USA showdown with Panama will decide U-17 World Cup qualification

Giovanni Reyna  scored a hat trick in the USA's 8-0 win over Guadeloupe in the round of 16 of the Concacaf U-17 Championship that sends the USA into a quarterfinal with Panama from which the winner will secure one of Concacaf's four spots at the 2019 U-17 World Cup. Reyna also assisted on the opening goal by Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez in the fourth minute and the USA led by six at halftime.

The lop-sided matchup came thanks to the peculiar tournament format in which four teams -- the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe -- advanced directly to the knockout stage from a qualifying round played among Concacaf's 19 lowest ranked teams. All four lost. Against Guadeloupe, the USA had 80% of the possession and a 30-to-5 shot superiority.

The USA began the tournament with wins over Canada (3-2), Barbados (6-1) and Guatemala (3-0) to finish atop its group.

UP NEXT: Panama advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Guatemala. Los Caneleros finished second in Group H with two ties -- 2-2 vs. Costa Rica, 3-3 with Curacao -- and a 3-1 win over Suriname.
Panama has twice qualified for the U-17 World Cup, in 2011 and 2013.
USA-Panama, Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m. (Concacaf Facebook).

The other quarterfinal matchups are Mexico-El Salvador, Haiti-Honduras, and Canada-Costa Rica, the winner of which will play the USA-Panama victor.

USA Concacaf Championship Scorers
(Four games)
4 Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Tacoma Defiance/Seattle Sounders), Giovanni Reyna (unattached).
Griffin Yow (Loudoun United/D.C. United).
2 own goal.
1 Axel Alejandre (FC United academy), Kobe Hernandez-Foster (LA Galaxy academy), Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy academy).

May 9 in Bradenton, Fla.
USA 8 Guadeloupe 0. Goals: Ocampo-Chavez (Reyna) 4, Yow (Saldana) 11, Reyna (Scally) 20, Busio 25, Reyna (Yow) 29, Reyna (pen.) 42, Ocampo-Chavez (Pepi) 68, own goal (Dezac) 70.
USA -- Las, Scally (Kayo, 71), Alejandre (Pepi, 46), Hernandez-Foster, Leyva, Busio (Fuentes, 46), Reyna, Yow, Tolkin, Saldana, Ocampo-Chavez.
Guadeloupe -- Aquilon, Tacalfred, Virapin, Dezac, Confiac, Gille (Gravelot, 78), Mixtur, Lancien, Merabli (Silo, 46), Gervelas (Molia, 86), Pezeron.
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
Att.: 108

Stats: USA/GLP
Shots: 30/5
Shots on Goal: 17/1
Saves: 1/9
Corner Kicks: 5/0
Fouls: 7/13
Offside: 3/0
Possession: 80%/20%

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