Thompson to Represent Canada in CONCACAF U-20 Championship|
March 28, 2011
University of Cincinnati sophomore defender Roger Thompson (Brampton, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) has been named to the Canadian U-20 squad that will compete in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the qualifier for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Thompson, a native of Brampton, Ontario, joined the Bearcats in 2010 after transferring from Graceland University. In his first season with Cincinnati, he started all 19 matches at center back, leading a defense that posted a 0.68 goals against average, which ranked ninth in the nation.
He helped the Bearcats to a 7-5-7 overall mark in 2010 and a second-place finish in the BIG EAST behind only national runner-up Louisville. The Bearcats advanced to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals for the first time in school history after Thompson converted the decisive penalty kick in the quarterfinals against No. 9 Connecticut.
While Canada, Costa Rica and Guadeloupe make up Group C of the competition, Cuba, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago make up Group D. After the preliminary phase, the first- and second-place teams from each group will cross-over to meet in the quarter-final phase. CONCACAF Group A features Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica while Group B features USA, Panama and Suriname. Winners of the quarter-final phase will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011.
The only exception to the FIFA qualification scenario will be if Guadeloupe wins its quarter-final match. While Guadeloupe is an associate member of CONCACAF and eligible to win a CONCACAF championship, it is not a FIFA member and cannot qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. As such, should Guadeloupe advance into the CONCACAF final four, the following qualification scenario for teams 5-8 (those teams that lose their quarter-final match) will determine the fourth FIFA qualifier:
To date, Canada has qualified for seven FIFA U-20 World Cups, including five of the last seven biennial competitions. This year's FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 runs 29 July to 20 August.