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Players from the Honduras under-20 national team (pictured) gather for a photo at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on February 16, 2017, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica

February 17-March 5, 2017  

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa – Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica 

GROUP A

Honduras v Canada, 6:30 p.m. ET

All-Time CU20 series – Wins: HON-6, CAN-4; Draws: HON-0, CAN-0; Goals: HON-14, CAN-11

- Last CU20 meeting: January 22, 2015 (at Montego Bay, Jamaica) – Honduras 3, Canada 2

Honduras

- Previous Appearances (last app): 17 (2015)

- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1982, 1994)

- Record: 51W-13D-18L (158GF, 78GA)

- Qualification: 1st place, Central America

- Qualification Record: W-2; D-2; L-0; GF-7; GA-4 (only team to go unbeaten)

- Qualification Results: Guatemala 2, Honduras 2; Honduras 2, El Salvador 1; Nicaragua 0, Honduras 2; Panama 1, Honduras 1

- Qualification Scorers: Sendel Cruz (2); Jorge Alvarez, Cristian Avila, Rembrandt Flores, Foslyn Grant, Jose Alejandro Reyes (1)

- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title … Mexico-13, Canada-2, Costa Rica-2, El Salvador-1 are the others

- Seven players on roster competed in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup … defender Dylan Andrade and midfielder Foslyn Grant (one goal in 3-1 loss v Ecuador) played every minute of the three matches … Michael Perello (goalkeeper), Denil Maldonado and Wesly Decas (defenders), Jorge Alvarez (midfielder) and Darixon Vuelto (forward) also saw action

- Vuelto; plays for Tenerife II in Spain ... led Honduras in scoring at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (2 goals) … at 15, scored for Victoria in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league match against Luis Angel Firpo

- Lost a total of 3 games in last 4 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearances

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 6 (1977, 1995. 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015) 

Canada

- Previous Appearances (last app): 21 (2015)

- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1986, 1996)

- Record: 46W-18D-30L (176GF, 104GA)

- Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title … Mexico-13, Costa Rica-2, Honduras-2, El Salvador-1 are the others

- Eight of the 20 players are based with European clubs, including 17-year-old forward Liam Millar, who scored three goals in his debut for the Liverpool U18s against Blackburn Rovers in the 2016/17 season opener

- Midfielders Tristan Borges (1 goal v Mexico), Dante Campbell and Aiden Daniels, plus defenders Kosovar Sadicki (1 goal v Costa Rica) and Kadin Chung (1 goal v Haiti), were on Canada’s roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

- 0W-0D-4L in last 4 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games (conceded 2 goals or more in each outing)

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 8 (1979, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) 

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Mexico v Antigua & Barbuda, 9:00 p.m. ET

First-ever CU20 meeting 

Mexico

- Previous Appearances (last app): 24 (2015)

- Best Finish: Champion-13 (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015)

- Record: 86W-20D-11L (303GF, 65GA)

- Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title (holds record at 13) … Canada-2, Costa Rica-2, Honduras-2, El Salvador-1 are the others

- DF Ulises Torres was team’s top scorer in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship with 4 goals

- FW Claudio Zamudio scored 3 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

- MF Kevin Magaña scored 2 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

- Torres, Zamudio & Magaña each scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship final, a 3-0 win over host Honduras

- DF Edson Alvarez: scored in Club America’s 2-0 Liga MX Clausura win at Morelia on February 4, 2017 … made Mexico senior debut in a 1-0 win over Iceland in an international friendly on February 8, 2017

- DF Joaquin Esquivel helped Pachuca reach the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, scoring two goals in as many games.

- Mexico is unbeaten in its last 17 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship matches (14W-3D-0L)

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015) 

Antigua & Barbuda

- Previous Appearances (last app): 2 (1986)

- Best Finish: never advanced past first round

- Record: 1W-2D-5L (7GF, 23GA)

- Qualification: Runner-up, Caribbean

- Qualification Record: W-4; D-3; L-1; GF-15; GA-10

- Qualification Results: Antigua & Barbuda 2, Cuba 1; St. Maarten 0, Antigua & Barbuda 6; Puerto Rico 1, Antigua & Barbuda 1; Curacao 0, Antigua & Barbuda 1; St. Kitts & Nevis 2, Antigua & Barbuda 2; Antigua & Barbuda 3, Bermuda 2; Antigua & Barbuda 0, Trinidad & Tobago 0 (5:4 pens); Antigua & Barbuda 0, Haiti 4

- Qualification Scorers: Javorn Stevens (6); Mohammed Hakeem, Denie Henry, Luther Wildin (2); Vashami Allen, Jermaine Browne, Matthew Hall (1)

MF Elliot Webber and MF Darren Buffonge, both 18, are on the books at Leicester City and Manchester United … Webber scored for Leicester’s U18 team in a 2-1 win over Carlisle United in the FA Youth Cup match on January 18, 2017 … Buffonge, formerly a prospect at both Arsenal and Fulham, signed with United in 2015

- Only CONCACAF Under-20 Championship win came against Barbados, 1-0, on August 5, 1980

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0 

 
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