USA U-17 national team fails to reach 2013 World Cup

Richie Williams' side lost to Honduras in the make-or-break CONCACAF U-17 quarterfinal, meaning it will not be at the FIFA showpiece.
For the first time ever, the USA will not be participating in the U-17 World Cup.

The U.S. U-17 national team fell 3-1 to Honduras in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship quarterfinal, a result which eliminated the U.S. from contention for the 2013 U-17 World Cup. It also ended a run of 14 consecutive appearances at the tournament.

Honduras opened the scoring deep into the first half, but Joel Sonora responded with a goal right before the break. It wasn't to be for the U.S. though, as Honduras struck back with goals in the 57th and 68th minute to ensure a final score of 3-1.

The U.S. began the tournament well, winning both of its preliminary matches to top Group C. It defeated Haiti 3-0 before defeating Guatemala 1-0. The two wins ensured the team topped its group ahead of the do-or-die quarterfinal.

Unfortunately for the U.S., the result is another in a growing list of recent failures at the youth level. The 2011 U-20 side failed to qualify for the World Cup, before Caleb Porter's U-23 team did not advance to the Olympics last year. On the bright side, the U-20 team did safely secure passage to the 2013 World Cup in February.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 7-Nov. 8.