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US U-20 Men’s National Youth Team Wins Third Consecutive Concacaf U-20 Championship Title With Powerful 6-0 Victory Over Dominican Republic

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (3rd of July2022) – The US U-20 men’s national youth team defeated the Dominican Republic 6-0 in the final of the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship on Sunday night at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. The USA, who had already secured places at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics, scored three goals in each half and scored their sixth shutout to win their third consecutive regional title at this level after they took home their first two Concacaf championships in 2017 and 2018.

Goals from Tyler Wolff, Paxten Aaronson and Noah Allen gave the USA a comfortable lead at half-time, while Aaronson, Jack McGlynn and Niko Tsakiris added three more after the break to seal the widest lead in the history of the Concacaf U-20 Championship final to secure.

Aaronson finished the tournament with a record seven goals to capture the Golden Boot and also won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Chris Brady won the Golden Glove as the competition’s best goalkeeper.

Despite six changes in the starting XI that defeated Honduras in the semi-finals, USA showed the strength of their squad as the U-20s started again after kick-off and lasted for 90 minutes.

The first clear chance came in the eighth minute when Alejandro Alvarado Jr. went deep into the US end to collect a ball and sent a 45-yard pass over the top towards forwards Caden Clark and Wolff. It fell closer to Wolff, who made a touch and ripped a shot straight from the box, but Dominican Republic goalkeeper Omry Bello saw the game developing and came off his line to be in position to take the Response to save about 16 yards from goal.

The patient U-20 MYNT broke through in the 17th minute when Wolff headed in Jackson Hopkins from a six-yard cross. The lead was almost doubled minutes later when Aaronson expertly hoisted a short ball to Tsakiris, who, with his back to goal, chested it in from the left and thumped an aerial volley wide of the target.

The USA showed their dominance in the first half when Aaronson slotted Hopkins into the box on the right as he nearly completed a sequence of 29 passes that spanned two minutes. The DC United forward would cut and shoot to the left but Bello had the big save.

The Dominican Republic could threaten in the 33rd when Thomas Jungbauer played a ball deep into the USA end. A miscommunication allowed Angel Montes de Oca to win the ball and land a powerful right-footed volley from 17 yards out that Brady parried on his left.

The USA would then score twice in minutes as Aaronson completed a beautiful pass from Diego Luna and Noah Allen hit a powerful shot that was deflected off a defender and scored his first goal of the tournament, making it the 13th goalth US player scoring at tournament.

The second half saw much of the same US dominance. Substitute Jack McGlynn completed a quick combination as he wall-passed with Hopkins, Aaronson and Tsakiris before scoring his second goal of the tournament.

Two minutes later, Aaronson completed a swiftly executed Brandan Craig free-kick to take the team and tournament lead with his seventh goal.

Bello made fantastic saves against shots from Neal and Caden Clark in the 60th minute, but the USA added a sixth second later when Tsakiris completed a Clark pass from seven yards to complete the goal.

GOAL HISTORY

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Tyler Wolff (Jackson Hopkins), 17 Minute: Right-back Mauricio Cuevas took an easy throw-in from the right that went over the defense and came back giving Cuevas space before delivering a perfectly weighted ball down the right wing. Jackson Hopkins kept his mark on his left shoulder as he rolled it and hit a first cross that Wolff caught with a powerful header from six yards to score his second goal of the tournament. United States 1, Dom 0

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Paxten Aaronson (Diego Luna), 37 Minute: Niko Tsakiris’ corner kick from the left was headed by a Dominican defender and Luna was positioned on the left to catch it. Luna faked sending the ball back into the mix and instead sent an easy, sightless short pass inside the box to Aaronson, who turned on goal and fired a shot past keeper Omry Bello to double the lead. United States 2, Dom 0

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Noah Allen (without support), 39 Minute: Cuevas moved towards the penalty area near the end right line and made his mark with a wicked return to break free for a clean cross. The ball was directed away, but a wary Allen stepped forward before another defender could clear it and pulled off a left-footed shot from 12 yards out, deflecting a defender en route to back net to score his first goal the competition. United States of America 3, Dom 0

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Jack McGlynn (Nico Tsakiris), 53 Minute: The game started from behind when Allen sent a long ball over the top to Hopkins on the right. Hopkins quickly connected with McGlynn, who wall-passed Aaronson and then Tsakiris again, bringing the ball back to the front of the box with his back to goal. After turning, McGlynn rolled left to right and placed an 18-yard shot to the sidenet for his second goal of the tournament. United States of America 4, Dom 0

