Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
USA will face pressure-packed test against Canada
by Paul Kennedy, February 26th, 2013 12:12AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  canada, under-20 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP] The pressure will be on the USA when it faces Canada Tuesday in Puebla, Mexico, for one of four berths at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup  (TV: Fox Soccer, Univision Deportes, 6 p.m. ET). Since first qualifying for the World Youth Championship in 1981,  the USA has never failed twice in a row to qualify for the U-20 championships. Canada split in its first two games at the 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championship but has had recent success against the USA.

The USA opened with a 2-1 win over Haiti and 1-0 victory over Costa Rica but was hardly convincing. It played with much more cohesion and patience Friday night against the Ticos than it did in the opener against Haiti but created few chances.

Tab Ramos dropped the 4-3-3 formation he opened with and went with a 4-2-3-1 lineup against Costa Rica.

He will need to decide who to play in midfield as Mikey Lopez, whose insertion into the lineup was one of the reasons for the turnaround against Costa Rica, is suspended. The Sporting Kansas City rookie, who picked up yellow cards in both games, was otherwise much more stable the other holding midfielder, Wil Trapp, who was taken off at halftime against Costa Rica.

Canada finished second in Group B behind Cuba, dropping its opener 2-1 but easily beating Nicaragua, 5-1. It features two starters -- Doneil Henry and Samuel Piette -- from the team that beat the USA, 2-0, in Concacaf under-23 qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

In the only meeting between the current under-20 teams, Canada beat the USA, 2-1, in Marbella, Spain, in 2012.

Tuesday's meeting is the ninth between the two teams in Concacaf qualifying. The USA leads the series 4-2-2.

Concacaf U-20 Qualifying:
YEAR RESULT
1976: USA 4 Canada 2
1978: USA 0 Canada 0
1982:
USA 3 Canada 2
1986:
USA 1 Canada 1
1992: USA 2 Canada 1
1996: Canada 2 USA 0
1998: USA 5 Canada 1
2002: Canada 3 USA 2

USA Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton/ENG), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara Univ.), 22-Zack Steffen (FC Delco).
DEFENDERS (6): 18-Eric Miller (Creighton Univ.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara/MEX), 2-Boyd Okwuonu (Univ. of North Carolina), 5-Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), 4-Caleb Stanko (Freiburg/GER), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), 8-Benji Joya (Santos/MEX), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting KC), 16-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (6): 19-Brandon Allen (Georgetown Univ.), 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos/MEX, 17-Danny Garcia (Univ. of North Carolina), 11-Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart/GER), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Kaiserslautern/GER) 7-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy)

Canada Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Richard Gomes (Mirandela/POR), 18-Maxime Crepeau (Montreal Impact academy).
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Jon Dollery (Crawley Town/ENG, 3-Marco Lapenna (Erzgenirge Aue/GER), 4-Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), 5-Daniel Stanese (Nuremberg/GER), 15-Manjrekar James (PMFC-Matias/HUN), 23-Allan Zebie (FC Edmonton).
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Samuel Piette (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER), 7-Ben Fisk (Vancouver Whitecaps academy), 8-Zakaria Messoudi (Montreal Impact academy), 10-Kevin Aleman (Real Valladolid/SPA), 11-Michael Petrasso (Queens Park Rangers/ENG), 12-Dylan Carreiro (Queens Park Rangers/ENG), 13-Alessandro Riggi (Celta/SPA), 16-Mauro Eustaquio (Sporting/POR), 21-Ben McKendry (Univ. of New Mexico).
FORWARDS (3): 9-Caleb Clarke (Vancouver Whitecaps), 17-Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact academy), 22-Stefan Vukovic (unattached).



2 comments
  1. Eric Schmitt
    commented on: February 26, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
    Both US Soccer and Fox Soccer showing that this game starts at 6, not 6:30 as reported here. I'm pretty sure its 6.

  1. Jamie Nicewander
    commented on: February 26, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
    Good Luck U.S.!


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Injury toll mounts    
Emerson Hyndman and Joe Gyau in Europe, Greg Garza at Tijuana, the news was not good ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
D.C. and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw in preseason action on Friday. Two matches ...
49ers and NBA Kings ante up on Sac MLS bid    
Sacramento Republic FC ownership continues to grow with the announcement that San Francisco 49ers owner and ...
U.S. women head to Europe without three stars    
Four months ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup, the USA heads to Europe for friendlies ...
MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick will return    
Out-of-market packages MLS Live, MLS's subscription streaming service, and MLS Direct Kick, MLS's cable and satellite ...
What They're Saying: Paul Rogers    
"Did I want to pull out [of the U.S. team] this close to a World Cup? ...
MLS Trade Central: Agudelo returns to Revs    
The New England Revolution got a boost for its MLS title hopes when 22-year-old Juan Agudelo ...
Chelsea vs. Man City: Showdown At Stamford Bridge     
On Saturday, two of the most expensive teams money can buy will square off in a ...
What They're Saying: Bob Gansler    
"I'm doing fine. I recovered quite quickly, to their surprise. I was able to leave (the ...
Video Pick: Back-heel volley golazo from Chelsea youngster     
Kasey Palmer, an 18-year-old midfielder, scored this beautiful goal in U-21 action against West Ham.
>> Soccer America Daily Archives