CWU20 Preview: Day Five
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Action from the Group A game between Costa Rica and Guatemala (right) at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship on January 11, 2014, in George Town, Cayman Islands. (Photo: Mexsport)

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship (CWU20) concludes on Monday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex as the side to join the United States in the semifinals will be determined. 

In the opener, third-place Jamaica (1 point, -3 GD) takes on second-place Costa Rica (3 points, -2 GD), followed by an encounter between the table-topping U.S. (6 points, +9 GD) and fourth-place Guatemala (1 point, -4 GD).

Jamaica needs a win to have any hope of reaching the CWU20 knockout rounds for only a second time and first since 2006.  The Caribbean champion has scored only once in its last eight CWU20 outings, but the potential to better is buoyed by the fact that it scored 41 goals in eight qualifying matches. 

Costa Rica bounced back from an opening 6-0 loss to the U.S. with a 5-1 win over Guatemala on Saturday.  The Ticas can book a semifinal place with a win, but a draw may prove to be sufficient.

The U.S. clinched a semifinal place after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Jamaica and has won a tournament-record 12 consecutive CWU12 matches, conceding only one goal over that stretch.  A draw against Guatemala would give it the group title. 

The Guatemalans, which needs Costa Rica to lose in order to maintain a possibility of advancing, have never won after a loss in the same CWU20 competition (0-0-2, 2 GF, 6 GA).  With the talents of 15-year-old forward Aisha Solorzano, however, they have a player who can put the ball in the net.

Which team will accompany the U.S. to the semifinals?

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day’s games:

2014 CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

George Town, Cayman Islands – Truman Bodden Sports Complex

 Monday – January 13, 2014

 

GROUP A

Jamiaca v Costa Rica, 5:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local)

Costa Rica leads all-time CWU20 series: 1 win, 0 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 1 GA)

Jamaica Quick Facts

•  Group A record:  GP – 2, W – 0; D – 1; L – 1; GF – 0; GA – 3

•  Group A results:  0-0 draw v Guatemala; 0-3 loss v USA

•  7th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)

•  Best Finish:  4th place (2006)

•  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 22; W – 3; D – 4; L – 15; GF – 29; GA – 50

•  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Shakira Duncan (7 goals) 

•  Method of Qualification:  CFU, Champion

•  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 8; W – 7; D – 1; L – 0; GF – 41; GA – 3

•  Qualifying scorers:  Kayla Gray (12 goals); Khadija Shaw (7); Nicole Harris (3); Shantell Thompson (2); Georgia Bailey, Trudi Carter, Courtney Douglas, Jessica Johnson, Keona Simmonds, Marlo Sweatman (1)

•  Scored only 1 goal in last 8 CWU20 games

•  Before allowing 3 goals in Saturday’s loss to the USA, conceded 0 goals in previous 2 CWU20 games

•  2 wins, 2 draws, 7 losses (14 GF, 22 GA) following a loss in the same CWU20 tournament

•  One of only three teams to participate in all seven editions of the CWU20 (Mexico and the USA are the others)

 Costa Rica Quick Facts

•  Group A record:  GP – 2, W – 1; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 5; GA – 7

•  Group A results:  0-6 loss v USA; 5-1 win v Guatemala (Goals: Jazmin Elizondo 5’; Krista Chavarria 10’; Yesmi Rodriguez 23’, 43’; Nicole Araya 30’)

•  5th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2014)

•  Best Finish:  3rd place (2004, 2010)

•  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 20; W – 11; D – 2; L – 7; GF – 49; GA – 47

•  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 5 goals (3 in 2008, 2 in 2010) 

•  Method of Qualification:  UNCAF, Group 2 winner

•  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 2; W – 2; D – 0; L – 0; GF – 5; GA – 2

•  Qualifying scorers:  Jazmin Elizondo (3 goals); Viviana Chinchilla, Michelle Montero (1 goal each) 

•  4 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses (23 GF, 24 GA) following a loss in the same CWU20 tournament (all 3 losses came against either Canada or the USA)

•  9 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses (41 GF, 32 GA) in CWU20 group stage games

