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U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Set to Face Cuba in Semifinals of 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Semifinal
Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 28, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT FACES CUBA IN CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team attained its goal of earning a berth to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Now the squad looks to maintain its winning ways in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship when it faces Cuba at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1, at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla, Mexico. The match 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 USA-Cuba semifinal match originally was scheduled to be played at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP, the site of the U.S. U-20 MNT’s two group matches and quarterfinal.

The U.S. qualified for its 13th FIFA U-20 World Cup. Cuba, on the other hand, has just qualified for its first FIFA U-20 World Cup. Cuba defeated Canada 2-1 and Nicaragua 3-0 to win Group B, and then edged Costa Rica 2-1 in the quarterfinals. This anticipated semifinal clash features two 3-0-0 teams. The U.S. won Group A of the CONCACAF tournament with a 2-1 victory against Haiti and a 1-0 shutout against Costa Rica, followed by a 4-2 victory against Canada in the quarterfinals that resulted in the team’s qualification to the World Cup later this year.

SEVERAL U.S. U-20 MNT PLAYERS RETURN TO CLUB TEAMS: The U.S. U-20 MNT will be a little shorthanded for the remaining two matches of the tournament. Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) and captain Caleb Stanko (Freiburg) have returned to their respective club teams . Goalkeeper Cody Cropper is expected to stay with the team through Saturday, meaning he should be available for selection for Friday’s semifinal but unavailable for the final placement game on Sunday, March 3.

CONCACAF WORLD CUP BERTHS SET: In addition to the U.S. U-20 MNT and Cuba earning berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with their wins on Tuesday, two more CONCACAF teams joined the fray on Wednesday. El Salvador topped Panama 3-1 to qualify for its first World Cup at this age group and host Mexico blanked Jamaica 4-0 to move on to the World Cup and into the CONCACAF semifinal stage.

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.)

U.S. U-20 MNT 2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS

  • Goals: 1. Jose Villarreal (3); 2. Luis Gil (2); 3. Daniel Cuevas and Wil Trapp (1)
  • Assists: 1. Mario Rodriguez (2); 2. Daniel Cuevas, Luis Gil and Benji Joya (1)
  • Minutes played: 1. Cody Cropper, Benji Joya, Shane O’Neill and Caleb Stanko (270); 5. Luis Gil (244); 6. Jose Villarreal (236); 7. Boyd Okwuonu and Wil Trapp (225); 9. Mario Rodriguez (221); 10. Daniel Cuevas and Juan Pablo Ocegueda (180)
  • Wins: 1. Cody Cropper (3)

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

1-0 W

Villarreal

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26

Canada

4-2 W

Gil, Villarreal (2), Trapp

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

March 1

Cuba

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer, Univision Deportes

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

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

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group C

Feb. 21

El Salvador vs. Curaçao

2-1 El Salvador

Group D

Feb. 22

USA vs. Costa Rica

1-0 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 22

Canada vs. Nicaragua

5-1 Canada

Group B

Feb. 23

Jamaica vs. Panama

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 23

Mexico vs. El Salvador

3-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 26

USA (GA, 1st) vs. Canada (GB, 2nd)

4-2 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 1

Feb. 26

Cuba (GB, 1st) vs. C. Rica (GA, 2nd)

2-1 Cuba

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 2

Feb. 27

Pan. (GC, 1st) vs. El Sal. (GD, 2nd)

3-1 El Salvador

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 3

Feb. 28

Mexico (GD, 1st) vs. Jam. (GC, 2nd)

4-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 4

March 1

USA (QF 1) vs. Cuba (QF 2)

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 1

March 1

Panama (QF 3) vs. Mexico (QF 4)

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 2

March 3

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

4 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes Dos

3rd Place

March 3

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Galavision

Final

Visit ussoccer.com for the full CONCACAF U-20 Championship group standings and results .

2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINAL WRAP-UP

  • The U.S. overcame a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals in a 17-minute span and defeated Canada 4-2 on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the quarterfinals of the tournament to earn a FIFA U-20 World Cup berth. Jose Villarreal scored twice, Luis Gil added a tally and Wil Trapp scored an unassisted game-winner in first-half stoppage time to earn U.S. Soccer Man of the Match.
  • Cuba’s Aricheell Hernandez scored two goals to lead his country to its first berth to a FIFA U-20 World Cup with Tuesday’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Costa Rica. Hernandez scored in the 13th and 80th minutes and Costa Rica’s lone goal came in the 40th minute.
  • El Salvador overcame an early 1-0 deficit and beat Panama 3-1 on Wednesday to qualify for its first FIFA U-20 World Cup. Jairo Henriquez scored an equalizer in the 55th minute and an insurance tally in second-half stoppage time and Jose Peña notched the game-winner in the 79th minute.
  • Mexico earned its third straight shutout victory of the tournament on Wednesday, and it was the most convincing win thus far with a 4-0 win against Jamaica to advance to the U-20 World Cup and into the semifinals. Armando Zamorano, Marco Bueno, Francisco Flores and Jesus Escoboza each tallied a goal for Mexico.

