Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Three U.S. players missing for Cuba semifinal
March 1st, 2013 1:26AM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Reporter

TAGS:  real salt lake, under-20 world cup


[CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP] With a ticket to the 2013 Under-20 World Cup this summer in Turkey in its back pocket, the USA can concentrate on winning the Concacaf under-20 championship.

The first step: Friday's semifinals against Cuba at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico.

The USA's task was made more complicated by the loss of three players, Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) and captain Caleb Stanko (Freiburg), who have returned to their respective club teams.

Goalkeeper Cody Cropper (Southampton) is expected to stay with the team through Saturday, meaning he should be available for selection for Friday's semifinal but unavailable for the final placement game on Sunday.

U.S. midfielder Mikey Lopez will be available for selection after serving a suspension for the quarterfinal against Canada.

Of the players still with the team, Wil Trapp and Jose Villarreal are carrying yellow cards.

Cuba, which has never played in the Under-20 World, has been the tournament surprise along with El Salvador. Maykel Reyes and Aricheell Hernandez lead an explosive attack.

Reyes scored two second-half goals to lead Cuba to a 2-1 victory against Canada to open Group B play -- its first win in the Concacaf final stage since 2002. Hernandez scored two excellent goals to lead Cuba to a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Costa Rica on Tuesday.

The USA-Cuba semifinal match originally was scheduled to be played at Estadio Olimpico Universitario Lobos BUAP, the site of the U-20s' two group matches and quarterfinal.

Almost 40,000 fans watched Mexico beat Jamaica, 4-0, on Wednesday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

  1. Tyler Dennis
    commented on: March 1, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.
    Why do you guys bother writing these stories when you don't give any more information than the title would give. WHY are they going back to their teams early?
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 1, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
    Because they are starting their season my guess. I dont know how much playing times these kids are getting but I would think this competition is more important for their careers.
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: March 2, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.
    This competition the most important for their careers? 100% Who made this "ridiculous" choice? They're going back to either the MLS "bench, their Youth league or the German 3rd division... "Reaching the CONCACAF Final is good enough...we qualified?" What kind of mentality is this? You've reached the "SHOW" in the CONCACAF v Mexico! Eveyone is watching...the "GAP?" Let's not kid ourselves...the CONCACAF is very weak...however, still, congrats to the US!

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



Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Roster: U.S. U-18 women in Northern Ireland    
U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs has taken a 20-player squad -- eight 1999s and ...
Four clubs added to Girls Development Academy; U.S. Soccer sets six regional divisions    
U.S. Soccer has announced the addition of four clubs to the Girls Development Academy, which kicks ...
Roster: U.S. U-17 boys in St. Louis    
The U.S. U-17 boys national team is in St. Louis Oct. 6-9 with a 20-player squad, ...
Roster: 24-player U-19 men's squad trains in California    
Coach Brad Friedel's 24-player squad training Oct. 3-10 in Chula Vista, California, consists of 10 MLS ...
Coaching Education: Futsal online course     
The NSCAA and U.S. Futsal have launched the first online futsal coaching course.
U.S. U-20 women to face Venezuela twice    
The U.S. U-20 women's national team is in its final training camp, Oct. Oct. 1-12 in ...
Roster: 26 U.S. U-14 girls in California camp    
Coach April Kater is running a 26-player U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, California, ...
Ayo Akinola scores five in three U.S. U-17 wins     
Ayomide Akinola scored five goals and had three assists in three U.S. U-17 boys national team ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 girls head to final camp    
The U.S. U-15 girls national team, coached by Mark Carr, head to the final training camp ...
U.S. U-16 girls tie Netherlands, 3-3    
The U.S. U-16 girls national team, amid its 12-day camp in the Netherlands, tied the Dutch ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives