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Record Setting USA Downs U.S. Virgin Islands 13-0 at 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team set a new team record for scoring at the Concacaf U-20 Championship, defeating U.S. Virgin Islands 13-0 to claim top spot in Group A after its second match of the confederation’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ulysses Llanez tallied a hat trick and three more assists all in the first half, while a total of nine different goal scorers found the back of the net to send the USA on to its record-setting victory.

Llanez’s dazzling first half began early when his cross from the left picked out Griffin Dorsey at the back post for the opening goal in the fourth minute. Llanez added another assist in the 20th, finding Ayo Akinola who headed home from close range.

With two helpers in hand, Llanez went about collecting his hat trick. In the 23rd minute, Dorsey cut inside and laid off the ball, allowing Llanez time and space to curl a beautiful right-footed effort inside the top right corner. On the half-hour mark, Manny Perez progressed down the right, providing Llanez with an open lane to goal and a clean finish past Connor Querrard. In the 39th minute, he battled off the challenge form Jett Blaschka to complete his hat trick.

In the 41st minute the Lynwood, Calif., product brought down the curtain on an impressive first half, playing a quick combination with Anthony Fontana who finished past Querrard to send the USA into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.

Llanez was replaced by Justin Rennicks at halftime and the Indiana University product picked up the production, playing a part in a four-goal outburst over the course of seven minutes.

It began in the 62nd, when he nodded home a close-range rebound after Querrard saved a powerful shot from Dorsey. One minute later, he faintly flicked on an Alex Mendez cross before Mark McKenzie finished. Rennicks again put his name on the scoresheet, slotting home Mendez’s low free kick from the right in the 66th minute, before playing the pass to send Paxton Pomykal on a great run through the U.S. Virgin Islands’ back line three minutes later. Pomykal’s goal gave the USA a 10-0 lead, setting a new team record for goals in one match at the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The previous mark was a 9-0 win against Dominican Republic in 1975.

The USA would extend the record in the closing minutes. Mendez put home a 78th minute penalty kick and McKenzie finished his second chance of the match three minutes later. Manny Perez also put his name on the score sheet with a nice individual effort in second-half stoppage time to cap the scoring at 13-0.

Group A’s other Matchday Two action saw Trinidad & Tobago defeat Puerto Rico 5-1, and Suriname down Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2-1.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT faces its toughest first-round test, taking on Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The battle of two fo Group A’s undefeated sides kicks off from IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. at 7:45 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the ConcacafGo app.
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2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

20

1

+19

Suriname

2

2

0

0

6

15

3

+12

Trinidad & Tobago

2

2

0

0

6

8

3

+5

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

2

0

2

0

0

3

4

-1

Puerto Rico

2

0

2

0

0

2

12

-10

U.S. Virgin Islands

2

0

2

0

0

2

26

-24

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Griffin Dorsey (Ulysses Llanez), 4th minute:
It didn’t take the USA long to get on the board. Building out of the back, Mark McKenzie fed Matt Real up the left, before slipping Llanez towards the box. He swung a cross in looking for Akinola, but it fell instead for Dorsey who slammed home his effort at the back post.  USA 1, VIR 0

USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez), 20th minute: After coming close a few times, the USA found he second goal via another well-worked play. Real lobbed a ball over the top to find Llanez in space down the left. Taking it in stride, he centered for Akinola who finished from close range. USA 2, VIR 0

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey), 23rd minute: After providing two assists, Llanez got his name on the score sheet. Returning the favor from his fourth minute goal, Dorsey cut inside and laid off for Llanez just outside the area, before the attacker curled a beautiful right-footed effort into the top right corner. USA 3, VIR 0

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Manny Perez), 30th minute: After finding success working up the left flank, the fourth USA goal came from the right. Catching the U.S. Virgin Islands in transition, Manny Perez worked his way down the flank to slip Llanez into the box, blasting a tight angled, right-footed effort past Querrard for his second of the match. USA 4, VIR 0

