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By IVES GALARCEP
Three games. That is what the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has to worry about to qualify for the Under-20 World Cup. Two group matches and an all-important quarterfinal match are what stand in the way of a young American team snapping the current two-qualifying tournament skid U.S. Soccer is currently enduring.
The memories of the failed 2012 Olympic qualifying bid, and the 2011 Under-20 qualifying debacle, are fresh and will surely hang over the heads of the current U.S. Under-20 team, which is heavily favored to advance through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, which begins today in Mexico.
The first hurdle for the Americans comes tonight against Haiti (6:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel) before the U.S. takes on Costa Rica in the second group match (Friday, 6:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
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Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):