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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Canada (white jersey) and El Salvador on January 15, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Kingston & Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 9 – January 24, 2015

JANUARY 19, 2015 – PREVIEW

Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex

GROUP B

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

In eight all-time CU20 meetings, Cuba (10 GF) and Canada (14 GF) have each won three games

- Last CU20 meeting: February 18, 2013 (at Puebla, Mexico) – Cuba 2, Canada 1

- In eight all-time CU20 meetings between them, neither Cuba nor Canada have won or lost consecutive matches

Cuba Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 9-1 loss v Mexico (Eddy Luis Saname 3’); 3-0 loss v Honduras; 2-2 draw v Haiti (Roberney Caballero 28'; Yendri Torres 90'+1)
  • 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

Canada Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 3-1 win v Haiti (Jordan Hamilton 12’, 19’; Michael Petrasso 69’ pen); 2-0 loss v Mexico; 3-2 loss v El Salvador (Hanson Boakai 47'; Kianz Froese 78')
  • 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
  • Michael Petrasso played for Canada at the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (5 games, 3 goals) and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3 games, 0 goals)
  • All four goals Michael Petrasso has netted in CONCACAF competitions have been scored in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Hanson Boakai played for Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (4 games, 2 goals) and 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3 games, 0 goals)
  • Has not played in a FIFA U-20 World Cup since 2007, when it hosted the tournament
  • FIFA World Cup Appearances: 8

 

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El Salvador v Mexico, 5:30 p.m. ET

Mexico leads CU20 series: 7 wins, 0 draw, 0 losses (22 GF, 2 GA)

- Last CU20 meeting: March 1, 2013 (at Puebla, Mexico) – Mexico 2, El Salvador 0 (semifinal)

El Salvador Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 2-2 draw v Honduras (Juan Barahona 83'; Jose Villavicencio 90' pen); 1-1 draw v Haiti (Jose Villavicencio 27'); 3-2 win v Canada (Bryan Perez 43'; Jose Villavicencio 77'; Romilio Hernandez 90'+3)
  • 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

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'); 2-0 win v Canada (Hirving Lozano 30'; Diego Pineda 90'+2); 3-0 win v Honduras (Alejandro Diaz 16' pen; Hirving Lozano 31'; Victor Guzman 89')
  • 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 14-game CU20 unbeaten streak, including 13 straight wins … last loss came v Canada, 2-0, on March 9, 2009, in Trinidad & Tobago
  • During 13-game winning streak, scored 47 goals and conceded only 4 … scored 3 goals or more in 11 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
  • Hirving Lozano has scored one career CONCACAF Champions League (scored for Pachuca in a 4-1 win over Real España on August 6, 2014)
  • Erick Gutierrez has scored three career CONCACAF Champions League goals (scored two goals for Pachuca in a 4-1 win over Real España on August 6, 2014; scored one goal in a 7-1 win at Municipal on August 27, 2014)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13

 

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Haiti v Honduras, 8:00 p.m. ET

Honduras won only CU20 meeting, 2-0, on March 12, 1962, in Panama City, Panama

Haiti Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 3-1 loss v Canada (Jonel Desire 27’); 1-1 draw v El Salvador (Jonel Desire 89’ pen); 2-2 draw v Cuba (Fernander Demas 57'; Woodensky Cherenfant 72')
  • 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

Honduras Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group B results: 2-2 draw v El Salvador (Bryan Rochez 6' pen; Alberth Elis 27'); 3-0 win v Cuba (Alberth Elis 60'; John Suazo 70'; Jhow Benavidez 83'); 3-0 loss v Mexico
  • 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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