CU20 Preview: March 1, 2017
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Costa Rica (pictured) will try to make it three wins in a row at the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship when it faces Honduras on March 1, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Straffon Images)

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica
February 17-March 5, 2017

MARCH 1, 2017
Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica

Qualification Stage

GROUP D
Mexico v El Salvador, 5:30 p.m. ET
All-Time CU20 series (9 games played) – Wins: MEX-9, SLV-0; Draws: 0; Goals: MEX-27, SLV-4

- Last CU20 Meeting: January 9, 2015 (at Montego Bay, Jamaica) – El Salvador 1, Mexico 3 … Hirving Lozano scored Mexico’s third goal on a 67th min. penalty kick 

Mexico (with a loss, will be eliminated from 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship)
- 2017 CU20 Group A Results: 3-0 win v Antigua & Barbuda (Ronaldo Cisneros 2’, 45’+ 1; own-goal, Vashami Allen (15’); 5-0 win v Canada (Sebastian Cordova 36'; Ronaldo Cisneros 40', 64'; Claudio Zamudio 81'; Eduardo Aguirre 90'+2); 1-0 win v Honduras (Ronaldo Cisneros 67’) … Qualification Stage: 0-1 loss v USA
- Appearances: 25 (1962, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-13 (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015)
- Record: 89W-20D-12L (312GF, 66GA)
- Qualification: automatic North American entrant
- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title (holds record at 13) … Canada-2, Costa Rica-2, Honduras-2, El Salvador-1 are the others
- DF Ulises Torres was team’s top scorer in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship with 4 goals
- FW Claudio Zamudio scored 3 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- MF Kevin Magaña scored 2 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Torres, Zamudio & Magaña each scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship final, a 3-0 win over host Honduras
- DF Edson Alvarez: scored in Club America’s 2-0 Liga MX Clausura win at Morelia on February 4, 2017 … made Mexico senior debut in a 1-0 win over Iceland in an international friendly on February 8, 2017
- DF Joaquin Esquivel helped Pachuca reach the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, scoring two goals in as many games.
- Mexico’s 20-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship play came to an end in 0-1 loss to USA on Monday (17W-3D-1L) … previous loss: 0-2 v Canada on March 9, 2009, in Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago
- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 20 CU20 games
- Ronaldo Cisneros is 2017 CU20 top scorer (5 goals)
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)

El Salvador (with a win, will qualify for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup)
- 2017 CU20 Group C Results: 1-0 win v Costa Rica (Roberto Dominguez 65’); 3-1 win v Bermuda (Roberto Dominguez 21'; Fernando Castillo 65'; Josue Rivera 67'); 1-2 loss v Trinidad & Tobago (Jose Enrique Contreras 50’)
- Appearances: 16 (1962, 1964, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-1 (1964)
- Record: 27W-15D-30L (106GF, 100GA)
- Qualification: 2nd Place, Central America
- Qualification Record: W-2; D-1; L-1; GF-9; GA-4
- Qualification Results: Honduras 2, El Salvador 1; Guatemala 2, El Salvador 2; El Salvador 4, Nicaragua 0; Panama 0, El Salvador 2
- Qualification Scorers: Roberto Dominguez (2); Fernando Castro, Jose Enrique Contreras, Marvin Marquez, Brayan Paz, Kevin Reyes, Marco Rodriguez, Denilson Rosales (1)
- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title … Mexico-13, Canada-2, Costa Rica-2, Honduras-2 are the others
- Four years ago, qualified to a FIFA U-20 World Cup for first time … captured third place at 2013 CONACACF Under-20 Championship, edging Cuba in the match for third place, 1-0, on Roberto Gonzalez’s stoppage time goal.
- Defender Roberto Dominguez: appeared in 4 games as El Salvador finished third in last month’s Copa Centroamericana and earned place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup … named 2017 Copa Centroamericana’s best young player … started in each of Santa Tecla’s 4 games in the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
- Defender Oscar Menjivar: on El Salvador’s 2017 Copa Centroamericana roster, but he didn’t see any action.
- With 9 goals, top scoring team in Central American under-20 qualifying
- Unbeaten in 8 of last 11 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games (5W-3D-3L)
- 9 of last 10 CU20 goals have been scored in the 2nd half
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 1 (2013) 

