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Under-20 MNT Looks to Qualify for 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship Against Panama on Friday

 U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
January 13, 2005
Carson, Calif.

U.S. LOOKS TO QUALIFY ON FRIDAY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has the opportunity to solidify a spot in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland with a victory over Panama on Friday night in their second match of the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. PT and fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match is also being broadcast live on Pay-Per-View on the Dish Network at a price of $19.95. For more information, log on to

U.S. IN FIRST PLACE AFTER OPENING GAMES: The U.S. sits atop Group A of the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament with three points after a 6-1 dismantling of Trinidad & Tobago in their opening match. Costa Rica and Panama are tied for second place with one point each after drawing 1-1 in their opening match, which was the early game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. On Friday, Costa Rica and T&T will battle in the first match of the doubleheader, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. PT, while U.S.-Panama will follow at 8 p.m.
2005 Final Round CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament
Group A Standings
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA    1   1  0  0  6     1   +5    3
CRC    1   0  0  1  1     1     0    1
PAN    1   0  0  1  1     1     0    1
TRI      1   0 1  0  1     6    -5    0

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Costa Rica 1, Panama 1
USA 6, Trinidad & Tobago 1

Friday, Jan. 14 Kickoff (PT)
Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago 5:30 p.m.
USA vs. Panama 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16 Kickoff (PT)
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago 12 p.m.
USA vs. Costa Rica 2:30 p.m.

IANNI, WYNNE ARE GOOD TO GO: Defenders Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne were both taken off the field and eventually substituted for due to injuries in the first half against Trinidad & Tobago, but neither injury was serious and both will be available for Friday’s match against Panama. Ianni, who was wearing the captain’s armband, was taken out in the 29th minute due to blurred vision after colliding heads with a T&T player during a challenge in the air. Nine minutes later, Wynne was also substituted after getting undercut after going up for a header and suffering a contusion to a sciatic nerve. Oddly, both injuries occurred at almost the exact same spot the field, about 35 yards from the U.S. goal. 

U-20 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAY, SUNDAY: Tickets for the Under-20 world championship qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center are still available. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $10 to $24 are available online at, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), by calling 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles), 714-740-2000 (Orange County) or 619-220-8497 (San Diego), and at the Home Depot Center ticket office. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. Tickets bought at the gate will range in price from $13 to $27.

HOW PANAMA GOT TO CARSON: Panama reached the final round of the 2005 U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament by finishing second at the Central American Zone Qualifying Tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica, which was held from Oct. 16-24. Panama defeated Guatemala 1-0, El Salvador 2-0 and Nicaragua 2-0 to solidify advancement to the final round before drawing 1-1 in their final game against Costa Rica, who finished ahead in the standings on goal differential (+7 to +5). Panama is looking to advance to just their second FIFA World Youth Championship after qualifying for their first in 2003 in the United Arab Emirates.
U-20 Central American Zone Qualifying
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
San Jose, Costa Rica

Team             GP    W    L    T     GF     GA     GD   Pts
Costa Rica      4       3     0    1       9        2       +7     10
Panama           4       3     0    1       6        1       +5     10
El Salvador     4       2     2    0       9        6       +3     6
Guatemala       4       1     3    0       6       13      -7     3
Nicaragua        4       0     4    0       3       11      -8     0

Date             Matchup                                 Result
Oct. 16        Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua          2-0
Oct. 16        Guatemala vs. El Salvador         2-5
Oct. 18        Panama vs. Guatemala              1-0
Oct. 18        Costa Rica vs. El Salvador        1-0
Oct. 20        El Salvador vs. Panama             0-2   
Oct. 20        Nicaragua vs. Guatemala           2-3
Oct. 22        Costa Rica vs. Guatemala         5-1
Oct. 22        Panama vs. Nicaragua              2-0
Oct. 24        El Salvador vs. Nicaragua         4-1
Oct. 24        Costa Rica vs. Panama             1-1

vs. Costa Rica
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Jan. 12, 2005

Scoring Summary:
                         1    2    F
Costa Rica        0    1    1                  
Panama             0    1    1

