U-20 MNT to Open World Cup Qualifying on Jan. 17 vs. Haiti Live on GolTV
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is now a little more than 24 hours away from their opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament
Jan. 16, 2007
Panama City, Panama
January 16, 2007
COUNTDOWN TO HAITI: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team conducted their final training session this morning at a new training site (amazingly, one even closer to the Panama Canal) and is now a little more than 24 hours away from their opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Group A play. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET at Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama. The U.S.-Haiti match is the first of the Group A doubleheader at Rommel Fernandez, as Panama-Guatemala will kickoff at 8:30 ET. Fans can follow the match live on GolTV or on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
USA’s FIRST TWO GAMES LIVE ON GOLTV: All six of the CONCACAF Group A Final Round games will be televised on GolTV, with the first two U.S. games against Haiti and Guatemala being shown live. After their opening match against Haiti, the U.S. takes on Guatemala on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The final match against the host Panama will kickoff at 6 p.m. ET, but GolTV’s broadcast will be delayed by an hour, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET. The other three non-U.S. games will also be shown same-day delay.
GolTV U-20 Qualifying Broadcast
Date Match-up Time (ET)
Jan. 17 USA vs. Haiti 6:30 p.m. (live)
Jan. 17 Panama vs. Guatemala 9:30 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 19 USA vs. Guatemala 6:30 p.m. (live)
Jan. 19 Panama vs. Haiti 9 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 21 USA vs. Panama 7 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 21 Guatemala vs. Haiti 9 p.m. (SDD)
TRAINING ABROAD AT FSU: The U.S. team has been bouncing around Panama City for each training session during its stay in Panama, and Tuesday's final pre-game practice was no different. Panama City's Florida State campus welcomed the U-20s, who broke out in a chorus of tomahawk chops as the bus pulled into the facility. The surroundings were truly picturesque, as the field overlooked the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal with the Bridge of the Americas draped overhead creating shadows which were greatly appreciated by the players as Tuesday definitely brought the hottest temperatures to date. For some more interesting facts about Panama's FSU campus check out the U-20 blog at ussoccer.com.
20/20 - U.S. ROSTER COMPLETE: For the first five days of camp, the U-20's had been building toward the opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament without speedy forward Johann Smith. The Bolton FC striker has finally arrived from Manchester, England (by way of Newark, N.J.), giving head coach Thomas Rongen his full compliment of players. Add Preston Zimmerman, who arrived on Sunday night, to the mix, and the USA's front line now takes on a whole new look. Roster.
QUALIFYING BLOG: The goal is to advance to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but the journey is what the players and staff will remember for years to come … and in this case, so will you. During the CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, ussoccer.com’s exclusive U-20 Qualifying Blog will provide fans with the most in-depth coverage from the team’s preparation in Florida to their crucial matches in Panama. Whether there’s something going on at the hotel, on the bus or during a training session, fans will feel like they’re with the team for every single moment.
PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES: The U.S. players have been taking a lot of photos here in Panama and we have, too. Check out some shots of the guys at training and during their excursion to check out the Panama Canal.
ALL ABOUT HAITI
TALKING HAITI: A handful of media was on hand for the USA’s final training session and talked with head coach Thomas Rongen and a number of players. Click here to read their quotes on how the team is looking as they prepare to kick off the 2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, what they’re expecting from Haiti and how important it is to get a result in their first match.
MULQUEEN SCOUTS HAITI: Before the USA kicks off the opening match of qualifying, U.S. assistant coach Tim Mulqueen breaks down some of Haiti's tendencies. It's a unique perspective that you won't find anywhere else (listen). Check back before each game for an in-depth look at the USA's next opponent.
HAITIAN HISTORY: The Haitians were the first Caribbean nation to play a group encounter at the inaugural CONCACAF Youth (U-20) Tournament in Panama in 1962. Haiti has competed in the last three CONCACAF Qualification Tournaments, but has never qualified for a FIFA U-20 World Cup.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Haiti earned a berth in the CONCACAF Final Round after hosting and winning the Caribbean Football Union Group G Second Round over Bermuda, Jamaica and Netherlands Antilles. Haiti, considered the best of all three Caribbean teams to advance to the Final Round, opened Group G by crushing Bermuda 11-1 and then cruising 5-0 against the Netherlands Antilles. In their deciding match against Jamaica, Haiti drew 0-0, but that scoreless tie was enough for them to win the group as they had a better goal differential (+15 to +4).
Group G – Cap Haitien, Haiti
Team GP W L T +/- PTS
Haiti 3 2 0 1 16/1 7
Jamaica 3 2 0 1 5/1 7
Netherlands Antilles 3 1 2 0 5/8 3
Bermuda 3 0 3 0 3/19 0
Oct. 24, 2006
Jamaica 2, Netherlands Antilles 0
Haiti 11, Bermuda 1
Oct. 26, 2006
Jamaica 3, Bermuda 1
Haiti 5, Netherlands Antilles 0
Oct. 28, 2006
Netherlands Antilles 5, Bermuda 1
Haiti 0, Jamaica 0
LAST TIME OUT: The last time the two countries met was during the 2003 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament as the two teams also kicked off that edition, which was played in November of 2002 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The U.S., which was also coached by Thomas Rongen at that time, won the match 2-0, getting goals from Eddie Johnson and Santino Quaranta. This U.S. U-20 age group has never played Haiti’s U-20s, but in October they did play a collection of Haiti All-Stars, which included a number of Haiti’s Under-23 players. The U.S. dominated the match, winning easily 5-1.
2002 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament
November 13, 2002
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
United States 2 0 2
Haiti 0 0 0
USA – Eddie Johnson (Justin Mapp) 26th minute.
USA – Santino Quaranta (Eddie Johnson) 43.
USA - 1-Steve Cronin; 2-Jordan Harvey, 4-Chad Marshall, 5-Ryan Cochrane, 8-C.J. Klaas; 3-Justin Mapp, 11-Ricardo Clark, 15-David Johnson (19-Ned Grabavoy, 66), 13-Devin Barclay; 7-Eddie Johnson, 9-Santino Quaranta (captain) (17-Knox Cameron, 46+).
Subs not used: 6-Jordan Stone, 14-Chris Lancos, 16-Frank Simek.
Not Eligible: 10-Bobby Convey, 18-Clint Baumstark.
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
Haiti All-Star match:
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Guatemala es el favorito en el Premundial."
-- Guatemala head coach Rodrigo Kenton is quoted in La Prensa saying that he believes his team is the favorite over the U.S., Haiti and Panama in the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament.