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U-20 MNT Advances to Second Round of 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with 4-1 Win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis

TIBAS, Costa Rica (Feb. 24, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team advanced to the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 4-1 win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis in the teams’ final Group B game of the tournament. The U.S. will next face Mexico and El Salvador in its bid to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Led by a brace from Sebastian Saucedo, the U.S. put the match away by scoring all four goals in the opening 45 minutes. Brooks Lennon sent the U.S. on its way with his team-leading fourth goal of the tournament in the 16th minute, stabbing home a Jeremy Ebobisse cross. Jonathan Lewis extended the lead four minutes later when he capitalized on a loose ball at the back post.

With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Saucedo struck for the first of his two goals, a long-range strike after good work from Lewis to force a turnover near the top of the St. Kitts box. Saucedo then hit a curling free kick in the 41st minute from 25 yards out to cap the U.S. scoring.

St. Kitts got a goal back in the 77th minute when Romario Martin seized an errant U.S. back-pass and evaded a challenge from U.S. goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, who was making his first appearance of the tournament, to score on an empty net. Despite the goal, the result was never in doubt as the U.S. closed out the match with a majority of possession and numerous chances.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT begins the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday, Feb. 27 against Mexico. Kickoff from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica is set for 5 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Panama

3

3

0

0

9

8

1

+7

USA

3

2

1

0

6

8

3

+5

Haiti

3

1

2

0

3

7

8

-1

St. Kitts and Nevis

3

0

3

0

0

2

13

-11

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse), 16th minute:
Lennon began the scoring play that he would also ultimately finish off for the U.S. when he raced up the left flank of the St. Kitts defense, carrying the ball midway into the USA’s offensive half before passing to Ebobisse near the top of the box. Ebobisse embarked on a weaving run from left to right across the top of the penalty before charging toward the end line and squaring the ball back across the face of goal for Lennon, who had continued his run, to tap into the vacated net. USA 1, SKN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Jonathan Lewis, 20th minute: The U.S. turned a well-planned set-piece into a goal when Lennon sent a corner kick to the top of the box where Eryk Williamson met it with a one-time volley that picked out Justen Glad near the penalty spot. Glad missed an attempted shot and the ball rolled behind him and his defender to an unmarked Lewis on the back post. He made no mistake by snapping a low shot past St. Kitts goalkeeper Nathan Lescott in the middle of the goal. USA 2, SKN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis), 35th minute: Lewis and Saucedo combined in smart fashion when Lewis scampered up the left wing and attempted to play a wall-pass with Saucedo. Saucedo’s return pass was picked off by St. Kitts, but Lewis was not to be denied, applying high pressure to force a turnover near the top of the box that Saucedo read and ran onto before ripping a low line drive into the lower right corner from 25 yards out. USA 3, SKN 0 [WATCH]  

USA – Sebastian Saucedo, 41st minute: Saucedo capped the U.S. scoring with a nicely taken free kick from 27 yards out. The Real Salt Lake product bent a right footed shot over the wall and inside the left post. USA 4, SKN 0 [WATCH]

SKN – Romario Martin, 77th minute: A slow back-pass to JT Marcinkowski allowed Martin to rush and reach the ball just ahead of the U.S. ‘keeper. With the net vacated, Martin had an easy tap in, although the game was well in hand for the U.S. USA 4, SKN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 10-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With his goal tonight, Brooks Lennon moved into a tie with Ricardo Ávila for second most goals scored at the tournament so far with four.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
Date: Feb. 24, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 232
Weather: 75 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             4          0          4
SKN                             0          1          1

USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)                16th minute
USA – Jonathan Lewis                                               20
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis) 35
USA – Sebastian Saucedo                             41
SKN – Romario Martin                                                77

