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U.S. Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team

2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Quarterfinals

Tuesday, June 28

7 p.m. ET (FS2, TUDN)


The U.S. U-20 Men’s Youth National Team will face Costa Rica in the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship for a berth in the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Tuesday, June 28 (7 p.m.; FS2 and TUDN).

After topping Group E and defeating Nicaragua 5-0 in the Round of 16, the United States will continue the knockout stage vs. Los Ticoswith the goal of securing one of four tickets to the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia and a spot in the semifinals of the tournament, which will qualify two teams for the 2024 Olympic Games. Costa Rica finished second in Group H and defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals.

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  • The United States has a 5-3-4 record against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The teams last met in the 2018 tournament during the group stage of qualifying, as the U.S. outlasted Los Ticos 4-0. Golden Ball winner Alex Méndez scored the first goal.
  • This year marks Costa Rica’s 21st participation in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The Central American country has won the confederation’s crown twice, in 1988 and 2009.
  • Los Ticos have qualified nine times for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, including four of the last seven tournaments. The nine appearances are third in CONCACAF, behind the United States and Mexico.


As the top qualifier from Group E, the U-20 MYNT faced Nicaragua, who qualified directly for the knockout stage after topping their pre-qualifying group last November, in the Round of 16. The U.S. cruised to a 5-0 win and advanced to the quarterfinals, thanks to a brace from striker Quinn Sullivan and goals from midfielder Diego Luna and defender Jalen Neal.

The Pinoleros The Pinoleros struggled mightily in the first half, but the U.S. broke through in stoppage time just before halftime when a good run by Luna assisted Sullivan to head home the opening goal. In the second half, Luna scored from the penalty spot and Sullivan scored his tournament-leading fifth goal. Caden Clark, who had come on in the second half, helped cause a Nicaragua own goal, while Neal was in the right place at the right time to score his first goal for the U-20 team after a deflection.


Costa Rica qualified for the round of 16 by finishing second in Group H. Group stage, Los Ticos drew with Jamaica (1-1), beat Antigua and Barbuda (3-0) and lost to host Honduras (1-0) with a second-half penalty goal.

In the round of 16, Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. After going into halftime down 1-0 on a penalty kick, the Central Americans put the game away in the second half with three goals in 15 minutes. Forward Dorian Rodriguez scored a brace to lead Costa Rica with four goals in the tournament.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.; 4/0), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 1/0).

DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Fla.; 3/0), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 3/0), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, Calif.; 5/1), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 4/0), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.; 4/0), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.; 6/1).

MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.; 7/3), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.; 3/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; Wayzata, Minn.; 7/2), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, N.J.; 5/0), Jackson Hopkins (D.C. United; Fredericksburg, Va.; 1/0), Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake; Sunnyvale, Calif.; 7/2), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, N.Y.; 7/1), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Sillwater, Okla.; 6/1), Niko Tsakiris (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, Calif.; 2/2).

ADVANCED (3): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, Calif.; 6/2), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 6/6), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Ga.; 5/1).


  • Midfielder Jackson Hopkins replaced midfielder Obed Vargas on the U.S. roster and joined the team before the round of 16. The 17-year-old made his U-20 debut against Nicaragua.
  • Forward Quinn Sullivan has five goals, tied with Haiti’s Steevenson Jeudy.
  • Eleven players have scored for the U.S. in the tournament – Sullivan (five goals), Paxten Aaronson, Cade Cowell, Niko Tsakiris (two goals each), Caden Clark, Mauricio Cuevas, Diego Luna, Jack McGlynn, Jalen Neal, Rokas Pukstas and Tyler Wolff.
  • Six players have recorded an assist for the U.S.: Diego Luna (four assists), Clark (three), Sullivan (two), Aaronson, Alejandro Alvarado Jr. and Cowell.


This year marks the 28th edition of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The tournament began in 1962 as the CONCACAF Youth Tournament, qualifying two teams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 1976 to 1994 and four teams from 1996 to the present.

After a myriad of different formats over the years, the 2022 competition introduces a new 20-team tournament similar to the last U-17 men’s and U-20 and U-17 women’s CONCACAF championships. Sixteen countries are divided into four groups of four, while four countries advance directly to the Round of 16 through a pre-qualifying tournament: Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

The top three finishers from each group qualify for the Round of 16, where the four pre-qualifying teams will join. From there, a playoff will be played until the final of the tournament. The four quarterfinal winners will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, while the two semifinal winners will qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The United States has participated in 25 of the 28 CONCACAF U-20 Championships, including every tournament since 1974, and has qualified for the U-20 World Cup in 16 of the previous 22 attempts. After missing the 2011 U-20 World Cup, the United States has played in the last four tournaments and is the only nation to reach the quarterfinals in the last three editions.

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