•  In 5-1 win over Guatemala on Saturday, Yesmi Rodriguez became 1st Costa Rican to score more than 1 goal in a CWU20 game since Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño netted twice in a 2-2 draw against Mexico on June 28, 2008, in the match for third place (Costa Rica finished third, 3-2 on penalty kicks)

•  FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup appearances (1):  2010

 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

All-Time Meetings: Jamaica v Costa Rica

June 17, 2008 (First Round)

at Puebla, Mexico

Jamaica  1  (Shakira Duncan 11’)

Costa Rica  3  (Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño 33’; Katherine Alvarado 53’; Adriana Venegas 76’) 

USA v Guatemala, 7:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)

USA leads all-time CWU20 series: 1 win, 0 draws, 0 losses (6 GF, 1 GA)

USA Quick Facts

•  Group A record:  GP – 2, W – 2; D – 0; L – 0; GF – 9; GA – 0

•  Group A results:  6-0 win v Costa Rica (Goals: Lindsey Horan 13’, 24’, 45+2; Summer Green 61’; Savannah Jordan 81’; own-goal by Maria Benavidez 86’); 3-0 win v Jamaica (Goals: Savannah Jordan 31’; Andi Sullivan 40’ pen); McKenzie Meehan 82’)

•  7th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)

•  Best Finish:  Champion (2006, 2010, 2012)

•  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 30; W – 27; D – 1; L – 2; GF – 153; GA – 11

•  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Kerri Hanks, 11 goals (1 in 2002, 10 in 2004) 

•  Method of Qualification:  automatic North American entrant

•  12-0-0 in last 11 CWU20 matches, conceding only 3 goals over that stretch

•  12-game winning streak is a CWU20 record

•  Scored 6 goals in 5 of last 12 CWU20 matches

•  Lindsey Horan has 7 career CWU20 goals, tied for #5 on all-time tournament list

•  56 players have scored at least 1 CWU20 goal… the U.S. has more individual scorers than 13 of the other 15 all-time participants – other than Canada and Mexico – have scored goals (does not include own-goals on players from other teams)

•  Lindsey Horan scored 3 goals and Cari Roccaro added one in previous CWU20 meeting v Guatemala (6-0 win on March 2, 2012)

•  One of only three teams to participate in all seven editions of the CWU20 (Jamaica and Mexico are the others)

•  Only team from CONCACAF to qualify for all six editions of the FIFA U-19/20 Women’s World Cup

 •  FIFA U-19/20 Women’s World Cup titles (3):  2002, 2008, 2012

 Guatemala Quick Facts

•  Group A record:  GP – 2, W – 0; D – 1; L – 1; GF – 1; GA – 5

•  Group A results:  0-0 draw v Jamaica; 1-5 loss v Costa Rica (Goal: Aisha Solorzano 66’)

•  3rd appearance in CWU20 finals (2010, 2012, 2014)

•  Best Finish:  never advanced past Group Stage

•  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 8; W – 2; D – 1; L – 5; GF – 10; GA – 23

•  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Ana Martinez, Maria Monterroso (2 goals each)

•  Method of Qualification:  UNCAF, Playoff winner (defeated Nicaragua 6-2 on aggregate)

•  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 5; W – 3; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 12; GA – 6

•  Qualifying scorers:  own-goal in favor of (3 goals); Vivian Herrera, Aisha Solorzano, Madelyn Ventura (2 goals each); Alida Argueta, Mia Espino, Yoselin Sanchez (1 goal each)

•  Posted first-ever CWU20 shutout in 2014 opener v Jamaica

•  With Saturday’s loss to Costa Rica, now has 0 wins, 0 draws, 3 losses (2 GF, 11 GA) v Central American opposition in CWU20

•  0 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses (2 GF, 6 GA) following a loss in the same CWU20 tournament

 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

All-Time Meetings: United States v Guatemala

March 2, 2012 (First Round)

at Panama City

United States  6  (Lindsey Horan 12’, 47, 74’; Julie Johnston 29’; Katie Stengel 54’; Cari Roccaro 60’)

Guatemala  0