CONCACAF: Old rivals to meet in U-17 Championship final
The United States will meet their neighbours and old foes Canada in the final of this year’s CONCACAF Under-17 Championship final in Jamaica on Sunday. The Americans defeated the hosts in order to gain their berth in the final whilst Canada scraped a slender one goal win over Panama to reach their first ever tournament final.
The Americans are the favourites to lift the CONCACAF Under-17 title following their 2-0 triumph over Jamaica on Friday night. Marc Pelosi opened the scoring after just ten minutes but the USA team would have to wait until two minutes into second half stoppage time before they could celebrate the win. Andrew Oliver made sure of the win after striking the second goal of the game to ensure that his team would face the Canadians who had, earlier in the day, beaten Panama in their semi-final match.
The Canadians had it tougher in their last four encounter and the game was decided by an eighth minute goal from Luca Gasparotto. This made sure of Canada’s first ever appearance in a tournament final at this level. The best that Canada had done in this competition was a quartet of 3rd place finishes in the former Under-16 tournaments held in 1985, 1988, 1992 and 1994. The United States, on the other hand, have plenty of experience in this tournament winning it outright in 1983 and 1992 as well as a couple of group wins in the 1990s.
The 3rd/4th place play-off between losing semi-finalists Panama and Jamaica will take place on Sunday at 16:00 local time whilst the final between United States and Canada kicks off at 19:00.