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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

San Jose y Tibas, Costa Rica
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All Systems Go: Men's Youth National Teams Thriving in 2017

The end of a cycle usually means that things are winding down and people are preparing for what’s coming next. The opposite is true for U.S. Soccer’s Men’s Youth National Team programs, which have kicked into high gear and are shining brightly as the culmination of the current cycle draws near. As the full integration of the Youth National Team setup begins to reap benefits, take a look at the recent successes on the men’s youth side, with a follow-up article to come soon on the Women’s Youth National Teams.

The Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked things off in February at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica, making history when it defeated Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks to earn the U.S. its first CONCACAF title at the U-20 level. The road to the championship was not an easy one, with the U.S. kicking off the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Panama. The defeat provided a spark to a team that would go on to beat Haiti 4-1, St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1. In the Classification Stage, Tab Ramos’ side earned an historic victory against Mexico 1-0, handing El Trí their first defeat at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship since 2009 and ending an unbeaten streak that spanned 20 matches.

With the 2-1 win vs. El Salvador, the USA qualified for this month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic where the USA will face Ecuador (May 22; 4 a.m. ET), Senegal (May 25; 7 a.m. ET and Saudi Arabia (May 28; 5 a.m. ET). All three group games can be seen live on FS1.

After witnessing the success of the U-20’s in Costa Rica, Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth and his team were eager to head down to Panama to write their own history. They did just that, opening the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a statement 5-0 win against Jamaica, followed by another historic 4-3 win against Mexico that marked the USA’s first World Cup Qualifying victory against El Trí at the U-17 level and ended the side’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play. A 1-0 victory against El Salvador launched the U-17 MNT into the Classification Stage, where it took down Honduras 3-0 and Cuba 6-2 to clinch a berth at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup taking place in India this October. The U-17 MNT’s tournament run ended on a bittersweet note, however, falling to Mexico 5-4 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in the championship match when Mexico scored the tying goal in the waning moments of second-half stoppage time.

Even though the team was not able to earn the regional crown, the tournament saw the likes of Andrew Carleton and captain Josh Sargent rise to the occasion, with the latter earning a call-up to the U-20 World Cup roster. If he plays in Korea Republic and then joins the U-17 MNT in their World Cup this fall, Sargent would become just the second U.S. player to feature at two different youth World Cups in the same year, following Freddy Adu who did the same in 2003.

“John Hackworth and I have been discussing Josh for the last six months, trying to provide better and more competitive opportunities for him from a National Team standpoint,” Ramos told reporters during a teleconference following his roster announcement. “We even discussed the possibility of him going to qualifying with the U-20’s, but at the time we thought we wanted to leave the U-17 team alone and have him go to help the team qualify for the World Cup, and he did a great job with that. So now we moved him up, and he’s already been in January Camp with us this year, so we know Josh fairly well at this level and I think he’ll do a great job.”

While the U-20 and U-17 MNT’s were busy conquering the CONCACAF region, the U-18 Men’s, U-15 and U-16 Boys’ National Team were taking care of business in Europe.

The U-18 MNT traveled to Slovakia in late April to defend their title as 2016 Slovakia Cup champions. Omid Namazi’s side tied Hungary 1-1, defeated Belarus 2-1 and later took down hosts Slovakia 4-3 in penalty kicks to reach the final against Russia. The U-18’s fell just short of capturing a second-consecutive title, falling 3-1 to Russia in the championship match while claiming a respectable second-place finish in the tournament.

Led by head coach Dave van den Bergh, the U-15 BNT took first place at the 14th edition of the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni held in Italy and Slovenia. The U-15’s beat co-hosts Slovenia 4-0 and Russia 2-1, and later fell 3-2 to England in their group finale. The team advanced to the semifinals, where they took down Portugal 4-2 and set up a rematch in the final versus England. This time the USA came out on top, with U.S. MNT legend Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni scoring the game-winner in final minute.

