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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Date: November 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship; Group A
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 130
Weather: 75 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             0          6          6
VIN                              0          0          0

USA – Juan Pablo Torres                                  46th minute
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Anthony Fontana)           59
USA – Anthony Fontana (Isaac Angking)            66
USA – Anthony Fontana                                    81
USA – Anthony Fontana                                    86
USA – Brandon Servania (Juan Pablo Torres)    90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 3-Chris Gloster, 19-Sam Rogers, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 14-Manny Perez, 15-Anthony Fontana, 7-Juan Pablo Torres (capt.), 20-Frankie Amaya, 18-Isaac Angking (17-Ayo Akinola,68), 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Paxton Pomykal, 77), 11-Ulysses Llanez (6-Brandon Servania, 77)
Subs not used: 12-David Ochoa, 4-Mark McKenzie, 5-Matt Real, 8-Alex Mendez, 13-Griffin Dorsey, 16-Julian Araujo
Head coach: Tab Ramos

VIN: 1-Jadiel Chance (13-Jellando John, 45+3); 4-Lesron Craigg, 3-Dondre Charles, 14-Kenyon Delpesche, 2-Jay-Z Ryan (15-Dexran Wilson, 58); 16-Diel Spring, 6-Joel Quashie (capt.); 20-Brandon Johnson, 10-Gidson Francis, 17-Trivis Fraser; 9-Romano Johnson (8-Derron Hamblet, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Javal Samuel, 7-Osei Thompson, 11-Carlos Solomon, 12-Alpheus Medica, 18-Danny Spencer, 19-Trezine Da Souza
Head coach: Wade Jackson

Stats Summary: USA / VIN
Shots: 22 / 2
Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 16
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
VIN – Brandon Johnson (caution)                75th minute
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution)                        80

Officials:
Referee: Pierre-luc Lauziere
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Tilus
Fourth Official: Damien Rosa

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Anthony Fontana

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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
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Second Half Surge Earns USA 6-0 Win vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continued its undefeated run at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 6-0 win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at IMG Academy Stadium. The USA sits atop Group A with 12 points from four wins and will aim to qualify for the Classification Stage on Friday against Suriname. 

The first half followed a familiar script with the U.S. dominating possession and shot generation 10-1 with one surprising exception, no goals were scored. Until tonight, the U.S. had scored within the opening 10 minutes of each of its three previous tournament matches but could carve out no such advantage this time around and not for lack of trying.

Although they were continually under pressure from the dynamic U.S. attack, Saint Vincent was able to escape conceding thanks to a fantastic performance from goalkeeper Jadiel Chance who made four saves in addition to making numerous pivotal interventions and getting some help from the woodwork and a few last-ditch goal mouth clearances from his defenders.

The U.S. broke its duck seconds into the second half when Juan Pablo Torres capped off a nice attacking sequence from his teammates, smashing a low shot from the top of the box inside the far-right post.

If the opening strike didn’t dampen the effort from Saint Vincent, the USA’s second and third goals in the 59th and 66th minutes took the wind out of their sails. Leading U.S. scorer Ulysses Llanez bagged the second on a well-executed set piece straight from the training ground, while Anthony Fontana, who provided the assist on Llanez’s strike, blasted a rolling drive through traffic from just outside the box that deflected past substitute goalkeeper Jallando John, who came on for Chance in the final seconds of the first 45 after he sustained a knock to the head during a goal mouth scramble.

Fontana then added a pair in the final 10 minutes to collect the USA’s second hat trick of the tournament – Llanez tallied three against the U.S. Virgin Islands – and second half sub Brandon Servania chipped in a last-minute strike to cement the final 6-0 scoreline.

Wednesday’s other Group A matches saw Puerto Rico (2-2-0; 6 pts.) defeat U.S. Virgin Islands (0-4-0; 0 pts.) 8-0, while Suriname (3-1-0; 9 pts.) bested Trinidad & Tobago (2-2-0; 6 pts) 2-0 in a pivotal match that sets up a scintillating showdown against the United States (4-0-0; 12 pts) in the teams’ final Group A game.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT plays its final Group A match of the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Nov. 9 against Suriname. The U.S. needs a win or draw to ensure advancement to the Classification Stage but could still advance with a loss thanks to a vastly superior goal difference (+28 to Suriname’s +13). Kickoff from IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla., is set for 5:30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on UDN and the ConcacafGo app. Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

4

4

0

0

12

32

2

30

Suriname

4

3

1

0

9

18

5

13

Puerto Rico

4

2

2

0

6

12

13

-1

Trinidad & Tobago

4

2

2

0

6

9

11

-2

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

4

1

3

0

3

6

10

-4

U.S. Virgin Islands

4

0

4

0

0

2

38

-36

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Juan Pablo Torres, 46th minute:
The U.S. opened the scoring with the opening minute of the second half as a well-worked attack down the left wing resulted in a Saint Vincent defender tackling the ball away from Ulysses Llanez in the box. But, the loose ball rolled to Torres, who was stationed just outside the box and he guided a low strike inside the far right post. USA 1, VIN 0

