Head Coach: Kyle Lightbourne (Bermuda)
Qualification: 3rd Place, Caribbean
Previous Appearances (last app): 11 (1992)
Best Finish: Quarterfinals-1 (1980)
Record: 8W-4D-23L (44GF, 82GA)
U-20 World Cup Appearances (last app): 0
Bermuda returns to the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship for the first time since 1992 on the strength of a third-place finish in Caribbean qualifying.
It was a well-deserved achievement as the Gombey Warriors posted an overall record of 4W-1D-3L, with two of those losses coming against eventual-champion Haiti (both by 3-0 scores). In each of the other six other matches, they scored at least one goal for a total of 18.
Jaz Ratteray-Smith and Tevahn Tyrell were the team’s co-scoring leaders on three goals, while nine other players also found the back of the net.
Midfielder/forward Osagi Bascome, who scored one goal during Caribbean qualifying (59’ penalty in 7-0 win over Anguilla), is a player to watch. The 18-year-old signed a deal on February 9, 2017, with Bristol City that will keep him with the English Championship club until the end of the season with an option for a further year. He impressed the coaching staff while on trial, scoring one goal and assisting on two others in three appearances with the U23 side. Bascome made his senior debut for Bermuda in a 1-0 loss to the visiting Dominican Republic in a Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup match on June 4, 2016.
Another competitor trying to establish abroad is Kacy Milan Butterfield. In June 2016, the 6-foot-4 midfielder signed a one-year contract with English League One side Walsall thanks in part to a recommendation by Lightbourne, who starred for the club in the 1990s. Butterfield has been a regular starter in the development side this season and reports indicate that he is progressing nicely.
Bermuda’s last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship win came against Curacao (then known as the Netherlands Antilles), 2-1, on April 10, 1988.
Caribbean Qualifying Results
29.06.16 Bermuda 3, Cayman Islands 0
01.07.16 Haiti 3, Bermuda 0
03.07.16 Anguilla 0, Bermuda 7
21.10.16 Bermuda 3, St. Kitts & Nevis 1
23.10.16 Curacao 1, Bermuda 1
25.10.16 Antigua & Barbuda 3, Bermuda 2
28.10.16 Haiti 3, Bermuda 0
30.10.16 Trinidad & Tobago 1, Bermuda 2