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U-20 MNT Vies for Group Win at 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Against Costa Rica


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica – 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP; Puebla, Mexico
Feb. 22, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT VIES FOR GROUP WIN AT 2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST COSTA RICA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, but the squad is looking to finish atop Group A when it faces Costa Rica on Friday, Feb. 22, at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla, Mexico. The game kicks off at 6:30 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. can win Group A by virtue of a win or a draw. The USA and Costa Rica are tied in points and goal differential, but the U.S. U-20s hold an advantage having scored more goals than Costa Rica. The Group A winner faces the Group B runner-up, which would be Canada or Nicaragua, who play in Friday’s late night match. The Group A runner-up faces Group B winner Cuba.

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 STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

Costa Rica

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

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 vs. Costa Rica, 6:30 p.m. ET


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

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer, Univision Deportes

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26

TBD

TBD

FOX Soccer

TBD


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

6:30 p.m.

Univision Deportes

Group C

Feb. 21

El Salvador vs. Curaçao

9 p.m.

Group D

Feb. 22

USA vs. Costa Rica

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 22

Canada vs. Nicaragua

9 p.m.

Group B

Feb. 23

Jamaica vs. Panama

4:30 p.m.

Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 23

Mexico vs. El Salvador

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 26

Group A (1st) vs. Group B (2nd)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

QF 1

Feb. 26

Group B (1st) vs. Group A (2nd)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

QF 2

Feb. 27

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

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

QF 3

Feb. 28

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

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

QF 4

March 1

QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 Winner

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

SF 1

March 1

QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

SF 2

March 3

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

4 p.m.

FOX Soccer

3rd Place

March 3

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Final


2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A UPDATE

  • The U.S. took hold of first place in Group A with a 2-1 victory against Haiti on Monday, Feb. 18. Luis Gil scored a third-minute penalty kick and Daniel Cuevas, who drew the PK opportunity, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 26th minute.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made three saves to earn his third career win with the U-20s.
  • The U.S. U-20s improved to 3-0-0 against Haiti in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships.
  • For the seventh-straight CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship, the U.S. opened the event with a victory, a streak that started with a 5-0 win against Guatemala on March 18, 2001, in the 17th CONCACAF Youth Championship.
  • Costa Rica eliminated Haiti from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Estadio Olimpico Universitario Lobos BUAP, John Jairo Ruiz scored the game’s lone goal in the 22nd minute.


ROSTER NOTES

  • Jose Villarreal is the leading goal scorer among this U.S. U-20 group with four tallies in seven U-20 MNT matches, including a penalty kick during the USA’s Jan. 21 match against Panama earlier this year.
  • After each scored a goal in the opener of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, 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 leads the team with two goals in 2013, scoring the squad’s first goal during a 2-2 draw against Panama on Jan. 19 in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper and forward Jerome Kiesewetter have been part of the U-20s since 2010. Cropper has now played in 10 international games for the U-20 MNT and Kiesewetter, who was a second-half sub against Haiti, has now played in six games.
  • Midfielder Mikey Lopez and defender Boyd Okwuonu lead the team with 12 games apiece, with both players appearing twice earlier this year for the team’s two-game set against Panama in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Midfielder Benji Joya has 11 caps, 10 of which came in 2012 to lead the team as it posted a 4-6-0 international record.
  • 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. COSTA RICA

