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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Honduras (white jersey) and Mexico on February 23, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Straffon Images)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica

February 17-March 5, 2017

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa – Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

Qualification Stage

GROUP D

USA v Mexico, 5:00 p.m. ET

All-Time CU20 series (9 games played) – Wins: USA-1, MEX-8; Draws: 0; Goals: MEX-23, USA-8

- Last CU20 Meeting: March 3, 2013 (at Puebla, Mexico) – USA 1, Mexico 3 aet (Final)

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'); 4-1 win v St. Kitts & Nevis (Brooks Lennon 16’; Jonathan Lewis 20’; Sebastian Saucedo 41’)

- 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: 65W-19D-28L (226GF, 97GA)

- 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)

- 6W-0D-1L in last 7 CU20 games

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 9 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)

Mexico

- 2017 CU20 Results: 3-0 win v Antigua & Barbuda (Ronaldo Cisneros 2’, 45’+ 1; own-goal, Vashami Allen (15’); 5-0 win v Canada (Sebastian Cordova 36'; Ronaldo Cisneros 40', 64'; Claudio Zamudio 81';

Eduardo Aguirre 90'+2); 1-0 win v Honduras (Ronaldo Cisneros 67’)

- 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: 89W-20D-11L (312GF, 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 20 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship matches (17W-3D-0L)

- Last CU20 loss: 0-2 v Canada on March 9, 2009, in Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 19 CU20 games

- Through group stage, Ronaldo Cisneros is 2017 CU20 top scorer (5 goals)

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

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Panama v Honduras, 7:30 p.m. ET

All-Time CU20 series (2 games played) – Wins: PAN-1, HON-1; Draws: 0; Goals: PAN-3, HON-4

- Last CU20 Meeting: April 6, 2011 (at Guatemala City, Guatemala) –Honduras 0, Panama 2 (Quarterfinals)

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'); 3-1 win v Haiti (Ricardo Avila 12’ pen, 73’ pen; Leandro Avila 88’)

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

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

- Record: 20W-6D-9L (56GF, 39GA)

- 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 or fewer in last 9 CU20 games, including 7 shutouts

- Scored at least 1 goal in each of last 12 CU20 games

- 8W-1D-0L in last 9 CU20 games

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

Honduras

- 2017 CU20 Results: 1-0 win v Canada (Jorge Alvarez 76’); 4-1 win v Antigua & Barbuda (own goal, Jamarlie Stevens 8'; Douglas Martinez 47'; Darixon Vuelto 60'; Jorge Alvarez 82'); 0-1 loss v Mexico

- 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: 53W-13D-19L (163GF, 80GA)

- 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, not including 2017

- Has won at least 2 games in last 5 CU20 appearances, including 2017

- Won at least 2 games in last 5 CU20 appearances, including 2017

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