BRADENTON, Florida – After a memorable run to the final of the 2017 Concacaf Under-20 Championship, Honduras will be looking to take the next step at the 2018 CU20, beginning with Group C play on Thursday.
Honduras has plenty of good history when it comes to the CU20, having qualified for five FIFA Under-20 World Cups, but there will be plenty of teams vying with the Catrachos for first place in the group.
Look no further than Cuba, who will be appearing in its fifth CU20 and achieved a fourth-place finish in 2013 to reach its first ever U20 World Cup.
A pair of teams from the Caribbean will be keen to spring a surprise or two, with Antigua and Barbuda appearing in its second CU20 after a respectable showing at the 2017 CU20 in Costa Rica.
The rise of football in the Dominican Republic also makes the young Quisqueyanos an intriguing team to watch for in the tournament, including FWs Ronaldo Vasquez and Juan Angeles who each have senior national team experience.
Opportunity also knocks in the group for Belize and Sint Maarten, who are each appearing in its first CU20.
The chance to square off against the aforementioned teams should provide a healthy platform for their players to grow and develop.