USA romps 6-0 to win third straight Concacaf U-20 men's title

With berths in the 2023 Under-20 World Cup and 2024 Olympics already secured, the USA achieved its third goal at the Concacaf U-20 Men's Championship, winning the final for its third straight title.

The USA did not just beat the Dominican Republic, it crushed the tournament surprise with a 6-0 victory. Coach Mike Varas rotated his lineup, making six changes from the team that beat host Honduras, 3-0, to clinch a berth in the men's soccer competition at the Paris Olympics.

Scoring: In his first start of the tournament, late addition Jackson Hopkins put the USA on its way, setting up Tyler Wolff for the first goal with a perfectly placed cross.

The USA put the game away quickly with two goals in three minutes late in the first half to make it 3-0 at halftime and three more in nine minutes early in the second half.

Paxten Aaronson scored twice to overtake Philadelphia Union teammate Quinn Sullivan as the tournament's leading scorer in seven goals.

Awards: In addition to the Golden Boot, Aaronson won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. Chris Brady was named the tournament's top goalkeeper. The USA won all four games in the knockout round by shutout (5-0, 2-0, 3-0 and 3-0).

• Goals (with video)
18: Wolff (1-0)
37: Aaronson (2-0)
39: Allen (3-0)
53: McGlynn (4-0)
55: Aaronson (5-0)
61: Tsakiris (6-0)

July 3 in San Pedro Sula
USA 6 Dominican Republic 0. Goals: Wolff 17, Aaronson 37, 55, Neal 39, McGlynn 53, Tsakiris 61.
USA -- Brady (Carrera, 58); Cuevas, Craig (Ferkranus, 66) Neal, Allen; Tsakiris, Luna, Alvarado (McGlynn, 46); Hopkins (Sullivan, 57), Aaronson, Wolff (Clark, 57),
Dominican Republic -- Bello; Wehbe, Jungbauer, Manon; More (Rojas, 57), Montes de Oca, Gomez (Francisco, 79), Sandy, Alvarez; Vasquez (Tamares, 57), de Pena.
Referee: Drew Fisher (Canada).
Att.: 100.

17 comments about "USA romps 6-0 to win third straight Concacaf U-20 men's title".
  1. Santiago 1314, July 4, 2022 at 6:50 a.m.

    Kick Butt, Take Numbers... Loved the Attitude... Way to Go USA.!!! ... All Tournament Long the Team showed a Dominating, Suffocating Demonstration of what USA Soccer is Capable of and Should play like in AWAY Games in CONcacaCrApF... This Particular Team(Minus Paxton and McGlynn) Showed little of the Twitchy, Creative, Skillful Talents of the Current USMNT... We need to Remember that this Squad was missing MOST of the Starting XI, YET they Overwhelmed the Opposition with an "Arrogance" and "Determination" that we can be Proud of and are THANKFUL for.

  2. Sam Bellin replied, July 4, 2022 at 9:03 a.m.

    Loved it!  Composed on the ball, intelligent movement off the ball, aggressive and organized high press, attacking flair and goals too -- could watch this team all day!  I was especially impressed with Paxton (of course), Luna, McGlynn, Craig, Alvarez and Cuevas.
    Santi, curious:  Who were we missing from the projected starting XI?  BTW:  I love the term "Tika Turbo" -- great description for USA-brand soccer! 

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, July 4, 2022 at 2:58 p.m.

