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USA Beats Puerto Rico 7-1 to Begin 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked off the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 7-1 victory against Puerto Rico. A burst of scoring in the game’s opening 30 minutes put the USA ahead early and it added to its advantage with four second-half goals to start its World Cup qualifying campaign on a high note.

Forward Justin Rennicks and midifielder Alex Mendez served as the USA’s spark-plugs in the early-going. In just the fifth minute, Mendez slotted a dangerous pass to Paxton Pomykal in the box, and Pomykal sent a cross toward the onrushing Justin Rennicks, whose defender deflected it in for the game’s opening goal. Six minutes later, a nice exchange up the right wing ended with Rennicks delivering a ball to Mendez near the penalty spot where he one-timed it inside the near post.

Puerto Rico’s defenders made a handful acrobatic goal-line clearances to keep the U.S. lead from growing, but some nifty dribbling from Pomykal in the 27th minute gave the FC Dallas forward an opening to slot home the USA’s third goal. Luis Miguel Cosme hit back for Puerto Rico shortly thereafter in the 33rd minute to narrow the scoreline to 3-1 in favor of the U.S. as halftime approached.

The U.S. continued to control the game and find the back of the net after the half. Ayo Akinola netted two close-range goals, one just after the break in the 49th and another with his head in the 69th. Rennicks secured his brace with a penalty kick goal in the 57th.

Forward Ulysses Llanez made the most of his 23-minute, substitute appearance, making a nice run and assisting Akinola’s second goal just two minutes after entering the game, as well as netting a header of his own for the USA’s final goal in the 86th minute. 

Up Next: The U-20 MNT continues the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with its second Group A match against the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff from IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on UDN and Concacaf GO.
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Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Suriname

1

1

0

0

3

13

2

11

USA

1

1

0

0

3

7

1

6

Trinidad & Tobago

1

1

0

0

3

3

2

1

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

1

0

1

0

0

2

3

-1

Puerto Rico

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

U.S. Virgin Islands

1

0

1

0

0

2

13

-11

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Nicolás Cardona (own goal), 5th minute: 
Alex Mendez jumped on an errant pass from Puerto Rico and quickly controlled it before slotting it forward to Paxton Pomykal on the left wing. The FC Dallas forward sharply delivered a cross into the box for Justin Rennicks, on the run towards the net. The ball deflected off of Rennicks’ marking defender and into the goal to open the game’s scoring. USA 1, PUR 0

USA – Alex Mendez (Justin Rennicks), 11th minute: An impressive interchange between Jaylin Lindsey and Rennicks catalyzed the USA’s second goal. Coming up the right wing, Lindsey played it up to Rennicks, who beat a Puerto Rican defender to the bouncing ball. The Indiana forward quickly passed it back inside to Lindsey, and the Sporting KC defender dished to Rennicks on a run across the end line. Rennicks sent a cross to Mendez near the penalty spot and he delivered the one-time finish to extend the U.S. lead. USA 2, PUR 0

USA – Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania), 27th minute: Brandon Servania intercepted a Puerto Rican pass, dribbled up and found Pomykal on the wing. He cut inside with the ball, dribbled around the ‘keeper coming off his line to defend and maneuvered around another onrushing defender. As he fell down, the FC Dallas forward slotted it home to the opposite post. USA 3, PUR 0

PUR – Luis Miguel Cosme, 33rd minute: On Puerto Rico’s most-dangerous possession of the first half, Alejandro Rabell played the ball into Kevin Hernandez near the top of the box. The U.S. defense forced a turnover, but a misplayed clearance landed at the feet of Luis Miguel Cosme. He fired it past U.S. goalkeeper Brady Scott to the left side of the net, putting Puerto Rico on the board. USA 3, PUR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Jaylin Lindsey), 49th minute: With Puerto Rico on a breakaway, the U.S. defense recovered nicely and launched an attack. Juan Pablo Torres came up with the ball and played it up to Pomykal on the left side. He made a nice run, dribbling from the wing up the center before dishing to Mendez near the top right corner of the box. Mendez quickly played it up to Lindsey inside the box, he sent a cross in near the six-yard-box, where Akinola controlled it on the run and pushed it forward for the USA’s fourth goal. USA 4, PUR 1

