Saint Lucia Under-17 in tough draw for CONCACAF Champs

By Terry Finisterre, Sport Correspondent

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San Pedro Sula (Monday, December 8, 2014) – On Monday, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conducted the draw for the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship Honduras 2015.

At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortes in San Pedro Sula, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb opened proceedings that determined the groupings and match schedule for the tournament, which kicks off February 27. The draw was conducted with the assistance of Honduran national team World Cup veterans Carlos Pavon and Amado Guevara.

Saint Lucia’s national under-17 men’s football team qualified to the CONCACAF Championships by finishing second in their group at the Caribbean Football Union Championships, behind hosts and eventual champions, Haiti. Saint Lucia had also finished second in the opening round of play, which was held at the Beausejour Stadium.

In Honduras, the young Saint Lucians will play in Group B. The Olympic Stadium will host Group B and the final phase including the fifth and third-place matches, as well as the Grand Final, scheduled for March 15. Group B contains Canada, Haiti, Panama, Mexico, Saint Lucia and Costa Rica in order of positions drawn.

Monday’s draw sorted the twelve qualified countries into two groups of six. Group A is set to feature host Honduras, along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, United States of America, Cuba, in addition to a third qualifying nation from Central America, to be determined in a January playoff between El Salvador and Guatemala.

The tournament will crown the Confederation champion at this age level, and qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Chile 2015. The top team from each group after round-robin play advance to the World Cup and the other two will be determined by the results of the final day elimination matches.

Mexico is the defending CONCACAF under-17 champion, having claimed the title in the previous edition of the championship, in Panama in 2013.

2014 CONCACAF Men’s U-17 Championship

World Cup Qualifying

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

GROUP A

Honduras

Jamaica

UNCAF 3

Trinidad &Tobago

United States of America

Cuba

 

GROUP B

Canada

Haiti

Panama

Mexico

Saint Lucia

Costa Rica

 

2014 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship Schedule

Day 1 – Friday, February 27 (Francisco Morazan Stadium)

14:30 UNCAF 3 vs Trinidad &Tobago

17:00 USA vs Cuba

19:30 Honduras vs Jamaica

 

Day 2 – Saturday, February 28 (Olympic Stadium)

14:30 Panama vs Mexico

17:00 Saint Lucia vs Costa Rica

19:30 Canada vs Haiti

 

Day 3 – Sunday, March 01

Rest Day

 

Day 4 – Monday, March 02 (Francisco Morazan Stadium)

14:30 Jamaica vs. UNCAF 3

17:00 Trinidad &Tobago vs. USA

19:30 Honduras vs. Cuba

 

Day 5 – Tuesday, March 3 (Olympic Stadium)

14:30 Haiti vs. Panama

17:00 Mexico vs. Saint Lucia

19:30 Canada vs. Costa Rica

 

Day 6 – Wednesday, March 4 

Rest Day

Day 7 – Thursday, March 5 (Francisco Morazan Stadium)

14:30 Cuba vs. Jamaica

17:00 UNCAF 3 vs. USA

19:30 Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Day 8 – Friday, March 6 (Olympic Stadium)

14:30 Costa Rica vs. Haiti

17:00 Panama vs. Saint Lucia

19:30 Canada vs. México

 

Day 9 – Saturday, March 7

Rest Day

 

Day 10 – Sunday, March 8 (Francisco Morazan Stadium)

14:30 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Jamaica

17:00 Cuba vs UNICAF 3

19:30 Honduras vs. USA

 

Day 11 – Monday, March 9 (Olympic Stadium)

14:30 Mexico vs. Haiti

17:00 Costa Rica vs. Panama

19:30 Canada vs. Saint Lucia

 

Day 12 – Tuesday, March 10

Rest Day

 

Day 13 – Wednesday, March 11 (Francisco Morazan Stadium)

14:30 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Cuba

17:00 USA vs. Jamaica

19:30 Honduras vs. UNCAF 3

 

Day 14 – Thursday, March 12 (Olympic Stadium)

14:30 Mexico vs. Costa Rica

17:00 Saint Lucia vs. Haiti

19:30 Canada vs. Panama

 

Day 15 – Friday, March 13

Rest Day

 

Day 16 – Saturday, March 14

Rest Day

 

Day 17 – Sunday, March 15 (Olympic Stadium)

14:00 2nd vs. 3rd

17:00 1st vs. 4th

20:00 1A vs. 1B

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6 comments

  1. just watching Panama vs Haiti 6-0. Good luck on friday!

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  2. good luck guys. play hard, be professional and enjoy your selves. It would of been nice to write their names in the article. we need to know who our young heroes are. big up the guys man.

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  3. Hey congratulations guys! A special shout to Lucky Number 7, I'm proud of you, keep focused and come back to us safe. Whatever the outcome you're a champion!!!

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  4. Good job St. Lucia under 16. And special congrats and encouragement to you Jamie #11. Continue to make us all proud of you as you strive towards your potential.

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  5. Yikes!! These guys have to eat, drink and sleep football from now until.

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