January 24, 2015
NEW ZEALAND HERE THEY COME
USA men clinch spot at U-20 World Cup
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team clinched a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over El Salvador in its playoff match at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola another in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.
The U.S. capped off the tournament with four straight shutout victories to clinch its World Cup berth. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USA's one-goal lead at the time.
Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. Later, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the title match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship; both teams clinched a berth to the World Cup by winning their groups.
Sixteen of the 24 spots are now 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