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FOOTBALL: Under-17 players arriving today after World Cup miss

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Some members of Jamaica's Under-17 team are scheduled to arrive in the island this afternoon, after their failure to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament, which ended in Honduras yesterday.

The junior Reggae Boyz missed out on securing a spot to the World Cup after suffering a heart-breaking 5-4 loss on penalties to the United States.

The game went into penalty after both teams had a goaless draw in Sunday’s CONCACAF Under-17 Championship playoff match at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.

Alexis Velela drove in the USA’s sixth spot kick, before Jamaica’s Alex Marshall sent his penalty wide of the top left corner, putting the Americans back in the U-17 World Cup after missing the tournament for the first time two years ago.

The Jamaicans also hadn’t qualified since 2011, but nearly pulled off a feat of heroic proportions after shutting out the Americans for 180 minutes.