The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team faces Cuba in Group A play to open the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Friday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. ET. The match, which takes place at Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, will be shown live on FOX Sports 2. Four teams from the tournament will qualify directly to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
Here is a breakdown of the USA’s previous encounters with Cuba in this event:
- The USA is 5-0-2 in the all-time series against Cuba in this tournament.
- The series started with the USA defeating Cuba 1-0 on Nov. 25, 1988, in the final round of the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. The USA and Cuba, as well as Canada, advanced out of the group to qualify for the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship.
- The U.S. and Cuba met twice in the 1991 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, drawing 1-1 in Group 2 on March 28, followed by the USA’s 1-0 victory in the final round on April 2 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was the USA’s only win in the final round, but it was enough as the U.S., Cuba and Mexico advanced to the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship.
- On Aug. 23, 1992, the USA defeated Cuba 2-0 in the final round of the 1992 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. With its second consecutive win, combined with a draw between Mexico and Canada, the U.S. leapfrogged Mexico to win the tournament.
- The USA and Cuba tied 1-1 in Group A of the 2005 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament, which proved to be the only small setback for the U.S., which won its group with a 2-0-1 record.
- The USA’s most lopsided win against Cuba was on the shortened 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, opening the tournament with a 5-0 win on April 21. Jack McInerney scored two goals and assisted two others. Luis Gil added a goal and set up both McInerney goals, and Stefan Jerome’s opening goal proved to be the game-winner. The U.S. won Group A with a 3-0-0 record. The event in Tijuana was then canceled because of a swine flu outbreak. The four semifinalists advanced to the FIFA U-17 World Cup: Group A winner USA, Group A runner-up Honduras, Group B winner Mexico and Group B runner-up Costa Rica.