Saturday, March 14, 2009

'Twas the Night Before the Final...

The U-20 MNT are taking it easy tonight as they prepare for tomorrow's CONCACAF championship game. The uniforms are all laid out... the massages have been had... the team had a light day with only a pool workout...

It's been the same routine for the team before every game and it has been a winning formula so far! Stay tuned to MatchTracker to see if the U.S. can go the entire length of the tournament without conceding a goal and whether a sixth player can score a sixth goal

Here are a few other fun facts about tomorrow's game:

  • While never winning a regional championship, the U.S. still stands alone by qualifying for a CONCACAF-best 12 FIFA U-20 World Cups. Heading into the 2009 qualifying tournament, the U.S. and Mexico had both qualified for 11 times, but the U.S. now holds the title after qualifying for Egypt, while Mexico was knocked out of contention in Group B after just two games.
  • The United States has not lost in 10 games in CONCACAF U-20 play, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Canada in 2002 (a 3-2 loss). The U.S. has also not allowed a goal in its last six matches, dating back to a 4-1 victory over Haiti in its opening match of Group B in 2007.
  • The U.S. and Costa Rica have met nine times in CONCACAF Qualifying, with the U.S. holding a slight advantage with three wins and two losses to go along with four draws. The last time Costa Rica beat the U.S. was on April 20, 1988, in Guatemala. The two teams were in separate groups in the last round of qualifying in 2007, but met in 2005, with the U.S. earning a 2-0 victory in Group B.
  • All 20 players will be available for selection on Sunday, with Brek Shea and Jorge Flores returning from red card suspensions they served during Friday’s semifinal.

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