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U.S. Under-20 MNT Ready For Costa Rica in Qualifying

U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
Carson, Calif.
Jan. 16, 2005

: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team qualified for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland this summer with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Friday night in their second match of the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. [Post-Match Quote Sheet] The U.S. will have the chance to win the group with a victory or tie over Costa Rica this afternoon, which would be the first time ever the U.S. Under-20s have finished in sole possession of first place in CONCACAF qualifying. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. PT and fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match is also being broadcast live on Pay-Per-View on the Dish Network at a price of $19.95 for each match. For more information, log on to
: With six points in Group A, the U.S. sits in first place and has already earned a berth to Holland as they are guaranteed to finish either first or second in the group no matter what happens against Costa Rica. Who will join the U.S., winning the CONCACAF Group A’s second spot in the world championship, is still up for grabs between Costa Rica and Panama. Costa Rica currently sits in second with four points, followed by Panama with one and Trinidad & Tobago, who has been eliminated with zero points after two games. Costa Rica controls their own destiny, while Panama will need some help and a handful of goals to see tulips in June. Costa Rica advances with a win or a tie over the U.S., or with a loss or tie by Panama. Panama can only leapfrog Costa Rica and finish in second place if they finish with a better goal differential than Costa Rica. Panama can accomplish this by either beating T&T by three or more goals and Costa Rica loses, or if they beat T&T and Costa Rica loses by three or more goals. If they end up with the same goal differential, the next tiebreaker is goals scored. If they are still tied the second place finisher will be decided by drawing of lots.
2005 Final Round CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament
Group A Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA    2   2  0  0  8     1   +7    6
CRC    2   1  0  1  3     2    +1    4
PAN    2   0  1  1  1     3    -2    1
TRI      2   0  2  0  2     8    -6    0

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Costa Rica 1, Panama 1
USA 6, Trinidad & Tobago 1

Friday, Jan. 14

Costa Rica 2, Trinidad & Tobago 1
USA 2, Panama 0

Sunday, Jan. 16                               Kickoff (PT)

Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago       12 p.m.
USA vs. Costa Rica                        2:30 p.m. |

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: You saw behind-the-scenes with the full Men's National Team as they went through the semifinal round of qualifying. Now, get the chance to do the same with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team as they compete in the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament. See the Under-20s at practice, in their hotel and at The Home Depot Center as they get set for their games during qualifying. Click here to see the latest installment of all_access video.

HOW COSTA RICA GOT TO CARSON: Costa Rica reached the final round of the 2005 U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament by finishing in first place during the Central American Zone Qualifying in San Jose, Costa Rica, which was held from Oct. 16-24. Costa Rica defeated Nicaragua 2-0, El Salvador 1-0 and Guatemala 5-1 to solidify advancement to the final round before drawing 1-1 in their final game against Panama. Costa Rica finished tied with Panama with seven points, but finished first with a better goal differential (+7 to +5).
U-20 Central American Zone Qualifying
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
San Jose, Costa Rica

Team              GP    W    L    T     GF     GA     GD   Pts
Costa Rica       4       3     0    1       9         2       +7     10
Panama            4       3     0    1       6         1       +5     10
El Salvador       4       2     2    0       9         6       +3     6
Guatemala        4       1     3    0       6         13      -7     3
Nicaragua        4       0     4    0       3         11      -8     0

Date             Matchup                                Time/Result
Oct. 16        Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua        2-0
Oct. 16        Guatemala vs. El Salvador       2-5
Oct. 18        Panama vs. Guatemala             1-0
Oct. 18        Costa Rica vs. El Salvador      1-0
Oct. 20        El Salvador vs. Panama           0-2   
Oct. 20        Nicaragua vs. Guatemala         2-3
Oct. 22        Costa Rica vs. Guatemala        5-1
Oct. 22        Panama vs. Nicaragua             2-0
Oct. 24        El Salvador vs. Nicaragua       4-1
Oct. 24        Costa Rica vs. Panama            1-1

The U.S. and Costa Rica have met eight times in U-20 CONCACAF qualifying, with an even 2-2-4 record. The U.S. has scored one more goal (7) than it has allowed (6) in those eight games. The first two games against Costa Rica were 0-0 draws (1982 and 1984). Costa Rica then won the next two games, which occurred in the same qualifying tournament in 1988 as they met in the first round, which Costa Rica won 1-0 and in the final round, which they also won 3-1. The following qualifying tournament in 1990, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica for the first time with a 2-0 victory in their opening match of the first round. Two years later in 1992, the U.S. again defeated Costa Rica 2-0 as they won their first round group. The most recent two meetings have been 1-1 draws as the teams met in 1998 and 2001. 

  • Costa Rica has qualified for five FIFA World Youth Championships, which is the most by any Central American nation.
  • The U.S. also met Costa Rica in their final match of their final round qualifying group in 2001, drawing 1-1 in Tunapuna, Trinidad. Kyle Martino had the lone U.S. goal. 
  • With their victory over Panama on Friday, the U.S. increased its international record to 8-4-4 since 2004. 
  • The U.S. has beaten every CONCACAF team it has faced since 2004, going 8-0-0. The U.S. has beaten Jamaica (twice), Canada (twice), Honduras, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. 
  • U.S. head coach Sigi Schmid’s international record is now 6-0-0 since taking over the reigns in late October of 2004. Under the former L.A. Galaxy manager, the U.S. has beaten Canada (1-0 and 1-0), Honduras (2-0), Mexico (2-0), Trinidad & Tobago (6-1), and Panama (2-0).  
  • The six goals scored in their opening match against Trinidad & Tobago was the second most ever by a U.S. squad in qualifying, tying a 6-1 score that was also against T&T on Aug. 9, 1998. Interestingly, Schmid was also the head coach of that ’98 team, giving him two wins against T&T in qualifying with 12 goals for and only two against. 
  • The most goals ever scored by a U.S. U-20 team in qualifying was against the Dominican Republic, a 9-0 thrashing on Sept. 26, 1976.
  • Eddie Gaven’s hat trick against T&T was only the second registered by a U.S. U-20 player in qualifying. The other was by Ricky Davis against the Dominican Republic in 1976.
  • With their win against T&T on Wednesday, Costa Rica increased its unbeaten streak to eight games in qualifying.
  • Four UCLA players have started both the Trinidad & Tobago and Panama matches for the USA. Marvell Wynne and Patrick Ianni were defensive starters, while Benny Feilhaber started at right midfield and Chad Barrett started as a forward. 
  • With his penalty kick against Panama, Freddy Adu now has four goals in the past five international games he’s played. The other three goals were also from the penalty spot.
  • While being the youngest player on the roster at 15 years of age, Freddy Adu is the only player that played in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, playing in four games, starting three.