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US U-17s' match vs. Blackburn U-18s cancelled

The United States Under-17 side was supposed to battle Blackburn's Under-18 squad this past weekend, but the weather had other ideas. 

The match was cancelled due to a flooded pitch and alternative arrangements couldn't be made in time as highways in Great Britain were impassable.

The training trip to England, however, hasn't been a complete wash. Twenty members of Wilmer Cabrera's U-17 team made the trek. The Stars and Stripes prevailed 2-0 against Manchester City's youth side on Nov. 4 behind tallies from strikers Mario Rodriguez and Andrew Oliver. 

Cabrera's kids play Scotland's U-17s on Wednesday.

Additionally, the team will participate in the 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendly held in Phoenix from Dec. 1-7. The U-17s will play Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey in preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF championship, held in Jamaica from February 12-28. The top four teams from that tournament advance to the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Noah Davis covers the United States national team for Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.

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