GUATEMALA CITY (Friday, February 11 2011) – Defending champion Costa Rica will head Group C and play Canada and Guadeloupe in the first round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, while five-time champion Mexico will play Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba in Group D.
Friday's draw at the InterContinental Hotel in Guatemala City set the matchups for the round-robin play with the United States facing Panama and Suriname in Group B, and host Guatemala taking on Central American rival Honduras and Jamaica in Group A.
The tournament, set for March 28-April 10 in Guatemala City, will determine the region's four qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup in Colombia July 29-August 20.
Like the U-17 championship tournament format, the top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals April 5-6 with the winners qualifying for Colombia.
The winner from Group A will play the runner-up from Group B and vice versa in the quarterfinals, and Groups C and D also will play crossover knockout matches.
The semifinals will be played April 8 with the championship match two days later. A full schedule is expected to be released next week.
CONCACAF Under-20 Championship:
Group A: Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica
Group B: Untied States, Panama, Suriname
Group C: Canada, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe
Group D: Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba