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U-20 MNT Battles Canada with World Cup Qualification on the Line on Tuesday


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Quarterfinal
Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP; Puebla, Mexico
Feb. 26, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT BATTLES CANADA WITH WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION ON THE LINE: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is getting set for the biggest game of the players’ international careers. The USA faces Canada in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla, Mexico with the winner advancing to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey later this year. Tuesday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. won Group A of the CONCACAF tournament following a 2-1 victory against Haiti on Feb. 18 and a 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 22. Canada took second place in Group B behind Cuba, dropping its opener 2-1 but easily moving past Nicaragua 5-1 to secure the runner-up spot and advance to the quarterfinals.

2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Page | U.S. U-20 MNT Media Guide


ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 22-Zack Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): 18-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 2-Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 4-Caleb Stanko (Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 16-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): 19-Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 11-Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) 7-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)


2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A FINAL STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

2

2

0

0

3

1

+2

6

Costa Rica

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Haiti

2

0

2

0

1

3

-2

0

Feb. 18
USA 2, Haiti 1

Feb. 20
Costa Rica 1, Haiti 0

Feb. 22
USA 1, Costa Rica 0


2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Groups:
Group A: Costa Rica, Haiti, USA
Group B: Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua
Group C: Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico
Group D: Curaçao, El Salvador, Mexico

Visit ussoccer.com for the full CONCACAF U-20 Championship group standings and results .


U.S. U-20 MNT 2013 SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/
TV

Venue

Jan. 19

Panama

2-2 T

Cuevas, Allen

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Jan. 21

Panama

1-2 L

Villarreal (PK)

La Noria FC; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 18

Haiti

2-1 W

Gil, Cuevas

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 22

Costa Rica

1-0 W

Villarreal

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26

Canada

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico


2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Match

Result/Time (ET)

TV

Stage

Feb. 18

Haiti vs. USA

2-1 USA

FOX Soccer

Group A

Feb. 18

Cuba vs. Canada

2-1 Cuba

Group B

Feb. 19

Puerto Rico vs. Jamaica

4-1 Jamaica

Group C

Feb. 19

Mexico vs. Curaçao

3-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer

Group D

Feb. 20

Costa Rica vs. Haiti

1-0 Costa Rica

Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 20

Nicaragua vs. Cuba

3-0 Cuba

Univision Deportes

Group B

Feb. 21

Panama vs. Puerto Rico

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group C

Feb. 21

El Salvador vs. Curaçao

2-1 El Salvador

Group D

Feb. 22

USA vs. Costa Rica

1-0 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 22

Canada vs. Nicaragua

5-1 Canada

Group B

Feb. 23

Jamaica vs. Panama

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 23

Mexico vs. El Salvador

3-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 26

USA (GA, 1st) vs. Canada (GB, 2nd)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 1

Feb. 26

Cuba (GB, 1st) vs. C. Rica (GA, 2nd)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 2

Feb. 27

Group C (1st) vs. Group D (2nd)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 3

Feb. 28

Group D (1st) vs. Group C (2nd)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 4

March 1

QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 Winner

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 1

March 1

QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 2

March 3

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

4 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

3rd Place

March 3

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Final


2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A WRAP-UP

  • The U.S. is coming off a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica to win Group A of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Entering the match, both teams had already advanced to the quarterfinal stage when Costa Rica defeated Haiti 1-0 on Feb. 20 to hand Haiti its second loss in the group.
  • Jose Villarreal scored the game’s lone goal on a header off a Luis Gil corner kick from the right side in the 63rd minute. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made four saves for his second career clean sheet and fourth career victory with the U-20s.
  • The U.S. U-20s improved to 4-3-4 against Costa Rica in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships.
  • The U.S. has now won the first two games of a CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship 11 times in the program’s history.


ROSTER NOTES

  • Jose Villarreal is the leading scorer among this U.S. U-20 group with five goals in eight U-20 MNT matches. He has two goals in 2013, most recently the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Costa Rica. Villarreal also scored on a penalty kick against Panama on Jan. 21 earlier this year.
  • After each scored a goal in the opener of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Haiti, Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas now have three career goals apiece with this age group, tied for second on the team with Mario Rodriguez.
  • Cuevas is tied with Villarreal for the team lead with two goals in 2013. In addition to his group-opening goal against Haiti, Cuevas scored the team’s first goal during a 2-2 draw against Panama on Jan. 19 in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Cody Cropper and forward Jerome Kiesewetter have been part of the U-20s since 2010. Cropper has now played in 11 international games for the U-20 MNT and Kiesewetter, who was a second-half sub against Haiti, has played in six games.
  • Defender Boyd Okwuonu leads the team with 13 career U-20 appearances, playing in both group matches at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and during the team’s two-game set against Panama in Puebla, Mexico.
  • The U.S. is playing without midfielder Mikey Lopez, who picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in the game against Costa Rica. Lopez was issued his first late in the second half in the Haiti opener.
  • Midfielder Benji Joya has 12 caps, 10 of which came in 2012, to lead the team as it posted a 4-6-0 international record with him on the field.
  • Six players are currently with Major League Soccer teams: Gil (Real Salt Lake), Lopez (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) and Villarreal (LA Galaxy).
  • This year marks the 24th occasion in which the U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA is looking to qualify for its 13th FIFA U-20 World Cup.