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Julian Araujo), 39th minute: Llanez grabbed his hat trick before halftime. Chasing down a ball over the top from Araujo, Llanez fought off Jett Blaschka in the area before finishing past Querrard. USA 5, VIR 0

USA – Anthony Fontana (Ulysses Llanez), 41st minute: After moving the ball around the box, the U.S. settled as Llanez played a quick combination with Fontana at the top of the area. The Philadelphia Union product pushed past a defender before hitting home his first of the tournament. USA 6, VIR 0

USA – Justin Rennicks, 62nd minute: Having replaced Llanez at the break, Justin Rennicks drew on his scoring touch in the second half. Slotted into the box on the right by Alex Mendez, Dorsey’s quick shot was saved by Querrard, but the rebound deflected straight to Rennicks, who headed home his second of the tournament from close range. USA 7, VIR 0

USA – Mark McKenzie (Justin Rennicks), 63rd minute: Following a short corner, Alex Mendez crossed from the left to find Rennicks. His faint, flick-on header fell to McKenzie who slammed home the eighth goal of the match. USA 8, VIR 0

USA – Justin Rennicks (Alex Mendez), 66th minute: A well-worked set piece made it 9-0. Mendez’s low free kick from the right found Rennicks at the top of the area, where the Indiana University product slotted home a left footed effort. USA 9, VIR 0

USA – Paxton Pomykal (Justin Rennicks), 69th minute: After a scramble outside the area, Paxton Pomykal worked his way through four defenders before slotting home a low blast. The USA’s 10th goal fo the match marked a new team record for scoring at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. USA 10, VIR 0

USA – Alex Mendez (penalty kick), 78th minute: After Dorsey was hauled down in the area, Mendez stepped up and slotted his spot kick in the lower right corner. USA 11, VIR 0

USA – Mark McKenzie, 81th minute: A corner kick from the right was nodded towards goal by Matt Real, but saved by Querrard. In the ensuing scramble, McKenzie and Real swung at the ball, but it was McKenzie who collected his second of the match from close range. USA 12, VIR 0

USA – Manny Perez (Julian Araujo), 90+2 minute: Manny Perez added one last goal in stoppage time. Running onto Araujo’s pass in the center circle, Perez powered past two U.S. Virgin Island defenders and slotted his effort inside the lower left post.  USA 13, VIR 0 FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
VIR – Connor Querrard, 6th minute
: Following a free kick, Mark McKenzie dug the ball out at the top of the area and laid back for Llanez whose one-time effort was pushed around the bar thanks to a diving save from Querrard.  

VIR – Connor Querrard, 15th minute: Anthony Fontana centered a cross for Ayo Akinola whose close-range header was acrobatically pushed away by Querrard and then cleared.

NOTES:

  • The 13 goals are the most by the USA in a single game at a CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament.
  • Llanez’s hat trick takes his tournament total to four, placing him in a tie for the competition’s scoring lead with Alvaro Verwey of Suriname.
  • Llanez sits atop the tournament’s assist list with four.
  • Nine different players contributed to the USA’s goal haul on Saturday night: Llanez (3), Mark McKenzie and Justin Rennicks (2 ); Ayo Akinola, Griffin Dorsey, Anthony Fontana, Alex Mendez, Manny Perez and Paxton Pomykal (1).
  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 14-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last seven Concacaf U-20 Championship matches.
  • Ramos made nine changes to the lineup that faced Puerto Rico, with only defender Matt Real and forward Ayo Akinola as the holdovers.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. U.S. Virgin Islands
Date: November 1, 2018
Competition: 2019 Concacaf U-20 Championship - Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 620
Weather: 69 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      6             7             13
VIR                                       0             0             0

USA – Griffin Dorsey (Ulysses Llanez)       4
USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez)           20
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey)       23
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Manny Perez)         30
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Julia Araujo)            39
USA – Anthony Fontana (Ulysses Llanez) 41
USA – Justin Rennicks     62
USA – Mark McKenzie (Justin Rennicks)   63
USA – Justin Rennicks (Alex Mendez)        66
USA – Paxton Pomykal (Justin Rennicks)  68
USA – Alex Mendez (penalty)       79
USA – Mark McKenzie                    81
USA – Manny Perez (Julian Araujo)           90+2

