CU20 Preview: March 5, 2017
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The Estadio Nacional (pictured) in San Jose. Costa Rica, will host the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final between the USA and Honduras on March 5, 2017.

2017 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica

February 17-March 5, 2017

 

MARCH 5, 2017

Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica

 

FINAL

 USA v Honduras, 4:00 p.m. ET

All-Time CU20 series (8 games played) – Wins: USA-1, HON-4; Draws: 3; Goals: USA-5, HON-5

 - Last CU20 Meeting: March 8, 2009 (at Bacolet, Trinidad & Tobago) – USA 0, Honduras 0

 

USA

 GROUP B RESULTS

0-1 loss v Panama

4-1 win v Haiti (Brooks Lennon 28' pen; 53, 58’; Luca de la Torre 52')

4-1 win v St. Kitts & Nevis (Brooks Lennon 16’; Jonathan Lewis 20’; Sebastian Saucedo 35’, 41’)

 

CLASSIFICATION STAGE RESULTS

1-0 win v Mexico (Erik Palmer Brown 29’)

2-1 win v El Salvador (Emmanuel Sabbi 18'; Eryk Williamson 25')

 - Appearances: 23 (1964, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

- Best Finish: Runner-up-6 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013)

- Record: 67W-19D-28L (229GF, 98GA)

- Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- Forward Coy Craft (FC Dallas), defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), as well as midfielders Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake) and Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), all have Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League experience

- Erik Palmer-Brown appeared in 1 game at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing the entire 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss v Ukraine

- Tyler Adams (3 games/0 goals), Fulham midfielder Luca De La Torre (3/0) and Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (1/0) represented USA at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup

- Luca De La Torre scored 1 goal in 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (1 v Honduras)

- USA head coach Tab Ramos played in 2 games at 1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup (then known as FIFA Youth Championship) as 16-year-old

- 0W-0D-3L (1GF, 7GA) in CU20 finals … Results: 1982: 0-1 loss (aet) v Honduras; 2009: 0-3 loss v Costa Rica; 2013: 1-3 loss (aet) v Mexico (Benji Joya 10’ pen)

- Scored 1 goal or fewer in 7 of 8 all-time CU20 games v Honduras (shutout 6 times)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 7 of 8 all-time CU20 games v Honduras (posted 4 shutouts, including in last 3 meetings)

- 8W-0D-1L in last 9 CU20 games

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 11 CU20 games

- Brooks Lennon scored 3 goals in 4-1 win v Haiti, 1st USA player to score 3 goals in a CU20 match since Romain Gall netted a hat-trick in 8-0 win v Aruba on January 14, 2015

- U-20 World Cup Appearances: 14 (1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)

 

 STATISTICS

Goals: Brooks Lennon (4); Sebastian Saucedo (2); Luca de la Torre, Jonathan Lewis, Erik Palmer-Brown, Emmanuel Sabbi, Eryk Williamson (1)

Assists: Jeremy Ebobisse (2); Justen Glad, Brooks Lennon, Jonathan Lewis, Eryk Williamson (1)

 

 

 HONDURAS

 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

 CLASSIFICATION STAGE RESULTS

2-0 win v Panama (Darixon Vuelto 6'; Jorge Alvarez 81')

2-1 win v Costa Rica (Denil Maldonado 49'; Foslyn Grant 70')

 

- 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: 55W-13D-19L (167GF, 81GA)

- 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

- 1W-1D-0L (2GF, 1GA) in CU20 finals … Results: 1976: 1-1 draw (2:3 pens) v Mexico; 1982: 1-0 win (aet) v USA

- Scored 1 goal or goal or fewer in 7 of 8 all-time CU20 games v USA (shutout 4 times, including last 3 meetings)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 7 of 8 all-time CU20 games v USA (6 shutouts)

- 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

- 13W-4D-3L in last 20 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)

 

STATISTICS

Goals: Jorge Alvarez (3); Darixon Vuelto (2); Foslyn Grant, Denil Maldonado, Douglas Martinez, own-goal in favor of (1)

 

Assists: Douglas Martinez (2); Jorge Alvarez, Sendel Cruz, Jose Pinto, Darixon Vuelto (1)

 

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USA v HONDURAS

All-Time CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Results

 

1976: Honduras 1, USA 0 (Semifinals)

1978: Honduras 1, USA 0 (Second Round)

1980: USA 0 (9), Honduras 0 (8) (Semifinals)

1982: Honduras 1, USA 0 aet (Final)

1984: Honduras 2, USA 1 (First Round)

1992: USA 4, Honduras 0

1996: USA 0, Honduras 0

2009: USA 0, Honduras 0