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CONCACAF U20s Preview: United States vs. El Salvador

By Staff, 03/02/17, 8:29AM EST


United States takes aim at place in final with World Cup berth almost certain

Photo courtesy Victor Straffon / Straffon Images

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The United States U20s will aim for a place in the final of the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship, and to confirm their ticket to the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup Final, on Friday evening when they face El Salvador at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

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United States news and notes

  • The United States took a 1-0 victory against Mexico on Monday evening to move one step away from claiming their third consecutive trip to the FIFA U20 World Cup.

  • Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown scored the only goal of the game, highlight a standout performance that saw the U.S. limit Mexico to only three shots, none on target.

  • The victory was the first for the U.S. U20s against Mexico in a competitive game since 1986, when both Tony Meola and Kasey Keller were in the U.S. squad.

  • The United States has advanced to the final of the CONCACAF U20 Championship twice since a knockout stage was re-established for the 2009 tournament, but has never won the event. A win or a draw against El Salvador would earn the side a berth in this year's final against Honduras, which booked its place in Sunday's contest on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win against Costa Rica.

El Salvador news and notes

  • El Salvador saw its hopes of reaching the FIFA U20 World Cup for a second time falter on Wednesday night when it fell 6-1 to Mexico.

  • La Azulita will now need to take a three-goal victory against the United States on Friday to pull level on points with it and Mexico, and overturn its goal differential disadvantage.

  • El Salvador has been led in the tournament by Roberto Carlos Dominguez, who has recorded two goals, the only player with multiple tallies for the side.

  • La Azulita had previously advanced to the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2013, when the side included former Real Monarchs SLC forward Maikon Orellana.

Tournament hashtag:

  • #CU20CRC

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