LA Galaxy Forward Jack McBean Heads to Jamaica with United States Under-17 National Team

– LA
Galaxy forward Jack McBean, who was signed by the club as a Home Grown Player
late last month, has been named to the United States Under-17 National Team
squad for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Jamaica. McBean is one of
20 players named to the squad by head coach Wilmer Cabrera. The team will depart
for Jamaica on Saturday,
February 12 before opening tournament play on Monday, February 14 against

United States is in Group B
at the tournament, along with Cuba and Panama. After facing
Cuba in the group opener, the
U.S. will then take on
Panama in their second and final
group game on Friday, February 18. The top two teams from the group will then
advance to the tournament quarterfinals. If the U.S. can advance to that round of the tournament,
they will face a team from Group A, which consists of Costa Rica, El
Salvador and Haiti.

The four
teams that advance past the quarterfinals will automatically advance to the FIFA
U-17 World Cup, which will be held this summer in Mexico.

A native
of Newport Beach, Calif., McBean made his international debut last month,
taking part in a friendly in Jamaica on January 28. He was one of
40 players invited into U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. before signing with the

McBean officially joined the
Galaxy Academy program last summer at the age of 15, debuting
at the SUM U-17 Cup in Houston, and immediately helped make the Galaxy
U-16 squad one of the best in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He scored
nine goals in his 10 games with the club, including a hat trick against South
Carolina United FC at the annual Winter Showcase in Arizona. While at the
Showcase, McBean also played in one of the Academy Select games, which brings a
number of the nation’s top young players together on the same field. In that
game, McBean scored just five minutes after entering the match, leading his team
to a 2-1 win.

Fans wishing to follow McBean and
his U.S. Under-17 National Team teammates throughout the CONCACAF U-17
Championships can follow all of their games via MatchTracker at

The Galaxy will open the 2011 MLS
season on Tuesday, March 15 when they head to Seattle to take on the Seattle Sounders FC at
Qwest Field in MLS First Kick 2011, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That
game, which will kick off at 6:30 p.m., will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN
Deportes, as well as online at The Galaxy will then host the New
England Revolution in their home opener at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at The
Home Depot Center. For more information about this game or to purchase tickets,
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