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Paxten Aaronson (Brandan Craig), 55 Minute: After Luna was fouled about 27 yards from goal, Tsakiris stepped back to position himself to take the free kick with his preferred left foot while Brandan Craig was over the ball, but Craig took the quick set piece with a sharp pass top of the range for Aaronson, who overcame the offside trap, turned to goal and scored from 12 yards out for his seventh goal with Goldne Boot. United States of America 5, Dom 0

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Niko Tsakiris (Caden Clark), 61 Minute: As they got in the middle, McGlynn played a nice pass to Clark on the left side of the box. Clark passed a defender towards center, where Tsakiris won the next ball and hit a left-footed shot from eight yards out to complete the escape. United States of America 6, Dom 0

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

  • The USA are now 2-0-0 against the Dominican Republic in the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The only other meeting was a 9-0 win for USA in the second group stage of the 1976 tournament.
  • Goalkeeper Chris Brady was the only player to start all four knockout round games.
  • Noah Allen became the 13th player to score for USA at the tournament: Paxten Aaronson (seven goals), Quinn Sullivan (six), Cade Cowell, Niko Tsakiris (three), Tyler Wolff, Jack McGlynn (two each), Allen , Alejandro Alvarado, Caden Clark, Mauricio Cuevas, Diego Luna, Jalen Neal and Rokas Pukstas.
  • Jackson Hopkins became the ninth player to register an assist for the USA: Diego Luna and Caden Clark (five assists), Quinn Sullivan (three), Paxten Aaronson, Brandan Craig (two), Alejandro Alvarado Jr., Cade Cowell and Mauricio Cuevas Hopkins.

-USA U20 MEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-


Fit:
US U20 Men’s National Youth Team v Dominican Republic

Date: July 3, 2022

Contest: Concacaf U-20 Championship – Final

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Participation: 100

Kicking off: 6 p.m. local (8 p.m. ET)

Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy

Review summary: 1 2 f

United States of America 3 3 6

Dom 0 0 0

USA – Tyler Wolff (Jackson Hopkins) 17 minutes

USA – Paxten Aaronson (Diego Luna) 37

USA – Jalen Neal (without support) 39

United States – Nikolas Tsakiris 53

USA – Paxten Aaronson (Brandan Craig) 55

USA – Nikolas Tsakiris (Caden Clark) 61

Lineups:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 1-Chris Brady (12-Antonio Carrera, 58); 2-Mauricio Cuevas (Captain), 3-Noah Allen, 5-Brandan Craig (4-Marcus Ferkranus, 66) 14-Jalen Neal; 18-Jackson Hopkins (7-Quinn Sullivan, 57), 16-Tyler Wolff (11-Caden Clark, 57), 17-Nikolas Tsakiris, 10-Paxten Aaronson, 15-Diego Luna, 19-Alejandro Alvarado (8-Jack McGlynn, 46)

Unused Substitutes: 13-Michael Halliday, 20-Rokas Pukstas,

Suspended: 9-Cade Cowell

Head Coach: Mikey Varas

DOM: 1-Omry Bello, 2-Charbel Wehbe, 3-Thomas Jungbauer, 4-Sebastian Mañon (Capt.), 7-Bryan More (20-Annier Rojas, 57), 8-Angel Montes de Oca, 9-Anyelo Gomez (15 -Luis Francisco, 79), 11-Diefri Sandy, 14-Yordy Alvarez, 16-Miguel Vasquez (18-Alfeni Tamares, 57, 19-Guillermo de Peña

Unused substitutes: 12-Xavier Valdez, 10-Edison Azcona, 13-Adhonys Maria, 17-Jason Yambatis

Head coach: Mariano Perez

Statistics Summary: USA/DOM

Shots: 23/8

Shots on target: 13/3

Saved: 3/7

Corners: 6/2

Fouls: 13/7

Offside: 3/0

Summary of Misconduct:

none

Officer:

Referee: Drew Fisher (CAN)

Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Wattam (CAN)

Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)

Fourth Official: Reon Radix (GRN)

VAR: Angel Monroy (MEX)

AVAR1: Pierre Luc Lauziere (CAN)

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