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT has faced Costa Rica 10 times in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships, posting a 3-3-4 record.
  • The USA went on a five-game unbeaten stretch against Costa Rica in this event from 1990 to 2005 (3-0-2) before falling 3-0 on March 15, 2009, in the 22nd CONCACAF Youth Championship in Trinidad – the most recent meeting between the USA and Costa Rica heading into Friday’s game.
  • The first two meetings between the U.S. and Costa Rica resulted in scoreless draws on Aug. 29, 1982, in Guatemala City and on Aug. 31, 1984, in Trinidad, in the ninth and 10th CONCACAF Youth Tournaments, respectively. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos was a member of both of those U.S. U-20 MNT World Cup qualifying teams.
  • The USA’s three victories against Costa Rica have all been 2-0 decisions – a win on April 19, 1990, in Guatemala; May 7, 1992, in Kelowna, Canada; and on Jan. 16, 2005, in Carson, Calif.
  • During the 1992 victory, Chris Faklaris and Miles Joseph each scored a goal in the Group C match in the 14th CONCACAF Youth Tournament. Faklaris would later score a hat trick and Joseph a brace in the FIFA U-20 World Cup against Turkey on March 7, 1993, en route to a dominant 6-2 victory.
  • During the 2005 win, Chad Barrett and Danny Szetela provided the scoring in the Group A match at the 20th CONCACAF Youth Championship. The win also marked the USA’s first outright group victory in U-20 qualifying. The U.S. had already qualified for the World Cup, but Costa Rica was eliminated despite tying with Panama for second place in the group. Panama advanced on goal differential.



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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.



COSTA RICA UPDATE

  • John Jairo Ruiz, who plays for Belgian second division team Royal Mouscron Peruwelz, scored from 10 yards out to lead Costa Rica to a 1-0 victory against Haiti on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Haiti was eliminated from the group stage while Costa Rica needs a victory against the USA on Friday in order to win Group A.
  • Goalkeeper Jairo Monge earned the shutout against Haiti, though he was helped by the goal frame as three Haiti shots clanged off the post.
  • Costa Rica has appeared in eight FIFA U-20 World Cups.
  • Costa Rica is playing in its 18th CONCACAF U-20 final round.
  • Costa Rica has won two CONCACAF U-20 titles – the 12th CONCACAF Youth Tournament in 1988 and the 22nd CONCACAF Youth Championship in 2009, shutting out the USA 3-0 in the finale on March 15, 2009, at Macoya, Trinidad.



COSTA RICA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jairo Monge, 18-Bryan Morales
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Jose Sossa, 3-Jamhir Ordain, 4-William Fernandez, 5-Erick Cabalceta, 6-Mauricio Nuñez, 12-Joseph Mora, 13-Steve Garita, 19-Jean Carlo Agüero
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Luis Sequeira, 9-Gabriel Leiva, 14-Rodrigo Garita, 15-Brandon Welleans, 16-Fabian Garita
FORWARDS (5): 7-David Ramirez, 10-Dylan Flores, 11-John Jairo Ruiz, 17-Mayron George, 20-Giovanni Cantillano 

Head coach: Jafet Soto

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:

Feb. 18, 2013 – Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP – Puebla, Mexico – 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

USA  2  Luis Gil 3, Daniel Cuevas 26
HAI  1  Wilberne Augusmat 49

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 5-Shane O’Neill, 14-Javan Torre; 8-Benji Joya, 6-Wil Trapp, 10-Luis Gil (11-Jerome Kiesewetter, 79); 7-Jose Villarreal (15-Mikey Lopez, 64), 9-Mario Rodriguez (3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 88), 20-Daniel Cuevas
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Kendall McIntosh, 16-Dillon Serna, 17-Danny Garcia, 18-Eric Miller, 19-Brandon Allen, 22-Zack Steffen
Head coach: Tab Ramos

HAI: 12-Ronald Elusma; 2-Jude Saint-Louis (capt.), 3-Ismael Voltaire, 4-Charles Alexandre, 8-Evens Saint-Jean (13-Duckens Nazon, 60), 9-Chery Johnley, 10-Amicy Esso Faudelyn, 14-Luckner Horat Jr., 15-Wilberne Augusmat (6-Renald Metellus, 62), 17-Jean Dany Maurice, 20-Jhon Estama (7-Dumy Fede, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Marc Donald Mervil, 5-Ylosier Givemilord, 11-Alfred Sonthonax, 16-Paulson Pierre, 18-Eltinor Saturne, 19-Spencer Desir
Head coach: Manuel Navarro

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