Sunday, November 26, 2006

US U-20s to play World Cup qualifiers in January

On Friday, the CONCACAF U-20 qualification draw happened in Los Angeles. The draw put teams in one of two groups. Group A will play their qualifiers Jan 17-21 in Panama while Group B will happen Feb 21-25 in Mexico. The top two teams from each group will advance to the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Here are the groups:

Group A
Guatemala
Haiti
Panama
USA

Group B
Costa Rica
Mexico
St. Kitts & Nevis
Jamaica/Trinidad & Tobago

Jamaica and T&T will play a two game playoff to decide who gets into the group.

The US should be able to handle their group. They beat Guatemala 2-1 earlier this month and the leveled the U-23 Haiti side 5-1 back in October, but who knows what will actually happen in Panama.

The team will begin a training camp on Dec 12 in Bradenton, Florida that will last till January 7th (with four days off for Christmas). They will then take a week break before regrouping for a few days and traveling to Panama.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the reason i think the qualification system for the Fifa world cup are wrong, the USA team sucks, the only reason that they and team like trinidad tobego are getting qualified for the cup, is the CONCACAF region.

I also wouldn't use the fifa world rank as any indicator of strength, before the last world cup the US team was ranked in the 4th place, give me break.

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