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U.S. U20 MNT Face Mexico in CONCACAF Championship Match
U.S. U20 MNT Face Mexico in CONCACAF Championship Match | U.S. U20 Men's National Team, CONCACAF U20 Championships, Mexico, Tab Ramos

U.S. Soccer News: U.S. U20 Men’s National Team Faces Mexico on Sunday in Highly Anticipated 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship Final

U.S. U20 MNT Looks To Make History in CONCACAF U20 Championship Final vs. Mexico 

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is looking to do something no previous U.S. U20 MNT has done in the history of the U20 qualifying tournament – win an outright final. The USA faces Mexico in a highly-anticipated title game at the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 3, at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla, Mexico. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Galavision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. Sunday's final is preceded by the tournament's third-place game between Cuba and El Salvador (4:00 p.m. ET; FOX Soccer, Univision Deportes Dos).

USA's CONCACAF U20 Finals History

  • The U.S. U20 MNT advanced to its fourth finals of the CONCACAF U20 qualifying tournament and is in search of its first crown.
  • The USA fell to Mexico 2-0 on August 17, 1980, in the eighth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Washington, D.C.
  • In the ninth CONCACAF Youth Tournament, the U.S. lost in overtime to Honduras 1-0 on September 5, 1982, in Guatemala City. Following the tournament, Honduras was disqualified for age irregularities and the U.S. advanced to the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship. U20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos played on that 1983 FIFA U20 World Cup team.
  • The U.S. advanced to the final of the 22nd CONCACAF Youth Championship but lost to Costa Rica 3-0 on March 15, 2009, in Macoya, Trinidad.
  • The tournament format was changed starting in 1986, when there was only group play and no championship match. The format changed again in 2009 to include a championship match.

Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 22-Zack Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): 18-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 2-Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), 5-Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 4-Caleb Stanko* (Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 10-Luis Gil* (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 16-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): 19-Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 11-Jerome Kiesewetter* (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 7-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

*Indicates player was released back to his club and is not available for the championship match


U.S. U20 MNT 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship Leaders

  • Goals: 1. Jose Villarreal (3); 2. Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas (2); 4. Mario Rodriguez and Wil Trapp (1)
  • Assists: 1. Benji Joya and Mario Rodriguez (2); 3. Daniel Cuevas
  • Minutes played: 1. Cody Cropper, Benji Joya and Shane O'Neill (360); 4. Wil Trapp (315); 5. Mario Rodriguez (292); 6. Caleb Stanko and Juan Pablo Ocegueda (270); 8. Daniel Cuevas (256); 9. Luis Gil (244); 10. Boyd Okwuonu (239)
  • Goalkeeper Wins: 1. Cody Cropper (4)


U.S. U20 MNT 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/ 
Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/ 
TV

Venue

Jan. 19

Panama

2-2 T

Cuevas, Allen

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Jan. 21

Panama

1-2 L

Villarreal (PK)

La Noria FC; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 18

Haiti

2-1 W

Gil, Cuevas

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 22

Costa Rica

1-0 W

Villarreal

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26

Canada

4-2 W

Gil, Villarreal (2), Trapp

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

March 1

Cuba

2-0 W

Rodriguez, Cuevas

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

March 3

Mexico

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer, Galavision

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico


2013 CONCACAF U20 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Match

Result/Time (ET)

TV

Stage

Feb. 18

Haiti vs. USA

2-1 USA

FOX Soccer

Group A

Feb. 18

Cuba vs. Canada

2-1 Cuba

 

Group B

Feb. 19

Puerto Rico vs. Jamaica

4-1 Jamaica

 

Group C

Feb. 19

Mexico vs. Curaçao

3-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer

Group D

Feb. 20

Costa Rica vs. Haiti

1-0 Costa Rica

Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 20

Nicaragua vs. Cuba

3-0 Cuba

Univision Deportes

Group B

Feb. 21

Panama vs. Puerto Rico

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group C

Feb. 21

El Salvador vs. Curaçao

2-1 El Salvador

 

Group D

Feb. 22

USA vs. Costa Rica

1-0 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group A

Feb. 22

Canada vs. Nicaragua

5-1 Canada

 

Group B

Feb. 23

Jamaica vs. Panama

4-0 Panama

Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 23

Mexico vs. El Salvador

3-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

Group D

Feb. 26

USA (GA, 1st) vs. Canada (GB, 2nd)

4-2 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 1

Feb. 26

Cuba (GB, 1st) vs. C. Rica (GA, 2nd)

2-1 Cuba

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 2

Feb. 27

Pan. (GC, 1st) vs. El Sal. (GD, 2nd)

3-1 El Salvador

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 3

Feb. 28

Mexico (GD, 1st) vs. Jam. (GC, 2nd)

4-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

QF 4

March 1

USA (QF 1) vs. Cuba (QF 2)

2-0 USA

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 1

March 1

El Salvador (QF 3) vs. Mexico (QF 4)

2-0 Mexico

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes

SF 2

March 3

Cuba vs. El Salvador

4 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Univision Deportes Dos

3rd Place

March 3

USA vs. Mexico

7 p.m.