Over in France, the Under-16 Boys’ National Team competed in the 45th edition of the Montaigu Tournament. In 2016, the U.S. took home the championship for the second time, and first since 1992, thanks to a 3-2 victory against hosts France. This time around the U-16’s defeated Belgium by a 1-0 margin but fell to Japan 3-2 in group play. In the following placement matches, the team downed Mexico 3-0, but was defeated by Brazil to finish the tournament in sixth place out of the 12 competing nations. This competition marked the first tournament of the year and the third gathering of 2017 for the U-16 BNT player pool.

Although results are not the primary measuring stick for a program ultimately tasked with developing players for the senior National Team, it has become clear that the benefits of having a dedicated staff focused on elite youth players and sticking to a unified philosophical approach are in full effect. With both U-17 and U-20 World Cups around the corner, it is crucial to continue riding this momentum forward towards the potential success of years to come.

Youth Men’s National Team 2017 Results

Team

Opponent

Result

Competition

Location

Notes

U-20

Panama

0-1 L

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

Haiti

4-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

St. Kitts and Nevis

4-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

Mexico

1-0 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

El Salvador

2-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

*Qualified for WC

Honduras

0-0 D (5-3 PKs)

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

*First CONCACAF Championship at the U-20 level

U-18

Hungary

1-1 D

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Belarus

2-1 W

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Slovakia

1-1 D (4-3 PKs)

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Russia

1-3 L

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

*Took second place in the tournament

U-17

Jamaica

5-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Mexico

4-3 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

*Beat Mexico in WCQ for first time in history

El Salvador

1-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Honduras

3-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Cuba

6-2 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

*Qualified for WC

Mexico

1-1 D (4-5 PKs)

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

U-16

Belgium

1-0 W

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Japan

2-3 L

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Mexico

3-0 W

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Brazil

0-2 L

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

U-15

Slovenia

4-0 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

Russia

2-1 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

England

2-3 L

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

Portugal

4-2 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

England

2-1 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

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GALLERY: U-20 MNT Makes History by Winning First CONCACAF U-20 Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final victory over Honduras at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, in San Jose. Following a 0-0 draw, the U-20 MNT defeated Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks, with the winning PK successfully taken by Real Salt Lake defender Danny Acosta. The USA entered the game with a 0-5 record in CONCACAF U-20 tournament championship games. Following the match, U.S. captain Erik Palmer-Brown was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, while Jonathan Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper. The U-20 MNT now prepares for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup set to take place May 20-June 11 in Korea Republic, and will learn their group opponents during the tournament draw on March 15. Read more
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U-20 Men's National Team Claims First CONCACAF U-20 Championship with Shootout Win vs. Honduras

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (March 5, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship by defeating Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw in Sunday’s Final. After going perfect through the first four rounds of the shootout, Danny Acosta slotted the game-winning penalty kick into the lower left corner to earn the U.S. its first CONCACAF title at the U-20 level.

Following the match, U.S. captain Erik Palmer-Brown was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, while Jonathan Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper. Additionally, five U.S. players were named to the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI by the competition's Technical Study Group:
Goalkeeper: Jonathan Klinsman
Right Defender: Marlon Fossey
Central Defender: Justen Glad
Central Midfielder: Erik Palmer-Brown
Left Midfielder: Brooks Lennon

Honduras ceded much of the first-half possession to the USA, but the U-20 MNT’s best chances both came on dead-ball opportunities. In the ninth minute, Justen Glad’s glancing header off Brooks Lennon’s corner kick required a big stop out of Honduras goalkeeper Javier Delgado. In the 27th minute, Lennon’s direct free kick from just outside the box forced Delgado into an acrobatic stop.  

The U.S. came close again in the 50th minute when Emmanuel Sabbi’s header off Lennon’s free kick was kept out by Delgado at the right post. U-20 MNT captain Erik Palmer-Brown shut down Honduras’ best chance of the match, sweeping Darixon Vuelto’s breakaway in the 75th minute, while Honduras defender Dylan Andrade’s clearance on Sabbi’s 89th minute cross ensured the match would head to penalty kicks.

