US U20s book their place in coming World Cup

Published Saturday, March 4, 2017 6:39 PM by Shane Barrow

Things got off to a rocky start at the CONCACAF Under 20 Championships but the American boys found their groove and rolled into the title game.  In the meantime they booked their place at the upcoming FIFA Under 20 World Cup.  On Sunday the US U20s will face Honduras in the championship match.

It wasn't easy though. An opening shock loss to 10 man Panama was followed by falling behind minnows Haiti before the team found their feet.  The U20s rolled past Haiti and then blasted St Kitts earning a place in the final three team grouping with rivals Mexico and El Salvador.  Two of the three teams would earn berths at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

An extremely morivated American side overwhelmed Mexico from the opening whistle, outhustling their rivals all over the pitch.  The performance paid off as the US rode an Erik Palmer-Brown header to the 1-0 victory.  It set up a match with El Salvador for all the marbles.  Another quality performance ensued with the team downing El Salvador 2-1 to book their place in the CONCACAF Final as well at the upcoming World Cup.

On Sunday the US Under 20s and coach Tab Ramos will try to win their first ever CONCACAF title as they face off against Honduras.