GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Anywhere on the field, the teenager stars.
Perry Kitchen, the best central defender on the United States' U20 squad, played in the defensive midfield against Panama on Saturday night in his team's second match of the CONCACAF Championship. The D.C. United rookie wasn't perfect in the new role, but he showed well enough to lead the Americans to an easy victory over their only competition for the top spot in Group B.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The United States U-20 side did not play their best game against Panama on Saturday night. But listening to head coach Thomas Rongen, it's all part of the plan.
The American coach referenced the difficulties his squad had during the second game of recent CONCACAF championships – ties in 2007 and ‘09, and a narrow victory in ‘03 – and sounded relieved for the match to be over and done.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Kelyn Rowe was all the United States Under-20 side needed to defeat Panama 2-0 on Saturday night in the CONCACAF Championship. The UCLA forward tallied twice in the first 20 minutes as the Americans finished the opening round of the tournament undefeated and unscored upon.
With the win, the US easily finish on top of Group B. They will meet Guatemala in the quarterfinals on April 6, with the winner qualifying for the U-20 World Cup in Colombia this summer.
WASHINGTON – Facing the defending MLS Cup champions is never an enticing prospect. Having to do it on the heels of a disappointing performance in the previous outing makes it doubly grotesque.
But that's the situation for D.C. United, who travel to Colorado (7 pm ET, Galavisión) on Sunday seeking to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 loss at New England.
UPDATE 04/03/2011: Davies scratched from lineup, Korb ready to continue his progress
WASHINGTON – Con un importante
partido ante los campeones de la MLS Colorado Rapids previsto para este domingo
(7 pm ET, Galavisión), D.C. United tiene muchas preguntas que responder en la
Teniendo a Dejan Jakovic
suspendido, a Perry Kitchen fuera del campamento por sus obligaciones con la selección
Sub-20 de Estados Unidos, y a Jed Zayner con una lesión que lo podría dejar
fuera del partido, las opciones se han minimizado considerablemente para el DT
Sin embargo, el capataz
capitalino está muy tranquilo de cara al importante encuentro.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – When the United States meet Panama on Saturday in their second match of the U-20 CONCACAF Championship (6 pm ET, concacaf.com), they will already be through to the quarterfinals. Rather than focusing on a result, the Americans will look to improve upon the dominating performance they turned in during their first game.
WASHINGTON – Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Colorado Rapids (7 pm, Galavisión), D.C. United have a dizzying array of back line questions to answer.
With Dejan Jakovic suspended after picking up a red card last Saturday in a 2-1 loss against New England, Perry Kitchen on international duty with the US U-20s and right back Jed Zayner listed as questionable, three-quarters of their ideal starting defense may be unavailable.
That’s not a huge concern for coach Ben Olsen.