CRC – Jose Luis Cordero        54th minute
PAN – Armando Gun              76th

CRC: 18-Keilor Navas - 4-Esteban Granados (17-Cesar Carillo, 46), 5-Jose Luis Cordero, 6-Greivin Arce, 7-Mauricio Mora, 10-Windell Gabriel, 12-Kenny Mitchell (21-Kenny Cunningham, 73), 13-Jody Steward-C, 14-Jose Chan, 16-Franklin Chacon (3-Sebastian Sequeira, 70), 19-Roberto Mudarra.
Red Card: Greivin Arce, 66

PAN: 1-Jose Calderon - 2-Tomas Dunn, 3-Armando Gun-C, 4-Roman Torres, 5-Jose Venegas, 6-Celse Polo (9-Edwin Aguilar, 72), 7-Reggie Arosemena (15-Hanamel Hill, 87), 8-Crisitan Vega, 10-Miguel Castillo (18-Ricardo Buitrago, 79), 11-David Arrue, 16-Luis Gallardo.

  • The U.S. and Panama have never met in U-20 CONCACAF qualifying.
  • With their victory over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, the U.S. increased its international record to 7-4-4 since 2004.
  • The U.S. has beaten every CONCACAF team it has faced since 2004, going 7-0-0. The U.S. has beaten Jamaica (twice), Canada (twice), Honduras, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • U.S. head coach Sigi Schmid’s international record is now 5-0-0 since taking over the reigns in late October of 2004. Under the former L.A. Galaxy manager, the U.S. has beaten Canada (1-0 and 1-0), Honduras (2-0), Mexico (2-0), and Trinidad & Tobago (6-1).
  • The six goals scored in their opening match against Trinidad & Tobago was the second most ever by a U.S. squad in qualifying, tying a 6-1 score that was also against T&T on Aug. 9, 1998. Interestingly, Schmid was also the head coach of that ’98 team, giving him two wins against T&T in qualifying with 12 goals for and only two against. 
  • The most goals ever scored by a U.S. U-20 team in qualifying was against the Dominican Republic, a 9-0 thrashing on Sept. 26, 1976.
  • Eddie Gaven’s hat trick against T&T was only the second registered by a U.S. U-20 player in qualifying. The other was by Ricky Davis against the Dominican Republic in 1976.
  • Gaven’s hat trick came in just his second cap with the U-20s, giving him three goals in just 137 minutes of play.
  • With their draw against Costa Rica on Wednesday, Panama increased its unbeaten streak to eight games in qualifying.
  • Before the tournament Panama traveled to Brazil for training in December and split with Ecuador (0-1) and Canada (2-1) during last week's Copa de Pacifico in Panama City.
  • Team captain Armando Gun, Cristian Vega and Hanamell Hill were also on Panama’s U-20 squad at the 2003 World Youth Championship. Gun had the team’s only goal during the tournament.
  • The U.S. has only one player – Sacha Kljestan - with a yellow card going into their match against Panama. Panama has two players – Reggie Arosemena and Luis Gallardo - that were booked in the first game.
  • Four UCLA players started the Trinidad & Tobago match for the USA. Marvell Wynne and Patrick Ianni were defensive starters, while Benny Feilhaber started at right midfield and Chad Barrett started as a forward.
  • Of the 11 U.S. starters against T&T, only five had more than three international caps under their belt.
  • With his goal and assist against T&T, Will John became the team leader since 2004 in international points with 12 and goals scored with five, and tied the team lead for assists with two (tied with Arturo Alvarez, Stuart Holden and Christian Jimenez).
  • With his penalty kick against T&T, Freddy Adu now has three goals in the past four international games he’s played. The other two goals were also from the penalty spot.
  • Along with Mexico, the U.S. has qualified for a CONCACAF record nine times, but unlike Mexico, the U.S. has never finished first in the Final Round Group.


On whether qualifying for the FIFA World Youth Championship is a definite after their first win...
“Holland is not in the bag. It is just three points for us right now and it is a good goal differential, which is something that is important when things are tight at the end of the tournament. As you saw from the Panama-Costa Rica game that was a pretty tightly contested affair and Panama is a good team. We’ve got our work cut out for us on Friday.”

On if he thought the offensive output by the U.S. was something that surprised him...

“I thought we were capable of this. As I said before I think this team offensively has some ability there. Obviously, Eddie Gaven had a great showing today, almost getting a fourth on the free kick that was swung in. I thought in the second half we would have gotten a few more. You never expect to get the goals that early or that quickly, but we felt our scouting report was right on and we found the space behind their left side on our right side.”