USA – Justin Rennicks (penalty), 57th minute: Pomykal controlled a long pass from Servania near the 18-yard-box, and when he attempted to enter the box, Jose Calderon brought him down with a hard foul. The play drew a penalty, and Rennicks stepped up for the kick, cleanly finishing to grow the U.S. advantage. USA 5, PUR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez), 69th minute: 
Scott collected a misplayed Puerto Rican pass near the top of his box and played a long ball to Ulysses Llanez up the left wing. Moments after being subbed in, Llanez first touch was dangerous as he started to move inside, but when the Puerto Rican ‘keeper came out to defend him, he sent a service to Akinola flying down the center channel. Akinola nailed the header on the open net to bag his brace. USA 6, PUR 1

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey), 86th minute: Mendez won a hard-fought ball in the midfield and got the ball up to Servania. He dribbled downfield and dished to Pomykal on the right side. Pomykal moved the ball further towards the right wing with a pass to Dorsey near the end line. He sent a flying cross in towards the net, and while it missed Akinola’s head, it found Llanez, who headed it home for the USA’s final goal. USA 7, PUR 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
PUR – Sebastain Diaz, 17th minute: 
After Servania recovered a Puerto Rico turnover, he played it into the box for Akinola. The Tornoto FC forward put together a nice exchange with Rennicks, which sprung Akinola free with a wide-open chance from the six-yard line. He sent a shot towards the net, but Sebastian Diaz made a diving goal-line clearance to limit the damage in the early-going.

PUR – Nicolas Cardona, 21st minute: With the goalkeeper rushing towards him, Rennicks leapt to take a touch and push the ball past him. It fell to Pomykal and he took a shot on goal, but Cardona made a leaping save to keep the ball out of the net.

NOTES:

  • With the result, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos moves to 13-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last six Concacaf U-20 Championship matches
  • The USA moves to 3-0-0 all-time vs. Puerto Rico in U-20 World Cup Qualifying
  • The USA’s seven goals are its most in this tournament since an 8-0 victory against Aruba on Jan. 14, 2015

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Puerto Rico
Date: November 1, 2018
Competition: 2019 Concacaf U-20 Championship - Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBC
Weather: 81 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7
PUR                             1          0          1

USA – Nicolás Cardona (own goal)           5th minute
USA – Alex Mendez (Justin Rennicks) 11
USA – Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania)   27
PUR – Luis Miguel Cosme       33
USA – Ayo Akinola (Jaylin Lindsey)     49
USA – Justin Rennicks (penalty)         57
USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez)    69
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey) 86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Griffin Dorsey, 74), 5-Matt Real (capt.), 19-Samuel Rogers, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Brandon Servania, 7-Juan Pablo Torres (18-Issac Angking, 64), 8-Alex Mendez; 17-Ayo Akinola, 9-Justin Rennicks (11-Ulysses Llanez, 67), 10-Paxton Pomykal
Subs not used: 12-David Ochoa, 4-Mark Mckenzie, 14-Emanuel Perez, 15-Anthony Fontana, 16-Julian Araujo, 20-Frankie Amaya
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PUR: 1-José Calderón, 2-Kevin Hernández (12-Kevin Montañez, 62), 3-Eduardo Velez, 4-Edric Toro, 5-Sebastián Díaz Pagan (14-Gio Galderon, 33), 6-Luis Miguel Cosme, 7-Alejandro Rabell, 8-Joseph Villafañe (9-Lucas Arzán, 46), 13-Nicolás Cardona (capt.), 15-Gerald Díaz, 17-Jaden Servania
Subs not used: 18-Ángel Molinari, 11-Lorenzo Baez, 16-Walter Rodríguez, 19-Marc Nieves, 10-Carlos Rivera, 20-Daniel Arce
Head coach: Amado Guevara

