CU20 Preview: January 14, 2015
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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between host Jamaica and Guatemala (white jersey) on January 11, 2015, in Kingston. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Kingston & Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 9 – January 24, 2015

JANUARY 14, 2015 – PREVIEW

Kingston, Jamaica – National Stadium

GROUP A

Guatemala v Trinidad & Tobago, 3:00 p.m. ET

Trinidad & Tobago leads CU20 series: 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 losses (2 GF, 6 GA)

- Last CU20 meeting: March 22, 2001 (at Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago) – Trinidad & Tobago 0, Guatemala 0

Guatemala Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 1-1 draw v USA (Andy Ruiz 90’); 1-0 win v Jamaica (Stheven Robles 27’)
  • CU2 Appearances: 18
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Runner-up - 2 (1962, 1973)
  • Qualification Method: Central America – Fourth Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 3; D – 1; L – 2; GF – 10; GA – 6
  • Top qualifying scorers: Mauro Portillo (5 goals); Pablo Aguilar, Diego Palma (2)
  • Guatemala has conceded only one goal in its last four CU20 qualifying/finals games
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

Trinidad & Tobago Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group A results: 2-2 draw v Jamaica (Aikim Andrews 6’; Kadeem Corbin 15’); 5-1 win Aruba (Jabari Mitchell 3'; 78’ pen; Aikim Andrews 16'; Kadeem Corbin 29' pen; Duane Muckette 58')
  • CU20 Appearances: 18
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Runner-up – 1 (1990)
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Champion
  • Qualification Record: GP – 4; W – 3; D – 1; L – 0; GF – 10; GA – 2
  • Top qualifying scorers: Kadeem Corbin (5 goals); Jabari Mitchell (2)
  • Defeated Haiti, 3-0, in the final of the Caribbean Under-20 Championship on September 19, 2014 (Note: Kadeem Corbin scored all three goals)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 2

 

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Aruba v United States, 5:30 p.m. ET

First-ever CU20 meeting

Aruba Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group A results: 4-0 loss v Panama; 5-1 loss v Trinidad & Tobago (Duncan Homoet 90’+2)
  • CU20 Appearances: 1
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: 1st CU20 appearance
  • Qualification Method: Caribbean – Fourth Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 4; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 8; GA – 6
  • Scored at least one goal in all six qualifying matches, but never more than two
  • Conceded one goal or fewer in four of six Caribbean qualifying matches
  • Conceded nine goals in two CU20 finals games after allowing only six in six Caribbean qualifiers
  • Top qualifying scorers: Duncan Homoet, Youri Wernet and Ricky Marte Hodge (2 goals each)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

USA Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 1-1 draw v Guatemala (Cameron Carter-Vickers 59’); 1-0 loss v Panama
  • CU20 Appearances: 22
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Runner-up – 6 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013)
  • Qualification Method: automatic North American qualifier
  • In 2013, fell 3-1 (aet) to host Mexico in the final…Benji Joya scored lone USA goal (10’ pen)
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers, who turned 17 on December 31, played 60 minutes for the U.S. U23s in a 3-0 loss at Brazil on October 14, 2014
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13

 

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Jamaica v Panama, 8:00 p.m. ET

Panama won only previous CU20 meeting, 4-0, on February 23, 2013, in Puebla, Mexico

Jamaica Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 2-2 draw v Trinidad & Tobago (Donja Smith 68’; Junior Flemmings 90’+4); 1-0 loss v Guatemala
  • CU20 Appearances: 19
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Third Place – 1 (1970)
  • Qualification Method: Host
  • Forward Michael Seaton, 18, was on Jamaica’s 2014 Caribbean Cup-winning roster
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

Panama Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 4-0 win v Aruba (Ismael Diaz 19', 51’; Ervin Zorrilla 30'; Edson Samms 35'); 1-0 win v USA (Carlos Small 78’)
  • CU20 Appearances: 9
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Fourth Place - 1 (2011)
  • Qualification Method: Central America – First Place
  • Qualification Record: GP – 6; W – 5; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 18; GA – 7
  • Posted shutouts in five of eight CU20 qualifying & finals games
  • Top qualifying scorers: Ismael Diaz (5 goals); Fidel Escobar (3); Chin Hormecha, Carlos Small (2)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 4