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GROUP E
Honduras v Costa Rica, 8:00 p.m. ET
All-Time CU20 series (4 games played) – Wins: HON-3, CRC-0; Draws: 1; Goals: HON-4, CRC-1

- Last CU20 Meeting: March 13, 2009 (at Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago) – Costa Rica 0, Honduras 0 (4:2 pens) … Semifinals 

Honduras (with a win, will qualify for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to CU20 final)
- 2017 CU20 Group A Results: 1-0 win v Canada (Jorge Alvarez 76’); 4-1 win v Antigua & Barbuda (own goal, Jamarlie Stevens 8'; Douglas Martinez 47'; Darixon Vuelto 60'; Jorge Alvarez 82'); 0-1 loss v Mexico … Qualification Stage: 2-0 win v Panama (Darixon Vuelto 6'; Jorge Alvarez 81')
- Appearances: 18 (1962, 1964, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1982, 1994)
- Record: 54W-13D-19L (165GF, 80GA)
- Qualification: 1st place, Central America
- Qualification Record: W-2; D-2; L-0; GF-7; GA-4 (only team to go unbeaten)
- Qualification Results: Guatemala 2, Honduras 2; Honduras 2, El Salvador 1; Nicaragua 0, Honduras 2; Panama 1, Honduras 1
- Qualification Scorers: Sendel Cruz (2); Jorge Alvarez, Cristian Avila, Rembrandt Flores, Foslyn Grant, Jose Alejandro Reyes (1)
- One of 5 teams to win the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title … Mexico-13, Canada-2, Costa Rica-2, El Salvador-1 are the others
- Seven players on roster competed in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup … defender Dylan Andrade and midfielder Foslyn Grant (one goal in 3-1 loss v Ecuador) played every minute of the three matches … Michael Perello (goalkeeper), Denil Maldonado and Wesly Decas (defenders), Jorge Alvarez (midfielder) and Darixon Vuelto (forward) also saw action
- FW Darixon Vuelto; plays for Tenerife II in Spain ... led Honduras in scoring at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (2 goals) … at 15-years-old, scored for Victoria in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league match against Luis Angel Firpo
- Lost a total of 3 games in previous 4 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearances, not including 2017
- Won at least 2 games in each of last 5 CU20 appearances, including 2017
- 7W-1D-2L in last 10 CU20 games
- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in each of last 5 CU20 games … scored 2 goals or more in 5 of last 7 CU20 games
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 6 (1977, 1995. 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015)

Costa Rica (regardless of result, will remain in CU20 contention)
- 2017 CU20 Group C Results: 0-1 loss v El Salvador; 1-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (Randall Leal 54’); 2-1 win v Bermuda (own goal, Tevahn Tyrell 43'; Randall Leal 50')
- Appearances: 19 (1962, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017)
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (1988, 2009)
- Record: 48W-15D-20L (180GF, 81GA)
- Qualification: Host
- 11 players saw action in run to 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinals
- Forward Andy Reyes: with 5 goals, second leading scorer in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship; netted in 2-1 win over South Africa in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
- Midfielder Luis Hernandez played every minute of Costa Rica’s U-17 World Cup campaign; scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Goalkeeper Alejandro Barrientos and defender Pablo Arboine also played every minute in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
- Forward Kevin Masis: scored 1 goal in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup; scored 2 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Midfielder Diego Mesen: scored 1 goal in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup goal
- Forward Jostin Daly: scored 3 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Forward Jonathan Martinez: scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
- Midfielder Roberto Cordoba: appeared in all 5 games in 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
- In last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearance in 2013, lost two games, which was the same number suffered in its previous three participations combined
- Prior to losing 2 games in the 2013 CU20, lost 1 match or fewer in previous 11 appearances
- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 8 (1989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011)