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Under-20 MYNT sets its sights on Olympic qualification in Concacaf Under-20 Championship semifinal vs. Honduras on July 1

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ONLINE OLYMPIC GAMES:

With its berth at the FIFA U-20 World Cup secured, the U.S. U-20 Men’s Youth National Team will face host Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship Semifinals on July 1 for a berth at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The United States is seeking its first appearance in the Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament since Beijing 2008 and is aiming to win its third consecutive Concacaf Under-20 Championship. MYNT U-20 secured one of the four berths in the region’s U-20 World Cup with a strong 2-0 victory against Costa Rica in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Honduras came from behind to defeat Panama 2-1 in the quarterfinals before a raucous crowd at the Estadio Morazán in San Pedro Sula. The Catrachos they are aiming for their fifth consecutive Olympic qualification, as well as their third Concacaf Under-20 title and first since 1994.

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USA VS. HONDURAS:

  • The United States is 2-4-4 all-time against Honduras in the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, including an undefeated 2-0-3 in the last five meetings since 1992.
  • The United States scored high-stakes victories against The Catrachos in their last two meetings in the 2018 and 2017 tournaments. In 2018, the US defeated Honduras 1-0 in qualifying to secure their place in the tournament final when forward Ayo Akinola scored just after half weather.
  • In 2017, the US won its first Concacaf Under-20 Championship with a penalty shootout win against Honduras. After 90 scoreless minutes, the game went straight to penalties and the US won 5-3. Current USMNT senior midfielder Luca de la Torre hit one of the game-winning shots.
  • Honduras has appeared in 20 of 28 Concacaf Under-20 Championships. the central americans they have won the tournament twice, as host in 1994 and also in 1984.
  • Honduras have qualified for nine of the 23 U-20 World Cups, including the last four tournaments, but never got past the group stage. The Catrachos they are tied with Costa Rica for the third most appearances at the U-20 World Cup in Concacaf.
  • Honduras he has qualified for five of the last six Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments and finished fourth at Rio 2016.

GUARANTEED UNDER-20 WORLD CUP:

The United States secured a place in their fifth consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup with an emotional 2-0 win against Costa Rica in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Forward Paxten Aaronson scored in the first five minutes of each half to lead the US to victory.

Despite initial pressure from Costa Rica, midfielder Alejandro Alvarado Jr. drove the ball downfield and found forward Quinn Sullivan in the corner of the box. He set up Aaronson, his Philadelphia Union teammate, for the opening goal. Early in the second half, striker Caden Clark headed a ball on goal for Aarosnon to shoot on goal.

Costa Rica provided the USA’s fiercest test thus far in the tournament and The Ticos pressured the US defensive line with a series of dangerous scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper Chris Brady was forced to make a series of important saves, while The Ticos He also missed a penalty in the 54th minute.

HONDURAS REACHES SEMIS AT HOME:

Honduras came from behind to secure its spot in the semifinals and the U-20 World Cup, beating Panama 2-1 in the quarters. The Canaleros He came out with his front foot and scored in the 22nd minute, but Honduras won a penalty in the 43rd for a chance to tie. While Jeyson Contreras missed his initial attempt, Marco Aceituno hit the rebound to equalize. The winning goal came with another penalty in the 74th minute to secure Honduras’ advance and spark a frenzy at the Morazán Stadium.

Before the quarterfinals, Honduras beat Antigua and Barbuda 3-0, Jamaica 5-0 and Costa Rica 1-0 in the group stage. In the round of 16, Honduras overcame Curaçao 4-1, closing the game with two goals in the second half. Eight players have scored for the catrachos, led by six goals from Aceituno.

HOW DID THEY GET HERE

2022 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; HOMETOWN; U-20 CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.; 0/5), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/1)

DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Fla.; 3/0), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 4/0), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, Calif.; 6/1 ), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 0/4), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.; 0/5), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.; 1/7 )

MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, NJ; 5/8), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.; 0/4), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; Wayzata, Minn.; 8 /2), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, NJ; 6/0), Jackson Hopkins (DC United; Fredericksburg, Va.; 1/0), Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake; Sunnyvale, Calif.; 8 /2), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, NY; 1/8), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Sillwater, Okla.; 1/7), Niko Tsakiris (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, Calif.; 3/2)

FORWARDS (3): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, Calif.; 7/2), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 7/6), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Ga.; 6/1)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • The United States is the only nation to have qualified for the last five FIFA U-20 World Cups. New Zealand and Uruguay have a chance to join the US as the only countries to make it to every tournament since 2013.
  • Ten of the 24 teams have qualified for the 2023 U-20 World Cup: host Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and USA from Concacaf plus England, France, Israel, Italy and Slovakia from Europe.
  • Midfielder Jackson Hopkins replaced midfielder Obed Vargas on the US roster, joining the team just before the round of 16 and making his U-20 debut against Nicaragua.
  • Honduran striker Marco Aceituno leads the tournament with six goals. American forward Quinn Sullivan’s five goals go to second with two other players whose teams have already been eliminated.
  • Eleven players have scored for the US in the tournament: Sullivan (five goals), Paxten Aaronson (four), Cade Cowell, Niko Tsakiris (two each), Caden Clark, Mauricio Cuevas, Diego Luna, Jack McGlynn, Jalen Neal , Rokas Pukstas and Tyler Wolff.
  • Six players have registered an assist for the USA: Luna and Clark (four assists), Sullivan (three), Aaronson, Alejandro Alvarado Jr. and Cowell.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

This year marks the 28th edition of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship. The tournament began in 1962 as the Concacaf Youth Tournament, qualifying two teams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 1976 to 1994 and four teams from 1996 to now.

Following a myriad of different formats over the years, the 2022 competition features a new 20-team tournament similar to the most recent Concacaf Men’s U-17 and U-20 and U-17 Women’s Championships. Sixteen countries are drawn into four groups of four, while four countries advance directly to the round of 16 via a pre-qualification tournament: Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

The top three finishers from each group qualified for the round of 16, where they were joined by the four seeded teams. From there, it’s a knockout bracket until the tournament final. The four winners of the quarter-final matches qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, while the two winners of the semi-final matches qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The United States has participated in 25 of 28 Concacaf Under-20 Championships, including every tournament since 1974, and has qualified for the Under-20 World Cup in 17 of 23 attempts. After missing out on the 2011 U-20 World Cup, the US is the only nation to have qualified for the last five tournaments and the only team to reach the quarterfinals in the last three editions.

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