USA – Ulysses Llanez (Anthony Fontana), 59th minute: Just like they drew it up in training, the U.S. executed a smart set piece from 25 yards out. Instead of shooting, Frankie Amaya passed to Fontana who was station just outside the penalty arc and he stabbed a one-time pass into the path of Llanez who had hidden behind the Saint Vincent wall. Llanez cooly picked out the right side netting from point blank range. USA 2, VIN 0

USA – Anthony Fontana (Isaac Angking), 66th minute: This time the USA attacked down the right side with Angking cushioning a hard pass for the on-rushing Fontana to strike from the top of the box. The shot through traffic deflected off a defender and past the goalkeeper into the bottom left corner. USA 3, VIN 0

USA – Anthony Fontana, 81st minute: A nice run from Ayo Akinola gave the speedy U.S. attacker space to cross the ball in from the right wing. When Saint Vincent goalkeeper Jellando John came to collect the ball in the six-yard box, he fumbled it and Fontana was on hand to one-time the loose ball on goal where it was nearly cleared by a defender but still wound up in the back of the net. USA 4, VIN 0

USA – Anthony Fontana (penalty kick), 86th minute: A handball was called on Saint Vincent in its own box and Fontana was given the chance to complete his hat trick opportunity. He duly obliged but not without a little extra work as John saved his initial attempt, diving down to the right corner. The rebound came right out to Fontana, who tapped it in the left side of the vacated net. USA 5, VIN 0

USA – Brandon Servania (Juan Pablo Torres), 90th minute: A final attack from the U.S. saw Servania try his luck from distance. His shot was hit well and headed toward the top left corner until John attempted to punch the ball clear. He mis hit the ball however and it fell behind him into the left side of the goal. USA 6, VIN 0 FINAL.

NOTES:

  • The USA is unbeaten in its last nine Concacaf U-20 Championship matches. 
  • This was the first meeting between the USA and Saint Vincent at the U-20 level.
  • With the result, U.S. head coach Tab Ramos moves to 16-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play.
  • Ulysses Llanez 59th minute goal keeps him tied atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with six.
  • Llanez has scored in all four games for the USA so far.
  • Ramos made seven changes from the side that defeated Trinidad & Tobago. Scott, Gloster, Rennicks and Llanez are the four returning starters from that match.
  • Jaylin Lindsey, who started the opening match at right back, slotted into center back alongside Sam Rogers. 
  • Juan Pablo Torres captained the team today with regular captain Matt Real given a break after playing the full 90 in each of the USA’s first three games. 
  • Angking, Llanez and Rennicks are playing in their fourth match. Available subs Matt Real, Alex Mendez, Paxton Pomykal, Ayo Akinola and Griffin Dorsey have played three.
  • 19 of the 20 players have started at least two of the first four matches. Akinola, Angking, Llanez, Pomykal and Rennicks have appeared in all four matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Date: November 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship; Group A
Venue: IMG Soccer Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 130
Weather: 75 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      0             6             6
VIN                                      0             0             0

USA – Juan Pablo Torres                                                            46th minute
USA – Ulysses Llanez (Anthony Fontana)                59
USA – Anthony Fontana (Isaac Angking)                 66
USA – Anthony Fontana                                              81
USA – Anthony Fontana                                              86
USA – Brandon Servania (Juan Pablo Torres)         90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 3-Chris Gloster, 19-Sam Rogers, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 14-Manny Perez, 15-Anthony Fontana, 7-Juan Pablo Torres (capt.), 20-Frankie Amaya, 18-Isaac Angking (17-Ayo Akinola,68), 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Paxton Pomykal, 77), 11-Ulysses Llanez (6-Brandon Servania, 77)
Subs not used: 12-David Ochoa, 4-Mark McKenzie, 5-Matt Real, 8-Alex Mendez, 13-Griffin Dorsey, 16-Julian Araujo
Head coach: Tab Ramos

VIN: 1-Jadiel Chance (13-Jellando John, 45+3); 4-Lesron Craigg, 3-Dondre Charles, 14-Kenyon Delpesche, 2-Jay-Z Ryan (15-Dexran Wilson, 58); 16-Diel Spring, 6-Joel Quashie (capt.); 20-Brandon Johnson, 10-Gidson Francis, 17-Trivis Fraser; 9-Romano Johnson (8-Derron Hamblet, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Javal Samuel, 7-Osei Thompson, 11-Carlos Solomon, 12-Alpheus Medica, 18-Danny Spencer, 19-Trezine Da Souza
Head coach: Wade Jackson

Stats Summary: USA / VIN
Shots: 22 / 2
Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 16
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
VIN – Brandon Johnson (caution)              75th minute
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution)                        80

Officials:
Referee: Pierre-luc Lauziere
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Tilus
Fourth Official: Damien Rosa

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Anthony Fontana

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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 Head Coach Tab Ramos Names 20-Player Roster for 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship

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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