Dynamo's Piña helps U.S. U-17s to win

United States downs Cuba 3-1, faces Panama next

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Fernando Piña and the United States U-17 national team earned a 3-1 win against Cuba in
their opening group match of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Monday afternoon. Andrew Oliver delivered a goal and an assist, Alfred
Koroma opened the scoring, and Esteban Rodriguez added a third as the
U.S. improved their unbeaten record against Cuba in U-17 qualifying to
4-0-2 lifetime.

Piña only needed to make one save in the match, saving a 90th-minute breakaway from Cuba forward Javier Aguilar.

MORE: Piña growing in confidence

The U-17s round out play in the three-team group
on Friday, Feb. 18, against Panama with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at
Jarrett Park. The top two teams in each group will advance to the
quarterfinals, with Group B set to crossover against Group A, which is
made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Haiti. The winner of Group B
will face the second-place finisher in Group A, and vice versa. The
quarterfinal winners will move on to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

The U.S. is looking to continue its streak
of being the only nation to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA
U-17 World Cup. It participated in the 2009 event for the 13th
consecutive time.

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Cuba
Date: Feb. 14, 2011
Competition: CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Venue: Catherine Hall Stadium; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                            1 2 3
CUB                            0 1 1

USA – Alfred Koroma (Andrew Oliver)    27
USA – Andrew Oliver (Mario Rodriguez) 46
USA – Esteban Rodriguez (Dillon Serna) 50
CUB – Frank Lopez                               68

Lineups:
USA:
1-Fernando Piña; 4-Nathan Smith, 2-Andrew Souders (capt.), 6-Mobi Fehr,
3-Kellyn Acosta; 8-Esteban Rodriguez, 5-Matt Dunn, 13-Dillon Serna
(15-Jordan Allen, 72); 16-Andrew Oliver, 9-Mario Rodriguez (19-Jack
McBean, 73), 7-Alfred Koroma (14-Tarik Salkicic, 76)
Subs not used: 18-Kendall McIntosh, 12-Joe Amon, 17-Zach Carroll, 20-Paul Arriola
Not available: 10-Alejandro Guido, 11-Marc Pelosi
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

CUB:
1-Sandy Sanchez; 3-Emmanuel Labrada, 4-Adrian Diz (capt.), 5-Brian
Rosales, 7-Kianz Froese, 8-Yolexis Collado, 9-Dairon Perez (15-Osmani
Capote, 71), 13-Sajay Herrera (10-Frank Lopez, 60), 14-Yosel Piedra,
16-Javier Aguilar, 17-Lazaro Mezquia
Subs not used: 2-Alejandro Cala, 6-Andy Baquero, 11-Daniel Luis Saez, 12-Denis Lumpuy, 18-Rene Garcia
Head Coach: Israel Blake

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots 8 / 4
Shots on Goal 6 / 2
Saves 1 / 3
Corner Kicks 1 / 3
Offside 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Emmanuel Labrada (caution) 35th minute
CUB – Klanz Froese (caution)          78
CUB – Tarik Salkicic (caution)         81

Officials:
Referee: Enrico Winjgaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Trevor Richards (BRB)