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Mexico and Costa Rica move into semis
April 6th, 2011 1:44AM

TAGS:  canada, mexico, under-20 world cup


[CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP] Mexico and Costa Rica won quarterfinal games at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship to advance to the 2011 Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. The USA will get its shot Wednesday when it faces host Guatemala in the quarterfinals (TV: ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, 10 p.m. ET).

Goals by Kristian Alvarez, Diego De Buen and Jorge Mora gave Mexico a 3-0 victory over Canada, while Joel Campbell scored a hat trick to lead defending champion Costa Rica to a 6-1 victory over Cuba on Tuesday.

Mexico qualified for a 12th time after failing to make the knockout round in 2009 confederation finals.

The Ticos return to the Under-20 World Cup for the third straight time.

Honduras plays Panama Wednesday for the fourth spot in the U-20 World Cup.

  1. David Crowther
    commented on: April 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    While it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mexico and Costa Rica qualified yet again for a U20 World Cup, what should be of some concern to CONCACAF is the ease with which they both have stomped all over everyone they’ve faced. In three games so far, Mexico has run up 11 goals in favor and 0 against. Costa Rica’s goal differential stands at 12-1 (despite wasting 2 penalties along the way). I watched both of their games against Canada and despite bringing back players from Europe and South America, the poor Canadians were totally outclassed from beginning to end. It wasn’t even close. The US has been just as dominant and though they face a slightly tougher game tonight against the home team, they should also go through. The key question is whether the US, Mexico and Costa Rica are really that good or is it that the rest of CONCACAF is that bad. Costa Rica did make the semis at the last U20 World Cup and if one of these three can repeat that type of performance, then perhaps things aren't quite so bad in our confederation as they look right now.

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