aren’t going to be challenging for the cup.

  28. abc says:

    Wow we look terrible, even the ESPN3 commentator is saying how can a team look so good one day and so bad the next.

    Who is worse, Amon or Carroll?

  29. jp992751 says:

    Going with Amon so far..but no one on this team has looked even remotely good. I tuned in when I saw we beat the czech republic 3-0 and am thinking that it must have been a fluke.

  30. KC says:

    Just awful passing…shameful.

  31. USMNT Fan says:

    The announcer isn’t just saying it once he is repeating again and again.. and thats a tough call on whos playing worse.

  32. Eric says:

    Bad Half. Worse mullet on the Uzbek goalie. Some really lazy passes from our boys.

  33. francois says:

    We look really lazy and uninterested. Our performance against the czechs wasn’t a fluke, but Wilmer needs to tear into these kids at the break because it has been terrible through the first 45.

  34. ACS says:

    Watching UK Eurosport, I think the announcers have started playing cards and keep talking about the lack of people in the stands

  35. chris says:

    Yeah don’t feel like getting my laptop

  36. Zoti says:

    Uzbek assholes are right next to Borat’s Kazakhstan

  37. chris says:

    That was supposed to be to abc. Ives a comment upgrade please

  38. chris says:

    Idk what’s worse our play or the keepers mullet?

  39. jp992751 says:

    I haven’t followed our U17 much but aren’t we missing some big name kids (Gil, Renken) or are they older? Are any of these kids people to keep an eye on?

  40. syght says:

    Right next to burka burkastan

  41. predicto says:

    Credit to the U17s for attempting to play attractive ball. Maybe someday we’ll pull it off. But in the meantime ball movement is way too slow for the Uzbeks, who pick em off and counter. We’ve had very few forays into the Uzbek third.

  42. Rob says:

    Coach took Amon out so he must have been thinkg Amon.

  43. syght says:

    Coach Cabrera saw what we did, took off Amon and brought on Nate Smith to play LB, shifting Acosta to RB I take it.

  44. jp992751 says:

    1-1 Koroma

  45. Eric says:

    Hahaha and we are tied.

  46. syght says:

    Shoot Koroma shoulda started! Two sub appearances, two goals.

  47. TimChap says:

    You gotta love Koroma. Kid’s a monster physically and is good technically

  48. syght says:

    Gil and Renken are playing U-20 now I think. Too bad U-20 missed their World Cup. But the U-17s are missing our best striker, Andrew Oliver.

  49. jp992751 says:

    Wow the ref is having a stinker. Penalty for rodriguez called against HIM and then down on the other side a penalty on the US. Terrible.

  50. marko says:

    totally a blown call. Should have been a PK. Then uzbeck dives in the box and gets the PK.

    FIFA refs suck big fat you know what

  51. jonk says:

    Wow. Ridiculous disparity between two similar events in each teams penalty box. Foul called against US attacker at one end when a no call was probably best. And then Uzbek attacker with a total flop to earn a penalty.

  52. Eric says:

    Awful call.

  53. jp992751 says:

    Well it wouldn’t be a WC without crap refs making calls against us.

  54. jp992751 says:

    Never mind Carrol is TERRIBLE.

  55. K Thurman says:

    Wow that Uvbek captain is really good, but all about the dive.

  56. marko says:

    these refs are horrible

  57. marko says:

    true dat

  58. irishapple21 says:

    Losing to Uzbekistan would be so embarrassing. We need to stop losing to no-name, third world countries that don’t even have running water.

  59. Joamiq says:

    Wow, that’s actually a great idea. Or at least like 5 minutes. Would really discourage faking injuries.

  60. francois says:

    We’re getting screwed. Why am I not surprised.

  61. jonk says:

    Haha, you could hear Wilmer say “hey, where’s he going?” as a Uzbek player ran a full 20 yards up the sideline to take his throw-in.

  62. Eurosnob says:

    The ref is from Russia so it is not surprising that he favors Uzbeks over the US.

  63. francois says:

    Wow, I can’t believe these calls.

  64. jp992751 says:

    EVERY call going against us now.

  65. Joamiq says:

    Serious double mistake by the ref. Clear penalty not given to us, very questionable penalty called against us. That could very well be the difference in this game.

  66. jonk says:

    Both cases were fast breaks and the ref was nowhere near the action.

  67. CILII_blog says:

    How come none of the national team coaches on any level ever wear a suit and tie?

  68. jonk says:

    It’s refreshing to see that no matter the geography, an underdog team playing the US will look for every chance to flop around and lie on the ground.

  69. TimChap says:

    Everyone calm down. It’s U-17. Everyone will live even if they lose.

  70. Joamiq says:

    Yeah, pretty egregious, especially the missed call, where the defender basically came flying in and completely took our our guy while not even attempting to play the ball, let alone making any contact with it. At least there was some fighting for position on the penalty he did call, but it did seem like the Uzbek attacker went down on his own.

  71. hole says:

    the only interesting part was the 3 girls shown on camera.

  72. jp992751 says:

    Control the DAMN ball!!!!!

  73. Shark says:

    Russian ref hooking up his ‘homeboys’…this guy isn’t even trying hide his biasis…go figure…

    Seems just about every call is against us…hard to overcoem that…

  74. syght says:

    Dunn and Carroll are absolute trash this game. Good lord. Haven’t seen anything really from Pelosi either. Only ones doing anything are Guido, Koroma, maybe Acosta.

  75. Shark says:

    I can he is aa Russian ref with two Russian linesmen hooking up his ‘homeboys’….and I’m very serious saying that…I’ve seen ti before and will again…

  76. Shark says:

    Russian ref and two Russian linesmen…hooking up their ‘homeboys’..former Soviet country…

  77. predicto says:

    Uzbeks outplaying the US. Lots of poor first touches & give-aways by US. We just don’t look comfortable on the ball.

  78. jp992751 says:

    Statements like these are why US soccer continues to struggle. While others demand success of their youth teams and push out Chicarito’s, Messi’s and Rooney’s we just overlook the fact that they are the next stars and let them get by with mediocrity.

  79. jonk says:

    Wow, #20 with one of the most shameless dives I’ve ever seen that wasn’t an Italian or Portugese player.

  80. timF says:

    I can’t believe you guys are blaming the refs. The scoreboard is a fair result of the actual play on the field. Uzbekistan completely outplayed them today.

    Also, Dunn is garbage. I cannot accept that he is the best player available to play that position. Horrible, slow, can’t pass or win the ball. Pointless player.

  81. bb says:

    have you ever seen people dive so often?

  82. jp992751 says:

    Why is a Russian reffing an ex-soviet country? This may be the most Bias I have ever seen in a match.

  83. francois says:

    Wow, nobody is playing well for us. We should beat this team despite all of the bad calls by the ref.

  84. John says:


  85. Shark says:

    Are you blind?

    And nice ripping on 16 and 17 year old kids…wow…low class indeed…

    About as pointless as your post…

  86. jp992751 says:

    2-1 Uzbek

  87. John says:

    final yet ?

  88. jonk says:

    7 minutes to go

  89. syght says:

    This isn’t rec-league, these kids are pretty much professionals at this point. Young? Yes. Too early to pass judgment on their careers? Yes. But you can still note when someone has a crappy performance. Dunn and Carroll have had crappy performances, as has much of the squad, but especially them.

    And TimF is right, Uzbekistan has outplayed us. Ref hasn’t helped at all, but we’ve still been outplayed.

  90. Eurosnob says:

    Are you sure that Chicarito and Rooney played in U17 World Cup? If so, how did they do?

  91. jp992751 says:

    Were we outplayed??? Maybe. Was Uzbek helped by the ref???Absolutely.

  92. Benjamin says:

    Is Jack McBean not very good? I cannot understand why the one professional on this team cannot see the field.

  93. Shark says:

    The ref can and has changed the game…happens all the time…a ref liek this will force you to play different especially with the cards eh has handed out…

    Bottom line is a bit fishy to have Russian refs in this game…

    Pretty much pros? They are or they aren’t….

    Way to early to pass judgement on any careers at that age….

  94. jp992751 says:

    Only 4 min.???? Wow with all the diving?

  95. CILII_blog says:

    where can I buy the magic spray?

  96. TimChap says:

    Yeah Chicharito, Messi, and Rooney all didn’t play in a U-17 world cup. US soccer will survive. U-20 is a much better indicator. U-17 is way to young. I think ignorance and melodrama like yours hurts US soccer much more.

  97. predicto says:

    Uzbek deserved this win. They had aggressive team D – gave US little time on the ball. They were better on the ball. US coughed up many bad passes and poor first touches. Representative score.

  98. Thomas Rongen says:

    CABRERA OUT!!!!!

  99. MJC says:

    We were outplayed in every way but possession. But they pressed very well when we got inside their half and countered extremely well. So all our possession turned out to be without purpose. We need to do better breaking down teams that sit back (on all levels we are a little to inconsistent). That said its just on result. Wilmer and the boys have some work to do before the game against NZ. But I have faith.

  100. predicto says:

    Is this an omen for the big one coming up????

  101. jp992751 says:

    I actually wouldn’t mind as long as it brings about some changes!

