The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U17 Championship on Sunday April 23 against Jamaica at Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City, Panama. The match can be seen via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 12:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Josh Sargent (St. Dominic/SLSG Missouri Academy) will captain the team in Panama. If he continues in the fine form that has led him to this point, there is a possibility he will then be called into the U20 team for the World Cup in Korea in late May. Both platforms will continue to expose him to Coaches from around the world. I believe his goal is to play overseas once he turns 18. No better means of achieving that dream than via these upcoming tournaments.
The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship serves as the regional qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Running from April 21-May 7 in Panama, the tournament’s top four finishers will represent the region at October’s World Cup in India.
2017 TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. There, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the U-17 World Cup and the first-place teams advance to the tournament final.
The USA opens Group C play against Jamaica on Sunday, April 23 (12:30 p.m. CT), followed by Mexico on Wednesday, April 26 (5:30 p.m. CT) and El Salvador on Saturday, April 29 (10:30 a.m. CT). Should the USA finish in the top two, they’ll advance to the classification stage to play two more matches on May 3 and May 5, respectively. If the USA finishes atop its classification group, they’ll advance to the final, set to be played on May 7. All of the games can be found in my Soccer on TV calendar.
Head coach John Hackworth’s squad includes two players who are currently playing in Europe: Timothy Weah at French club Paris Saint-Germain and C.J. Dos Santos with Portuguese side Benfica.