Both teams impressively converted each of their attempts through the first three rounds of the shootout. After Luca de la Torre placed his fourth round effort inside the top right corner, the U.S. received the break it needed as Rembrandt Flores fired his attempt high and wide of goal. That set up Acosta for the game-winning penalty, where the Real Salt Lake defender calmly placed his effort inside the lower left post.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT now prepares for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup set to take place May 20-June 11 in Korea Republic, and will learn their group opponents during the tournament draw on March 15.

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Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Javier Delgado, 9th minute:
Brooks Lennon’s driven corner kick from the right picked out Justen Glad whose snap header at the near post was desperately palmed away by Delgado.

HON – Javier Delgado, 27th minute: After a foul to Eryk Williamson about 20 yards from goal, Lennon belted a free kick that swerved over the Honduras wall and eyed the top right corner before Delgado got over to parry the ball out for a corner kick. 

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 30th minute: A sustained bit of pressure from Los Catrachos resulted in midfielder Darixon Vuelto gaining space outside the box where he hit a quick effort to test Klinsmann, but the U.S. goalkeeper recovered to make the save at the right post. 

HON – Javier Delgado, 50th minute: The USA was awarded a free kick after Marlon Fossey was chopped down on the right by Foslyn Grant. On the ensuing take, Lennon swung his free kick to the far corner of the six-yard box where Emmanuel Sabbi strongly nodded his effort down before Delgado collected at the right post.

USA – Erik Palmer-Brown, 75th minute: After a giveaway at midfield, Vuelto charged alone down the right and into the U.S. penalty area where captain Erik Palmer-Brown swooped through to deny his shot before putting the ball out for a corner kick.

HON – Dylan Andrade, 89th minute: Klinsmann’s goal kick was met in the air by Sabbi, who headed down for Lennon. The Real Salt Lake attacker than rewarded Sabbi’s run into the box, where he centered looking for Luca de la Torre, only to have Andrade clear the danger.

NOTES:

  • With the win, the U.S. wins its first CONCACAF Championship at the U-20 level.
  • The U-20 MNT came away victorious for the first time in five attempts at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final.
  • Following the match, U.S. captain Erik Palmer-Brown was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, while Jonathan Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.
  • U.S. forward Brooks Lennon finished tournament tied for second in goals with Panama’s Ricardo Ávila. The pair finished behind Golden Boot winner Ronaldo Cisneros of Mexico.
  • The result moves Tab Ramos’s all-time CONCACAF U-20 Championship record to 12-3-2.
  • The U.S. earned its second clean sheet of the tournament, having previously shutout Mexico 1-0 in the first match of the Classification stage. The USA finishes the tournament having scored 11 goals while conceding four.
  • Midfielder Sebastián Saucedo served a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in the 89th minute of Friday’s 2-1 win vs. El Salvador.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: March 5, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Final
Venue: Estadio Nacional; San José, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 74 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F          PK
USA                             0          0          0          5
HON                            0          0          0          3

Penalty Summary:
USA: Brooks Lennon (goal), Coy Craft (goal), Emmanuel Sabbi (goal), Luca De La Torre (goal), Danny Acosta (goal)
HON: Jorge Álvarez (goal), Douglas Martínez (goal), Foslyn Grant (goal), Rembrandt Flores (miss)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad (13-Auston Trusty, 47), 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson (Emmanuel Sabbi, 26); 17-Brooks Lennon, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Coy Craft, 79), 10-Luca De La Torre
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan González, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Not eligible: 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

HON: 1-Javier Delgado; 2-Denil Maldonado, 3-Wesley Decas, 5-Dylan Andrade (Capt.), 16-Jose García; 8-Carlos Pineda, 9-Foslyn Grant, 18-Darixon Vuelto, 20-Jorge Álvarez; 17-Byron Rodríguez (10-Rembrandt Flores, 72), 19-Douglas Martínez
Subs not used: 12-Michael Perello, 4-Kenneth Hernández, 6-Riky Zapata, 7-Jose Reyes, 11-Jose Pinto, 13-Jose Quiroz, 14-Sendel Cruz, 15-Jalex Sanchez
Head coach: Carlos Tabora

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 22
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
none

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonardo Sanchez (CUB)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Danny Acosta

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Five Things to Know: Honduras U-20 MNT

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Honduras in the Final of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Sunday, March 5 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose. The match will determine the 21st outright CONCACAF tournament winner since 1962, when Mexico won took home the inaugural hardware against Guatemala. Both Honduras and the U.S., along Mexico and Costa Rica, have qualified for the 2017 U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. Sunday’s game can be seen live at 4 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

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

The Roster

A total of 18 players on the Honduras roster play domestically, with historic league power Olimpia placing five players on the squad, while Motagua and Real EspaƄa have two each.