  102. Anthony says:

    It should have been a draw that penalty was non-existent. US had more possesion but uzbek pressured(bunkered) well in their half.

  103. Benjamin says:

    When the winning goal comes on a awful penalty call, it is not really deserved. Plus, I think it is a suspect move to teach players at this age, meaning the Uzbekistan squad, to use such unsportmanlike tactics as diving, time wasting, etc. Finally, the ref used a different set of rules for each squad: the Uzbeks were rewarded for physical play and bad behavior, and we were punished when our forwards simply tried to get position.

    That being said, the U.S. played awful. They were way too relaxed at the beginning of the game, and looked completely shocked that Uzbekistan was so physical with them. Way too many turnovers, and some adjustments need to be made.

  104. Leon says:

    I thought US did not make U-20 WC

  105. jp992751 says:

    Yeah well if the U20 is an indication than we are in a world of trouble my friend. Never did I state that those players played in the U17 Cup rather that from a YOUNG age they were brought under scrutiny and have had to answer for their bad moments.

  106. abc says:

    F*** off.

    What changes? Our U20s didn’t make the World Cup and our U17s just lost to Uzbekistan, sooo obviously Bob Bradley should be fired for winning the 07 Gold Cup, beating Spain to finish second at the Confederations Cup, winning our group at the World Cup…..

  107. John says:

    With all do respect 16 and 17 year old kids nowadays are like 18 year olds 20 years ago. I’ve seen U-13 players that look 18!

  108. Isaid says:

    Why a draw? The Uzbeks were denied a perfectly legit goal!

  109. Hush says:

    Embarrassing! They got outplayed! Possesion is overrated if you can’t execute. We lack the killer instinct in this country. I for one would like to see a European come in and start shaping things in U.S soccer. I was very critical in wanting an European coach in our system since we have done well building the sport in this country. But the facts have shown we can’t get over that hill!!!! It’s time for Euro coaches to start coming here and putting in some technical ability and teaching players how to move around to create SPACE. We lack the SPACE gift, too many of our players pass the ball, but don’t have the mobility or technical ability to create and punish teams. We already learned how to kick the ball 60yds and somewhat defend, it’s tome for the other elements in the game.

    Today Ubztani put down a lesson on the U.S on how to create space and defend in a triangle mode. They went after every ball knowing the U.S lacks space and technical abilities. We panic and starting playing over the top in the last 20minutes. We had 4 minutes of extra time and instead of putting it on the ground, we started playing kick ball waiting for a miracle from 60yds out! Pathetic…. Cabrera got out coached.

    Koroma should start, no questions asked.

    The refs today were horrible. I’m still doubting the penalty called against us…. Mario should have been a penalty as well in my opinion.

  110. Jamie says:

    Truth is US takes an eternity to get to the opponents side, while the Uzbeks with four or five passes were there. US is not good at any level playing possession soccer period!

  111. Good Jeremy says:

    The Lord doesn’t follow the U17 scene too much and wishes to be left out of the conversation.

  112. aatabaki says:

    Yeah that was all Bobbo and his great tactical moves. He is an awful coach, and is coaching with the most talent the US has ever had. He basically lines up 6 defenders (2 d-mids), falls behind by a goal most games, and blew one of the best chances of making it to the quarters/semis in the world cup with insistence on starting RICO. We barely made it out of a cake walk group. Barely made it out of the confed cup, and even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again in the Spain game.

  113. Ben says:

    Stop appropriating my name.

  114. Eric120 says:

    Chicharito was left out of Mexico’s U17 team that won the world cup due to injury. If he had been healthy, he would have been included.

    Giovanni Dos Santos and Carlos Vela were the key players that helped Mexico win the cup.

  115. TimChap says:

    It’s about the talent at each group level not whether they succeed in a relatively meaningless tournament.

    And the fact that putting pressure on U17s is what you are advocating speaks for itself.

  116. Steven C says:

    You posted the word “homeboys” more than what is allowed on this website. ‘Homeboy pass’ has been revoked.

  117. DingDong says:

    Sorry, but that’s silly. Russians are just as likely to be biased against ex-Soviet republics (especially if it was say, Georgia, or one of the Baltics).

  118. &$789 says:

    WTF is up with you hating him..mad cause you or son won’t become that good?

  119. Ryan says:

    ref’s were horrendous. If the Uzbeks want to dive anymore they might as well renamed the sport. Also, whats with the penalty shot from the Uzbek player falling by himself. I do have to say that the Uzbeks were more fluid with their game when they did have the ball (since 63 percent of the game was in US possession). There were alot of crap calls, or lack of calls. Uzbeks probably would have one just from their shot chances though, so i cant really say anything bad