Athletico Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris had the opportunity to travel with the U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) to San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 24th – March 3rd. This was the team’s last international trip before World Cup qualifying begins in Panama this April.
The trip helped the U-17 MNT athletes prepare for qualifying, as they were able to get acclimated to the extreme heat and turf fields. The team brought a big roster of 26 players on the trip, who played two double headers against Honduras.
The first day of games went well, with the first U.S. team winning 3-1 and the second team tying Honduras with a 0-0 game. There were two days to rest and recover before the U-17 team took on Honduras for another double header. Both teams responded to the challenge in the next round of games, with the first game ending in a 4-1 victory for the U.S., and the second team improving from their first performance with a 4-0 victory.
Overall, the trip was a great experience and helped prepare the U-17 MNT for the tough qualifying road ahead. These games provided a good opportunity for the team to experience difficult games in hostile environments, especially given the hot temperatures and humidity.
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