One player, midfielder Darixon Vuelto, plays outside Honduras with Spanish Segunda División club CD Tenerife.

Take a look at the full roster:

Goalkeepers (2): Javier Delgado (CD Honduras Progreso/HON), Michael Perello (CD Marathon/HON)

Defenders (7): Dylan Andrade (Platense FC/HON), Wesly Decas (Pumas/HON), Jose García (CD Victoria/HON), Kenneth Hernández (CD Victoria/HON), Denil Maldonado (CD Motagua/HON), Jalex Sánchez (Real CD España/HON), Riky Zapata (CD Real Sociedad/HON)

Midfielders (8): Jorge Álvarez (CD Olimpia/HON), Sendel Cruz (Juticalpa FC/HON), Rembrandt Flores (CD Olimpia/HON), Foslyn Grant (CD Motagua/HON), Carlos Pineda (CD Olimpia/HON), Jose Quiroz (Real CD España/HON), Jose Reyes (CD Olimpia/HON), Darixon Vuelto (CD Tenerife/ESP)

Forwards (3): Douglas Martínez (CSD Vida/HON), Jose Pinto (CD Olimpia/HON), Byron Rodriguez (Parrillas One/HON)

2016 UNCAF Champions

Honduras began its ramp up to the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in July of 2016 during La Eliminatoria Sub-20 de Centroamérica. Held from July 8-16 in Panama, the Central American Football Union’s (UNCAF) qualifying tournament featured five teams after Costa Rica automatically qualified to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the host nation and Belize withdrew.

This left El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama vying for the three spots. In a single round-robin group phase, Honduras finished atop the group with eight points after defeating El Salvador (2-1) and Nicaragua (2-0), and drawing against Guatemala (2-2) and Panama (1-1). Midfielder Sendel Cruz was the only player to rack up multiple goals in the tournament, with two.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship performance

Honduras enters the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final with the same overall record as the United States, winning four games and losing one (4-1-0). Los Catrachos’ only loss came in their Group A finale, when they fell 1-0 to Mexico after defeating Canada 1-0 and Antigua and Barbuda 4-1.

In its first Classification Stage game against Panama, Honduras got off to a blazing start. In the sixth minute, Douglas Martínez slotted the ball past Panama’s left back, giving midfielder Darixon Vuelto enough space to cut inside and use his dominant left foot to send a rocket to the upper right corner. Seventy-five minutes later, Los Catrachos would seal their three points on a well-hit strike from midfielder Jorge Álvarez.

Honduras’ second Classification Stage clash against host nation Costa Rica would prove to be slightly more challenging. After conceding a goal in the 47th minute, Honduras quickly gathered themselves and retaliated two minutes later off the head of defender Denil Maldonado. In the 70th minute, Honduras found the winner thanks to another header from midfielder Foslyn Grant. The second successfully converted corner kick of the game would punch Honduras’ ticket to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final and U-20 World Cup.

Honduras U-20 History

Since 1962, Honduras has participated in 18 of the possible 26 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments, including 2017. Although they were originally crowned as Champions of the 1982 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament, after a 1-0 victory against the United States, the CONCACAF title and World Cup berth was taken away shortly thereafter when the team was disqualified for using overage players. Honduras was considered tournament champions in 1994 when it finished atop the final group stage, which sent the top two teams to the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship in Qatar. Los Catrachos were also runners up at the 1964 and 1976 CONCACAF tournaments.

Of the 17 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments Honduras has participated in prior to 2017, Los Catrachos have posted a 51-18-13 record and punched tickets to the FIFA U-20 World Cup six times: 1977, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2015. Although a Honduras team has never made it out of the group stage during those six World Cup opportunities, it came closest to advancing out of its group at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship in Tunisia when the team finished second to Uruguay.

Hondurans in M.L.S.

There is a long history of Honduran internationals playing a significant role in M.L.S. clubs, and this year is no different. A total of seven Hondurans national team players are in the league this year, including four who were part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad: Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas), and Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo).

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Match Preview: U-20 MNT Seeks First CONCACAF Championship Sunday vs. Honduras

After qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic with its decisive 2-1 Classification Stage win against El Salvador on Friday, the USA now looks for its first CONCACAF U-20 Championship title, and first regional youth crown for the USA since the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, when they take on Honduras in Sunday’s Final. The match kicks off at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Sunday’s match marks the fourth Final appearance by the U.S. and second for Honduras in the history of the CONCACAF U-20 tournament. In all four of their outright championship games, the USA has finished as runners up to Mexico twice (1980, 2009), Honduras (1982), and Costa Rica (2009). Before defeating the U.S. for the title in 1982, Honduras lost to Mexico, 4-3, on penalty kicks in the 1976 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament Final, after playing to a 0-0 draw in regulation.

The USA enters the game following its victory against El Salvador, which saw Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson’s first-half finishes followed by a physical second half in which referee Jafeth Parea issued nine cards and sent three players off. Of the 11 total bookings during the match, four U.S. players were shown yellow cards, while Sebastián Saucedo, sent off in the 89th minute, will miss Sunday’s Final due to suspension.

In reaching the Final, Honduras posted two wins in Classification Stage Group E, defeating Panama 2-0 and Costa Rica 2-1. Honduras advanced to the Classification Stage with a second place finish in Group A, where a 1-0 win against Canada and 5-1 victory vs. Antigua and Barbuda preceded a close 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

The final draw for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic will be held March 15. The tournament will be played from May 20-June 11 in Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Seogwipo, Jeonju and Suwon. The U.S. has now qualified for 15 FIFA U-20 World Cups, while Honduras is headed to their seventh.

USA vs. Honduras History

The USA and Honduras Under-20 National Teams have faced each other eight times in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying competitions. Honduras holds a 4-1-3 advantage in the series, although the last two meetings in 1996 and 2009 both ended in 0-0 draws. The USA’s only win against Honduras came in a 4-0 victory in the Final Round of the

1992 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament in Canada.

Golden Opportunity for Lennon

Forward Brooks Lennon has paced the U-20 MNT through much of the tournament, popping up with a hat trick in a 4-1 win vs. Haiti, another goal in the 4-1 victory vs. St. Kitts and Nevis and the game-winning assist in Monday’s 1-0 result against Mexico. 

With four goals heading into Sunday’s Final, Lennon sits tied for second with Panama’s Ricardo Ávila in the tournament’s Golden Boot standings, still within striking range of Mexico’s Ronaldo Cisneros who ended the competition with six.

Reaching the Big Stage

Since 1976, when the CONCACAF tournament became the qualification funnel to the

U-20 FIFA World Cup, the United States has advanced to 15 World Cups out of 21 qualification opportunities and nine of the last 10 before the 2017 tournament. The USA’s best World Cup finish came at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, in which they fell 2-0 to Brazil in the Third Place Game. In the history of the CONCACAF U-20 tournament, the U.S. has reached the Championship match or Final Group seven times: 1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Since 1962, Honduras has participated in 18 of the possible 26 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments, including 2017. Although they were originally crowned as Champions of the 1982 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament following a 1-0 win against U.S., the recognition and World Cup berth were taken away shortly thereafter when the team was disqualified for using overage players.

Of the 17 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments Honduras has participated in prior to 2017, Los Catrachos have posted a 51-18-13 record and punched tickets to the U-20 FIFA World Cup six times. Although a Honduras team has never made it out of the Group Stage during those six

U-20 World Cup opportunities, they came closest to advancing at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship in Tunisia when they finished second in their group behind Uruguay.

