• Friday Mar 01, 2013

    Under-20 Preview: Semifinals

    2013 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

    Puebla, Mexico
    February 18 - March 3, 2013

    MARCH 1, 2013 - PREVIEW
    Estadio Cuauhtemoc

     

    SEMIFINAL #1
    United States v Cuba, 6:00 p.m. ET
    U.S. leads series: 2 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 1 GA)

    Last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) meeting: April 22, 1988 - U.S. 2, Cuba 1

    United States Quick Facts
    •  Defeated Canada 4-2 on Tuesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
    •  Group A record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 1 GA)
    •  U.S. goalscorers: Jose Villarreal 3 (1 v Costa Rica, 2 v Canada), Luis Gil 2 (1 pen v Haiti, 1 v Canada), Daniel Cuevas 1 (1 v Haiti), William Trapp 1 (1 v Canada)
    •  21st appearance in CU20 final round
    •  Qualified as an automatic North American entrant
    •  Appeared in 12 FIFA U-20 World Cups
    •  4 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (10 GF, 5 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games…last loss came against Guatemala in 2011 quarterfinals
    •  1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses (3 GF, 3 GA) in 5 all-time CU20 semifinal games
    •  Never won the CONCACAF Under-20 title

    Cuba Quick Facts
    •  Defeated Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup (will be first-ever U-20 World Cup appearance)
    •  Group B record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (5 GF, 1 GA)
    •  Cuba goalscorers: Maykel Reyes 3 (2 v Canada, 1 v Nicaragua), Aricheell Hernandez 2 (2 v Costa Rica), Adrian Arturo Diz Pe 1 (1 v Nicaragua), Daniel Luis Saez 1 (1 v Nicaragua)
    •  11th appearance in CU20 final round
    •  4 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses (14 GF, 2 GA) in 6 Caribbean qualifying matches, conceded 1 goal or less in all 6 outings.
    •  Aricheell Hernandez and Maykel Reyes were team's top scorers in qualifying with 3 goals each
    •  3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss (8 GF, 8 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
    •  0 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (0 GF, 1 GA) in only CU20 semifinal game (loss came against Mexico, 1-0, in 1973)
    •  Never won the CONCACAF Under-20 title

     

    SEMIFINAL #2
    Mexico v El Salvador, 9:00 p.m. ET
    Mexico leads series: 6 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (20 GF, 2 GA)

    Last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) meeting: February 23, 2013 - Mexico 3, El Salvador 0

    Mexico Quick Facts
    •  Defeated Jamaica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
    •  Group D record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (6 GF, 0 GA)
    •  Mexico goalscorers: Marco Bueno 2 (1 v Curacao, 1 v Jamaica), Jesus Corona 2 (2 v Curacao), Jesus Escoboza 2 (1 v El Salvador, 1 v Jamaica), Francisco Flores 1 (1 v Jamaica), Julio Gomez 1 (1 v El Salvador), Armando Zamorano 1 (1 v Jamaica), own-goal in favor 1 (1 v El Salvador, Olivier Ayala)
    •  23rd appearance in CU final round…defeated Costa Rica 3-1 in the final of the 2011 tournament in Guatemala City
    •  Qualified as host and as an automatic North American entrant
    •  Won 11 CONCACAF Under-20 titles and is the defending champion
    •  Appeared in 12 FIFA U-20 World Cups
    •  5 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (17 GF, 2 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
    •  Won 8-consecutive CU20 final round ganes
    •  Scored 3 or more goals in last 7 CU20 final round games

    El Salvador Quick Facts
    •  Defeated Panama 3-1 on Wednesday to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup (will be first-ever U-20 World Cup appearance)
    •  Group D record: 1 win, 0 draws, 1 loss (2 GF, 4 GA)
    •  El Salvador goalscorers: Jairo Henriquez 2 (2 v Panama), Olivier Ayala 1 (1 v Curacao), Romel Mejia 1 (1 v Curacao), Jose Peña 1 (1 v Jamaica)
    •  13th appearance in CU20 final round
    •  1 win, 0 draws, 1 loss (4 GF, 4 GA) in 2 Central American qualifying games
    •  Jairo Henriquez was team's top scorer in qualifying with 2 goals
    •  2 wins, 0 draws, 3 losses (6 GF, 9 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
    •  0 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (0 GF, 1 GA) in only CU20 semifinal game (loss came against Canada, 1-0 after extra time, in 1984)
    •  Won its only CONCACAF Under-20 title in 1964

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