The 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship kicks off this weekend in Costa Rica and Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse will be there as part of the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team as they aim to take on the best U-20 teams in the region. Founded in 1962, the tournament also serves as as a qualification platform for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Good to get a run out vs a local side here in Costa Rica. Lots of good goals and moments throughout. Can't wait for Panama on Saturday— Jeremy Ebobisse (@kingjebo) February 13, 2017
The tournament itself consists of an opening round robin format involving three groups. The top two teams from each group then advance to one of two, three-team groups. The top two of each of those groups earn qualification to the FIFA U-20 World Cup while the group winner of each will play each other in a final to decide the champion of the CONCACAF U-20 tournament.
Here's a schedule of the U.S.' initial group stage games in Costa Rica with all of them also streaming on CONCACAF's Facebook page:
MLSsoccer.com has a good primer on the myriad MLS players joining Ebobisse in the tournament and gives an overview of the teams as well as the U.S.' chances to advance and qualify. (Read: Pretty good.)