Stats Summary: USA / PUR
Shots: 31 / 3
Shots on Goal: 15 / 2
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 19 / 18
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Real (caution)      51st minute
PUR – José Calderón (caution)           57
USA – Brandon Servania (caution)     72
PUR – Gio Calderon (sent off) 83

Officials:
Referee: Hector Said Martínez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Marc Moreau (HAI)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Paxton Pomykal

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U-20 MNT Nov 1, 2018

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Puerto Rico
Date: November 1, 2018
Competition: 2019 Concacaf U-20 Championship - Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBC
Weather: 81 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7
PUR                             1          0          1

USA – Nicolás Cardona (own goal)           6th minute
USA – Alex Mendez (Justin Rennicks)               11
USA – Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania)       27
PUR – Luis Miguel Cosme                                 33
USA – Ayo Akinola (Jaylin Lindsey)                    49
USA – Justin Rennicks (penalty)                        57
USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez)                  69
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey)               86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Griffin Dorsey, 74), 5-Matt Real (capt.), 19-Samuel Rogers, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Brandon Servania, 7-Juan Pablo Torres (18-Issac Angking, 64), 8-Alex Mendez; 17-Ayo Akinola, 9-Justin Rennicks (11-Ulysses Llanez, 67), 10-Paxton Pomykal
Subs not used: 12-David Ochoa, 4-Mark Mckenzie, 14-Emanuel Perez, 15-Anthony Fontana, 16-Julian Araujo, 20-Frankie Amaya
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PUR: 1-José Calderón, 2-Kevin Hernández (12-Kevin Montañez, 62), 3-Eduardo Velez, 4-Edric Toro, 5-Sebastián Díaz Pagan (14-Gio Galderon, 33), 6-Luis Miguel Cosme, 7-Alejandro Rabell, 8-Joseph Villafañe (9-Lucas Arzán, 46), 13-Nicolás Cardona (capt.), 15-Gerald Díaz, 17-Jaden Servania
Subs not used: 18-Ángel Molinari, 11-Lorenzo Baez, 16-Walter Rodríguez, 19-Marc Nieves, 10-Carlos Rivera, 20-Daniel Arce
Head coach: Amado Guevara

Stats Summary: USA / PUR
Shots: 31 / 3
Shots on Goal: 15 / 2
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 19 / 18
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Real (caution)                           51st minute
PUR – José Calderón (caution)                    57
USA – Brandon Servania (caution)               72
PUR – Gio Calderon (sent off)                     83

Officials:
Referee: Hector Said Martínez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Marc Moreau (HAI)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Paxton Pomykal

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PREVIEW: USA Meets Honduras for Shot at 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Title Game | 8pm ET | Concacaf GO, UDN

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.

QUALIFICATION STAGE:  
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)

NOTES:

  • 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.

ROSTER CHANGES:
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 NOTES:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
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U-20 MNT Nov 19, 2018

PREVIEW: USA Meets Honduras for Shot at 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Title Game | 8pm ET | Concacaf GO, UDN

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.

QUALIFICATION STAGE:  
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)

NOTES:

  • 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.

ROSTER CHANGES:
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 NOTES:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
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U-20 MNT Nov 19, 2018
US Soccer

USA Beats Puerto Rico 7-1 to Begin 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked off the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 7-1 victory against Puerto Rico. A burst of scoring in the game’s opening 30 minutes put the USA ahead early and it added to its advantage with four second-half goals to start its World Cup qualifying campaign on a high note.

Forward Justin Rennicks and midifielder Alex Mendez served as the USA’s spark-plugs in the early-going. In just the fifth minute, Mendez slotted a dangerous pass to Paxton Pomykal in the box, and Pomykal sent a cross toward the onrushing Justin Rennicks, whose defender deflected it in for the game’s opening goal. Six minutes later, a nice exchange up the right wing ended with Rennicks delivering a ball to Mendez near the penalty spot where he one-timed it inside the near post.