Lineups:
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski; 14-Aaron Herrera (2-Marlon Fossey, 29), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 45), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 8-Tyler Adams, 10-Luca De La Torre, 13-Auston Trusty, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SKN: 1-Nathan Lescott, 2-Javier Sutton, 3-Ezer Browne, 4-Phillip Richardson, 6-Salas Cannonier (Capt.), 12-Yusuf Saunders; 8-Yohannes Mitchum (5-Kejauni David, 77), 13-Raheem Somersall, 19-Gvaune Amory, 20-Alex Charles (7-Ronaldo Belgrove, 69); 11-Tahir Hanley (9-Romario Martin, 49)
Subs not used: 10-Delano Hodge, 14-Tyquan-Illijah Terrell, 15-Dakari Phipps, 17-Steve Archibald, 18-Akimbah Francis
Head coach: Anthony Isaac

Stats Summary: USA / SKN
Shots: 33 / 2
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SKN – Raheem Somersall (caution)   63rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Sebastian Saucedo

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
Date: Feb. 24, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 232
Weather: 75 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      4             0             4
SKN                                      0             1             1

USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)                16th minute
USA – Jonathan Lewis                                                  20
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis)           35
USA – Sebastian Saucedo                                            41
SKN – Romario Martin                                                 77 

Lineups:
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski; 14-Aaron Herrera (2-Marlon Fossey, 29), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 45), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 8-Tyler Adams, 10-Luca De La Torre, 13-Auston Trusty, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SKN: 1-Nathan Lescott, 2-Javier Sutton, 3-Ezer Browne, 4-Phillip Richardson, 6-Salas Cannonier (Capt.), 12-Yusuf Saunders; 8-Yohannes Mitchum (5-Kejauni David, 77), 13-Raheem Somersall, 19-Gvaune Amory, 20-Alex Charles (7-Ronaldo Belgrove, 69); 11-Tahir Hanley (9-Romario Martin, 49)
Subs not used: 10-Delano Hodge, 14-Tyquan-Illijah Terrell, 15-Dakari Phipps, 17-Steve Archibald, 18-Akimbah Francis
Head coach: Anthony Isaac
 

Stats Summary: USA / SKN
Shots: 33 / 2
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SKN – Raheem Somersall (caution)           63rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Sebastian Saucedo

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The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on St. Kitts and Nevis in its third match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Feb. 24 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The game can be seen live at 5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here are five things you should know about the USA’s upcoming opponent:

Who and Where is St. Kitts and Nevis?
A dual island nation in the West Indies, a direct flight from Miami to the airport closest to the capital city of Basseterre, Robert L. Bradshaw International, is roughly three hours and covers 1,272 miles. St. Kitts is also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island, from the island’s patron saint. The Nevis and Saint Christopher Islands were two of the first Caribbean islands settled by Europeans, while the latter was home to the first British and French colonies. The dual-island country’s population was 54,961 in 2015 and the official language is English. The currency used by Kittitians and Nevisians is the East Caribbean dollar (ECD), which currently trades around .37 ECD for one U.S. dollar. Until 2005, sugar was the primary export from the country a fact exhibited by the national team’s nickname, the Sugar Boyz

How They Got Here
The Sugar Boyz come into the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the fifth-place finishers of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 tournament. Their journey through the CFU Championship included wins against Jamaica, Dominica and Curacao. 

St. Kitts and Nevis Roster
The professional clubs with the largest representation of players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster is Newtown United, with four associated players. Newtown United, along with Garden Hotspurs (2), SPD United (2), St. Peters FC (2), Village Superstars (2), Cayon Rockets (1), Conaree FC (1), St. Pauls United (1) and Strikers FC (1) are all members of the Saint Kitts and Nevis highest soccer league, the SKNFA Premier League. The 16 players currently on teams from St. Kitts and Nevis’ top professional league account for 80 percent of the roster. 