FOX Soccer; Galavision

Final

2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship Semifinal Wrap-Up

  • The U.S. U20 MNT scored two goals in a three-minute span and shut out Cuba 2-0 on Friday, March 1, in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship at Estadio Cuauhtémoc. Mario Rodriguez scored in the eighth minute and Daniel Cuevas in the 11th minute. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded his second shutout of the tournament. For only the second time in CONCACAF Youth Tournament and Championship history, the U.S. has won four straight games in the event. The only other occasion was the eighth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in 1980.
  • After 76 minutes of scoreless play, Mexico defender Antonio Briseño led the host side with back-to-back goals in the 77th and 85th minutes to defeat El Salvador 2-0 on Friday. Seven different players have scored a goal for Mexico in this tournament, and Mexico has now outscored its opposition by an impressive 12-0 margin.

Roster Notes

  • Jose Villarreal is the leading scorer among this U.S. U20 group with seven goals in nine U20 MNT matches. He leads the squad with four goals in 2013 and had a two-goal performance to lead the U.S. to a 4-2 victory against Canada in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship. Despite missing Friday's semifinal game against Cuba because of an ankle injury Villarreal still leads the U20 MNT with three goals in the CONCACAF tournament.
  • Midfielder Benji Joya wore the captain's armband on Friday against Cuba after Caleb Stanko, who captained the team in its first three matches, departed for his club team Freiburg. Joya has 14-career caps in this age group, including 10 in 2012 to lead the team as it posted a 4-6-0 international record with him on the field.
  • Daniel Cuevas and Mario Rodriguez each scored their fourth-career goals with the U20s to lead the USA to the 2-0 victory against Cuba in the tournament semifinals.

U.S. U20 MNT vs. Mexico

  • The U.S. U20 MNT has faced Mexico eight times in CONCACAF Youth Tournaments and Championships, posting a 1-7-0 record. Mexico has won the past four meetings.
  • The U.S. and Mexico first faced each other in the first round of the sixth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Puerto Rico and fell 7-1 on September 28, 1976. Nat Brusiloff had the lone goal for the USA.
  • In the eighth CONCACAF Youth Tournament, Mexico shut out the U.S. 2-0 in the tournament final on August 17, 1980, in Washington, D.C.
  • Mexico kept its winning streak intact against the U.S. in the 10th CONCACAF Youth Tournament, posting a 1-0 semifinal victory on September 6, 1984, in Trinidad.
  • The U.S. earned its first victory against Mexico in the opening round of the 11th CONCACAF Youth Tournament with a 3-0 win on August 17, 1986, in Trinidad.

CONCACAF World Cup Berths: Last week, four teams from CONCACAF earned berths to the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey later this year. The U.S. beat Canada 4-2 in the quarterfinals to book its ticket on Tuesday, February 26. The U.S. qualified for its 13th FIFA U20 World Cup. Cuba edged Costa Rica 2-1 in the quarterfinals to advance to the world stage for the first time. On Wednesday, February 27, El Salvador topped Panama 3-1 to qualify for its first World Cup at this age group and host Mexico blanked Jamaica 4-0 to move on to the World Cup.

Mexico Update

  • Mexico won Group D of the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship with 3-0 victories against Curacao and El Salvador on February 19 and 23, respectively.
  • Against Curacao, Jesus Corona scored the game's first two goals and Marco Bueno added a goal as Mexico built its three-goal lead heading into halftime. In the El Salvador victory, Jesus Escoboza and Julio Gomez each had a goal and Mexico benefited from an El Salvador own goal by Olivier Ayala in the closing minutes.
  • Mexico secured a 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup berth with a dominant 4-0 victory against Jamaica on February 27. Armando Zamorano, Bueno, Francisco Flores and Escoboza each tallied a goal.
  • Antonio Briseño scored the game-winning goal for Mexico's 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup team during its 2-0 title game victory against Uruguay. It marked Mexico's second U17 World Cup crown and the game was played in front of nearly 99,000 spectators at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

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