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U.S. U-20 MNT Ready to Face Trinidad & Tobago in 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Semifinal

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
Macoya, Trinidad
Thursday, March 12, 2009

U.S. U-20 MNT SEEKS A PLACE IN THE U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a berth to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and will now move on to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship semifinals. The U.S. took the top place in Group A by earning seven points with two wins and a draw and will face host Trinidad & Tobago in a semifinal match on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. local/ET. Fans can follow that game from what will likely be a raucous atmosphere at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad, live on’s MatchTracker. U.S. U-20 CONCACAF Championship Hompeage

U.S. U-20 MNT CONCACAF Championship
Date Opponent Time/Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
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 2-0 W Shea, Taylor Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 13 Trinidad & Tobago 8 p.m. local/ET   Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad
March 15 Final/Third Place TBD   Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 2 0 1 5 0 +5 7
HON 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4 4
JAM 3 1 2 0 2 8 -6 3
SLV 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 1

Group A Results
March 6
Honduras 2, El Salvador 2
Jamaica 0, USA 3

March 8
El Salvador 1, Jamaica 2
USA 0, Honduras 0

March 10
Jamaica 0, Honduras 4
USA 2, El Salvador 0

SETTING RECORDS: The U.S. will head to its record seventh-consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup and CONCACAF-record 12th overall. Thomas Rongen has been at the helm for three of those trips, in 2003, 2005 and now 2009. The U.S. has qualified for each of the last seven world championships on the Men’s side.

CARDS CARRY OVER: Yellow card accumulations and red card suspensions carry over from the group games, meaning that the U.S. will be without midfielder Brek Shea and defender Jorge Flores for receiving red cards against El Salvador. Thomas Rongen will have midfielder Billy Schuler and defender Anthony Wallace back from their suspensions served during the final group game against El Salvador.

USING THE DEPTH: Head coach Thomas Rongen used all 17 field players on his roster during the group stage with Sam Garza, Aaron Maund and Tony Taylor all making their first appearances of the tournament against El Salvador. Five different players have scored the USA’s five goals so far including two players, Dilly Duka and Taylor, who scored in their first-ever international caps.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster by Position (Detailed Roster)
2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Feb. 24-March 15

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.)

GROUP B COMES TO AN END: Group B of the CONCACAF Championship rounded out play on Wednesday evening, with Costa Rica picking up the top spot and sending the hosts through before their game even started. Costa Rica’s 2-1 win eliminated Canada and simultaneously assured Trinidad & Tobago second place in the group. Mexico finished in last place in the group, leaving the United States as the only representative of the northern zone that will be heading to Egypt.

Group B Schedule
March 7
Mexico 0, Costa Rica 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1, Canada 0

March 9
Canada 2, Mexico 0
Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0

March 11
Costa Rica 2, Canada 1
Trinidad & Tobago 2, Mexico 2

TAKING A LOOK AT T&T: Trinidad & Tobago has now qualified for their second-ever FIFA U-20 World Cup and their first since 1991 when they became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the event. Their best ever finish in CONCACAF came in qualifying that year, when they finished second in the region. This time around, the Soca Warriors opened Group B with a 1-0 win against Canada and followed that up with a key draw with Costa Rica. Playing the second game on the final Group B match day, Trinidad & Tobago was assured of advancing to Egypt before their game even began due to Costa Rica’s win against Canada. Against Mexico, T&T rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to finish group play with a 2-2 draw.

Trinidad & Tobago Under-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Glenroy Samuel (United Petrotrin), 21-Andre Marchan (W Connection FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Aubrey David (unattached), 3-Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), 4-Sheldon Bateau (San Juan Jabloteh), 5-Akheem Adams (W Connection FC), 12-Robert Primus (San Juan Jabloteh), 13-Marvin Manswell (W Connection FC), 15-Uriah Bentick (Caledonia AIA), 17-Nicholas Walker (St. Anns Rangers), 18-Daniel Cyrus (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Leston Paul (Cic College), 8-Sean De Silva (College of Charleston), 9-Juma Clarence (United Petrotrin), 10-Daniel Joseph (San Juan Jabloteh), 14-Jean Luc Rochford (Joe Public FC), 16-Marcus Joseph (United Petrotrin),
FORWARDS (3): 7-Kevin Molino (San Juan Jabloteh), 11-Trent Lougheed (United Petrotrin), 19-Qian Grosvenor (St. Anthony’s College)

A STORIED PAST: The U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago have met 12 times in CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying, with the Americans holding an 8-3-1 advantage over the Soca Warriors. The two teams last battled in the final round in 2005 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the U.S. earning a 6-1 win. Eddie Gaven was the catalyst for the rout, finding the back of the net three times, while a Freddy Adu penalty kick, a Will John tap-in and an errant header by a T&T defender into his own net added to the scoreline. The U.S. won all three games in Carson to advance to the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates while T&T finished at the bottom of the group with three losses.

EVERYONE SET FOR EGYPT: The United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago are the final four countries that will participate in the 24-team 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup 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 qualified. The 2008 U-19 European Championship served as the qualifying tournament that saw the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain advance from Europe. Oceania sends Tahiti to their first ever world championship, while Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela will represent South America.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Teams
AFC: Australia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan
CAF: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa
CONCACAF: USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago
CONMEBOL: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela
OFC: Tahiti
UEFA: Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain
Host: Egypt

NOW ON THE OTHER ISLAND: The U.S. U-20s made the move to Trinidad after playing their first three games on the island of Tobago. The “cross-country” trek involved a 20-minute flight a 30-minute drive to Port of Spain from the airport. The team has seen the beautiful beach resorts from the first island and will now scope out one of the biggest cities on the other island.

CATCHING UP WITH JEFFREY: After wearing the captain’s armband for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Jared Jeffrey made the move overseas, signing with Club Brugge in Belgium. Now, as one of only three European-based players on the U.S. U-20 MNT that just qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Jeffrey is also one of the youngest. He spoke with about his role as one of the younger guys, life in Belgium and breaking away from superstitions.

YNT BLOG STILL GOING STRONG: The U.S. U-20s have already clinched their place in Egypt, but there is still work to be done as they are on a mission to claim the country’s first-ever CONCACAF U-20 crown. Join them on their final days in T&T and stay up to date on what’s going on at the team hotel, at the training field and before and after the match by clicking here.