U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship
IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Nov. 1-21, 2018
Having secured its a spot at the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a 4-0 win over Costa Rica last Friday, the USA now sets its sights at returning to the Concacaf U-20 Championship title game when they face Honduras Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The contest is a rematch of the 2017 Concacaf U-20 Championship final, in which the USA defeated Honduras on penalty kicks to win its first-ever regional title. The USA needs a draw or win Monday night to return to the 2018 title game, while Honduras is looking to secure the final Concacaf berth at the U-20 World Cup, which they would obtain with a win, draw, or loss by three goals or less.
Mexico and Panama have also qualified for the World Cup, and on Monday they’ll meet at 5:30 p.m, also at IMG Academy, to determine who advances to the Concacaf final from Group H.
The matches can be watched live on Univision Deportes Network and the Concacaf GO App. Fans can also follow the USA’s game via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, twitter (ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (ussoccer_ynt) accounts.
A Concacaf record 34 nations competed in the Group Stage of the tournament from Nov. 1-10, with the winners of the six groups after round robin play advancing to the Qualification Stage.
As determined at the tournament draw in September, the USA, winner of Group A, is matched with the winners of Group C (Honduras) and E (Costa Rica) in the Qualification Stage, forming Group G.
- Tues., Nov. 13: Honduras 1-1 Costa Rica
- Friday, Nov. 16: USA 4-0 Costa Rica
- Monday, Nov. 19: USA vs Honduras (8:00 p.m.)
Group H consists of Mexico (winner, Group B), Panama (winner, Group D), and El Salvador (winner, Group F).
- Tues., Nov. 13: Panama 1-0 El Salvador
- Friday, Nov. 16: El Salvador 0-1 Mexico
- Monday, Nov. 19: Mexico vs Panama (5:30 p.m.)
After the triangular round robin, the top two from each group will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the group winners will meet in the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship final on Nov. 21.
HOW WE GOT HERE:
Nov. 1: USA 7-1 Puerto Rico (Goals: Ayo Akinola (2), Alex Mendez, Paxton Pomykal, Justin Rennicks, Ulysses Llanez, own goal)
Nov. 3: USA 13-0 U.S. Virgin Islands (Llanez (3), Rennicks (2), Mark McKenzie (2), Anthony Fontana, Griffin Dorsey, Akinola, Pomykal, Mendez, Manny Perez)
Nov. 5: USA 6-1 Trinidad and Tobago (Brandon Servania, Pomykal, Mendez, Llanez, Juan Pablo Torres, own goal)
Nov. 7: USA 6-0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Fontana (3), Torres, Llanez, Servania)
Nov. 9: USA 7-0 Suriname (Akinola (2), Mendez (2), McKenzie, Torres, Rennicks)
- Nineteen of the 20 players on the U.S. roster for the Group Stage started at least two matches, with only goalkeeper David Ochoa starting one.
- Paxton Pomykal and Justin Rennicks were the only two players to play in all five matches.
- The USA led all teams with 39 goals scored in the group stage, followed by Mexico (31) and Honduras (30).
- The 37 goal differential was also highest, with Mexico (29) and Honduras (25) next.
- Eleven different USA players scored goals in the group stage, with 9 scoring two or more.
- Goalscorers: Llanez (6), Akinola (5), Mendez (5), Fontana (4), Rennicks (4), McKenzie (3), Pomykal (3), Torres (3), Servania (2), Griffin (1), Perez (1), own goals (2).
- Thirteen players contributed assisted, led by Rennicks (6), Llanez (4), Mendez (3) and Griffin (3).
- With five wins, the USA is unbeaten in its last 10 Concacaf U-20 Championship matches dating back to the opener of 2017.
- U.S. head coach Tab Ramos is to 17-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play.
- The USA are defending champs, capturing its first Concacaf U-20 Championship in March 2017, defeating Honduras in penalty kicks in the final in Costa Rica.
- Prior to last year, the USA’s best finish was second place, accomplished six times (most recently in 2013).
- The USA is tied with Mexico for most appearances by a Concacaf nation at the U-20 World Cup with 15 each (out of 21 total), and the U.S. has qualified for 10 of the last 11 tournaments.
Per tournament rules, teams were permitted to make up to six changes to its roster after the group stage. The USA made three adjustments, bringing in defenders Sergiño Dest and Chris Richards as well as forward Sebastian Soto to replace Isaac Angking, Griffin Dorsey and Anthony Fontana.
Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and Panama each made one roster move ahead of the Qualification Stage. FINAL ROSTERS
USA 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Qualification Stage (ROSTER NOTES):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.), 1-Brady Scott (FC Koln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): 22-Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), 3-Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.), 2-Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), 4-Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), 14-Manny Perez (N.C. State; Garner, N.C.), 5-Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), 26-Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.), 19-Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 20-Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), 16-Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), 8-Alex Mendez (SC Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.), 10-Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Tex.), 6-Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), 7-Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen/BEL; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (4): 17-Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.), 11-Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.), 9-Justin Rennicks (Indiana Univ.; Hamilton, Mass.), 23-Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.)
Prior to the start of the tournament, the USA made one change from the initial roster. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa replaced CJ Dos Santos, who was recalled by his club, Benfica.
COSTA RICA NOTES:
- Costa Rica won Group E with 12 points off wins over Bermuda (5-0), Barbados (2-0), Haiti (1-0), and Saint Lucia (6-0).
- Costa Rica is the only team to not concede a goal during the group stage.
- Top goal scorers: Luis Ronaldo Araya (3 goals) and Carlos Villegas (2 goals). Nine players scored one goal.
- Costa Rica has won the Concacaf U-20 Championship twice: 1988 and 2009
- Costa Rica has qualified for nine FIFA U-20 World Cups, last qualifying in 2017 along with the USA, Mexico and Honduras.
- Costa Rica came from behind to tie 10-man Honduras 1-1 in the first game of the Qualification Stage on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on a goal by Andres Gomez.
- The USA and Costa Rica have met 11 times in this tournament, entering Friday’s match with a record of 4-3-4 against the Ticos:
- Aug. 29, 1982: USA 0-0 Costa Rica
- Aug. 31, 1984: USA 0-0 Costa Rica
- April 9, 1988: USA 0-1 Costa Rica
- April 20, 1988: USA 1-3 Costa Rica
- April 29, 1990: USA 2-0 Costa Rica
- May 7, 1992: USA 2-0 Cost Rica
- Aug. 5, 1998: USA 1-1 Costa Rica
- March 20, 2001: USA 1-1 Costa Rica
- Jan. 16, 2005: USA 2-0 Costa Rica
- March 15, 2009 (Final): USA 0-3 Costa Rica
- Feb. 13, 2013: USA 1-0 Costa Rica
- Honduras won Group C with 15 points off wins over: Dominican Republic (7-1), Sint Maarten (12-0), Cuba (3-1), Belize (4-0) and Antigua & Barbuda (4-3).
- The 30 goals were good for third behind the USA and Mexico in group play.
- Top goal scorers: Josue Villafranca (6 goals), Luis Palma (5 goals) and Carlos Mejia (5 goals).
- On Tuesday, Honduras held on to tie Costa Rica 1-1 in each side’s Qualification Stage opener. Villafranca scored early. Defender Mariano Alvarez was issued a red card.
- Honduras has won the Concacaf U-20 Championship twice: 1982 and 1994
- Honduras has qualified for eight FIFA U-20 World Cups, including the last two.
- The USA has a 1-4-4 all-time record versus Honduras in this competition, including scoreless draws in the last three meetings, two wins on PKs, and a few matches of significance:
- In the 1980 semifinal, the USA edged Honduras on PKs to advance to its first FIFA Youth Championship (now U-20 World Cup). In 1983, the USA fell to los Catrachos in the final, but Honduras was later disqualified for age irregularities and the USA advanced to that World Cup. Finally, in 2017 the USA defeated Honduras on penalty kicks to win its first Concacaf U-20 Championship.
- Oct. 3, 1976: USA 0-1 Honduras
- Dec. 12, 1978: USA 1-2 Honduras
- Aug. 15, 1980: USA 0-0 Honduras (8-7 Pks)
- Sept. 5, 1983 (Final): USA 0-1 Honduras
- Aug. 21, 1984: USA 1-2 Honduras
- May 12, 1992: USA 4-0 Honduras
- April 19, 1996: USA 0-0 Honduras
- March 8, 2009: USA 0-0 Honduras
- March 25, 2017 (Final): USA 0-0 Honduras (5-3 pks)
GROUP H PREVIEW:
- Mexico won Group B on goal differential over Jamaica after both teams tied with 13 points, including a 2-2 draw in their meeting. Mexico also defeated Nicaragua (7-0), Saint Martin (4-0), Grenada (8-0), and Aruba (10-0).
- Their 31 goals and 29 goal differential were second to the USA in the group stage.
- Jose Macias leads the tournament with 10 goals. Other top scorers: Daniel López (5 goals) and Edgar López (3 goals).
- Mexico has won the Concacaf Championship 13 times, most recently in 2015.
- Mexico is tied with the USA in qualifying for 15 FIFA U-20 World Cups, including the last four.
- El Salvador won Group F with a 3-1-0 record and nine points: Curaçao (2-1), Cayman Islands (301), Guatemala ((2-1) and Guyana (L 0-2).
- Top scorers: Siliazar Henríquez (2 goals).
- El Salvador lost its Qualification Stage opener to Panama 1-0 on Tuesday.
- El Salvador won its only Concacaf U-20 Championship in 1964.
- El Salvador qualified for its only FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013.
- Panama swept its five matches to win Group D, defeating Guadelupe (4-0), Martinique (5-1), Canada (2-1), Dominica (4-0) and St. Kitts & Nevis (2-1).
- Top scorers: Saed Diaz and Diego Valanta with four goals each.
- Panama defeated El Salvador 1-0 in the Qualification Stage opener on a goal by second half sub Axel McKenzie.
- Panama has never won the Concacaf U-20 Championship, but they have qualified for four FIFA U-20 World Cups, most recently in 2011.