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January 24, 2015
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

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