With both teams already qualified for the quarterfinals, the U.S. U-20 MNT and Panama will battle for the top place in Group B on Saturday, April 2, at 4 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes. Fans can also follow the action from Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
- After 14 tournaments without facing each other, the U.S. and Panama have met twice in the past three qualifying events – in 2005 in the U.S. and in 2007 in Panama.
- The U.S. beat Panama 2-0 at The Home Depot Center in January 2005, and 5-0 two years later in Panama City.
- Panama has qualified for three of the past four FIFA U-20 World Cups, missing out on the 2009 event in Egypt.
- The USA’s 4-0 win on Tuesday was its largest margin of victory in this event since the 5-0 win against Panama.
- Of the four goal scorers against Suriname, only Joe Gyau had played in a qualifying tournament or World Cup before at any level. Gyau scored against Honduras at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
- The 4-0 win is the largest margin of victory in the 2011 edition of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
- The U.S. roster features a pair of CONCACAF U-20 Championship veterans in Gale Agbossoumonde and Amobi Okugo, who both helped the team to the finals of the 2009 tournament.
- Agbossoumonde is the only player on the roster who has been capped at the Men’s National Team level.
- Zac MacMath, Greg Garza, Perry Kitchen, Sebastian Lletget and Joe Gyau have experience at CONCACAF U-17 Championship. MacMath helped the U.S. U-17s qualify for Korea 2007 while the other four players won all three games to qualify for Nigeria 2009.
- Ten alumni of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy have made their way onto Rongen’s roster, including Dillon Powers who was the 2008-09 U-17/18 Player of the Year.
- Two players on the U.S. team – goalkeeper Cody Cropper and forward Omar Salgado – were born in 1993 and are age eligible for the 2013 Under-20 cycle.
- Eight players hail from clubs in Major League Soccer, including two from the Philadelphia Union in MacMath and Okugo.