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Trinidad and Tobago National Under 20 men's team has been grouped with; USA, Jamaica, Panama, Guatemala and Aruba for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships which will be held in Jamaica from January 9-24, 2015.

 The newely crowned 2014 Caribbean Football Champions will open against host Jamaica at the National Stadium in Kingston on January 9th. Then Aruba (11th), Guatemala (14th), Panama (18th) and close off against the mighty USA on the 21st.

Head coach Derek King told SWO: "The group is a pretty tough group, but we can't really complain as both groups seems to be pretty balance."

"Jamaica at home is always a competitive team, USA and Panama has proved they are solid performers at this level. Panama especially, has improved, you saw what happened the last time they played us at the Under 17 level 2 years ago, basically, with the same players we will meet. And we can't right-off Aruba and Guatemala either."

"This is a good opportunity for us playing in Jamaica because it's like playing at home in a sense. We reviewed the training grounds, the stadiums and hotels and they were very comfortable."

"Our preparations now will changed a bit as the teams we were hoping to play as warm ups are now in our group therefore we can't play them, so more or less we have to fall back on plan B and C, we have to sit down and put things in place now."

"I am just hoping we can get the support from the players Clubs cause we will need the them full-time come December 01st for training camps and international dates."

"I really hope some sponsors and everyone in the football circle come onboard to help out as this team is the future of T&T football and have some good talented players on it."

"It's important for them to qualify for the Under 20 World Cup because it will benefit the players careers as this is the level scouts pays particularly close attention to and will be there looking on for future stars."

"Both club and country will also benefit from this greatly in the near future, I really hope we get the help to prepare this team better, the guys are eager to play and I have been working hard doing the best I can to help, added King."

The 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 final-edition will see twelve teams being field: five from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF), and three from North America.

The tournament will crown the Confederation champion at the Under 20 age level, and qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. Mexico are two-time defending CONCACAF Under 20 champions, having claimed the title in Puebla, Mexico in 2013 and in Guatemala City in 2011.

Groups

Group A  - Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Jamaica, Aruba, United States and Guatemala.

Group B - Mexico, Cuba, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti.

Fixtures

FRIDAY JAN. 9 (Jamaica National Stadium).
15:00   ARU   VS   PAN
17:30   USA   VS   GUA
20:00   JAM   VS   TRI

SATURDAY JAN. 10 (Montego Bay)
15:00   MEX   VS   CUB
17:30   HON   VS   SLV
20:00   HAI   VS   CAN

SUNDAY JAN. 11
15:00   TRI   VS   ARU
17:30   PAN   VS   USA
20:00   JAM   VS   GUA

MONDAY JAN. 12
15:00   CAN   VS   MEX
17:30   CUB   VS   HON
20:00   SLV   VS   HAI

WEDNESDAY JAN. 14
15:00   GUA   VS   TRI
17:30   ARU   VS   USA
20:00   JAM   VS   PAN

THURSDAY JAN. 15
15:00   SLV   VS   CAN
17:30   MEX   VS   HON
20:00   HAI   VS   CUB

SUNDAY JAN. 18
15:00   PAN   VS   TRI
17:30   GUA   VS   ARU
20:00   JAM   VS   USA

MONDAY JAN. 19
15:00   CUB   VS   CAN
17:30   SLV   VS   MEX
20:00   HAI   VS   HON

WEDNESDAY JAN. 21
15:00   PAN   VS   GUA
17:30   USA   VS   TRI
20:00   JAM   VS   ARU

THURSDAY JAN. 22
15:00   CUB   VS   SLV
17:30   HON   VS   CAN
20:00   HAI   VS   MEX

 

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