Lopez plays 90 minutes in U-20s win

Mikey Lopez featued in his second straight match for the United States in the U-20 tournament on Friday night. After a solid performance as a second half substitute against Haiti, Lopez was in the starting lineup against Costa Rica. Lopez was playing a central midfielder position and helped lead the team to a 1-0 victory. The United States will now play Canada in the quarterfinals with a spot in the U-20 World Cup on the line. Lopez will not be available in that match due to receiving yellow cards in his two previous matches.

Below is the final Group A standings, quarterfinal schedule, and a review of Mikey's performance against Costa Rica.

Group A Standings

Team Points
United States 6
Costa Rica 3
Haiti 0

TopDrawerSoccer.com (J.R. Eskilson)

"Lopez did a good job controlling the speed of the game from his defensive midfield position. Costa Rica did not have much of an attack or much pressure on the ball, which allowed Lopez to contribute to the attack in the second half."

Quarterfinal Schedule (all times CT)

Date Teams Time
February 26 A1 (USA) v B2 (Canada) 5 PM
February 26 B1 v A2 8 PM
February 27 C1 v D2 5 PM
February 27 D1 v C2 8 PM