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Under-20 Preview: Semifinals
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2013 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

Puebla, Mexico
February 18 - March 3, 2013

MARCH 1, 2013 - PREVIEW
Estadio Cuauhtemoc

 

SEMIFINAL #1
United States v Cuba, 6:00 p.m. ET
U.S. leads series: 2 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 1 GA)

Last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) meeting: April 22, 1988 - U.S. 2, Cuba 1

United States Quick Facts
•  Defeated Canada 4-2 on Tuesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
•  Group A record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 1 GA)
•  U.S. goalscorers: Jose Villarreal 3 (1 v Costa Rica, 2 v Canada), Luis Gil 2 (1 pen v Haiti, 1 v Canada), Daniel Cuevas 1 (1 v Haiti), William Trapp 1 (1 v Canada)
•  21st appearance in CU20 final round
•  Qualified as an automatic North American entrant
•  Appeared in 12 FIFA U-20 World Cups
•  4 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (10 GF, 5 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games…last loss came against Guatemala in 2011 quarterfinals
•  1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses (3 GF, 3 GA) in 5 all-time CU20 semifinal games
•  Never won the CONCACAF Under-20 title

Cuba Quick Facts
•  Defeated Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup (will be first-ever U-20 World Cup appearance)
•  Group B record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (5 GF, 1 GA)
•  Cuba goalscorers: Maykel Reyes 3 (2 v Canada, 1 v Nicaragua), Aricheell Hernandez 2 (2 v Costa Rica), Adrian Arturo Diz Pe 1 (1 v Nicaragua), Daniel Luis Saez 1 (1 v Nicaragua)
•  11th appearance in CU20 final round
•  4 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses (14 GF, 2 GA) in 6 Caribbean qualifying matches, conceded 1 goal or less in all 6 outings.
•  Aricheell Hernandez and Maykel Reyes were team's top scorers in qualifying with 3 goals each
•  3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss (8 GF, 8 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
•  0 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (0 GF, 1 GA) in only CU20 semifinal game (loss came against Mexico, 1-0, in 1973)
•  Never won the CONCACAF Under-20 title

 

SEMIFINAL #2
Mexico v El Salvador, 9:00 p.m. ET
Mexico leads series: 6 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (20 GF, 2 GA)

Last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) meeting: February 23, 2013 - Mexico 3, El Salvador 0

Mexico Quick Facts
•  Defeated Jamaica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
•  Group D record: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (6 GF, 0 GA)
•  Mexico goalscorers: Marco Bueno 2 (1 v Curacao, 1 v Jamaica), Jesus Corona 2 (2 v Curacao), Jesus Escoboza 2 (1 v El Salvador, 1 v Jamaica), Francisco Flores 1 (1 v Jamaica), Julio Gomez 1 (1 v El Salvador), Armando Zamorano 1 (1 v Jamaica), own-goal in favor 1 (1 v El Salvador, Olivier Ayala)
•  23rd appearance in CU final round…defeated Costa Rica 3-1 in the final of the 2011 tournament in Guatemala City
•  Qualified as host and as an automatic North American entrant
•  Won 11 CONCACAF Under-20 titles and is the defending champion
•  Appeared in 12 FIFA U-20 World Cups
•  5 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (17 GF, 2 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
•  Won 8-consecutive CU20 final round ganes
•  Scored 3 or more goals in last 7 CU20 final round games

El Salvador Quick Facts
•  Defeated Panama 3-1 on Wednesday to semifinals and clinch a place at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup (will be first-ever U-20 World Cup appearance)
•  Group D record: 1 win, 0 draws, 1 loss (2 GF, 4 GA)
•  El Salvador goalscorers: Jairo Henriquez 2 (2 v Panama), Olivier Ayala 1 (1 v Curacao), Romel Mejia 1 (1 v Curacao), Jose Peña 1 (1 v Jamaica)
•  13th appearance in CU20 final round
•  1 win, 0 draws, 1 loss (4 GF, 4 GA) in 2 Central American qualifying games
•  Jairo Henriquez was team's top scorer in qualifying with 2 goals
•  2 wins, 0 draws, 3 losses (6 GF, 9 GA) in last 5 CU20 final round games
•  0 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss (0 GF, 1 GA) in only CU20 semifinal game (loss came against Canada, 1-0 after extra time, in 1984)
•  Won its only CONCACAF Under-20 title in 1964

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