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Players and staff from the Haiti under-20 national team (pictured) take a look at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on February 17, 2017, a day before they open play in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
Costa Rica
February 17-March 5, 2017

FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa – Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica

GROUP B
St. Kitts & Nevis v Haiti, 1:00 p.m. ET
First-ever CU20 meeting 

St. Kitts & Nevis
- Previous Appearances (last app): 1 (2007
- Best Finish: never advanced past first round
- Record: 0W-1D-2L (3GF, 6GA)
- Qualification: Best Third Place, Caribbean
- Qualification Record: W-3; D-1; L-2; GF-13; GA-10
- Qualification Results: Dominican Republic 2, St. Kitts & Nevis 1; Jamaica 0, St. Kitts & Nevis 2; St. Kitts & Nevis 4, Dominica 2; Bermuda 3, St. Kitts & Nevis 1; St. Kitts & Nevis 2, Antigua & Barbuda 2; Curacao 1, St. Kitts & Nevis 3
- Qualification Scorers: Tahir Hanley (6); Delano Hodge, Javier Sutton (2); Gvanne Amory, Steve Archibald, Dakarai Phipps (1)
- Tahir Hanley made his senior national team debut in a 0-0 draw at Nicaragua on August 31, 2016
- 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Results: 0-2 loss v Mexico, 2-3 loss v Costa Rica, 1-1 draw v Jamaica
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

Haiti
- Previous Appearances (last app): 7 (2015)
- Best Finish: never advanced past first round
- Record: 4W-5D-16L (27GF, 56GA)
- Qualification: Champion, Caribbean
- Qualification Record: W-7; D-1; L-0; GF-30; GA-2
- Qualification Results: Haiti 8, Anguilla 0; Haiti 3, Bermuda 0; Haiti 5, Cayman Islands 0; Haiti 5, St. Lucia 1; Haiti 2, Cuba 1; Trinidad & Tobago 0, Haiti 0; Haiti 3, Bermuda 0; Antigua & Barbuda 0, Haiti 4
- Qualification Scorers: Ronaldo Damus, Roberto Louima (8); Kenley Dede (4); Jonel Desire, Stevenson Guillaume (2); Miche Chery, Jean Jean Francois, Odilon Jerome, Leverton Pierre, Jimmy-Shamar Sanon, own-goal in favor of (1)
- Ronaldo Damus (17-years-old), Jonel Desire (20), Roberto Louima (19) have played for the Haiti senior national team … each earned a cap in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Ronaldo Damus: with 4 goals, tied for third on the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship scoring chart (1 v Canada, 3 v St. Lucia)
- Jonel Desire: scored 4 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (1 v Canada, 1 v El Salvador, 2 v Honduras)
- Kenley Dede: Kenley Dede: appeared in each of Don Bosco’s 4 games in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2 v Monterrey, 2 v Arabe Unido)
- 0W-3D-4L in last 7 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

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USA v Panama, 3:30 p.m. ET
All-Time CU20 series – Wins: USA-3, PAN-1; Draws: USA-0, PAN-0; Goals: USA-9, PAN-1 

- Last CU20 Meeting: January 11, 2015 (at Montego Bay, Jamaica) – Panama 1, USA 0 … Carlos Small, who currently plays for Arabe Unido, scored only goal in 78th minute 

USA
- Previous Appearances (last app): 22 (2015)
- Best Finish: Runner-up-6 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013)
- Record: 63W-19D-27L (218GF, 94GA)
- Qualification: automatic North American entrant
- Forward Coy Craft (FC Dallas), defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), as well as midfielders Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake) and Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), all have Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League experience
- Erik Palmer-Brown appeared in 1 game at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing the entire 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss v Ukraine
- Tyler Adams (3 games/0 goals), Fulham midfielder Lucas De La Torre (3/0) and Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (1/0) represented USA at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
- Lucas De La Torre scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (1 v Honduras)
- USA head coach Tab Ramos played in 2 games at 1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup (then known as FIFA Youth Championship)
- 4W-0D-0L in last 4 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games, outscoring opposition 13-0 over that stretch
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015) 

Panama
- Previous Appearances (last app): 9 (2015)
- Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2015)
- Record: 17W-6D-9L (48GF, 38GA)
- Qualification: 4th Place, Central America
- Qualification Record: W-1; D-1; L-2; GF-7; GA-4
- Qualification Results: Panama 6, Nicaragua 0; Panama 0, Guatemala 1; Panama 1, Honduras 1; Panama 0, El Salvador 2
- Qualification Scorers: Leandro Avila (3); Isidoro Hinestroza (2); Ricardo Avila, Cesar Blackman (1)
- Ronaldo Cordoba: with 6 goals, top scorer in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Oliver Beckles: scored 3 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Leandro Avila: scored 2 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Justin Simons; made 1 appearance in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing the entire 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Ghana
- Went unbeaten in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, posting a 5W-1D-0L record … last CU20 loss came against El Salvador in the 2013 quarterfinals, 3-1
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)

 
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