U-20 USMNT paired with Costa Rica, Haiti in 2013 CONCACAF Championship group

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team have learned the road they will need to take to reach the 2013 World Cup.

CONCACAF announced Wednesday the results of the draw for the region’s 2013 Under-20 Championship, and the United States have been paired with Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A. The tournament will be held in Puebla, Mexico from February 18 through March 3 and the four semifinalists will all advance to next year’s Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

U.S. head coach Tab Ramos will have to guide the Americans to a first- or second-place finish in group play and they will then need to beat a team from Group B in a single quarterfinals fixture to secure a berth to the World Cup. The U.S. first face Haiti on Feb. 19 before battling Costa Rica on Feb. 22.

Here are the full groups followed by the full tournament schedule (all times EST):

Group A: United States, Costa Rica, Haiti
Group B: Canada, Nicaragua, Cuba
Group C: Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico
Group D: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao

Monday, February 18 (Estadio Universitario)
Haiti vs. United States, 6:30 p.m.
Cuba vs. Canada, 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19 (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
Puerto Rico vs. Jamaica, 6:30 p.m.
Mexico vs. Curacao, 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20 (Estadio Universitario)
Costa Rica vs. Haiti, 6:30 p.m.
Nicaragua vs. Cuba, 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21 (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
Panama vs. Puerto Rico, 6:30 p.m.
El Salvador vs. Curacao, 9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 22 (Estadio Universitario)
United States vs. Costa Rica, 6:30 p.m.
Canada vs. Nicaragua, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
Jamaica vs. Panama, 4:30 p.m.
Mexico vs. El Salvador, 7:00 p.m.

QUARTERFINALS (match order subject to change)

Tuesday, February 26 (Estadio Universitario)
QF 1:  Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, 6:30 p.m.
QF 2:  Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up, 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27 (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
QF 3:  Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up, 6:30 p.m.
QF 4:  Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up, 9:00 p.m.

SEMIFINALS (match order subject to change)

Friday, March 1 (Estadio Universitario)
SF 1:  Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2, 6:30 p.m.
SF 2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4, 9:00 p.m.

THIRD PLACE and FINAL

Sunday, March 3

Third Place (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2, 4:00 p.m.

Final (Estadio Cuauhtemoc)
Winner SF 1 v Winner SF2, 7:00 p.m.

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What do you think of the group the U.S. was drawn in? Think they will reach the U-20 World Cup? Who do you see winning the whole U-20 CONCACAF Championship?

Share your thoughts below.

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7 Responses to U-20 USMNT paired with Costa Rica, Haiti in 2013 CONCACAF Championship group

  1. Benjamin C. says:

    If the U.S. can take care of business and win their group, it appears they would have the easiest path imaginable to a semifinal appearance. That being said, having Costa Rica in their group makes things a bit trickier. On the flip side, Canada has by far the easiest group on paper, but has to be upset that they will have to face the U.S. or Costa Rica (theoretically) in the quarters.

    • Eurosnob says:

      I agree, but I will also add that Costa Rica will be playing the US on a two day rest vs four days for the US. Normally it is a huge advantage, but I suspect that Costa Rica won’t have to push too hard against Haiti.

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  3. CplDaniel says:

    Failure to make the U-20 WC will no longer be tolerated.
    Failure to advance through the qualification stage will result in castration.

  4. Luis says:

    What happened to Honduras?

  5. guwinster says:

    The US has by far the toughest group. Both Haiti and Costa Rica were group winners in the preliminary stage.
    Groups B and C are both incredibly easy. Panama (Group C) will be missing over half their team due to suspensions so there is only one decent team in either of these groups. The worst Group A team is roughly equivalent to the best team in either of these two groups.