Goalkeepers (2): Akimba Francis (SPD United/SKN), Nathan Joseph Lescott (Leicester City/ENG)

Defenders (6): Ezer Browne (James Madison University/USA), Salas Cannonier (St. Peters FC/SKN), Xavier French (SPD United/SKN), Phillip Richardson (St. Pauls United/SKN), Yusuf Saunders (Village Superstars /SKN), Javier Sutton (Strikers FC/SKN)

Midfielders (9): Gvaune Amory (Village Superstars/SKN), Steve Archibald (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Ronaldo Belgrove (Newtown United/SKN), Alex Charles (Cayon Rockets/SKN), Kejauni David (Newtown United/SKN), Romario Martin (Solihull Moors/ENG), Yohannes Mitchum (Newtown United/SKN), Raheem Sommersall (Appalachian State /USA), Tyquan Terrell (St. Peters FC/SKN)

Forwards (3): Tahir Hanley (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Delano Hodge (Conaree FC/SKN), Dakari Phipps (Newtown United/SKN)

Browne and Sommersall Playing in the USA
Two players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster are currently associated with college soccer programs in the United States. Defender Ezer Browne (James Madison University) prepped at Rutgers Prep School in Somerset, N.J. and midfielder Raheem Sommersall, who prepped at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham, North Carolina, played at Appalachian State in 2015 and 2016. During the 2015 season, Sommersall appeared and started in 18 games with the Mountaineers. It wasn’t until 2016 that Sommersall recorded his first career collegiate goal.

Group B Advancement Scenarios:

  • If Panama beats Haiti: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Panama beats Haiti and the U.S. loses to St. Kitts and Nevis: the U.S. would sit in a three-way tie for second place with Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, based on total group points (three). The greater goal difference in matches between the three (tied) teams would serve as the tie breaker.
  • If Panama and Haiti tie: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Haiti beats Panama: the U.S. would need a win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis to take part in a three-way tie for first place with Haiti and Panama. The greater goal difference in matches between the three teams would again serve as the tie breaker.
CONCACAF tie breaker procedure used to rank teams: a)     Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
b)     Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
c)     Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
d)     Greater goal difference in all group matches
e)     Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
f)      Drawing of lots

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

GP

W

L

D

G

Ga

+/-

Pts

Panama

2

2

0

0

5

0

5

6

United States

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

6

5

1

3

St. Kitts & Nevis

2

0

2

0

1

9

-8

0

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The U.S. began participating in CONCACAF’s regional tournaments in 1962, competing in two of five until a format change in 1976. The tournament shifted to serve as a qualification for the World Youth Championship, which came to be known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Through 1996, the U.S. qualified for the World Cup in nine of their 11 CONCACAF regional tournaments opportunities. In 1982, the USA finished as runner-up to Honduras and willed their way to the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, where current head coach Tab Ramos was a member of that squad as a 16-year-old.

From 1998-2007, the format of the CONCACAF Championship changed once again, this time featuring eight teams divided into two groups of four to play a round-robin format in different countries. The top two teams in each group advanced to the World Cup. The USA qualified to all five of the tournaments, winning their group in 1998, 2005 and 2007. Notable players from this stretch include Tim Howard (1998), DaMarcus Beasley (2001), Landon Donovan (2001), Oguchi Onyewu (2001), Eddie Johnson (2003), Jozy Altidore (2007) and Michael Bradley (2007).

In 2009, the tournament returned to a central location and reintroduced a playoff to determine the champion.  The U.S. finished as runners up, losing 3-0 to Costa Rica in the final after besting Trinidad & Tobago in penalties in the semifinals. Former M.L.S. goalkeeper and current Los Angeles Chargers placekicker Josh Lambo protected the net for the USA in the competition.

The 2011 tournament saw the USA’s first failure to earn a qualifying spot since 1994, falling 2-1 to host Guatemala in the quarterfinals.

With Ramos at the helm, the U.S. earned a runner-up finish in the 2013 CONCACAF Championship, falling 3-1 in extra time to host Mexico in the final. Midfielders Luis Gil and Wil Trapp, and defender Jose Villarreal were named to the All-Tournament Team. 

Most recently in 2015, Ramos led the USA to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in New Zealand after finishing in the top four of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The team placed second in Group A to Panama, and defeated El Salvador 2-0 in the one-game playoff stage to punch their ticket to the World Cup. Midfielder Romain Gall finished tied for first in the tournament’s Golden Boot standings, tallying five goals, and was joined by defender Shaquell Moore in being named to the All-Tournament Team.

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