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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Haiti and the USA (white jersey) on February 21, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Straffon Images)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica

February 17-March 5, 2017


FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa – Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica

GROUP B

Panama v Haiti, 3:00 p.m. ET

Panama won only CU20 meeting, 3-2, on January 19, 2007, in Panama City, Panama

Panama

- 2017 CU20 Results: 1-0 win v USA (Leandro Avila 37’); 4-0 win v St. Kitts & Nevis (Andres Andrade 39'; Leandro Avila 46'; Ricardo Avila 57' pen, 65')

- Appearances: 10 (1962, 1964, 1984, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

- Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2015)

- Record: 19W-6D-9L (53GF, 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

- Conceded 1 goal in last 8 CU20 games

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)

Haiti

- 2017 CU20 Results: 5-1 win v St. Kitts & Nevis (Jimmy-Shammar Sanon 5'; Brian Chevreuil 24'; Alessandro Campoy 48'; Jonel Desire 86'; Ronaldo Damus 90'+4); 1-4 loss v USA (Kenley Dede 15’)

- Previous Appearances: 8 (1962, 1978, 1984, 2002, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2017)

- Best Finish: never advanced past first round

- Record: 5W-5D-17L (33GF, 61GA)

- 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: appeared in each of Don Bosco’s 4 games in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2 v Monterrey, 2 v Arabe Unido)

- 7-game CONCACAF Under-20 Championship winless streak came to an end with 5-1 win over St. Kitts & Nevis on February 18, 2017

- 5-1 win v St. Kitts & Nevis equaled team-record for most goals scored in a CU20 game (5-0 win v Puerto Rico on August 20, 1984)

- Conceded at least 1 goal in 9 consecutive CU20 games

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

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USA v St. Kitts & Nevis, 5:30 p.m. ET

First-ever CU20 meeting

USA

- 2017 CU20 Results: 0-1 loss v Panama; 4-1 win v Panama (Brooks Lennon 28' pen; 53, 58’; Luca de la Torre 52')

- Appearances: 23 (1964, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

- Best Finish: Runner-up-6 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013)

- Record: 64W-19D-28L (222GF, 96GA)

- 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 Luca De La Torre (3/0) and Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (1/0) represented USA at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup

- Luca 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-1L in last 5 CU20 games

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 8 CU20 games

- Brooks Lennon scored 3 goals in 4-1 win v Haiti, 1st USA player to score 3 goals in a CU20 match since Romain Gall netted a hat-trick in 8-0 win v Aruba on January 14, 2015

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)

St. Kitts & Nevis

- 2017 CU20 Results: 1-5 loss v Haiti (Javier Sutton 54’)

- Appearances: 2 (2007, 2017)

- Best Finish: never advanced past first round

- Record: 0W-1D-4L (4GF, 15GA)

- 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

- Lost 2-straight CU20 games by 4 goals (largest margin of defeat in team’s CU20 history)

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0