• Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

    Defending champ Canada to open U-20 Women's Championship against Costa Rica

    GUATEMALA CITY - Canada will face Costa Rica to open the CONCACF Under-20 Women's Championship while host Guatemala will play Cuba later on January 20 in the struggle to determine the confederation's three qualifiers for the World Cup.

    Trinidad & Tobago will open play for Group B the following day against Mexico, with the reigning world champion United States completing the first round of group matches against Jamaica immediately afterward.

    Group A resumes on January 22 with Cuba taking on defending champion Canada, and Guatemala playing Costa Rica. Mexico and Jamaica face off on January 23 with Trinidad playing the United States.

    Group play concludes with Costa Rica facing Cuba, and Guatemala playing Canada on January 24, while Jamaica faces Trinidad, and the United States confronting Mexico a day later.

    The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on January 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, January 30.

    The finalists and third-place winner will qualify for next year's World Cup in Germany July 13-August 1.

    Group A
    Canada
    Costa Rica
    Guatemala
    Cuba

    Group B
    United States
    Mexico
    Jamaica
    Trinidad & Tobago

    SCHEDULE
    (Kickoff times in U.S. Eastern; local kickoff times in parentheses)
    FIRST ROUND
    Wednesday, January 20
    Canada vs. Costa Rica, 3 p.m. (2 p.m.)
    Guatemala vs. Cuba, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    Thursday, January 21
    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, 3 p.m. (2 p.m.)
    Jamaica vs. United States, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    Friday, January 22
    Cuba vs. Canada, 3 p.m. (2 p.m.)
    Guatemala vs. Costa Rica, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    Saturday, January 23
    Mexico vs. Jamaica, 3 p.m. (2 p.m.)
    Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    Sunday, January 24
    Costa Rica vs. Cuba 11 a.m. (10 a.m.)
    Guatemala vs. Canada, 1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.)

    Monday, January 25
    Jamaica vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 p.m. (2 p.m.)
    United States vs. Mexico, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    SEMIFINALS
    Thursday, January 28
    Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up, 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
    Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

    FINALS
    Saturday, January 30
    Third Place
    Semifinal losers, 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
    Championship
    Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

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