Lincoln - Nebraska junior defender Ari Romero has been named to the Mexican National Team's Under-20 team that will compete at the upcoming CONCACAF Championships in Panama City, Panama. The top three teams at the tournament will earn a spot at the Under-20 World Cup this summer in Japan.
This will be Romero's second CONCACAF event of 2012, as the she was a member of the Mexican Senior National team that completed in January at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia. Romero is one of five under-20 players that was named to both rosters. Mexico will be in search of its fourth straight trip to the U-20 World Cup, as it has finished in the top three at the past three tournaments, including two runner-up finishes.
The tournament starts on Friday, March 1, and will run through Sunday, March 11. Mexico will play in Group A with Canada, Jamaica and Haiti, while Group B consists of the United States, Guatemala, Panama and Cuba. Group game will run through Tuesday, March 6, and the semifinals will begin on Friday, March 9.
The entire tournament will be streamed live on CONCACAF TV here - http://www.concacaftv.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Home. A tournament schedule can be found here - http://www.concacaf.com/page/WUnder20s/Schedule/0,,12813,00.html.