CU20 Preview: February 20, 2017
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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Mexico (green jersey) and Antigua & Barbuda on February 17, 2017, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

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


FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica

GROUP A
Antigua & Barbuda v Honduras, 6:00 p.m. ET
First-ever CU20 meeting

Antigua & Barbuda
- 2017 CU20 Results: 0-3 loss v Mexico
- Appearances: 3 (1980, 1986, 2017)
- Best Finish: never advanced past first round
- Record: 1W-2D-6L (7GF, 26GA)
- 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)
- FW Javorn Stevens: Seattle Sounders 2 from Antigua’s Greenbay Hoppers FC on January 11, 2017 … has earned three caps with the senior national team
- MF Elliot Webber: plays for Leicester City … scored for Leicester City’s U18 team in a 2-1 win over Carlisle United in the FA Youth Cup match on January 18, 2017
- Only CONCACAF Under-20 Championship win came against Barbados, 1-0, on August 5, 1980
- Scored 1 goal or fewer in 8 of 9 all-time CU20 games
- Conceded 3 goals or more in 6 of 9 all-time CU20 games
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

Honduras
- 2017 CU20 Results: 1-0 win v Canada (Joge Alvarez 76’)
- Appearances: 18 (1962, 1964, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1982, 1994)
- Record: 52W-13D-18L (159GF, 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
- FW Darixon Vuelto; plays for Tenerife II in Spain ... led Honduras in scoring at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (2 goals) … at 15-years-old, scored for Victoria in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league match against Luis Angel Firpo
- Lost a total of 3 games in previous 4 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearances
- Won at least 2 games in each of previous 4 CU20 appearances
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 6 (1977, 1995. 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015)

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Mexico v Canada, 8:30 p.m. ET
All-Time CU20 series (14 games played) – Wins: MEX-7, CAN-3; Draws: 4; Goals: MEX-23, CAN-12

Mexico
- 2017 CU20 Results: 3-0 win v Antigua & Barbuda (Ronaldo Cisneros 2’, 45’+ 1; own-goal, Vashami Allen (15’)
- Appearances: 25 (1962, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-13 (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015)
- Record: 87W-20D-11L (306GF, 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 18 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship matches (15W-3D-0L)
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Canada
- 2017 CU20 Results: 0-1 loss v Honduras
- Appearances: 22 (1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1986, 1996)
- Record: 46W-18D-31L (176GF, 105GA)
- 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-5L in last 5 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)