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U-20 and U-17 Men's National Teams to Learn Schedule and Opponents for CONCACAF Championships

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2009) -- The U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 Men’s National Teams will learn their schedule and opponents for their respective CONCACAF Championships during a draw that will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15 in New York.

Both tournaments will feature two groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group will cross over for the semifinals and a regional champion will be crowned for the first time since 1996.

The U-20 event will be held in Trinidad & Tobago from March 6-15. Six of the eight teams have been decided, with the final round of Caribbean qualifying still taking place in St. Vincent & Grenadines. The Caribbean championship will receive an automatic berth to T&T, while the runner up will play Honduras for the final slot. The U.S., along with Canada, Mexico and the hosts, earned an automatic place in the championship while Costa Rica and El Salvador earned their place through Central American qualifying.

The U-17 Championship will take place in Mexico, with final dates and venues yet to be determined. Similar to the U-20 event, the U.S. and Canada were given automatic entry into the final eight along with host Mexico. Rounding out the eight-team field are Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba.

Both events will qualify four teams from the region to the FIFA World Cups, with the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in Egypt in early October and the FIFA U-17 World Cup slated for Nigeria in late October. The U.S. Under-20 MNT will be looking to qualify for their seventh-straight FIFA event while the U.S. U-17s will attempt to continue their streak as the only team to have qualified for every FIFA U-17 World Cup to date.