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Chivas USA Academy: Gutierrez plays in CONCACAF U-17 Championship opener

The regional powers are off to a good start in the latest tournament.

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The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship officially got underway on Friday in Honduras, and the current Chivas USA Academy player at the tourney was involved on his team's first day.

Midfielder Ivan Gutierrez came off the bench to play the final 11 minutes of Mexico's 3-1 win over Panama on Saturday. Mexico, the defending regional champions at this level, are now unbeaten in 19 games in the competition, and will likely favor their chances in their next game, Tuesday against St. Lucia.

Two former CUSA Academy players have also played a role for their national team in the tournament. Both defender Hugo Arellano (now with the Galaxy Academy) and forward Josh Perez (officially not affiliated with an academy at present) started for the U.S. U-17s against Cuba, which the Americans won 5-0. Arellano scored the first goal, on a header off a set piece in the 5th minute. Perez didn't score but he and Arellano both played the full match. The U.S. will play their next game of the tournament, also on Tuesday, against Trinidad & Tobago.

In case you were wondering, Mexico and the U.S. are in separate groups, so they won't meet unless things break just right for the teams' final game of the tournament.

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