Two days after beating Bolivia in a friendly, the US U-17s prepare to play Argentina on their own turf.
When: 2:30 pm ET
Where: Deportivo Italiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Tim Sturtridge
After recording a 2-1 win over
It is a fantastic opportunity for the squad to see exactly where they are at before they head off to
Qualification is first and foremost in head coach Cabrera’s mind and he is using this tour to iron out any problems he sees in his side’s play.
“I’m really happy with them, the communication and the adjustments,” he said after the win over
Should he choose to attack
“The players are in very good condition fitness wise,” the Colombian born coach said. “They need to be sharp and try to pick up the pace to see how good they really are.”
Man of the match against
“I’m looking forward to the game against
One man Duran and the rest of the
When he was just seven Lamela was snapped up by La Banda’s academy and five years after that
Now Lamela, who can play anywhere across the midfield, is focused on breaking into the River Plate first team even though he supports city rivals Boca Juniors.
“This is a dream but I’ll take it easy, I’ve still not done anything. I really want to learn,” said the youngster. “I really want to show everyone that the talk about me is not a lie.”
Right now the player hopes to emulate current
Landon Donovan won the MVP award in
With Wilmer Cabrera focused on qualification a good performance against
USA: Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads SC); Jared Watts (North Meck Storm); Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy); Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic); Marlon Duran (Latino Americana); Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride); Stefan Jerome and Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC); Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher); Hassan Saad (Vardar SC); Luis Gil (Pateadores); Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.); George Malki (SC Delsol Extreme); Joseph Shinsky (Super Nova FC); Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier); Julio Arjona (DC United); Sebastian Lletget (Santa Clara Sporting); Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier); Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls); Dominick Sarle (BW Gotschee)
Argentina: Walter Arce (Vélez Sársfield); Esteban Orfano, Leandro Marín and Sergio Araujo (Boca Juniors); Eduardo Rotondi and Rodrigo Díaz (Argentinos Juniors); Benjamín Rosales and Jorge Balbuena (Lanús); Diego Martínez, Leandro González Pirez, Esteban Espíndola, Gonzalo Olid Apaza, Juan Montero, Eric Lamela, Ezequiel Cirigliano and Daniel Villalva (River Plate); Damián Martínez, Lucas Krupszky and Juan Sánchez Martínez (Independiente); Ignacio Arce (Unión de Santa Fe); Nicolás Tagliafico (Banfield); Lucas Petrich (Rosario Central); Fernando Ledesma (Newell's Old Boys); Adrián Martínez and Sebastián González (San Lorenzo de Almagro); Brian Risso (Racing Club); Guido Dal Cason (Quilmes); Ignacio Ameli and Alexis Quintulen (Sporting de Lisboa).
Tim Sturtridge is a Buenos Aires-based sports correspondent from