August 9, 2022

ONLINE OLYMPIC GAMES:

With their FIFA U-20 World Cup berth, the United States Men’s National Under-20 Team will face Honduras in the semi-finals of the Concacaf U-20 Championship on July 1 for a berth. at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

USA are looking for their first appearance at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since Beijing 2008 and aim to win their third consecutive Concacaf U-20 Championship. MYNT U-20 secured one of the region’s four U-20 World Cup berths with a solid 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Honduras came from behind to defeat Panama 2-1 in the quarter-finals in front of a sold-out raucous crowd at the Estadio Morazán in San Pedro Sula. Los Catrachos are aiming for their fifth consecutive Olympic qualification as well as their third Concacaf U-20 title and the first since 1994.

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United States vs. HONDURAS:

  • USA are 2-4-4 all-time against Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship, including a 2-0-3 unbeaten record in the last five meetings dating back to 1992.
  • The United States scored high-stakes victories against Los Catrachos in their last two meetings in the 2018 and 2017 tournaments. In 2018, the United States beat Honduras 1-0 in the qualifying phase to clinch their place in the final of the tournament as striker Ayo Akinola just scored after halftime.
  • In 2017, the United States won their first-ever Concacaf U-20 championship with a penalty shoot-out victory over Honduras. After 90 minutes without a score, the match went straight to penalties and the United States won 5-3. Current USMNT senior midfielder Luca de la Torre converted one of the game-winning kicks.
  • Honduras have participated in 20 of the 28 Concacaf U-20 Championships. Central Americans have won the tournament twice, as hosts in 1994 and also in 1984.
  • Honduras have qualified for nine of the 23 U-20 World Cups, including the last four tournaments, but have never progressed beyond the group stage. Los Catrachos are tied with Costa Rica for the third most Concacaf U-20 World Cup appearances.
  • Honduras qualified for five of the last six Olympic men’s football tournaments and finished fourth at Rio 2016.

SAFE U-20 WORLD CUP:

The United States clinched a place in their fifth consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup with a thrilling 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Forward Paxten Aaronson scored in the first five minutes of each half to lead the United States to victory.

Despite Costa Rica’s early pressure, midfielder Alejandro Alvarado Jr. drove the ball down and found striker Quinn Sullivan on the corner of the box. He set up Philadelphia Union teammate Aaronson for the first goal. Early in the second half, striker Caden Clark headed a ball through goal for Aarosnon to hammer home.

Costa Rica provided USA’s fiercest test at the tournament and los ticos pressured the American backline with a number of dangerous scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper Chris Brady was forced to make a number of important saves, while los ticos also missed a penalty in the 54th minute.

HONDURAS REACHES HOME SOWING:

Honduras came from behind to clinch their place in the semi-finals and the U-20 World Cup, beating Panama 2-1 in the quarters. Los Canaleros got off to a good start and scored in the 22nd minute, but Honduras got a penalty in the 43rd to have the chance to tie the game. As Jeyson Contreras missed his first attempt, Marco Aceituno hammered in the rebound to equalize. The match winner came on another penalty in the 74th minute to secure Honduras’s progress and send the sold-out crowd at Estadio Morazán into a frenzy.

Before the quarter-finals, Honduras advanced through the group stage, beating Antigua and Barbuda 3-0, Jamaica 5-0 and Costa Rica 1-0. In the Round of 16, Honduras beat Curaçao 4-1, putting the game aside with two second-half goals. Eight players scored for Los Catrachos, led by six goals from Aceituno.

HOW THEY ARRIVED

2022 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CITY; U-20 CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.; 5/0), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 1/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Florida; 3/0), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 4/0), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, California; 6/1), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 4/0), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.; 5/0), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.; 7/1)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, NJ; 8/5), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.; 4/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; Wayzata, Minn.; 8/ 2), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, NJ; 6/0), Jackson Hopkins (DC United; Fredericksburg, Virginia; 1/0), Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake; Sunnyvale, Calif.; 8/2) , Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, NY; 8/1), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Sillwater, Okla.; 7/1), Niko Tsakiris (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, Calif.; 3/2)

FORWARDS (3): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, Calif.; 7/2), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 7/6), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Georgia; 6/1)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • The United States are the only nation to have qualified for the last five FIFA U-20 World Cups. New Zealand and Uruguay are lucky enough to join the United States as the only countries to reach every tournament since 2013.
  • Ten of the 24 teams have qualified for the 2023 U-20 World Cup: Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Concacaf USA as well as England, France, Israel, Portugal. Italy and Slovakia of Europe.
  • Midfielder Jackson Hopkins replaced midfielder Obed Vargas on the USA roster and joined the squad just before the Round of 16 and made his U-20 debut against Nicaragua.
  • Honduras striker Marco Aceituno leads the tournament with six goals. American forward Quinn Sullivan’s five goals are second with two other players whose teams have already been eliminated.
  • Eleven players have scored for USA in the tournament: Sullivan (five goals), Paxten Aaronson (four), Cade Cowell, Niko Tsakiris (two each), Caden Clark, Mauricio Cuevas, Diego Luna, Jack McGlynn, Jalen Neal, Rokas Pukstas and Tyler Wolff.
  • Six players have registered assists for the United States: Luna and Clark (four assists), Sullivan (three), Aaronson, Alejandro Alvarado Jr. and Cowell.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

This year marks the 28th edition of the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The tournament began in 1962 as the Concacaf Youth Tournament, qualifying two teams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 1976 to 1994 and four teams from 1996 to present.

After a myriad of different formats over the years, the 2022 competition introduces a new 20-team tournament similar to Concacaf’s most recent U-17 Men’s and U-20 and U-17 Women’s Championships. Sixteen countries are divided into four groups of four, while four countries qualify directly for the round of 16 via a pre-qualifying tournament: Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

The top three from each group qualified for the Round of 16, where they were joined by the four teams from the pre-qualifier. From there, it’s a single-elimination bracket until the tournament final. The four winners of the quarter-finals qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, while the two winners of the semi-finals qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The United States have appeared in 25 of Concacaf’s 28 U-20 Championships, including every tournament since 1974, and have qualified for the U-20 World Cup in 17 of 23 attempts. After missing out on the 2011 U-20 World Cup, USA are the only nation to qualify for the last five tournaments and the only team to reach the quarter-finals in the last three editions.