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U-20 MNT Draws Group A for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The draw took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place Jan. 9-24 in Kingston and Montego Bay.

In the group stage, the USA opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21).

The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“It was a difficult draw for many of the teams, including Group A because we will be one of the teams that has to travel from Kingston to Montego Bay during the tournament,” U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said. “I think getting drawn with Jamaica and Panama in particular, those will be some difficult opponents. At the end of the day, if you want to advance to the World Cup, you need to beat good teams, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

  • Group A: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA, Guatemala
  • Group B: Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador

USA’s Group A Schedule:

  • Friday, Jan. 9: Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Panama, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Aruba, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Jamaica, 9 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET

Tab Ramos

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams.

Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In preparation for qualifying, the U.S. U-20 MNT is headed to Marbella, Spain, from Nov. 10-19 for three international matches. The USA will face Russia’s U-20 national team on Nov. 12, the Republic of Ireland’s U-21 national team on Nov. 15 and Canada’s U-20s on Nov. 18. The U-20 MNT roster for the Spain trip will be announced in the coming days.

“As we get into Spain, that will be a great opportunity to see some of our European-based players, so I’m excited about finally getting that camp in Europe,” Ramos said. “Come December, when we are putting things together, I believe we will have a group that will help us qualify for the World Cup. It is a deep group, so we will definitely have some difficult decisions to make.”

The U.S. finished runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. That group qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the team was drawn a difficult Group A that included France, Spain and Ghana. Though the USA did not advance out of the group, it did play eventual champion France to a 1-1 draw.

The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Draw

U-20 Midfield Depth Stands Out at Argentina Camp

A few months out from the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos and his staff are defining the group that will represent the USA in Jamaica this January. The USA’s recent Argentina trip showed the depth of the U-20 midfield pool with the likes of Joel Soñora, Romain Gall, Junior Flores, Russell Canouse and Luis Felipe among this corps.

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

U.S. U-20 MNT Earns 1-1 Draw Against Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played Argentina to a 1-1 draw to cap off its international trip. Zach Pfeffer scored the lone USA goal in the 61st minute.

Following a scoreless first half, Argentina took a 1-0 lead with a 48th-minute goal from Giovanni Simeone. The U.S. responded 13 minutes later when Gboly Ariyibi dribbled down the right side, crossed to Romain Gall whose shot was saved by Argentina second-half goalkeeper Gaston Gomez. Pfeffer was there for the rebound to tie the score at 1-1.

Argentina out-shot the USA 10-7 and both teams had two shots on goal.

The USA wrapped up its trip with a 2-0-1 record, having posting a 2-0 win against Racing Club Reserves on Sept. 4 and a 3-2 victory against Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Sept. 6.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Argentina U-20 MNT
Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: AFA; Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: Overcast and windy, 60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 1 1
ARG                          0 1 1

ARG – Giovanni Simeone (Juan Kaprof)   48th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer                                     61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-John Requejo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (18-Conor Donovan, 46), 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Shaq Moore; 6-Russell Canouse, 8-Joel Soñora (16-Luis Felipe, 59), 10-Junior Flores; 11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 9-Romain Gall (13-Gboly Ariyibi, 71), 7-Paul Arriola
Subs Not Used: 17-Chase Gasper, 19-Fernando Arce, 22-Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

ARG: 1-Augusto Batalla (12-Gaston Gomez, 56); 11-Nicolas Tripichio, 15-Rodrgio Moreira, 10-Emanuel Mammana , 9-Pablo Carreras; 16-German Ferreyra, 5-Juan Kaprof, 6-Leondardo Suarez; 2-Ivan Leszczuk, 14-Giovanni Simeone, 7-Manas Tripichio
Head Coach: Humberto Grondona

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Rodrigo Moreira (caution)   30th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer (caution)          63

Jamieson, Arriola Rally U-20s Past Defensa y Justicia Reserves

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 6, 2014) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Defensa y Justicia Reserves 3-2, rallying from a two-goal deficit. It was the USA’s second straight win during its Argentina camp after beating Racing Clubs Reserves 2-0 on Sept. 4.

Bradford Jamieson IV scored two goals and Paul Arriola added a tally to lead the way for the U-20s. The game featured two 35-minute halves.

Defensa y Justicia opened up a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes, but the USA responded with a Jamieson goal in the 17th minute. Conor Donovan recovered the ball in the midfield and played the ball to the left side where Jamieson attacked toward the top of the box and fired to the right corner of the frame.

Arriola tallied the equalizer in the 35th minute, with Gboly Ayribi assisting. Jamieson notched the game’s final score on a good build-up that included a Zach Pfeffer cross to Romain Gall, who tapped the ball to Jamieson to set up the winner.

The USA wraps up its Argentina camp with a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Defensa y Justicia Reserves
Date: Sept. 6, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Defensa y Justicia Academy; Florencia Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 50
Weather: Sunny and windy, 66 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 1 3
DyJ                          2 0 2

Goals:
Defensa y Justicia                                              6th minute
Defensa y Justicia                                             15
USA – Bradford Jamieson (Conor Donovan)   17
USA – Paul Arriola (Gboly Ariyibi)                  35
USA – Bradford Jamieson (Romain Gall)         57

*Game was 2x35 minutes

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 3-Chase Gasper (14-John Requejo Jr., 36), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown, 4-Conor Donovan (18-Matt Miazga, 36), 2-Luis Martir (13-Shaq Moore, 36); 6-Russell Canouse (15-Joel Sonora, 36), 8-Luis Felipe, 11-Junor Flores (20-Zach Pfeffer, 52); 10-Bradford Jamieson, 9-Paul Arriola (16-Romain Gall, 36), 7-Gboly Ariyibi.
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 17-Fernando Arce
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

Stats Summary: USA / DyJ
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 0
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 4 / 3

Two First-Half Goals Propel U-20s to Win Against Racing Club Reserves

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 4, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Racing Club Reserves 2-0.

