CU20 Preview: January 12, 2015
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Mexico (green jersey) is aiming for its 12th straight CONCACAF Under-20 Championship win when it meets Canada on January 12, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Kingston & Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 9 – January 24, 2015

JANUARY 12, 2015 – PREVIEW

Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex

GROUP B

Canada v Mexico, 3:00 p.m. ET

Mexico leads series: 6 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses (21 GF, 12 GA)

- Last CU20 meeting: April 5, 2011 (at Guatemala City, Guatemala) – Mexico 3, Canada 0 (Note: quarterfinal match)

- Have met twice in a CU20 final, Mexico won on both occasions: (1978) 1-0; (1984) 2-1 aet

Canada Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 3-1 win v Haiti (Jordan Hamilton 12’, 19’; Michael Petrasso 69’ pen)
  • CU20 Appearances: 21
  • CU20 titles: 2
  • Best Finish: Champion – 2 (1986, 1996)
  • Qualification Method: automatic North American qualifier
  • Jordan Hamilton played for Canada at the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (3 games, 0 goals), the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (5 games, 3 goals) and 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3 games, 2 goals)
  • Jordan Hamilton made his full international debut for Canada in a 1-0 loss to Colombia on October 14, 2014
  • Has not played in a FIFA U-20 World Cup since 2007, when it hosted the tournament
  • FIFA World Cup Appearances: 8

Mexico Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 9-1 win v Cuba (Alejandro Diaz 1', 20’; Guillermo Martinez 6', 65’ pen; Hirving Lozano 36', 40’; Jose David Ramirez 42', 47’; Luis Marquez 69')
  • CU20 Appearances: 24
  • CU20 titles: 12
  • Best Finish: Champion – 12 (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013)
  • Qualification Method: automatic North American qualifier
  • Currently riding a 12-game CU20 unbeaten streak, including 11 straight wins … last loss came v Canada, 2-0, on March 9, 2009, in Trinidad & Tobago
  • During 11-game winning streak, scored 42 goals and conceded only 4 … scored 3 goals or more in 10 of those outings
  • Two-time defending champion … defeated Costa Rica in 2011 final (3-1), defeated the USA in 2013 final (3-1 aet), before a crowd of 41,621, in Puebla, Mexico
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13

 

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Cuba v Honduras, 5:30 p.m. ET

First-ever CU20 meeting

Cuba Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 9-1 loss v Mexico (Eddy Luis Saname 3’)
  • CU20 Appearances: 12
  • CU20 titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Runner-up - 2 (1970, 1974)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Third Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 7; W – 3; D – 3; L – 1; GF – 10; GA – 7
  • Top qualifying scorers: Frank Lopez (7 goals); Eddy Luis Saname (2); Brian Rosales (1)
  • Reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time after advancing to 2013 CU20 semifinals
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

Honduras Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 2-2 draw v El Salvador (Bryan Rochez 6' pen; Alberth Elis 27')
  • CU20 Appearances: 17
  • CU20 titles: 2
  • Best Finish: Champion - 2 (1982, 1994)
  • Qualification Method: Central America – Third Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 3; D – 2; L – 1; GF – 13; GA – 6
  • Top qualifying scorers: Junior Lacayo, Bryan Rochez (3 goals); Deybi Flores, Fredy Medina (2)
  • Bryan Rochez has one career CONCACAF Champions League goal (scored for Real España in a 1-1 draw v Guatemala’s Municipal on August 21, 2014)
  • Alberth Elis has one career CONCACAF Champions League goal (scored for Olimpia in a 1-0 win at Guyana’s Alpha United on August 5, 2014)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 5

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 El Salvador v Haiti, 8:00 p.m. ET

El Salvador won only previous CU20 meeting, 4-0, on December 12, 1978, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 El Salvador Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 2-2 draw v Honduras (Juan Barahona 83'; Jose Villavicencio 90' pen)
  • CU20 Appearances: 15
  • CU20 titles: 1
  • Best Finish: Champion - 1 (1964)
  • Qualification Method: Central America – Second Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 3; D – 2; L – 1; GF – 18; GA – 6
  • Top qualifying scorers: Denis Pineda (4 goals); Josue Hernandez (3); Juan Barahona, Roberto Dominguez, Bryan Perez, Romilio Hernandez (2)
  • Reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time after advancing to 2013 CU20 semifinals
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

 Haiti Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 3-1 loss v Canada (Jonel Desire 27’)
  • CU20 Appearances: 7
  • CU20 titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Second Round - 1 (1978)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Runner-up
  • Qualification Record: GP – 7; W – 6; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 25; GA – 8
  • Top qualifying scorers: Peterson Joseph (5 goals); Alessandro Campoy, Woodensky Cherenfant, Jonel Desire (3); Geodany Valerius, Williamson Salvant (2)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0