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U.S. Can Clinch World Cup Berth against El Salvador

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
Bacolet, Tobago
Monday, March 9, 2009

U.S. CAN CLINCH WORLD CUP BERTH AGAINST EL SALVADOR: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will be looking for a win or a tie against El Salvador on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. local/ET at Dwight Yorke Stadium, and will likely need a positive result to qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup (see advancement scenarios below). Fans can follow the final match of Group A in the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (event page) live on’s MatchTracker. Should the U.S. advance out of Group A as one of the top two finishers, they will advance to the semifinals on March 13 and either the third-place game or final on March 15. More importantly, the four semifinalists from Group A and B will qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

U.S. U-20 MNT CONCACAF Championship Schedule / Results
Date Opponent Time / Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
March 6 Jamaica 3-0 W Marosevic, Duka, Schuler Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago 
March 8 Honduras 0-0 T -- Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago 
March 10 El Salvador 7 p.m. ET   Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago 
March 13 Semifinal TBD   Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad
March 15 Final / Third Place TBD   Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad

CLINGING TO THE TOP: With a win and a draw, the U.S. holds the top place in Group A with four points, but all four teams are still alive. With Jamaica’s victory against El Salvador on Sunday, the Reggae Boyz vaulted into second place with three points, sitting just ahead of Honduras’ two points and El Salvador’s one. The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be held in Egypt from Sept. 24-Oct. 16. Standings, schedule and results are available at the U-20 qualifying page.

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS EXPLAINED: The U.S. controls its own fate and can secure advancement as one of the top two teams in the group with a win or tie against El Salvador. Before the U.S. kicks off, Jamaica and Honduras will play their final group game and the match could have major implications for the Americans. If the game ends in a draw, the U.S. would also be able to advance with a loss to El Salvador.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship Tiebreakers (if teams are tied on points):
1. Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams
2. Greater goal differential in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
3. Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
4. Greater goal differential in all group matches
5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
6. Drawing of lots

CARD ACCUMULATIONS: The U.S. will face El Salvador  without the services of defender Anthony Wallace, who has played every minute of the first two games, due to yellow card accumulation. Wallace received cautions in the 23rd minute against Jamaica and the 57th minute against Honduras. Forward Billy Schuler will also miss the match against El Salvador after being shown a straight red in the 60th minute against Honduras. Defender Kyle Davies and midfielders Dilly Duka and Jared Jeffrey all carry one yellow card into the game against El Salvador and will have to miss the USA’s next match should they receive another caution.

EVERYONE INVOLVED: With only one day rest between each of the group games, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen will likely use different players in his lineup on Tuesday. He used the same starting 11 against Jamaica and Honduras, but he may look to take advantage of his depth to earn a result against El Salvador. The U.S. has already played in a 4-3-3 against Jamaica and a 4-4-2 for most of the game against Honduras, so the team is adept to tactical changes.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster by Position (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), 18-Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), 24-Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): 22-Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), 2-Kyle Davies (Southampton; Danville, Calif.), 11-Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), 5-Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), 6-Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning; Sacramento, Calif.), 3-Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 4-Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 12-Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin; Miami, Fla.), 7-Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), 10-Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), 8-Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), 15-Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.); 23-Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): 14-Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), 9-Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), 16-Billy Schuler (North Carolina; Allentown, N.J.), 13-Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

SURPRISES IN TRINIDAD: Group B of the 2009 CONCACAF Championship started off with two surprise results on Saturday evening as Costa Rica and hosts Trinidad & Tobago earned 1-0 wins against Mexico and Canada, respectively. Costa Rica and T&T square off tonight at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad, with the winner sealing a place in both in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the CONCACAF U-20 Championship semifinals. More information on Group G, including standings, schedule and results, is available at the U-20 qualifying page.

A LOOK AT THE FINAL OPPONENT: El Salvador will be looking to qualify for its first-ever FIFA Under-20 World Cup, needing a win against the U.S. to advance out of Group A. Without the services of Nelson Ismael, who was sent off in the 33rd minute against Jamaica, El Salvador will rely on a technical attack led by Andres Alexander Flores and Herbert Arnold Sosa. Flores and Mark Blanco scored for El Salvador in its opening draw against Honduras.

El Salvador Under-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Diego Andres Cueller, 18-Oscar Daniel Arroyo
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Cesar Antonio Lopez, 3-Andres Eduardo Menendez, 4-Moises Xavier Garcia, 6-Juan Carlos Alas, 16-Nelson Ismael Rivera
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Alexander Enrique Mendoza, 7-Irving Arnulfo Flores, 8-Diego Jose Chavarria, 14-Herbert Arnoldo Sosa, 15-Fabricio Alfaro,17-Gilberto Arnulfo Baires, 18-Jorge Luis Moran, 20-Jaime Enrique Alas
FORWARDS (5): 9-Andres Alexander Flores, 10-William Antonio Maldonado, 11-Ricardo Jose Orellana, 12-Mark Lester Blanco,13-Irza Romel Santos

LAST MEETING: The U.S. and El Salvador last squared off in this competition leading up to the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates. The Americans played host to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying in late 2002 and knocked off El Salvador 1-0 in Charleston, South Carolina. The U.S. would go on to finish second in their group to secure advancement to the World Cup while El Salvador finished out of the running in fourth place.

EYES ON EGYPT: The four CONCACAF teams will be the last qualifiers for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup as 20 other countries have already booked their place in Egypt. Asia will send four representatives in Australia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Africa will have five teams in the tournament, including the hosts, as Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have also qualified. The 2008 U-19 European Championship served as the qualifying tournament that saw the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain advance. Oceania sends Tahiti to their first ever world championship, while Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela will represent South America.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Teams
AFC: Australia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan
CAF: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa
CONCACAF: Four teams to be determined
CONMEBOL: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela
OFC: Tahiti
UEFA: Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain
Host: Egypt

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U.S. Defender and Captain KYLE DAVIES
“Obviously right after the game [against Honduras] we were all a little disappointed but we know that we’re still at the top of the table with four points and we’re in control of our destiny. Everyone is just focused on the next game, getting three points and going to Egypt.”