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U.S. U-20 MNT Face Guatemala with World Cup Berth on the Line


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Guatemala City, Guatemala
April 5, 2011

WORLD CUP BERTH AT STAKE: A berth to the FIFA U-20 World Cup is on the line when the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team takes on Guatemala at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City on Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET). The winner of the game will earn one of CONCACAF’s four berths to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is set for July 29 – Aug. 20 in Colombia. The match, expected to be played in front of a raucous home crowd, can be seen live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3, and fans can also follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

MAKING FOUR FROM EIGHT: The eight quarterfinalists at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will be competing for the region’s four spots at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. If history is any indication, anything can happen in a one-off game with so much at stake. The quarterfinal round begins on Tuesday with Group C winner Costa Rica playing Cuba and Group D champion Mexico taking on North American rival Canada. Wednesday night will see Honduras face Panama before the final CONCACAF World Cup berth is decided between the USA and Guatemala.

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Date                        Match                                 Time (ET)                Venue
April 5                    Costa Rica vs. Cuba              7 p.m.                     Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala
April 5                    Mexico vs. Canada                10 p.m.                   Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala
April 6                    Honduras vs. Panama           8 p.m.                     Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala
April 6                   USA vs. Guatemala           10 p.m.                  Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala

Full Schedule and Results

QUALIFYING FOR THE QUARTERS: The U.S. made it to the quarterfinals by finishing in the top place in Group B. Four different players – Bobby Wood, Conor Doyle, Joe Gyau and Kelyn Rowe – scored goals for the U.S. in a 4-0 win against Suriname to open group play. Already qualified for the quarterfinals, the Americans cruised to a 2-0 win against Panama to finish group play with six goals for and zero against.

Team       GP          W            L              T              GF          GA             GD          Pts.
USA       2              2              0            0              6             0              +6           6
PAN        2              1              1            0              3              2              +1           3
SUR        2              0              2            0              0              7              -7            0

Full Tournament Standings

JOINING THE FIELD: The four teams from CONCACAF will join 15 nations that have already booked a place in the 24-team FIFA U-20 World Cup field. With the Official Draw set for April 27 in Cartegena, the four CONCACAF representatives will join four teams from Africa and one from Oceania in completing the field. The African qualifiers are set for April 17 – May 2 in South Africa, and Oceania’s representative will be decided when the confederation crowns a champion on April 29. The 24 teams are broken down as follows:

AFC: Australia, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia
CAF: Four teams TBD from April 17 – May 2
CONCACAF: Four teams TBD in Guatemala City
CONMEBOL: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay
OFC: One team TBD from April 20 – 29
UEFA: Croatia, Austria, England, France, Portugal, Spain
Host: Colombia

Quick Hits:

  • 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.

A GLIMPSE AT GUATEMALA: Guatemala reached the quarterfinals by virtue of a second-place finish in Group A. After a 2-0 win against Jamaica in the opener, a 3-1 loss to Honduras set up a showdown between the hosts and the Americans. Gerson Lima has scored a goal in each of Guatemala’s group matches while forward Henry Lopez is the lone player on the team who has been capped at the senior level. Head coach Gustavo Bobadilla will be looking to guide his team to its first-ever FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance, and he’ll have home fans to assist him.

Guatemala Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Diego Chacon, 12-Jose Morales, 21-Jose Garcia
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jose Andrade, 3-Manuel Moreno, 4-Willian Ramirez, 5-Elias Vasquez, 14-Jose Lemus, 12-Sixto Betancourt, 19-Jonathan Rodriguez
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Jose Del Aguila, 7-Marvin Ceballos, 8-Jose Castillo, 10-Kevin Norales, 16-Cristian Lima, 17-Marco Rivas, 20-Gerson Lima
FORWARDS (3): 9-Henry Lopez, 11-Kendel Herrarte, 18-Abner Bonilla

Guatemala Group A Results
Date                 Opponent                Result                   Guatemala Goalscorer(s)
Nov. 25            Jamaica                   2-0 W                    own goal, Lima
Nov. 27            Honduras                 1-3 L                     Lima

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen has called on 16 of his 20 players during the first two matches. Overall, the group includes 16 professional players from leagues in five foreign countries – England, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and Sweden – in addition to eight representatives from Major League Soccer. Four college players round out the roster, including a pair of UCLA Bruins in Kelyn Rowe and Eder Arreola, and 10 U.S. Soccer Development Academy alumni are among the ranks.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster By Position ( Detailed Roster ):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 18-Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (8): 2 - Gale Agbossoumonde (Djurgårdens IF; Syracuse, N.Y.), 13-Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), 4 - Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), 12-Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls; Fair Lawn, N.J.), 19 - Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), 5-Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), 3-Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), 15-Korey Veeder (Columbus Crew; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), 14-Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), 16-Moises Orozco (UANL Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), 6-Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), 10-Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): 20-Eder Arreola (UCLA; Chino Hills, Calif.), 9-Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), 7-Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), 17-Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; El Paso, Texas), 11-Bobby Wood (TSV 1860 München; Irvine, Calif.)

DOYLE’S UPWARD CLIMB: After bursting onto the American soccer scene last fall, forward Conor Doyle has become a key part of the U.S. team looking to qualify for its eighth-consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup. Through two qualifying games in Guatemala City, Doyle has a goal and two assists in 180 minutes while playing virtually everywhere on the front line and in the midfield. Read more about Doyle’s run to the national teams at ussoccer.com.

FOLLOW US 140 CHARACTERS AT A TIME: Stay in tune with the U.S. U-20 MNT during its qualifying campaign by following us on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. There you’ll get up-to-the-second information from behind the scenes in Guatemala City and keep track of your favorite players on their U.S. U-20 MNT journey.

THE YNT BLOG HAS IT ALL: Want to hear the official theme song of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia? You can check it out, along with exclusive training photos and insight into the day-to-day life of the U-20 MNT on the Youth National Team blog on ussoccer.com.

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