Puerto Rico’s defenders made a handful acrobatic goal-line clearances to keep the U.S. lead from growing, but some nifty dribbling from Pomykal in the 27th minute gave the FC Dallas forward an opening to slot home the USA’s third goal. Luis Miguel Cosme hit back for Puerto Rico shortly thereafter in the 33rd minute to narrow the scoreline to 3-1 in favor of the U.S. as halftime approached.

The U.S. continued to control the game and find the back of the net after the half. Ayo Akinola netted two close-range goals, one just after the break in the 49th and another with his head in the 69th. Rennicks secured his brace with a penalty kick goal in the 57th.

Forward Ulysses Llanez made the most of his 23-minute, substitute appearance, making a nice run and assisting Akinola’s second goal just two minutes after entering the game, as well as netting a header of his own for the USA’s final goal in the 86th minute. 

Up Next: The U-20 MNT continues the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with its second Group A match against the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff from IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on UDN and Concacaf GO.
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Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Suriname

1

1

0

0

3

13

2

11

USA

1

1

0

0

3

7

1

6

Trinidad & Tobago

1

1

0

0

3

3

2

1

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

1

0

1

0

0

2

3

-1

Puerto Rico

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

U.S. Virgin Islands

1

0

1

0

0

2

13

-11

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Nicolás Cardona (own goal), 5th minute: 
Alex Mendez jumped on an errant pass from Puerto Rico and quickly controlled it before slotting it forward to Paxton Pomykal on the left wing. The FC Dallas forward sharply delivered a cross into the box for Justin Rennicks, on the run towards the net. The ball deflected off of Rennicks’ marking defender and into the goal to open the game’s scoring. USA 1, PUR 0

USA – Alex Mendez (Justin Rennicks), 11th minute: An impressive interchange between Jaylin Lindsey and Rennicks catalyzed the USA’s second goal. Coming up the right wing, Lindsey played it up to Rennicks, who beat a Puerto Rican defender to the bouncing ball. The Indiana forward quickly passed it back inside to Lindsey, and the Sporting KC defender dished to Rennicks on a run across the end line. Rennicks sent a cross to Mendez near the penalty spot and he delivered the one-time finish to extend the U.S. lead. USA 2, PUR 0

USA – Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania), 27th minute: Brandon Servania intercepted a Puerto Rican pass, dribbled up and found Pomykal on the wing. He cut inside with the ball, dribbled around the ‘keeper coming off his line to defend and maneuvered around another onrushing defender. As he fell down, the FC Dallas forward slotted it home to the opposite post. USA 3, PUR 0

PUR – Luis Miguel Cosme, 33rd minute: On Puerto Rico’s most-dangerous possession of the first half, Alejandro Rabell played the ball into Kevin Hernandez near the top of the box. The U.S. defense forced a turnover, but a misplayed clearance landed at the feet of Luis Miguel Cosme. He fired it past U.S. goalkeeper Brady Scott to the left side of the net, putting Puerto Rico on the board. USA 3, PUR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Jaylin Lindsey), 49th minute: With Puerto Rico on a breakaway, the U.S. defense recovered nicely and launched an attack. Juan Pablo Torres came up with the ball and played it up to Pomykal on the left side. He made a nice run, dribbling from the wing up the center before dishing to Mendez near the top right corner of the box. Mendez quickly played it up to Lindsey inside the box, he sent a cross in near the six-yard-box, where Akinola controlled it on the run and pushed it forward for the USA’s fourth goal. USA 4, PUR 1

USA – Justin Rennicks (penalty), 57th minute: Pomykal controlled a long pass from Servania near the 18-yard-box, and when he attempted to enter the box, Jose Calderon brought him down with a hard foul. The play drew a penalty, and Rennicks stepped up for the kick, cleanly finishing to grow the U.S. advantage. USA 5, PUR 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez), 69th minute: 
Scott collected a misplayed Puerto Rican pass near the top of his box and played a long ball to Ulysses Llanez up the left wing. Moments after being subbed in, Llanez first touch was dangerous as he started to move inside, but when the Puerto Rican ‘keeper came out to defend him, he sent a service to Akinola flying down the center channel. Akinola nailed the header on the open net to bag his brace. USA 6, PUR 1

