CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2012) – CONCACAF announced that the official draw for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1:40 p.m. ET at Casa Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.
The tournament, which will be contested from Feb. 18-March 3, 2013, in Puebla, will decide the confederation’s four spots to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Joining the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in the draw are defending champion Mexico, Canada, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba to round out the 12-team field.
Curaçao is making its first appearance in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship emerging victorious on a coin toss with Antigua & Barbuda. At the conclusion of Caribbean qualifying, the two countries remained level on points, goal differential and total goals scored to necessitate a coin flip.
Puerto Rico is back in the field for the first time since 1984 while Nicaragua qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1996.
Mexico won the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama all joined El Tri as qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished in second place in 2009, the first year a proper knockout bracket was utilized to determine a champion. Previously, the top two finishers in each group qualified for the U-20 World Cup.
The 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship logo will also be unveiled during the draw.