Qualifying Format Change

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format changed for 2017, with 12 teams split into three, four-team groups. Under the current setup, the top two teams from each group advance to a Classification Stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:

ROSTER GALLERY

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)

FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.)

USA ROSTER BREAKDOWN:

On Feb. 9, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The roster includes one member of the USA’s 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Ramos named Palmer-Brown the team captain a few days prior to the qualifying tournament.

Eleven players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) and Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union), midfielders Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC) and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), and forwards Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers) and Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake).

Midfielder Luca de la Torre and defender Marlon Fossey are teammates with English side Fulham FC, while Jonathan Gonzalez represents Liga MX side Monterrey and forward Emmanuel Sabbi is attached to Spanish club Las Palmas.

The remaining five players play collegiately: goalkeepers Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California) and JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown), defender Aaron Herrera (New Mexico), and midfielders Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University) and Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland).

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-0 D 5-3 PKs Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica --
2-1 W Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica 270 Sabbi, Williamson
1-0 W Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica Palmer-Brown
4-1 W Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica 232 Lennon, Lewis, Saucedo(2)
4-1 W Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica 170 Lennon(3), de la Torre
0-1 L Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica --

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship - Feb. 17-March 5 - Costa Rica

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5'11 170 Salt Lake City, Utah Real Salt Lake
D 5-9 146 Wappingers Falls, N.Y. New York Red Bulls II
F 6-0 165 Glade Spring, Va. FC Dallas
F 6'0 175 Bethesda, Md. Duke
D 5'9 154 Surbiton, England Fulham FC (England)
D 6-0 140 Tucson, Ariz. Real Salt Lake
F 5-5 120 Santa Rosa, Calif. Monterrey (Mexico)
M 5-9 155 Bloomington, Ind. Indiana Fire
D 5-11 155 Casa Grande, Ariz. New Mexico
GK 6-4 180 Newport Beach, Calif. Univeristy of California
F 5-10 155 Paradise Valley, Ariz. RSL Arizona
F 5-8 Plantation, Fla. Kendall SC
GK 5-11 164 Alamo, Calif. Georgetown
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. Sporting Kansas City
D 6-1 170 Oviedo, Fla. Orlando City SC
M 5-9 150 Libertyville, Ill. Chicago Magic PSG
F 5-7 145 Casa Grande, Ariz. Veracruz
M 5-9 140 San Diego, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
D 6-2 171 Media, Pa. Bethlehem Steel
M 5-10 150 Alexandria, Va. Maryland

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship - Feb. 17-March 5 - Costa Rica

Danny Acosta

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Tyler Adams

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
146

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Club:
New York Red Bulls II

Coy Craft

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Glade Spring, Va.

Club:
FC Dallas

Jeremy Ebobisse

Position:
Forward

Height:
6'0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bethesda, Md.

Club:
Duke

Marlon Fossey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'9

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Surbiton, England

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Justen Glad

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Tucson, Ariz.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Jonathan Gonzalez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Weight:
120

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Santa Rosa, Calif.

Club:
Monterrey (Mexico)

Jeremiah Gutjahr

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bloomington, Ind.

Club:
Indiana Fire

Aaron Herrera

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:
New Mexico

Jonathan Klinsmann

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:
Univeristy of California

Brooks Lennon

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Club:
RSL Arizona

Jonathan Lewis

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Plantation, Fla.

Club:
Kendall SC

JT Marcinkowski

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
164

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Alamo, Calif.

Club:
Georgetown

Erik Palmer-Brown

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
184

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Tommy Redding

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Oviedo, Fla.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Emmanuel Sabbi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Libertyville, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Magic PSG

Sebastian Saucedo

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:
Veracruz

Luca De La Torre

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Auston Trusty

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
171

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Media, Pa.

Club:
Bethlehem Steel

Eryk Williamson

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Alexandria, Va.

