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Costa Rica (pictured), which is host of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, trains ahead of its tournament opener, which will be played on February 19, 2017, against El Salvador. (Photo courtesy of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica

February 17-March 5, 2017  

FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa – Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica 

GROUP C

Bermuda v Trinidad & Tobago, 2:00 p.m. ET

First-ever CU20 meeting 

Bermuda

- Previous Appearances (last app): 11 (1992)

- Best Finish: Quarterfinals-1 (1980)

- Record: 8W-4D-23L (44GF, 82GA)

- Qualification: Third Place, Caribbean

- Qualification Record: W-4; D-1; L-3; GF-18; GA-12

- Qualification Results: Bermuda 3, Cayman Islands 0; Haiti 3, Bermuda 0; Anguilla 0, Bermuda 7; Bermuda 3, St. Kitts & Nevis 1; Curacao 1, Bermuda 1; Antigua & Barbuda 3, Bermuda 2; Haiti 3, Bermuda 0; Trinidad & Tobago 1, Bermuda 2

- Qualification Scorers: Jaz Ratteray-Smith, Tevahn Tyrell (3); Mazhye Burchall, Liam Evans, Knory Scott (2); Osagi Bascome, Paul Douglas, Jahkari Furbert, David Jones, Jahnaze Swan, Mikiel Thomas (1)

- Midfielder/forward Osagi Bascome: signed a contract with English Championship side Bristol City on February 9, 2017, with an option for a further year; while on trial with Bristol City, scored one goal and assisted on two others in three appearances with the U23 team; made senior debut for Bermuda in a 1-0 loss to the visiting Dominican Republic in a Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup match on June 4, 2016

- Kacy Milan Butterfield: in June 2016, signed a one-year contract with English League One side Walsall thanks in part to a recommendation by Bermuda U20 head coach Kyle Lightbourne, who starred for the club in the 1990s; has been a regular starter in the development side this season

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

Trinidad & Tobago

- Previous Appearances (last app): 18 (2015)

- Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (1990)

- Record: 20W-19D-35L (87GF, 124GA)

- Qualification: Fourth Place, Caribbean

- Qualification Record: W-3; D-4; L-1; GF-18; GA-3

- Qualification Results: Trinidad & Tobago 1, Guadeloupe 0; Trinidad & Tobago 11, Turks & Caicos Islands 0; Trinidad & Tobago 1, St. Lucia 1; Trinidad & Tobago 0, Guadeloupe 0; St. Lucia 0, Trinidad & Tobago 4; Trinidad & Tobago 0, Haiti 0; Antigua & Barbuda 0, Trinidad & Tobago 0 (5:4 pens); Trinidad & Tobago 1, Bermuda 2

- Qualification Scorers: Nicholas Dillon (8); Isaiah Hudson (3); Noah Powder (2); Morgan Bruce-de Rouche, Jarred Dass, Michah Lansiquot, Kierron Mason, Josh Toussaint (1)

- Midfielder Jabari Mitchell, 19, has appeared in two career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League games for DirecTV W Connection

- Trinidad & Tobago has not won more than one game in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship since 1990, when it finished as runner-up.

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 2 (1991, 2009) 

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Costa Rica v El Salvador, 4:30 p.m. ET

All-Time CU20 series (4 games played) – Wins: CRC-1, SLV-1; Draws: 2; Goals: CRC-5, SLV-6 

- Last CU20 Meeting: August 26, 1994 (at San Pedro, Sula, Honduras) – Costa Rica 1, El Salvador 1  

Costa Rica

- Previous Appearances (last app): 18 (2013)

- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1988, 2009)

- Record: 46W-15D-19L (177GF, 79GA)

- Qualification: Host

- 11 players saw action in run to 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinals

- Forward Andy Reyes: with 5 goals, second leading scorer in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship; netted in 2-1 win over South Africa in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

- Midfielder Luis Hernandez played every minute of Costa Rica’s U-17 World Cup campaign; scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

- Goalkeeper Alejandro Barrientos and defender Pablo Arboine also played every minute in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

- Forward Kevin Masis: scored 1 goal in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup; scored 2 in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship)

- Midfielder Diego Mesen: scored 1 goal in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup goal)

- Forward Jostin Daly: scored 3 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

- Forward Jonathan Martinez scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17Championship)

- Midfielder Roberto Cordoba appeared in all 5 games in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup).

- In last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearance in 2013, lost two games, which was the same number suffered in its previous three participations combined

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 8 (1989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011) 

El Salvador

- Previous Appearances (last app): 15 (2015)

- Best Finish: Champion-1 (1964)

- Record: 25W-15D-29L (101GF, 97GA)

- Qualification: 2nd Place, Central America

- Qualification Record: W-2; D-1; L-1; GF-9; GA-4

- Qualification Results: Honduras 2, El Salvador 1; Guatemala 2, El Salvador 2; El Salvador 4, Nicaragua 0; Panama 0, El Salvador 2

- Qualification Scorers: Roberto Dominguez (2); Fernando Castro, Jose Enrique Contreras, Marvin Marquez, Brayan Paz, Kevin Reyes, Marco Rodriguez, Denilson Rosales (1)

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

- Four years ago, qualified to a FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time … captured third place at 2013 CONACACF Under-20 Championship, edging Cuba in the match for third place, 1-0, on Roberto Gonzalez’s stoppage time goal.

- Defender Roberto Dominguez: appeared in 4 games as El Salvador finished third in last month’s Copa Centroamericana and earned place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup … named 2017 Copa Centroamericana’s best young player.

- Defender Oscar Menjivar: on El Salvador’s 2017 Copa Centroamericana roster, but he didn’t see any action.

- With 9 goals, top scoring team in Central American under-20 qualifying

- Unbeaten in 6 of last 8 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games (3W-3D-2L).

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1 (2013)