On Benny Feilhaber’s performance...
“Benny was involved in all of our first four goals. It’s a great debut for a kid who never really played in this type of environment.”

On if it is satisfying for a Sigi Schmid coached team to score six goals...

“Well, I’ll use the (assistant coach) Dave Dir line. I’ve got to give him credit. I said to him, ‘Well, I guess I was accused of not being an offensive coach,’ and he goes, “Well, that’s a good thing because we’d be up by ten then.’ Obviously, I’ve never felt I was a defensive coach. I think that was a label that got hung on me I think a little bit unfairly. I think it is a little bit more difficult to score goals in the MLS. I think all teams I’ve ever been with we’ve scored goals and last time we qualified when I was with (the Under-20s) was the same amount we scored against Trinidad. I always felt I’m an offensive coach.”

On the injuries to Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne...
“Ianni just had some blurred vision and it’s not a concussion. It was more that his eyes were watering and his vision became blurred. With Marvell they feel he should be OK by Friday.”

On starting four UCLA players...
“What I was really happy about was Marvell (Wynne), who’s never been in a national team program before and for him to come up with this type of a game tonight, get forward and get that first cross that he hit was just a big-time goal. Benny (Feilhaber) is a player that to be very frank when I first selected the group I was hesitant to pick him because I thought people were going to say I picked too many UCLA guys, but he’s a player that I always liked at UCLA and I think he showed tonight that he deserves to be on this team I was very pleased with how they played.”

On how it felt coming back to coach a game at The Home Depot Center with a different team than the L.A. Galaxy...

“It was a little bittersweet at the very start of the game walking out there because I’ve had a lot of great feeling here, more good times than bad for sure. So, it was nice to be back out here. The field is very heavy right now, it’s about as heavy as it has been. It is sort of like the turf course at the racetrack. Hopefully, by Friday that will be a little bit better.”
On not starting experienced players like Arturo Alvarez or Danny Szetela...
“We just thought that the lineup we started was the team had the best cohesion in order to allow Freddy (Adu) and the other forward in Chad Barrett, and in tonight’s case Eddie Gaven, to really get forward and we need those three remaining midfielders to be an umbrella behind. Alvarez has played very well this camp, much better than he did in the last camp and it’s unfortunate because he was a guy that we wanted to get into the game tonight. Szetela ended up getting into the game, but I think Benny (Feilhaber) showed why he was starting. With us having to replace two defenders in the game, change our back four and maintain our cohesion, I think that was another plus for us.”

On the match...
“We had a strong start and we were just lucky enough to come out really strong, getting some goals early. It was just a lot of fun to play out there to play tonight. It feels good. It’s the first game I’ve played in a while, so obviously it feels good. What feels even better is starting this tournament off on the right foot and getting three points. I think that is the thing we need to build on now. Yes, this was a great game, but we need to concentrate on the next game.”

On when the last time he had scored a hat-trick was...
“Awhile ago. I don’t even remember to be honest with you.”

On being set-up well by his teammates for his goals...
“Guys were giving me balls right to my feet. On the first goal I had the ball three yards from goal. I probably could have had two or three more, but that is something I’m just going to keep working on and hopefully we can do better in the next game.”

On the play of teammate Benny Feilhaber...
“Benny is doing really well for this team. He works very hard and is very good with his feet. He makes great passes, plays tough defense. I think he showed out there tonight that he’s definitely a big part of this team.”

On the match...
“I think the whole team came out just really excited to play and I especially came out very excited for my first game with the national team (in qualifying), and obviously a very important game.”

On drawing the foul in the box for the penalty...
“The second goal was a heads-up play by me and him. He just threw the ball in down the line and I ran with it and fortunately got a foot in right before the guy tackled me.”

On the assist to Eddie Gaven for the third goal...
“After a couple of good passes down the right side, I turned around and Eddie (Gaven) was making a good run behind me, so I just slipped it in and he made a perfect shot.”

On Eddie Gaven...
 “Eddie played amazing. He’s coming back from a hernia injury and everybody expects him to do everything he did today, but it is tough just coming back and getting physically prepared. He had amazing trainings and we knew he’d come out and do this for us.”