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CU20 Preview: January 9, 2015
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Aruba (yellow jersey) will be making its CONCACAF Under-20 Championship debut against Panama on January 9, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Allan V. Crane)

Kingston & Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 9 – January 24, 2015

JANUARY 9, 2015 – PREVIEW

Kingston, Jamaica – National Stadium

GROUP A

Aruba v Panama, 3:00 p.m. ET

First-ever CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) meeting

Aruba Quick Facts

  • 1st appearance in CU20 finals
  • 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
  • Top qualifying scorers: Duncan Homoet, Youri Wernet and Ricky Marte Hodge (2 goals each)

Panama Quick Facts

  • Previous CU20 Appearances: 8
  • 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 Hormecha, Carlos Small (2)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 4

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

USA leads series: 7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses (21 GF, 9 GA)

Last CU20 meeting:  April 6, 2011 (at Guatemala City, Guatemala) - USA 1, Guatemala 2 (Note: quarterfinal match)

USA Quick Facts

  • Previous CU20 Appearances: 21
  • 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)
  • Never won the CU20 title
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 13

Guatemala Quick Facts

  • Previous CU20 Appearances: 17
  • 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)
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1 

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Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago, 8:00 p.m. ET

Trinidad & Tobago leads series: 1 win, 1 draw, 0 losses (4 GF, 0 GA)

Last CU20 meeting:  April 17, 1988 (at Guatemala) - Jamaica 0, Trinidad & Tobago 4

Jamaica Quick Facts

  • Previous CU20 Appearances: 18
  • Best Finish: Third Place – 1 (1970)
  • Qualification Method: Host
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1

Trinidad & Tobago Quick Facts

  • Previous CU20 Appearances: 17
  • 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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