SAN JUAN, Argentina (Might 26, 2023) – The U.S. Below-20 Men’s Youth National Group topped Slovakia two- to safe the prime spot in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Globe Cup with a best nine points in 3 games. It is the very first time in the USA’s 17 appearances at the tournament that it is completed with a three– record in the group stage.
Forward Cade Cowell menaced the Sokoli defense all afternoon and opened the scoring in the 38th minute with an impressive person work, driving down the left flank previous quite a few Slovakia defenders. His San Jose Earthquakes club teammate Niko Tsakiris netted an insurance coverage purpose in the game’s final moments, as soon as once again creating an effect off the bench. With the victory and very first location in Group B secured, the USA will face the third-location finisher from Group A, C or D in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Might 30 (1:30 p.m. ET FS2). All 3 groups will have concluded play on Saturday.
FIFA U-20 Globe CUP – FINAL GROUP B STANDINGS
Following obtaining off on the front foot and holding the greater of possession from the get-go, the U.S. attack began to click midway via the very first half as the young Americans located themselves knocking on the door various occasions. The 24th minute brought the very first actual danger in the aftermath of a U.S. corner as defender Justin Che place a header on frame and followed it up with one more try inside the six off the rebound.
Cowell was generally the sparkplug for the U.S., creating a quantity of menacing runs down the left flank. In the 25th, he helped set up midfielder Obed Vargas for a rip outdoors the box that was deflected by goalkeeper Adam Hrdina ahead of defender Caleb Wiley almost turned the rebound into the game’s very first purpose.
The San Jose Earthquakes forward had a prime chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute, when he was sprung into some wide-open space by a masterful lengthy ball from center back Brandan Craig. Cowell took a touch to play it more than the ‘keeper at the prime of the box and had an open net in front of him, but wasn’t capable to handle the ball and the ensuing shot from midfielder Diego Luna flew more than the crossbar. Cowell then looked to have the USA’s opening purpose in the 35th, but his work was whistled offside.
The winger far more than created up for the misfires with his outstanding run and purpose in the 38th. Pouncing on a misplayed Slovakia back pass, he proceeded to maneuver his way via the Sokoli defense, maintaining robust on the ball following an initial tackle try, dodging a sliding defender and then wheeling previous a final pair of Slovakians at the prime of the box ahead of ripping a shot to the suitable side of the net. Following missing the USA’s opening Globe Cup match vs. Ecuador due to suspension, Cowell has scored in each games because and is one particular of ten players in Argentina with various objectives to his name.
Slovakia responded shortly following the opening tally, rocketing a shot from beyond the prime of the box in the 41st, but U.S. goalkeeper Gaga Slonina was up to the activity and leapt to his suitable to make the save. Slonina and the U.S. defense recorded their third-straight clean sheet in Argentina, finishing the group stage with just 23 shots permitted.
Cowell picked up exactly where he left off following the half causing complications for the Slovak defense. In the 48th, he created one more threatening run down the left side ahead of obtaining Luna charging into the six-yard box, but the midfielder’s very first-time shot hit the post. Luna hit the woodwork once again in the 67th, this time clanging it off the crossbar following an extended spell in Slovakia’s 18.
The Sokoli continued to appear for an equalizer down the stretch, but the U.S. place the game out of attain in the sixth minute of further time. Forward Quinn Sullivan located Tsakiris, as soon as once again a spark off the bench, cutting into the box, exactly where he controlled and slotted household his fourth U-20 international purpose.
- Cowell’s purpose was his fourth in nine U-20 caps and second at the Globe Cup. Tsakiris’ tally was his fourth in seven U-20 appearances.
- Born in 2005, Tsakiris is the roster’s second-youngest player and also age-eligible for the 2025 FIFA U-20 Globe Cup. His father Shaun represented the U.S. at the 1999 U-20 Globe Cup and is an assistant coach with the U-20 MYNT.
- Goalkeeper Gaga Slonina and defender Brandan Craig have played all 270 minutes for the USA as a result far in Argentina.
-U.S. Below-20 MEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL Group MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States Below-20 Men’s Youth National Group vs. Slovakia
Date: Might 26, 2023
Competitors: 2023 FIFA U-20 Globe Cup – Group B
Venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario San Juan, Argentina
Kickoff: two p.m. ET (three p.m. regional)
Climate: 63 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 two F
USA 1 0 1
SVK 0 0 0
USA – Cade Cowell 38th minute
USA – Niko Tsakiris (Quinn Sullivan) 90+six
USA: 1-Gaga Slonina 17-Justin Che, five-Brandan Craig, four-Josh Wynder two-Michael Halliday, six-Daniel Edelman (Capt.) (eight-Jack McGlynn, 67), 18-Obed Vargas, three-Caleb Wiley (13-Jonathan Gomez, 77) 16-Owen Wolff (15-Niko Tsakiris, 67), ten-Diego Luna (19-Darren Yapi, 73), 9-Cade Cowell (7-Quinn Sullivan, 73)
Substitutes not utilised: 12-Antonio Carrera, 21-Alex Borto, 14-Marcus Ferkranus
Head coach: Mikey Varas
SVK: 12-Adam Hrdina five-David Ovsonka, six-Sebastian Kosa (Capt.), 9-Adam Griger (ten-Timotej Jambor, 46), 11-Adam Gazi (7-Balint Csoka, 46), 14-Mate Szolgai (four-Jan Murgas, 68), 16-Leo Sauer, 17-Dominik Snajder, 18-Nicolas Sikula, 19-Samuel Kopasek (two-Simon Micuda, 75), 20-Mario Sauer (eight-Artur Gajdos, 46)
Substitutes not utilised: 1-Samuel Belanik, 21-Adam Danko, three-Samuel Bagin, 13-Marek Ujlaky, 15-Nino Marcelli, 21-Adam Danko
Head coach: Albert Rusnak
Stats Summary: USA / SVK
Shots on Purpose: eight/four
Corner Kicks: ten/six
Referee: Ramon Abatti (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee two: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al Ali (KUW)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski Marques (BRA)
AVAR 1: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)