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U-20s drawn into group with Haiti, Costa Rica for 2013 qualifiers
   November 21, 2012 (12:06 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

The US U-20s look to end a two-tournament streak of US youth teams failing to qualify for international tournaments (2011 U-20s, 2012 U-23s). They’ll have to get past Costa Rica and Haiti in the group stage.

Group A

  • United States
  • Costa Rica
  • Haiti

Group B

  • Canada
  • Nicaragua
  • Cuba

Group C

  • Jamaica
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico

Group D

  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Curaçao

Notably, the only match that really matters (the quarterfinal) would be against Canada, Nicaragua, or Cuba (likely Cuba, if I was betting), which is considerably more favorable than playing host Guatemala as the last U-20 squad had to. (Of course, the U-23s only had to get past El Salvador or Canada at home in order to make the semifinal round which they failed to do. So nothing’s a guarantee with youth teams.)

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