Lineups:
USA: 12-David Ochoa, 5-Matt Real (capt.), 4-Mark McKenzie, 16-Julian Araujo, 14-Manny Perez; 20-Frankie Amaya, 15-Anthony Fontana, 18-Issac Angking (8-Alex Mendez, 60); 11-Ulysses Llanez (9-Justin Rennicks, 45), 17-Ayo Akinola (10-Paxton Pomykal, 59), 13-Griffin Dorsey
Subs not used: 1-Brady Scott, 19-Sam Rogers, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Brandon Servania, 7-Juan Pablo Torres
Head coach: Tab Ramos

VIR: 1-Connor Querrard; 18-Nikhil Verna, 9-Jett Blaschka (capt.), 15-Grant Farrell; 4-Elton Richards, 13-Ammiel Maynard (11-Quinn Farrell, 32); 3-Orion Mills, 6-Ramessess McGuiness (17-Nemeth Seidon Thomas, 74), 10-Humberto Delgado (12-Jimson Saint Louis, 88), 20-John Engerman II; 16-Rakeem Joseph
Subs not used: 19-De’Vaunte Moses, 5-Nakeeme Julian, 7-Alexi Ayala, 2-Alfred Harris, 8-Shomari Francis
Head coach: Jorge Zavala

Stats Summary: USA / VIR
Shots: 55 / 4
Shots on Goal: 29 / 2
Saves: 2 / 16
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
VIR – Elton Richards (caution)      85th minute

Officials:
Referee: Keylor Herrera (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Ulysses Llanez

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. U.S. Virgin Islands
Date: November 1, 2018
Competition: 2019 Concacaf U-20 Championship - Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 620
Weather: 69 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      6             7             13
VIR                                       0             0             0

USA – Griffin Dorsey (Ulysses Llanez)       4
USA – Ayo Akinola (Ulysses Llanez)           20
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Griffin Dorsey)       23
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Manny Perez)         30
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Julia Araujo)            39
USA – Anthony Fontana (Ulysses Llanez) 41
USA – Justin Rennicks     62
USA – Mark Mckenzie (Justin Rennicks)   63
USA – Justin Rennicks (Alex Mendez)        66
USA – Paxton Pomykal (Justin Rennicks)  68
USA – Alex Mendez (penalty)       79
USA – Mark Mckenzie                    81
USA – Manny Perez (Julian Araujo)           90+2

Lineups:
USA: 12-David Ochoa, 5-Matt Real (capt.), 4-Mark Mckenzie, 16-Julian Araujo, 14-Manny Perez; 20-Frankie Amaya, 15-Anthony Fontana, 18-Issac Angking (8-Alex Mendez, 60); 11-Ulysses Llanez (9-Justin Rennicks, 45), 17-Ayo Akinola (10-Paxton Pomykal, 59), 13-Griffin Dorsey
Subs not used: 1-Brady Scott, 19-Sam Rogers, 3-Chris Gloster; 6-Brandon Servania, 7-Juan Pablo Torres
Head coach: Tab Ramos

VIR: 1-Connor Querrard; 18-Nikhil Verna, 9-Jett Blaschka (capt.), 15-Grant Farrell; 4-Elton Richards, 13-Ammiel Maynard (11-Quinn Farrell, 32); 3-Orion Mills, 6-Ramessess McGuiness (17-Nemeth Seidon Thomas, 74), 10-Humberto Delgado (12-Jimson Saint Louis, 88), 20-John Engerman II; 16-Rakeem Joseph
Subs not used: 19-De’Vaunte Moses, 5-Nakeeme Julian, 7-Alexi Ayala, 2-Alfred Harris, 8-Shomari Francis
Head coach: Jorge Zavala

Stats Summary: USA / VIR
Shots: 55 / 4
Shots on Goal: 29 / 2
Saves: 2 / 16
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
VIR – Elton Richards (caution)      85th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Keylor Herrera (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Ulysses Llanez

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CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2018) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster to defend the team’s confederation title at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, to be held Nov. 1-21 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

The 2018 tournament marks Concacaf’s largest Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament ever, with 34 member associations participating. The top four teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, set for May 23 to June 15 in Poland.

