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CU20 Preview: January 21, 2015
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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Trinidad & Tobago (white jersey) and Panama on January 18, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

2015 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
Kingston & Montego Bay, Jamaica
January 9 – January 24, 2015

JANUARY 21, 2015 – PREVIEW
Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex

GROUP A

[do action="article_quote"]Panama v Guatemala, 3:00 p.m. ET[/do]

In three CU20 meetings between them, Panama (2002: 1-0) and Guatemala (1962: 2-1) have registered a win each and there was one draw (2007: 1-1) 

- Guatemala defeated Panama, 2-1, in the first-ever CU20 game on March 4, 1962, in Panama City, Panama

- Last CU20 meeting: January 17, 2007 (at Panama City, Panama) – Panama 1, Guatemala 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’); 2-0 win v Jamaica (Edson Samms 56'; Ismael Diaz 87'); 1-0 v Trinidad & Tobago (Michael Murillo 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
  • Top qualifying scorers: Ismael Diaz (5 goals); Fidel Escobar (3); Chin Hormechea, Carlos Small (2)
  • Posted shutouts in seven of ten 2015 CU20 qualifying & finals games
  • Scored 3 or more goals in five of 10 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals games
  • Ismael Diaz has scored in five of Panama’s 10 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals games
  • Seven members of current Panama U-20 squad played at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates: Jesus Araya (3 games, 0 goals); Jaime De Gracia (3, 0); Ismael Diaz (3, 0); Jomar Diaz (1, 0); Kevin Galvan (3, 0); Chin Hormechea (3, 0); Ervin Zorrilla (3, 1)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 4 

Guatemala Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 1-1 draw v USA (Andy Ruiz 90’); 1-0 win v Jamaica (Stheven Robles 27’); 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (own-goal, Martieon Watson 25'; Mauro Portillo 88'); 2-0 win v Aruba (Carlos Estrada 42'; Kevin Bordon 60')
  • CU20 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 six 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals games
  • Four of Mauro Portillo’s six 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals goals have been scored in the 82nd minute or later
  • 3W, 2D, 0L (6 GF, 1 GA) in last five CU20 games (finals only) … last loss came v Costa Rica, 2-1, in the 2011 CU20 semifinals
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

[do action="article_quote"]USA v Trinidad & Tobago, 5:30 p.m. ET[/do]

USA leads CU20 series: 8 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses (33 GF, 7 GA)

- Last CU20 meeting: March 13, 2009 (at Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago) – USA 0, Trinidad 0 (Note: semifinal match; USA advanced to final, 4-3 on penalties)

- Trinidad & Tobago’s last win v USA in CU20 came on May 8, 1990, 1-0, in Mazatenango, Guatemala

USA Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 1-1 draw v Guatemala (Cameron Carter-Vickers 59’); 1-0 loss v Panama; 8-0 win v Aruba (Romain Gall 16', 23’ pen, 32’; Ben Spencer 18'; Tommy Thompson 26'; Emerson Hyndman 30'; Bradford Jamieson 48’; Amando Moreno 84'); 2-0 win v Jamaica (Romain Gall 33' pen, 70’ pen)
  • 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
  • Eight-goal v outburst v Aruba on Jan. 14 fell one short of U.S. team record for most goals in a single CU20 match … record is 9-0 v Dominican Republic on September 26, 1976, in Puerto Rico
  • 5W, 0D, 0L in final group match in last five CU20 appearances … posted a shutout in each outing
  • 5W, 1D, 0L in last six CU20 games v Trinidad & Tobago … posted shutouts in 3 of those outings
  • On Monday, CONCACAF officially changed credit for the USA’s 2nd goal (18th minute) in its 8-0 win over Aruba on January 14 from Bradford Jamieson to Ben Spencer
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13

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'); 2-0 loss v Guatemala; 1-0 loss v Panama
  • 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)
  • Shutout in last two 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals games, after scoring at least one goal in previous six outings
  • Never scored more than one goal v USA in a CU20 game
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 2

[do action="article_quote"]Jamaica v Aruba, 8:00 p.m. ET[/do]

First-ever CU20 meeting

Jamaica Quick Facts

  • Group A results: 2-2 draw v Trinidad & Tobago (Donja Smith 68’; Junior Flemmings 90’+4); 1-0 loss v Guatemala; 2-0 loss v Panama; 2-0 loss v USA
  • CU20 Appearances: 19
  • CU20 Titles: 0
  • Best Finish: Third Place – 1 (1970)
  • Qualification Method: Host
  • Winless in last six CU20 games (0W, 1D, 5L), shutout in five of those outings
  • Last CU20 win came v Puerto Rico, 4-1, on February 19, 2013, in Puebla, Mexico
  • Forward Michael Seaton, 18, was on Jamaica’s 2014 Caribbean Cup-winning roster
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

Aruba Quick Facts

  • CU20 Group A results: 4-0 loss v Panama; 5-1 loss v Trinidad & Tobago (Duncan Homoet 90’+2); 8-0 loss v USA; 2-0 loss v Guatemala
  • 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 19 goals in four 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
 
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