USA opens with 10-0 win at Concacaf U-20 Men's Championship

The USA got goals from seven different players in addition to an own goal as it opened group play at the Concacaf U-20 Men's Championship with a 10-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis.

The top three teams in each group advance to the round of 16, so the 10-goal win all but assures it will advance. The 10 goals were three shy of the U.S. record in U-20 World Cup qualifying. In 2018, the USA beat U.S. Virgin Islands, 13-0, in Group A play.  

• Scoring:
The first two goals were scored after penalty kicks were awarded via Video Review, which Concacaf is using for the youth championship.

Paxten Aaronson came off the bench to score two goals in three minutes, and Niko Tsakiris, the son of assistant coach Shaun Tsakiris, added his second goal to complete the scoring in the 69th minute. Tsakiris' first goal on a penalty kick completed a blitz of three goals in first-half stoppage time.

The best goal was scored by right back Maurico Cuevas with a shot from the side of the penalty kick into the far corner to make it 5-0.

"The team did a great job today, taking care of business," said Cuevas, the U.S. captain and only holdover from the team that won the 2018 Concacaf U-20 title. "It came out and got a good start and stayed patient."

• Goals (with video):
18: Cowell pen.
33: Clark pen.
43: Wolff
45+1: Pukstas
45+3: Cuevas
45+8: Tsakiris pen.
48: Own goal
64: Aaronson (Sullivan)
67: Aaronson (Luna)
69: Tsakiris (Sullivan)

• Notable: The USA has won 14 straight games in the Concacaf under-20 championship, including one shootout win over Honduras in the 2017 tournament's championship game.

* Elsewhere: Cuba beat Canada, 1-0, in Saturday's other Group A game. The Cuban goalscorer Kevin Martín finished the game in goal because goalkeeper Ismael Morgado was red carded in the 75th minute and Cuba had already used its five subs.

June 18 in Tegucigalpa
USA 10 St. Kitts & Nevis 0. Goals: Cowell pen. 18, Clark pen. 33, Wolff, 43, Pukstas 45+1, Cuevas 45+3, Tsakiris pen. 45+8, 69, own goal 48, Aaronson 64, 67.
USA -- Carrera, Cuevas (Halliday 46), Ferkranus, Allen, Neal, Pukstas (Luna 60), Alvarado, Tsakiris, Cowell  (Sullivan 46), Clark (Aaronson 60), Wolff (McGlynn 59).
St. Kitts & Nevis -- Parke, Mills, Morris (O.Liburd 68), Browne (Burnham 68), Myers (Bradshaw 63), Dorset, Nisbett, K.Liburd (Burt 70), Chiuta, C.Liburd (Dorsett 46), Garnette.

Group E Schedule:
Monday, June 20
USA-Canada 8:30 pm ET
Wednesday, June 22
USA-Cuba 8:30 p.m. ET.

10 comments about "USA opens with 10-0 win at Concacaf U-20 Men's Championship".
  1. Bob Ashpole, June 18, 2022 at 8:03 p.m.

    I stopped watching after the first 30 minutes. It was very lopsided. 

    I did have a new insight into USSF soccer. I think it is better to think of the problem as a battle between two views of soccer rather than between ethnic groups. USSF soccer won't be changed by being more inclusive about the people involved. That isn't the problem. The problem is that they are not being inclusive about the soccer cultures. They are stuck on turbo and everyone is welcome as long as they drink the kool-aid of turbo soccer. 

    I don't have a problem with turbo soccer. I have a problem with playing and training exclusively turbo soccer. Our US soccer has hit a glass ceiling because USSF won't move beyond turbo to add a more technical positional aspect to our style of play. They still believe that athleticism is more important than brains and skills. Adding Hispanic coaches and players is not a change to USSF. USSF is 50 years behind the times in their thinking about the game. That must change before our national team programs improve. 

    To my friends here who like the US soccer traditions, I say that we can't win the world cup with just sweat. While we have done pretty well with it in the past, we need better smarts and skills to be the best men's team. 

  2. Santiago 1314 replied, June 20, 2022 at 6:39 a.m.

    Hard to Disagree with any of that Bob... I think the u25 Team can get there by WC2026... A mix of the Turbo and the Tiki-Taka is something that only the USA, infront of a Home Crowd, might be able to Pull Off.... I would like to see Belgium do well this WC, Then we bring in Robert Martinez to coach our "Golden Generation".

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, June 21, 2022 at 4:01 a.m.

    We all want the same thing. 

    Have you watched any of the U20s. There is a forward that I think might be ready for the senior team now: Cade Cowell. There is also another player to keep an eye on for the future: Paxton Aaronson. Yes, Brenden's 18-year-old brother. 

    I am sure there are other worthies on the team, but these are the two players that I noticed. I would be interested in what the regulars thought. The problem is that you can't really tell much unless you watch the game which is likely not possible now.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, June 21, 2022 at 4:09 a.m.

    The entire match against Canada is available on You Tube.

  5. frank schoon replied, June 21, 2022 at 11:27 a.m.

    Bob, thanks for the info on Youtube on this game...Watched the first 30min. of this game and obviously was bored watching this programmed garbage. It is cookie cutter soccer out there. There is not an individual that had some nice one on one ball handling skills that present some danger whenever he had the ball, or could say 'this kid is the one you should watch. They all look, act and move  the same way with or without the ball...It is so predictable, you know exactly what their next move is going to be.

    The ONLY player that I might pay a little attention to is #6, McGlynn for his passing possibilities. He seems to be the only one that can put a little 'feel' in some of his passes.....

  6. Kevin Leahy, June 19, 2022 at 2:28 a.m.

    That's an understatement 

  7. Matt Cardillo, June 19, 2022 at 7:30 a.m.

    It's worse on the girls side. VEry soon we'll see our womens' dominance fade to the increasinging athletic but also skilled European sides....and SA sides

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, June 20, 2022 at 6:39 a.m.

    Matt... You Preaching to the Choir for me.

  9. R2 Dad, June 19, 2022 at 6:32 p.m.

    I thought it was telling that YT channel commentators observed the U20 team playing GB-ball in the first half, and didn't look convincing doing it (wing advancement with crosses into the box). It wasn't until the 2nd half they started combining through the middle and looking more fluid. My big concern is this indoctration of U teams means we're stuck w GGG through 2026. Anyone know that to be the case?

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, June 20, 2022 at 1:59 a.m.

    Again I qualified that I only watched about 30 minutes. What I saw was that the U20 team looked very talented. The opponent was bunkering with not much pressure outside of their defensive third. So you can't really tell much about the quality of the team with confidence. The opponents as you would expect were amateur level. 

    More importantly, the field was horrible. It appeared to be newly laid sod that had not been rolled. Very lumpy. 

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