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U-20 MNT Kicks off 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Against Haiti


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti – 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP; Puebla, Mexico
Feb. 18, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT KICKS OFF 2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST HAITI: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team begins its quest to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Monday. The team faces Haiti to open the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla, Mexico. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U-20 MNT Head Coach TAB RAMOS:
On the team’s readiness for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship:
“I believe we’re as ready as we can be. We’ve had eight camps already [this past year] and in this particular group we have guys who have all been here [in Mexico] before, We have players who are prepared and we’ve had a couple of great weeks of training. We are training in great facilities, playing in an excellent stadium, the temperature should be OK, so there are really no excuses for us but to do the best we can and try to get to this first game.”

On the leadership needed to advance through qualifying:
“It is very important for us that the guys who have been associated with this particular age group – guys like Luis Gil, Jose Villarreal, Mario Rodriguez, Caleb Stanko who’s a leader on the team and Cody Cropper who has been here before - are really up to task when game time comes and that they’re the ones who lead the way for us to get to the next round.”

On Haiti:
“They’re a very technical team. They move a lot without the ball and they’re very honest workers on the ball and without it. I truly believe that Haiti’s going to be able to compete well. I think that they would have the same goals we have, which is to get out of this group. The start of the tournament is a very tough matchup for us. And the key is going to be in us trying to keep the ball away from their two central midfielders. They keep the ball well and they distribute for the whole team. If we can win our matchup in the middle of the field, we’re going to be in good shape.”

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 (C.D. 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 (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) 7-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

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

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 22

Costa Rica

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico


2013 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Matchup

Result/Time (ET)

TV

Stage

Feb. 18

Haiti vs. USA

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Group A

Feb. 18

Cuba vs. Canada

9 p.m.

Group B

Feb. 19

Puerto Rico vs. Jamaica

6:30 p.m.

Group C

Feb. 19

Mexico vs. Curaçao

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Group D

Feb. 20

Costa Rica vs. Haiti

6:30 p.m.

Group A

Feb. 20

Nicaragua vs. Cuba

9 p.m.

Group B

Feb. 21

Panama vs. Puerto Rico

6:30 p.m.

Group C

Feb. 21

El Salvador vs. Curaçao

9 p.m.

Group D

Feb. 22

USA vs. Costa Rica

6:30 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Group A

Feb. 22

Canada vs. Nicaragua

9 p.m.

Group B

Feb. 23

Jamaica vs. Mexico

4:30 p.m.

Group D

Feb. 23

Mexico vs. El Salvador

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Group D

Feb. 26

Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-up

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 1

Feb. 26

Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-up

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 2

Feb. 27

Group C Winner vs. Group D Runner-up

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 3

Feb. 28

Group D Winner vs. Group C Runner-up

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Quarterfinal 4

March 1

QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 Winner

6 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Semifinal 1

March 1

QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 Winner

9 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Semifinal 2

March 3

SF 1 Loser vs. SF 2 Loser

4 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Third Place

March 3

SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Final

2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group Pairings:
Group A: Costa Rica, Haiti, USA
Group B: Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua
Group C: Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico
Group D: Curaçao, El Salvador, Mexico


ROSTER NOTES

  • Jose Villarreal is the leading goal scorer among this group with four tallies in six U-20 MNT matches heading into the tournament, including a recent penalty kick goal during the USA’s Jan. 21 match against Panama.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper and forward Jerome Kiesewetter have been tied to the U-20s since 2010. Cropper enters the tournament with nine international appearances for the U-20 MNT.
  • Midfielder Mikey Lopez and defender Boyd Okwuonu lead the team with 11 games apiece heading into the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, with both players appearing twice earlier this year for the team’s two-game set against Panama in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Midfielder Benji Joya had 10 caps in 2012 to lead the team, which posted a 4-6-0 international record last year.
  • This year marks the 24th occasion in which the U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA is looking to qualify for its 13th FIFA U-20 World Cup.


U.S. U-20 MNT vs. HAITI

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT has faced Haiti twice in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships, posting a 2-0-0 record.
  • The U.S. U-20s last played Haiti in the opener of the 21st CONCACAF Youth Championship, recording a 4-1 victory on Jan. 17, 2007, in Panama City, Panama. Andre Akpan tallied a hat trick and Anthony Wallace contributed a goal and assisted Akpan’s first goal in the 26th minute. The USA went 2-0-1 in the CONCACAF tournament and qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada and took seventh place.
  • The U.S. U-20 MNT also defeated Haiti in the opener of the 19th CONCACAF Youth Championship. The USA earned a 2-0 victory on Nov. 13, 2002, in Group B play in Charleston, S.C. Eddie Johnson and Santino Quaranta each had a goal. The USA was 2-1-0 in the tournament.


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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.


HAITI UPDATE

  • Haiti was one of five teams to advance to the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship through the Caribbean U-20 Finals in November of 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Haiti won Group A with a 2-0-1 record, posting a 2-1 win against Curaçao on Nov. 5, a 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 7 and a 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico on Nov. 9.
  • Chery Johnley had the lone goal in the draw against Puerto Rico and scored the team’s first tally against Curaçao.
  • Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Cuba advanced through the Caribbean stage and Curaçao received the fifth spot over Antigua & Barbuda by virtue of a coin toss.
  • Haiti forward Jhon Estama and midfielder Evens Saint-Jean are members of the New York Red Bulls U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 team.

HAITI ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2) : 1-Marc Donald Mervil, 12-Ronald Elusma
DEFENDERS (4): 2-Jude Saint-Louis, 3-Ismael Voltaire, 4-Charles Alexandre, 17-Jean Dany Maurice
MIDFIELDERS (10): 5-Ylosier Givemilord, 6-Renald Metellus, 8-Evens Saint-Jean, 10- Amicy Esso Faudelyn, 11-Alfred Sonthonax, 14-Luckner Horat Jr., 15-Wilberne Augusmat, 16-Paulson Pierre, 18-Eltinor Saturne, 19-Spencer Desir
FORWARDS (4): 7-Dumy Fede, 9-Chery Johnley, 13-Duckens Nazon, 20-Jhon Estama

Head coach: Manuel Navarro


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Jan. 21, 2013 – La Noria FC – Puebla, Mexico – International Friendly

USA 1 Jose Villarreal, 66
PAN 2 63, 79 (names not available)

Lineups:
USA : Kendall McIntosh (Jon Kempin, 46); Oscar Sorto, Shane O’Neill, Javan Torre, Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Boyd Okwuonu, 46); Wil Trapp, Daniel Garcia (Mikey Lopez, 26), Luis Gil; Jose Villarreal, Brandon Allen (Jonathan Top, 69), Daniel Cuevas.

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