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Last chance for Under-20 Boyz

Published:Sunday | January 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica will be aiming to keep their very slim chances of a Word Cup berth alive when they tackle the United States in a Group A CONCACAF Men's Under-20 championship match today at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Only a win can keep Jamaica's hopes alive with the game set to kick-off at 8 p.m. It will follow a Trinidad and Tobago versus Panama match at 3 p.m., and Guatemala versus Aruba at 5:30 p.m.

The young Boyz are second from bottom in the six-team group on a single point from three matches, while the USA, are on four points, the same as Trinidad and Tobago. Panama lead the group with nine points with Guatemala next on seven. Aruba (0) are out of contention.

Group winners gain an automatic berth to the Under-20 World Cup later this year in New Zealand while the second and third-place teams in each group will battle for two other spots.

A loss or draw today would mean the end of the road for the hosts.

"We just have to try and get a victory or two before the competition finishes. I don't know if seven points can carry us through but we want to finish good in the competition. If we win the next two games we can end up with seven points, but I don't know if seven points can make us finish in third place," assistant coach Lenworth Hyde said after the 2-0 loss to Panama last Wednesday.

PANAMA ON TOP

Meanwhile, surprise Group A leaders Panama will look to move a step closer to the World Cup when they take on Trinidad and Tobago.

The Panamanians have been riding high after logging impressive victories over Aruba, the United States and Jamaica.

Panama's head of delegation, Alberto Moke, told the Sunday Gleaner that while the results so far have been impressing everyone, his team remains humble, knowing that nothing has been achieved yet.

"We play Trinidad and Tobago and they are a good team; so we will remain humble in what we know we can do," Moke said.

"We have been preparing very well for this championship and now we are in a good position but we need to keep doing well and win our next two games starting with Trinidad," he reasoned.