Zach Pfeffer and Romain Gall each tallied a goal in the first half and the defense maintained the clean sheet the rest of the way. Goalkeeper Santiago Castaño needed to make only one save for the shutout.

Pfeffer drew a penalty in the opening minutes with a low cross that hit a Racing defender’s hand. Pfeffer converted the subsequent penalty kick for a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

In the 27th minute, Paul Arriola intercepted the ball in the center circle and slotted the ball ahead to Gall. Gall, on the quick break, shouldered his way past the Racing defense and hit a hard, low shot that found the left corner of the frame for a 2-0 lead.

The USA is in the midst of a 10-day training camp in Buenos Aires. Next up for U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos’ side is a game against the Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Saturday, Sept. 6, followed by a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Racing FC Reserves
Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Racing FC Academy; Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 100
Weather: Cloudy and windy, 62 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 0 2
RFC                         0 0 0

USA – Zach Pfeffer (penalty)             11th minute
USA – Romain Gall (Paul Arriola)      27

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-John Requejo Jr. (18-Chase Gasper, 46), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (19-Conor Donovan, 62), 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Shaquell Moore (16-Luis Martir, 46); 6-Russell Canouse, 8-Fernando Arce (14-Junior Flores, 46), 10-Joel Soñora (15-Luis Felipe, 67); 11-Zach Pfeffer, 9-Romain Gall, 7-Paul Arriola (13-Bradford Jamieson, 46)
Subs Not Used: 22-Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

Stats Summary: USA / RFC
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1

Romain Gall, Luis Martir Join U-20s in Argentina

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has brought in Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir for the USA’s international camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner, who were originally to join the U-20s, have stayed with their club teams. Thompson is staying with his MLS side purely for club duties, while Turner is unavailable because of a quad injury.

In addition to the roster changes, the U-20 MNT has scheduled two more matches in its itinerary. On Thursday, Sept. 4, the USA will face Racing Club Reserves, and on Saturday, Sept. 6, the U.S. takes on the Defensa y Justicia Reserves.

The USA caps off its 10-day trip to Buenos Aires with a Sept. 9 game against Argentina’s U-20s.

Gall rejoins the U-20s after playing in all three games during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in mid-July. Martir earns his first call-up with the U-20s.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Luis Martir (Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (3): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster Named for September Camp in Argentina

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 19-player roster for a Sept. 1-10 international training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The highlighted game of the trip will include a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The U-20 MNT also could play potentially two matches against two first division reserve teams. Details will be announced in the future.

This marks the fifth camp or tournament of the year for this age group and the squad’s first international trip in 2014. The U-20s had domestic camps in January and May, took second place at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April and most recently competed at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July in Carson, California.

Nine players among this current roster saw the pitch during the U-20 MNT’s first international competition of the year at the NTC Invitational. The tournament was capped off by a scoreless draw against Australia on July 18 in front of a boisterous fan base that featured the American Outlaws in attendance at StubHub Center. The USA went 2-0-1 in the tournament, with Zach Pfeffer contributing the most offensively with two goals and an assist in only 107 minutes of play.

Six players are on Major League Soccer squads, including New York Red Bulls teammates Santiago Castaño and Matthew Miazga, the LA Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV, Pfeffer from the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown.

Seventeen players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The trip will be a short trek for midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. The Argentine-American made his YNT debut with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in 2012 and scored a goal in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Canouse Taking Lead with U.S. U-20 MNT, Hoffenheim

As a captain for Hoffenheim's U-19s during their run to an A-Junioren Bundesliga title, midfielder Russell Canouse figures to be a key component for the U.S. U-20s as Tab Ramos prepares the USA for 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualifying in January.

CONCACAF Announces Jamaica as Host of U-20 Championships in January

MIAMI (July 23, 2014) – CONCACAF has announced that Jamaica will host the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Championships in January of 2015, a tournament that will yield four qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The National Stadium in Kingston as well as the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay will host group matches as the tournament switches to a new format. The final round will also be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The new format will feature 12 teams divided into groups of six that will play a round-robin format kicking off on January 9, with the top finisher in each group receiving an automatic bid to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and a spot in the championship match on January 24.

The second and third-place finishers in each of the two groups will then be re-seeded into a four-team table. The top seed will play the fourth seed and the second and third seeds will face off on January 24. The winners of each of those matches will also qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

In total, the tournament will have a record 33 matches over 11 match days with a triple-header on each match day. The new tournament structure is to enhance competition for the championship and increase development with more matches.

Of the 12 teams, five will come from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. Mexico is the two-time defending U-20 CONCACAF champion, winning the title in Mexico in 2013 and in Guatemala in 2011.

CONCACAF U-20 Championships Jamaica 2015
 
Dates: January 9 – January 24, 2015
 
Location: Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica
 
Stadiums: National Stadium (Kingston) and Montego Bay Sports Complex
 
Participating Teams: 12
               
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
 
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup: 4
 
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. The second- and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 21, 2012 U-20 MNT vs Denmark Under-20 Men 0-1 L Scroggy Road; Limavady, Northern Ireland 400 --
July 23, 2012 U-20 MNT vs Turkey Under-20 Men 1-0 W Ballymena Showgrounds; Northern Ireland 600 Pineda
July 26, 2012 U-20 MNT vs Chile Under-20 Men 3-4 L Riada Stadium; Ballymena, Northern Ireland 200 Zimmerman, Joya, Pineda
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