YNT Apr 6, 2011
As if you weren't already fired up about tonight's winner-goes-to-the-World-Cup quarterfinal match against host Guatemala? We've got some pregame tidbits to help make sure that all of your watch party conversations are substantial:
- While the U.S. will be vying for its eighth-straight FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance, Guatemala will be looking for its first.
- The U.S. and Guatemala last met at the 2007 U-20 qualifying tournament in Panama City, the teams playing to a scoreless draw.
- The U.S. has the advantage with a 4-1-1 record in seven meetings with Guatemala at this event.
- Guatemala’s lone win against the U.S. in U-20 qualifying dates back to 1964.
- In 1982, these two teams met at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, with the Americans – including current assistant coach Tab Ramos – earning a 3-1 victory.
- Thomas Rongen will have all 20 players available for selection in the quarterfinal match with 18 players dressing for game day.
- Through the two group games, 16 players have seen action.
- Kelyn Rowe’s three goals in two games are second best in the tournament, behind Mexico’s Alan Pulido.
- Four different U.S. players have accounted for the team’s six goals: Conor Doyle, Joe Gyau, Rowe and Bobby Wood.
- Of the four goal scorers, 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 U.S., Costa Rica and Mexico are the only teams in the tournament who have yet to allow a goal through two games.
- Defender Gale Agbossoumonde is the lone player on the U.S. roster to have been capped at the senior level. He appeared on Nov. 17, 2010, as a late sub against South Africa.
- Agbossoumonde and Amobi Okugo helped the U.S. to the championship game of the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.