January 24, 2015
NEW ZEALAND HERE THEY COME
USA men clinch spot at U-20 World Cup
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica Ė The U.S. Under-20 menís national team clinched a spot at the 2015 U-20 World Cup recording a 2-0 victory over El Salvador in its playoff match at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex Saturday night.
Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola added a tally in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.
The Americans capped off the tournament with four consecutive shutout wins.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USAís one-goal lead at the time.
Earlier Saturday Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. In the final match of a tripleheader, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the final of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Both teams clinched a berth to the U-20 World Cup by winning their respective groups.
Sixteen of the 24 spots are set for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup:
CONCACAF (4): Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA
AFC (4): Korea DPR, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistan
CAF (4): Teams qualify from the 2015 African U-20 Championship
CONMEBOL (4): Teams will qualify from the 2015 South American Youth Championship
OFC (2): Fiji, New Zealand (host)
UEFA (6): Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine