Gianluca Busio scores twice in U.S. U-17 boys' rout of Barbados

The USA clinched a spot in the knockout round of the Concacaf U-17 Championship that serves as U-17 World Cup qualifying with a 6-1 win over Barbados on Saturday after opening with a 3-2 win over Canada on Thursday. U.S. coach Raphael Wicky made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Canada in the USA's tournament opener. Starting in both games were Gianluca Busio, defenders Joe Scally and Kobe Hernandez and midfielder Danny Leyva.

Busio, who scored the USA's first goal against Canada, scored on a 26th minute free kick after Hernandez opened the scoring with a 26th minute free kick. Busio struck again to make it 4-0 in the 45th minute with a long-range strike after a choreographed free-kick play. Adam Saldana scored the USA's 3-0 goal, Barbados gifted the USA an own goal to make it 5-0. Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez scored his first goal of the tournament in the 50th minute to make it 6-0.

Barbados' goal came on a 54th minute penalty kick.

NEXT UP: The USA plays its final Group F game, against Guatemala, on Monday at 6 pm ET (Concacaf Facebook & Univision Deportes Network). The Group F will face Guadeloupe, which advanced via the qualifying round, in the round of 16. The quarterfinal winners advance to the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

May 4 in Bradenton, Florida
USA 6 Barbados 1. Goals: Hernandez 20, Busio 26, Saldana 36, Busio 45, own goal 47, Ocampo-Chavez 50; Richards (pen.) 54.
USA -- Odunze, Scally, Hernandez, Gray, Tolkin, Leyva (Cuevas, 55), Saldana, Fuentes, de Vries (Yow, 81), Ocampo-Chavez, Busio (Freeman, 46)
Barbados -- Sumpter, Bryan, Catlyn, Applewhaite, Phillips, Hutson (James, 57), Jnpierre (Williams, 46), Gittens (Richards, 46), Skeete, Gilkes, Brewster.
Yellow cards: Barbados -- Applewhaite 90.
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
Att.: 215

Stats: USA/Barbados
Shots: 18/3
Shots on Goal: 8/2
Saves: 4/0
Corner Kicks: 9/4
Fouls: 15/13
Offside: 2/1

2 comments about "Gianluca Busio scores twice in U.S. U-17 boys' rout of Barbados".
  1. Randy Vogt, May 5, 2019 at 7:46 p.m.

    4th USA goal looks to be offside. Although both attackers in the offside position might not have touched the ball, to me they interfered with an opponent by being in the path of the ball and obstructing the GK's line of vision. A situation where the AR knows if they are in an offside position but ref could better determine if they interfered with opponent.

  2. Goal Goal, May 7, 2019 at 6:37 p.m.

    I was there to see the games and frankly I was quite surprised.  Not dissappointed yet but surprised.

    The fact is you can only play the competition that is put in front of you.  The competition was not impressive.  I think anyone who was there would tell you that even the players.    However this was a real opportunity for a purported to be talented group to work, and learn to work together because we all know they havent done much together.  This is what I saw and I would like to hear some comments if anybody else disagrees, agrees or what ever.

    I saw a team who although commanded possession in all games couldnt get to the goal.  Sure we scored twelve goals throughout the tourney but 8 of the twelve were the result of set pieces either directly or indirectly.  Moved the ball very slowly with players standing around watching instead of moving to space and creating chances.  Very little creativity. Period,  there appeared to be one chance taker and everyone else appeared to stand around waiting for him to make something happen.  We couldn't get to the goal against this mediocre competition at best.  Maybe in time it will happen.  But I will say one thing everyone of the kids can run fast and run forever and never get tired.  If we were measuring endurance we win however you have to get the ball in the net.  You have to create chances.  I did not see much of this.  What about you?

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