CONCACAF U-20 competition moved up a week

NEW YORK –CONCACAF Wednesday announced that its Under-20 Championship in Guatemala City will be played a week early, from March 28 to April 10 2011. The tournament was originally set for April 3 to 17 2011.

It will be divided between the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, a 30,000-capacity venue used for Guatemala National Team matches, and the 16,000 Estadio Cementos Progreso, which serves as home to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.

Suriname’s Under 20 team wrote local history last month, when they clinched the twelfth and final spot in the 12-team Concacaf Championships, closing off the Group E matches with a 2-1 victory against Bermuda, besting Guyana and Curacao as well.  The matches were held at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo.

With the competition in Guatemala, the team is one competition away from World Championships, a first for Suriname.  Four teams from this championship will advance to this year’s U-20 World Cup in Colombia July 29 to August 20.