Club:
Maryland

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Mexico
3
3
0 0 9
0 9
9
Honduras
3
2
1
0 5
2
3
6
Canada 3 1 2 0 2 6 -4 3
Antigua and Barbuda
3
0 3
0 1
9
-8
0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Panama 3
3
0 0 8
1
7
9
United States
3
3
1
0 8
3
5
6
Haiti 3
1
2
0 7
8
-1
3
Saint Kitts and Nevis
3
0 3
0 2
13
-11
0

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
El Salvador 3
2
1 0 5
3
2
6
 Costa Rica 3
2
1 0 3
2
1
6
Trinidad & Tobago
3
1 1
1 3
3
0
4
Bermuda
3
0 2
1
3
6
-3 1

Group A Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Feb. 17 Honduras vs. Canada 1-0 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 17 Mexico vs. Antigua 3-0
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 20 Antigua vs. Honduras 1-4
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 20 Mexico vs. Canada 5-0
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 23 Canada vs. Antigua 3-0
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 23 Honduras vs. Mexico 0-1
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica

Group B Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Feb. 18 St. Kitts vs. Haiti 1-5
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 18 United States vs. Panama 0-1
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 21 Panama vs. St. Kits 4-0
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 21 United States vs. Haiti 4-1 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 24 Panama vs. Haiti 3-1
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 24 United States vs. St. Kitts 4-1 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica

Group C Schedule

Date Match Time (et)/Result Venue
Feb. 19 Bermuda vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1-1
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 19 Costa Rica vs. El Salvador 0-1
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 22 El Salvador vs. Bermuda 3-1 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 22 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1-0
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 25 El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1-2 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Feb. 25 Costa Rica vs. Bermuda 2-1
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica

Classification Stage

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States
2 2
0 0 3
1 2
6
Mexico 2 1 1 0 6 2 4 3
El Salvador  2 0 2 0 2 8 -6 0

Group E

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Honduras
2 2 0 0 4 1 3 6
Costa Rica
1 0 1 0 1 2 -1 0
Panama 1 0 1 0 0 2 -2 0

Classification Stage Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Feb. 27 Mexico vs. United States 0-1 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Feb. 27 Panama vs. Honduras 0-2 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 1 Mexico vs. El Salvador 6-1 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
March 1 Honduras vs. Costa Rica 2-1 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 3 El Salvador vs. United States 1-2 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
March 3 Panama vs. Costa Rica 1-1 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 5 United States vs. Honduras 0-0 (5-3 PKs) Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
2017 U-20 CONCACAF Championship
Record: 4-1-1

Player

 Pos.

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Y/R

Danny Acosta M
5 5
450 0 0 0/0
Tyler Adams M
4 4
301
0 0 0/0
Coy Craft M
6 0 137
0 0 0/0
Jeremy Ebobisse F
5
5
406 0 2
0/0
Marlon Fossey D
6
5
511
0 0 0/0
Justen Glad D
6
6
497 0
0 1/0
Jonathan Gonzalez M
1
0 22
0 0 0/0
Jeremiah Gutjahr M
3 0 33 0 0 0/0
Aaron Herrera D
1
1 29 0 0 0/0
Jonathan Klinsmann GK
5
5
450 0 0 0/0
Brooks Lennon F
6
6
476
4
1
1/0
Jonathan Lewis
M
3
2
149
1
1
0/0
JT Marcinkowski
GK
1
1 90 0 0 0/0
Erik Palmer-Brown
D
6 6
460
1
0 1/0
Tommy Redding
D
6
6
519
0 0 1/0
Emmanuel Sabbi
F
3
1 195
1 0 0/0
Sebastian Saucedo
M
4
3 231
2
0 1/1
Luca de la Torre
M
5
5 428
1
0 1/0
Auston Trusty
D
2 1 133 0 0 1/0
Eryk Williamson
M
6 5
397
1 1 0/0
Own Goal  


0

Totals   6 6
540 11
5 7/1
Opponent Totals   6 6
540 4
3
10/4

2017 U-20 MNT CONCACAF Championship Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Jonathan Klinsmann
5 5
450 7
3
2
0.75 3-1-1
JT Marcinkowski
1
1
90
4
1
0 1.00 1-0-0
Totals 6 6
540
11
4 2 0.80 4-1-1
Opponent Totals 6 6
540 4
11
2 2.20 1-4-1

Updated through March 5, 2017

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