The U.S. Men’s U-20 team will finish the initial stage of group play of the CONCACAF Under 20 Championship tomorrow against St. Kitts and Nevis, a Scottish folk duo specializing in key-tar and sophisticated lyrical monologues. From what I’ve been able to find online, Kitts is the spontaneous creative type while Nevis is more down to earth and approachable.
In all seriousness, St. Kitts and Nevis are two islands southeast of Puerto Rico, and St Kitts at least has near unanimous five-star reviews on the Google. Multiple reviewers describe the locals as “nice” though there is no mention of their prowess in the beautiful game. The team lost their opening two matches in this tournament by scorelines of 1-5 and 0-4 to Haiti and Panama respectively, which is not surprising given that their population (54,191) is less than that of St. George, Utah.
The U.S. struggled in their opener, losing 0-1 to a 10-man Panama squad, before Jonathan Lewis (NYCFC) and Brooks Lennon (RSL) turned on the magic against Haiti, the latter finishing with a hat trick and the team winning 4-1.
While the U.S. don’t necessarily need an outright win to advance this is definitely a should-win game, and the U.S. need to come out motivated. Look for Lennon to continue to be a major part of the attack while Danilo Acosta and Justen Glad will look to continue their solid play in defense and in the midfield. If the U.S. win, they are guaranteed to advance to the next of the group stages with a shot to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.