CU20 Preview: January 22, 2015
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Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match between Honduras (white jersey) and Haiti on January 19, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

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

JANUARY 22, 2015 – PREVIEW
Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex

GROUP B

[do action="article_quote"]Cuba v El Salvador, 3:00 p.m. ET[/do]

El Salvador leads CU20 series: 2 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (3 GF, 2 GA)

- Last CU20 meeting: March 3, 2013 (at Puebla, Mexico) – Cuba 0, El Salvador 1 (Note: 3rd place match) 

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); 2-1 win v Canada (Frank Lopez 5', 40’)
  • 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)
  • Conceded at least one goal in nine of 10 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals matches … only shutout was posted v Suriname on September 14, 2014
  • Reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time after advancing to 2013 CU20 semifinals
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

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); 3-1 loss v Mexico (Nelson Moreno 88’)
  • 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)
  • Three players on current U-20 roster were on El Salvador’s roster at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey: Carlos Cañas (0 games, 0 goals); Romilio Hernandez (1, 0); Jose Villavicencio (0, 0)
  • Nine of last 12 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals goals scored in the second half
  • Reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time after advancing to 2013 CU20 semifinals
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

[do action="article_quote"]Honduras v Canada, 5:30 p.m. ET[/do]

Honduras leads CU20 series: 5 wins, 0 draw, 4 losses (11 GF, 9 GA) 

- Last CU20 meeting: January 28, 2005 (at San Pedro Sula, Honduras) – Honduras 0, Canada 1

- Canada is 2-0-0 in last two CU20 outings v Honduras, both wins by same 1-0 score

- Honduras’ last win v Canada in CU20 play came on August 26, 1994, 2-1, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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; 3-2 win v Haiti (Alberth Elis 5'; Michael Chirinos 38'; Bryan Rochez 72')
  • 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

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'); 2-1 loss v Cuba (Jackson Farmer 53’)
  • 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

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

Mexico leads CU20 series: 3 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (7 GF, 0 GA) 

- Last CU20 meeting: August 22, 1984 (at San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago) – Mexico 1, Haiti 0 

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'); 3-2 loss v Mexico (Jonel Desire 40', 68’)
  • 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)
  • Conceded at least one goal in last nine 2015 CU20 qualifying/finals games
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 0

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'); 3-1 win v El Salvador (Jose David Ramirez 62'; Alejandro Diaz 65'; Hirving Lozano 67' pen)
  • 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 15-game CU20 unbeaten streak, including 14 straight wins … last loss came v Canada, 2-0, on March 9, 2009, in Trinidad & Tobago
  • During 14-game winning streak, scored 50 goals and conceded only 5 … scored 3 goals or more in 12 of those outings
  • Mexico’s 14 straight CU20 wins is a tournament record
  • 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)
  • Four players on current U-20 roster were on Mexico’s roster at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates: Erick Aguirre (6 games, 0 goals); Alejandro Diaz (7, 2); Edson Resendez (0, 0); Jose Robles (2, 0)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13