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey), 86th minute: Mendez won a hard-fought ball in the midfield and got the ball up to Servania. He dribbled downfield and dished to Pomykal on the right side. Pomykal moved the ball further towards the right wing with a pass to Dorsey near the end line. He sent a flying cross in towards the net, and while it missed Akinola’s head, it found Llanez, who headed it home for the USA’s final goal. USA 7, PUR 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
PUR – Sebastain Diaz, 17th minute: 
After Servania recovered a Puerto Rico turnover, he played it into the box for Akinola. The Tornoto FC forward put together a nice exchange with Rennicks, which sprung Akinola free with a wide-open chance from the six-yard line. He sent a shot towards the net, but Sebastian Diaz made a diving goal-line clearance to limit the damage in the early-going.

PUR – Nicolas Cardona, 21st minute: With the goalkeeper rushing towards him, Rennicks leapt to take a touch and push the ball past him. It fell to Pomykal and he took a shot on goal, but Cardona made a leaping save to keep the ball out of the net.

NOTES:

  • With the result, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos moves to 13-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last six Concacaf U-20 Championship matches
  • The USA moves to 3-0-0 all-time vs. Puerto Rico in U-20 World Cup Qualifying
  • The USA’s seven goals are its most in this tournament since an 8-0 victory against Aruba on Jan. 14, 2015

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Puerto Rico
Date: November 1, 2018
Competition: 2019 Concacaf U-20 Championship - Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBC
Weather: 81 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7
PUR                             1          0          1

USA – Nicolás Cardona (own goal)           5th minute
USA – Alex Mendez (Justin Rennicks) 11
USA – Paxton Pomykal (Brandon Servania)   27
PUR – Luis Miguel Cosme       33
USA – Ayo Akinola (Jaylin Lindsey)     49
USA – Justin Rennicks (penalty)         57
USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez)    69
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey) 86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Griffin Dorsey, 74), 5-Matt Real (capt.), 19-Samuel Rogers, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Brandon Servania, 7-Juan Pablo Torres (18-Issac Angking, 64), 8-Alex Mendez; 17-Ayo Akinola, 9-Justin Rennicks (11-Ulysses Llanez, 67), 10-Paxton Pomykal
Subs not used: 12-David Ochoa, 4-Mark Mckenzie, 14-Emanuel Perez, 15-Anthony Fontana, 16-Julian Araujo, 20-Frankie Amaya
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PUR: 1-José Calderón, 2-Kevin Hernández (12-Kevin Montañez, 62), 3-Eduardo Velez, 4-Edric Toro, 5-Sebastián Díaz Pagan (14-Gio Galderon, 33), 6-Luis Miguel Cosme, 7-Alejandro Rabell, 8-Joseph Villafañe (9-Lucas Arzán, 46), 13-Nicolás Cardona (capt.), 15-Gerald Díaz, 17-Jaden Servania
Subs not used: 18-Ángel Molinari, 11-Lorenzo Baez, 16-Walter Rodríguez, 19-Marc Nieves, 10-Carlos Rivera, 20-Daniel Arce
Head coach: Amado Guevara

Stats Summary: USA / PUR
Shots: 31 / 3
Shots on Goal: 15 / 2
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 19 / 18
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Real (caution)      51st minute
PUR – José Calderón (caution)           57
USA – Brandon Servania (caution)     72
PUR – Gio Calderon (sent off) 83

Officials:
Referee: Hector Said Martínez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Marc Moreau (HAI)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Paxton Pomykal

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U-20 MNT Nov 1, 2018

PREVIEW: USA Meets Honduras for Shot at 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Title Game | 8pm ET | Concacaf GO, UDN

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.

QUALIFICATION STAGE:  
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)

NOTES:

  • 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.

ROSTER CHANGES:
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 NOTES:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
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U-20 MNT Nov 19, 2018
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