07 April, 2011

Guatemala Eliminates US U-20

In the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-20 championship that determines who advances to the U-20 World Cup in Colombia, hosts Guatemala defeated the United States 2-1. The US U-20's are eliminated from the U-20 World Cup qualifying. The top four teams qualify, so Guatemala are in for the first time in their history, while the United States streak of seven consecutive U-20 World Cup appearances is broken.

The United States were clearly the better team, but simply could not catch a break. But don't just take my word for it. See the dominating performance of the United States, and all their bad luck, here.

Though observers agree that the United States were the stronger team, no one marked Guatemalan Gerson Lima on a 33rd minute corner kick, and he headed the ball into the net to put the home team up 1-0. Then, Guatemala went into a defensive shell and packed all their players in their own half. Nevertheless, eventually the US equalized. Amobi Okugo caught the Guatemalan defenders flat, and threaded a through pass to Conor Doyle. Doyle then chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to tie the match 1-1. Now the US had the momentum, but left themselves vulnerable to a counterattack. Guatemala's Jose Castillo sent a long ball forward, and Marvin Ceballos was in a footrace against Gale Abgossoumonde to reach the ball first. The two players knocked each other over in their efforts, and so Henry Lopez of Guatemala, who was trailing the play, scored the game winner in the 69th minute.

Guatemala will face Costa Rica in the semifinal, but has already qualified for the Colombia 2011 U-20 World Cup. In the other semifinal, Mexico faces Panama, who upset Honduras 2-0 in another surprise to snatch the fourth spot in Colombia. Costa Rica defeated Cuba 6-1 while Mexico defeated Canada 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

1 comment:

  1. No Agudelo, no love. Would've liked to see him down there. If that guy progresses and Davies continues to make his amazing recovery, look out.


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