CONCACAF Under-20 Championship will start this Monday in Guatemala. This years edition has expanded from 8 nations to 12 nations. This is good news since more national teams can play and develop their young teams. There will be 12 nations broken up into 4 groups of 3 teams. So every game is important. Only the winners of each group will hake the knockout round. The final 4 nations left will represent CONCACAF in the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup will take place later this summer in Columbia. This gives the Central American teams a real desire to play so close to home. This will give each nation something to shoot for besides the Championship.
Group A Guatemala did not have to qualify so it is hard to tell how good they will be. However playing at home I will say they are the slight favorites. Honduras won it’s Central American Group of El Salvador and Belize. They have a great rivaly with Guatemala. Jamaica pounded it’s Caribbean opponents have a + 20 goal differential. They are the Champs of the Caribbean and want to advance to Columbia. This s the most balanced group since any team can win without a big surprise.
Group B has the giant USA. They are the favorites since they have had their team practicing longer than any other team. Panama will want desperatly to advance to the World Cup. This World Cup is in their neighbor Country of Columbia.
Group D will feature (Mexico, Cuba and T&T). The question is how much Mexico will win bye.
I see USA and Mexico go to the FIFA World Cup. The question is who will the other 2 be. Costa Rica vs Canada winner goes and Jamaica v Honduras winner. Yes I am contradicting myself since I said Guatemala is the favorite of the group.