As the tournament’s top seed, the U.S. was drawn into Group A and opens the tournament against Puerto Rico (Nov. 1), followed by U.S. Virgin Islands (Nov. 3), Trinidad and Tobago (Nov. 5) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Nov. 7) before finishing up against Suriname (Nov. 9). 

Games will be streamed live on Concacaf GO, accessible at www.concacafgo.com or via the Concacaf GO app, available on iTunes and Google Play. A free trial of Concacaf GO is available through Dec. 1.

“I’m looking forward to this U-20 World Cup qualifying challenge,” Ramos said. “This new format provides opportunities to many nations and makes the qualifying process much more difficult. Although our preparation will be short, we will be ready to defend our first-ever Concacaf title” 

2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Roster by Position (Club or College; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Brady Scott (FC Koln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.), 12-CJ Dos Santos (S.L Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), 3-Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.), 4-Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), 5-Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), 14-Manny Perez (N.C. State; Garner, N.C.), 16-Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompac, Calif.), 19-Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), 7-Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen/BEL; Lilburn, Ga.), 8-Alex Mendez (SC Frieburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.), 10-Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Tex.), 15-Anthony Fontana (Philadelphia Union; Newark, Del.), 18-Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Justin Rennicks (Indiana Univ.; Hamilton, Mass.), 11-Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.), 13-Griffin Dorsey (Indiana Univ.; Evergreen, Colo.), 17-Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.), 20-Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.)

The new Concacaf U-20 Championship format features four groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. Following round-robin group play, the top team in each of the six groups will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three. After a second edition of round-robin play, the two group winners plus the second-place finishers will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Additionally, the two group winners will advance to the tournament final to determine the regional champion.

Teams qualifying for the qualification stage of the tournament will be permitted to amend the 20-player roster and replace up to six players within 24 hours following completion of their final group stage match.

The USA returns to the confederation tournament as defending champion after capturing its first title at the U-20 level in March of 2017, defeating Honduras via penalty kicks in the final. The team went on to reach the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, where it lost to eventual tournament runners-up Venezuela 2-1 in extra time.

ROSTER NOTES:

  • The USA roster consists of 15 players representing pro clubs from five different countries: Belgium, Canada, Germany, Portugal and the USA.
  • Four players are collegiate athletes: Griffin Dorsey and Justin Rennicks (Indiana), Manny Perez (N.C. State), and Frankie Amaya (UCLA).
  • Ten players represent seven MLS clubs: Philadelphia Union (3), FC Dallas (2), LA Galaxy (1), New England Revolution (1), Seattle Sounders (1), Sporting KC (1), and Toronto FC (1).
  • Ten players are 19 years old, eight are 18, and two are 17 (Araujo and Llanez). The two 17-year-olds are age-eligible for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 
  • Goalkeeper Brady Scott is the only returning player from the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup team after serving as the team’s third ‘keeper in Korea Republic.
  • Four players were part of the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup team that fell to eventual champion England in the quarterfinals in India: goalkeeper CJ Dos Santos, defenders Chris Gloster and Jaylin Lindsey and forward Ayo Akinola.
  • Lindsey was named to the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship Best XI after helping the USA to a second-place finish and a World Cup berth.
  • Nineteen of 20 players have spent time playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
  • In addition to nine players from U.S.-based MLS teams that came up through their respective academies, the remaining 10 players last played for the following DA sides: Amaya (Pateadores), Dorsey (Colorado Rush), Dos Santos (Philadelphia Union), Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Llanez (LA Galaxy), Mendez (LA Galaxy), Perez (Capital Area Railhawks Academy), Rennicks (New England Revolution), Scott (De Anza Force), Torres (Georgia United).
  • Ulysses Llanez was named 2018 U-16/17 Development Academy West Conference Co-Player of the Year.
  • Griffin Dorsey won the 2015/16 U15/16 Central Conference Player of the Year and Manny Perez was that year’s East Conference Player of the Year.
  • Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania were part of the FC Dallas U-15/16 team that won the 2016 Development Academy Championship. Pomykal was also part of the club’s U17/18 team that also won the championship that year.  

USA U-20 QUALIFYING AND WORLD CUP HISTORY:

The U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the Concacaf Youth Tournament or Championship for the 27th time. In addition to winning the 2017 title, the USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013).

The U.S. has qualified for 15 of 21 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups since the biannual tournament started in 1977, including 10 of the last 11 and three straight under the guidance of Ramos. The team was eliminated in the quarterfinals in each of the last two World Cups, falling on penalties to eventual champion Serbia in 2015 and in extra time to runner-up Venezuela in 2017. The USA’s best U-20 World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.

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CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn with Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and U.S. Virgin Islands into Group A of the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship. The draw occurred Thursday morning on at the Concacaf headquarters in Miami, Fla., with the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup set to take place from Nov. 1-21, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

“Looking forward to once again have the opportunity to provide another important experience to the next generation of players,” U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said. “This Concacaf U-20 Championship will be different and more challenging than any other we have had in the past but we are prepared and ready.”

The U.S. opens the group stage against Puerto Rico (Nov. 1), followed by U.S. Virgin Islands (Nov. 3), Trinidad & Tobago (Nov. 5) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Nov. 7) before finishing up against Suriname (Nov. 9).

The Concacaf U-20 Championship format features four groups of six teams and two group of five teams. The 2018 tournament marks Concacaf’s largest Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament ever, with 34 Under-20 member associations participating.

Based on the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Ranking, the top six ranked teams were seeded into position one of each group, while the remaining 28 teams were distributed in five pots, also based on ranking:

Seeded Teams (group and position)
United States (A1), Mexico (B1), Honduras (C1), Panama (D1) Costa Rica (E1) and El Salvador (F1)

Remaining Teams (grouped by Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Ranking)
Pot 1: Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Canada and Jamaica
Pot 2: Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Curacao, Aruba and Suriname
Pot 3: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and Guyana
Pot 4: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Belize and Dominica
Pot 5: U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, Sint Maarten and Saint Martin

Due to the uneven number of Under-20 member associations (34), as the lowest of the top six seeded teams, El Salvador’s Group F and Costa Rica’s Group E did not have a sixth team from Pot 5 drawn into its group. This results in only four games of first-round group play for all teams in Group E and F, instead of five games to be played by each team in groups A-D.

Following group play, the top team in each of the six groups will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three. After a second edition of round-robin play, the two group winners plus the second-place finishers will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Additionally, the two groups winners will advance to the tournament’s final to determine the regional champion.

2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship – USA Schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 1 – USA vs. Puerto Rico – 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 3 – USA vs. U.S. Virgin Islands – 7:45 p.m. ET
Monday, Nov. 5 – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago – 7:45 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 7 – USA vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 7:45 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 9 – USA vs. Suriname – 5:30 p.m. ET

2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Groups:
Group A: USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S. Virgin Islands
Group B: Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Grenada, Saint Martin
Group C: Honduras, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Belize, Sint Maarten
Group D: Panama, Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique
Group E: Costa Rica, Haiti, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Barbados
Group F: El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao, Guyana, Cayman Islands

The USA returns to the confederation tournament as defending champions after capturing its first title at the U-20 level in March of 2017, defeating Honduras via penalty kicks in the final. The team went on to reach the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, where it lost to eventual tournament runners-up Venezuela 2-1 in extra time after finishing 0-0 in regulation. The USA’s run to the quarterfinals started with a top place finish in Group F after drawing Ecuador (3-3) and Saudi Arabia (1-1) and defeating Senegal (1-0). In the Round of 16, the USA dominated New Zealand 6-0 to secure its spot in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. has qualified for 15 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 in Saudi Arabia.

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