U.S. U-20 MNT vs. CANADA

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT has faced Canada eight times in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships, posting a 4-2-2 record.
  • The CONCACAF series between the two sides began with the USA defeating Canada 4-2 to close out the first round of the sixth CONCACAF Youth Tournament on Oct. 1, 1976, in Puerto Rico. Gary Etherington and Rick Davis each scored two goals for the U.S.
  • The U.S. and Canada have not faced each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship since Canada topped the U.S. 3-2 in Group B play on Nov. 17, 2002, in Charleston, S.C. Frank Simek and David Johnson had goals for the USA.
  • Among the USA’s four victories against Canada in this tournament, the most lopsided win was a 5-1 victory on Aug. 7, 1998, in Tunapuna, Trinidad. Chris Albright and Nick Garcia each had two goals and DaMarcus Beasley added a tally.
  • The U.S. U-20 MNT last faced Canada on Oct. 10, 2012, at the 2012 Marbella Cup in Marbella, Spain, with Canada earning the 2-1 victory. Mario Rodriguez scored the USA’s only goal – a 75th-minute equalizer.
  • Fourteen players on the current U.S. U-20 MNT roster were on that Marbella Cup squad and 13 played in that match.



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TAB RAMOS FACT FILE:
Tab Ramos was named head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in October of 2011. As a former U.S. National Team midfielder and U-20 MNT assistant and interim head coach, Ramos brings a wealth of experience to the U.S. National Team program. Here are some of his accomplishments as both a coach and player:

  • Ramos has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Technical Board since 2006, and after receiving his “A” coaching license in 2007, became the U.S. U-20 MNT assistant coach two years later. Ramos served as interim head coach in late 2011, guiding the U-20 Men through training camp and two friendlies in France.
  • Ramos’s first coaching experience came with the New Jersey Soccer Academy (NJSA 04), a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club, which he founded in 2004. He is currently the Executive Director of the program and has won four New Jersey state championships and a national championship, the only U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship for a N.J. boys’ club in more than two decades.
  • Ramos first earned international playing experience with the U-20 Men when he scored two goals for the U.S. in FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying. He played for the U.S. in the 1983 U-20 World Cup and was also a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
  • His first appearance with the full team came on Jan. 10, 1988, against Guatemala, and Ramos went on to play in the 1990 World Cup, where his performance earned him the title of U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. By the time he retired from international duty in 2000, Ramos had played in three World Cups, earned 81 caps and scored eight goals, becoming the only U.S. player to score at least one World Cup qualifying goal in three different decades.
  • A 2001 graduate of North Carolina State University, Ramos studied foreign language and literature while becoming a three-time All-American in his four years playing for the school’s men’s soccer team. He joined American Soccer League side New Jersey Eagles in 1998 before moving to fellow ASL club Miami Sharks the next season.
  • In 1990, Ramos had a contract to play exclusively for the U.S. MNT as it prepared for the 1990 World Cup, but Spanish Second Division club Figueres took him on loan later that year, before eventually signing him. Ramos was sold to Real Betis in 1992 and helped the team win promotion to La Liga, but a skull fracture suffered in the 1994 World Cup kept him from making any La Liga appearances.
  • Ramos was the first player signed to Major League Soccer in 1995 (Centennial 100 Moments), and before being allocated to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, MLS loaned him to UANL Tigres in Mexico, where his team was 1996 Mexico Cup champion. In his seven seasons with the MetroStars, Ramos tallied eight goals and 36 assists before retiring in 2002.



CANADA UPDATE

  • Forward Caleb Clarke, who plays professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps, leads the squad with two goals. Both tallies came during Canada’s 5-1 win against Nicaragua to shore up second place in Group B. Clarke is one of five players who have scored multiple goals in a match during this tournament.
  • Mauro Eustaquio, Ben McKendry and Samuel Piette also scored goals against Nicaragua, while Stefan Vukovic had Canada’s lone goal against Cuba to open the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • Canada fell to Cuba 2-1 in its Group B opener on Feb. 18, as Cuba’s Maykel Reyes scored a pair of goals in the second half. Vukovic put Canada on the score sheet in the final minute, but Cuba held on and eventually won Group B.



CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Richard Gomes, 18-Maxime Crépeau
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Jon Dollery, 3. Marco Lapenna, 4. Doneil Henry, 5. Daniel Stanese, 15. Manjrekar James, 23. Allan Zebie
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Samuel Piette, 7-Ben Fisk, 8-Zakaria Messoudi, 10-Kevin Aleman, 11-Michael Petrasso, 12-Dylan Carreiro, 13-Alessandro Riggi, 16-Mauro Eustaquio, 21-Ben McKendry
FORWARDS (3): 9-Caleb Clarke, 17-Anthony Jackson-Hamel, 22-Stefan Vukovic

Head coach: Nick Dasovic

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Feb. 22, 2013 – Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP – Puebla, Mexico – 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Group A

USA 1 Jose Villarreal 63
CRC 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 18-Eric Miller (2-Boyd Okwuonu, 46), 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 5-Shane O’Neill, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 6-Wil Trapp (9-Mario Rodriguez, 46), 15-Mikey Lopez; 8-Benji Joya, 10-Luis Gil, 17-Danny Garcia (11-Jerome Kiesewetter, 90+1); 7-Jose Villarreal
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Kendall McIntosh, 14-Javan Torre, 16-Dillon Serna, 19-Brandon Allen, 20-Daniel Cuevas, 22-Zack Steffen
Head coach: Tab Ramos

CRC: 1-Jairo Monge; 3-Jamhir Ordain, 4-William Fernandez (capt.), 5-Erick Cabalceta, 6-Mauricio Nuñez, 8-Luis Sequeira (10-Dylan Flores, 82), 11-John Jairo Ruiz, 12-Joseph Mora (7-David Ramirez 46), 16-Fabian Garita (14-Rodrigo Garita, 54), 17-Mayron George, 20-Giovanni Cantillano
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Jose Sossa, 9-Gabriel Leiva, 13-Steve Garita, 15-Brandon Welleans, 18-Bryan Morales, 19-Jean Carlo Agüero
Head coach: Jafet Soto

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