Payne Assists U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Qualify For World Cup

Russell Payne

Russell Payne

Feb. 28, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army men's soccer head coach Russell Payne is currently serving as an assistant coach on the United States Under-20 Men's National Team, which knocked off Canada Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship to qualify for the upcoming World Cup.

By reaching the semifinals, the team guaranteed itself a top-four finish and has officially qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place from June 21-July 13 in Turkey.

This success at a major FIFA sanctioned tournament resounds loudly in the region as failure to qualify for the Olympics of 2012 and the U-20 World Cup of 2011 had haunted the United States Soccer Federation. All eyes were on head coach Tab Ramos, his staff, including Payne, and their selection.

After falling behind 1-0, the U.S. exploded for three goals in a 17-minute span to close out the first half with a 3-1 lead on Canada. Both nations added goals in the second half with the United States smashing a total of four goals past their northern neighbors.

The U.S. will face Cuba on Friday, March 1 in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP. The match will be televised on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes, and fans can follow on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Payne, who finished his third season as the Black Knights' head coach this past fall, continues to serve the United States Soccer Federation and head coach Tab Ramos as the squad will compete for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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