• Saturday Oct 23, 2004

    Costa Rica & Panama progress to 2005 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round

    Panama and the host Costa Rica progressed into the 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round after defeating Nicaragua and Guatemala, respectively, at the Central American Zone Qualification at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José on Friday.

    Franklin Chacón scored twice, Greivin Arce, Bryan Ruiz and Delio Salazar each added a tally for Costa Rica (3-0-0, 9 Points) in the 5:1 win over Guatemala (1-3-0, 3 Points).

    In an earlier encounter on Friday, Alvaro Salazar and Cristian Vega scored for Panama (3-0-0, 9 Points) in the 2:0 victory over Nicaragua (0-3-0, 0 Points).

    The UNCAF (Union Centroamericana de Fútbol) tournament concludes on Sunday (24 October) at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa when El Salvador (1-2-0, 3 Points) meets Nicaragua at 10:00 and then Costa Rica host Panama at 12:15.

    Costa Rica and Panama advance into Group A of the 2005 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualification alongside the Caribbean Zone Series 1 Winner (Cuba or Trinidad & Tobago) and the host, USA, for games taking place from 12-16 January in Carson, California.

    The CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Group B runs from 26-30 January 2005 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and will have Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and the host.

    The top two teams from each of the CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Groups will qualify to the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from 10 June - 2 July.

    Central American Zone: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa - San José, COSTA RICA
    22.10.2004: COSTA RICA - GUATEMALA 5:1 (2:1)
    Franklin CHACóN 18', 70'; Bryan RUIZ 41'; Greivin ARCE 61'; Delio SALAZAR 81' - Julio César VANEGAS 15'
    CRC: Keilor Navas - Greivin Arce, Franklin Chacón, José Chan Moreno, Windell Gabriel Valle (60: Delio Salazar), José Garro (45: Josmir Arias), Estevan Granados, Gerland MacDonald (71: Rox Gonzalez), Kenny Parks, Bryan Ruiz, Jody Stewart. Booked: Arce 38'
    TD: Carlos WATSON
    GUA: Ricardo Jerez (54: Ronald Zavala) - Marvin Tomas, Marcos Jonathan Sandoval, Erwin Armando Morale, Juan José Prado, Julio Cesar Vanegas (80: Luis Rosito), José Mendoza (65: Jean Marquez), Miguel Angel Farfan, Jonny Brown, Jean Patrick Howell, Pedro Julio Samayoa. Booked: Morales 16', Prado 64', Sent off: Sanodval 76'
    TD: Luis Rodolfo LOPEZ
    R: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)

    22.10.2004: PANAMA - NICARAGUA 2:0 (1:0)
    Alvaro SALAZAR 24'; Cristian VEGA 47'
    PAN: José Calderon - Raul Loo, Roman Torres, José Venegas, Armando Gun, Luis Gallardo, Celso Polo, Hanamel Hill (50: Eduardo Ponce), Miguel Castillo (60: Ricardo Buitrago), Edwin Aguilar (46: Cristian Vega), Alvaro Salazar. Booked: Loo 37', Vega 48', Ponce 61'
    TD: Victor Rene MENDIETA
    NCA: Harwin Leon Firgueroa - Francisco Bernabe Aguirre, Roger Daniel Mejia, Remy Vanegas Padilla, Luis Olivarez, Kesler Thomas (49: Jorge Jaquin) (69: Carlos Pena), Raul Rodriguez (75: Eliezer Zuniga), Gester Josue Zarate, Armando Collado, José Angel Carballo, Erick Rena Galeano. Booked: Aguirre 42', Mejia 50', Zarate 81'
    TD: Florencio LEIVA
    R: Otto MEJIA (GUA)

    24.10.2004: El Salvador - Nicaragua (10:00); Costa Rica - Panama (12:15)

    Group A (12-16.01.2005 - Home Depot Center in Carson, California USA)
    Costa Rica
    Caribbean Series 1

    Group B (26-30.01.2005 - Estadio TBD, Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS)

    Top two teams from each group qualify to 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands

    Photo - Costa Rica vs. Guatemala, Eddy Rojas/La Nación-CRC

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