ROSTER NOTES

  • Jose Villarreal is the leading scorer among this U.S. U-20 group with seven goals in nine U-20 MNT matches. He leads the squad with four goals in 2013 and is coming off a two-goal performance to lead the U.S. to a 4-2 victory against Canada in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday. Villarreal also leads the team with three goals in the CONCACAF tournament.
  • Luis Gil now has four career goals with this age group after scoring a 29th-minute tally against Canada for his second goal of the CONCACAF event.
  • Daniel Cuevas and Mario Rodriguez are tied for third among this age group with three career goals with the U-20s.
  • Cody Cropper and forward Jerome Kiesewetter have been part of the U-20s since 2010. Cropper has now played in 12 international games for the U-20 MNT and Kiesewetter, who was a second-half sub against Haiti, has played in six games.
  • Defender Boyd Okwuonu leads the team with 14 career U-20 appearances, playing in both group matches at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the quarterfinal win against Canada and the team’s two-game set against Panama earlier this year in Puebla.
  • Midfielder Benji Joya has 13 caps, 10 of which came in 2012, to lead the team as it posted a 4-6-0 international record with him on the field.
  • Six players on the U.S. roster are currently with Major League Soccer teams: Gil (Real Salt Lake), Mikey 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.


YELLOW CARD ACCUMULATION

  • U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder Mikey Lopez will be available for selection after serving a suspension for the quarterfinal against Canada. Lopez had picked up a yellow card in each of the group stage games against Haiti and Costa Rica.
  • The following USA players have picked up a yellow card through the first three games of the tournament: Jerome Kiesewetter, Caleb Stanko, Wil Trapp and Jose Villarreal. Kiesewetter and Stanko have departed for their respective club teams and are not on hand for the semifinals and placement matches.
  • Cuba has only picked up one yellow card throughout the tournament with Adrian Arturo Diz Pe sitting on a yellow from the team’s group stage match against Canada.

U.S. U-20 MNT vs. CUBA

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT has faced Cuba four times in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships, posting a 2-0-2 record.
  • The U.S. and Cuba first faced each other in the first round of the fifth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Canada and played to a scoreless draw on Aug. 21, 1974.
  • The two sides met in the first round of the 11th CONCACAF Youth Tournament, again playing to a 0-0 tie on Aug. 19, 1986. Later in the tournament, the U.S. garnered a 1-0 victory on Aug. 29 against Cuba in the final round.
  • The U.S. earned a 2-1 win in the final round of the 12th CONCACAF Youth Tournament on April 22, 1988, in Mazatenango, Guatemala. Ben Crawley and Clint Carnell each chipped in a goal for the U.S.
  • That 1988 qualifying team would go on to take fourth place in the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia – the best U.S. finish ever for the U-20 age group.


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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.


CUBA UPDATE

  • Forward Maykel Reyes scored two second-half goals to lead Cuba to a 2-1 victory against Canada on Feb. 18 to open Group B play at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The win marked Cuba’s first in the CONCACAF final stage since 2002.
  • Reyes, who leads Cuba with three goals in the CONCACAF tournament, scored a 64th-minute goal during the team’s 3-0 victory against Nicaragua on Feb. 20 to win Group B. Adrian Arturo Diz Pe and Daniel Luis Saez also contributed goals for Cuba.
  • Midfielder Aricheell Hernandez scored a brace against Costa Rica to earn the program’s first berth to a FIFA U-20 World Cup, leading Cuba to a 2-1 quarterfinal win on Tuesday. Hernandez scored the game’s first goal in the 13th minute and the game-winner in the 80th minute.


CUBA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Sandy Sanchez, 12-Delvis Lumpuy
DEFENDERS (6): 3-Enmanuel Labrada, 4-Yolexis Collado, 5-Brian Rosales, 6-Yosel Piedra, 15-Adrian Arturo Diz Pe, 18-Abel Martinez
MIDFIELDERS (5): 2-Andy Vaquero, 10-Hector Morales, 13-Lazaro Mezquia, 16-Daniel Luis Saez, 17-Pedro Anderson
FORWARDS (7): 7-Randy Valier, 8-Jordan Santa Cruz, 9-Maykel Reyes, 11-Dairon Perez, 14-Aricheell Hernandez, 19-David Urgelles, 20-Ricardo Suarez
Head coach: Raul Gonzalez

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Feb. 26, 2013 – Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP – Puebla, Mexico – 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Quarterfinals

USA                        4               Luis Gil 29; Jose Villarreal 40, 54; Wil Trapp 45+1
CAN                        2               Dylan Carreiro 23; Samuel Piette 64

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 5-Shane O’Neill, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Benji Joya, 6-Wil Trapp; 9-Mario Rodriguez (19-Brandon Allen, 90+2), 10-Luis Gil (17-Danny Garcia, 77), 20-Daniel Cuevas; 7-Jose Villarreal (16-Dillon Serna, 84)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Jerome Kiesewetter, 12-Kendall McIntosh, 14-Javan Torre, 18-Eric Miller, 22-Zack Steffen
Not available: 15-Mikey Lopez
Head coach: Tab Ramos

CAN: 18-Maxime Crépeau; 2-Jon Dollery, 3-Marco Lapenna, 4-Doneil Henry (capt.) (15-Manjrekar James, 33), 5-Daniel Stanese, 6-Samuel Piette, 7-Ben Fisk, 9-Caleb Clarke, 12-Dylan Carreiro, 13-Alessandro Riggi (10-Kevin Aleman, 46), 16-Mauro Eustaquio (22-Stefan Vukovic, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Richard Gomes, 8-Zakaria Messoudi, 11-Michael Petrasso, 17-Anthony Jackson-Hamel, 21-Ben McKendry, 23-Allan Zebie
Head coach: Nick Dasovic

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