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CONCACAF U-20s Preview

18 February 9:46 am

CONCACAF U-20s Preview

By Jonathon Feyerherm

The United States Men's Under 20 side will begin play tonight in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 tournament. Mikey Lopez, Sporting KC's 2013 SuperDraft pick, is one of 20 players called up by coach Tab Ramos. The top four finishers from this tournament will qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, set to take place in Turkey on June 21st through July 13th. The USA have never won the tournament but have placed second five different times. 

The tournament starts with four groups of three with the top two finishers from each group advancing into the knockout stage. The knockout stage starts with the quarterfinal matches which decide the teams who make the U-20 World Cup. All USA matches will be televised on Fox Soccer.

USA Group Stage Schedule

February 18

Haiti v United States, 5:30 PM CT (Fox Soccer)

February 22

United States v Costa Rica, 5:30 PM CT (Fox Soccer)

USA Squad

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 22-Zack Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (6): 18-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 2-Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 4-Caleb Stanko (Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 16-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): 19-Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 11-Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), 9-Mario Rodriguez (Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) 7-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)