    Yea, Sam... I couldn't Decide on Tiki-Turbo or Turbo-Taka... 
    I think the Turbo-Taka is more approriate at the Moment,
    Because as Frank correctly Points out, we are Currently More Turbo first...
    But, I think this Group will EVENTUALLY be Able to Transition Back-and-Forth,
    Between the Two styles... During the Game, SEEMLESSLY and without Thought(or OVER-COACHING)
    A Trully "Rare" thing is Coming... TIKI-TURBO
    An AMERICAN THING;;; Mixed Cultures and Races, that are AMERICAN FIRST, Not trying to Fit into the "European Model"
    Americans LOVE: SPEED, FLASHY, CREATIVE, ARROGANT, POWERFUL, ATHLETIC, BEAUTIFUL, IMPROVISATIONAL, IN-YOUR-FACE.!!! SPIRIT of '76 (Look at the NFL, NBA, MLB)
    A Generation that will Revoulutionize Soccer, much like the Magyars, the Holland Clockwork Orange/West Germany Libero, Arrigo Sachis AC Milan Zonal System and Tiki-Taka Farcelona/Spain...
    The NEXT REVOLUTION Is Coming.!!!
    A Team that can Transition between Turbo and Taka... A USA "Mark" on the Game
    Pep has been trying to do this since he left Barca,...
    Barca/Spain is Stuck with "Un-Athletic" Technical players and are "FORCED" to play "Small Ball"
    Peps attempts: At Bayern Munich and Man City, have yet to Bear the Ultimate "Fruit" of a European Championships;
    Because he either Didnn't have the "Buy-In" from his Players(Bayern Munich) or hasn't "BOUGHT-IN" the Right Players yet(Man City) ... We shall see with the Arrival of Haaland, if he can Break "The Glass Ceiling"
    Wouldn't it be INTERESTING to see Man City Crash Out and Pep become USMNT Coach... 
    He does Like the US and Lived in NY for years after he took the Sabatical from Barca.
    Roberto Martinez would probably be my Next Choice.
    It's Right there for the Taking and all these PLAYERS have to do is Seize the Moment,
    and ALL the COACHES need to do is WIND THEM UP AND LET THEM PLAY.!!!

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, July 4, 2022 at 6:18 p.m.

    Santi, I agree with your vision here although I would word it differently. The problem is in the implemention and the failure of USSF and USSF development coaches to buy into this vision. I think there are some coaches who are already ahead of us on this path, but they are fighting convention. What is needed is players immersed in a consistent development program that emphasizes ball mastery and the "Tiki-Taki" style of play by age 13 for all players.

    We absolutely don't want youth players using physical advantages as a crutch early on. It retards development of ball skills and the brain. This is a matter of emphasis rather than a contradiction of what the senior game vision is. We don't want to crush something we will need later.

    So this is why individual coaches with progressive ideas have very little impact. We need to catch the players young and begin their love of the beautiful game.

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, July 4, 2022 at 8:21 p.m.

    Agree Bob, It's practically impossible, Nowadays, to teach a 16yr old,  how to "Love The Ball"... "Be The Ball".!!!
    But, also.... Tiki-Taka tries to Overcome the limitations of Weaker Physically Smaller, Shorter, Players(Spain/Barca)..  By "Rondo" and then Switching Ball to other side, Based on the Fact that "The Ball Travels Faster than a Player can Run"... Fine by Me... But,
    Why would we want to "Give Away" our Advantage of having Better Athletes.???
    Tiki-Taka and Developing players with that "Small Minded/Small Touch" does Not lead to Using Bigger, Stronger Players... Of which we Have Plenty.!!!
    The Key will be to Develop a USA Style that will include Both.

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, July 5, 2022 at 8:36 a.m.

    Santi think of the object the play you described as a way to invite opponents to unbalance a zone defense to the strong side, which is then exploited by a switch to the weak side followed by a direct attack on the goal. 

    It is simply a variation on the ages old way of breaking down a zone defense by rapid switching of the ball from side to side. The "trick" is that the multiple short 1-touch passes taunts the opponent into shifting to the strong side, breaking the opponents discipline. The discipline sooner later breaks down. It is just human nature to want to stop the 1-touch display by flooding the area with more players.

    Just because a physically weaker team has to play smarter to win, doesn't mean playing smarter isn't a good idea for all teams. 

  7. Barry Ulrich, July 4, 2022 at 7:21 a.m.

    Wow!  Very impressive wins.  These players played off each other unlike any US team I've watched.  Seldom a random pass that went nowhere, but most impressive was their ability to retain possession under pressure.  Notably, they were able to dispossess their opponents, as well. And despite the bunkering and lack of the usual aggressive defense by the Central American teams, the U20s were able to score easily.

  8. Judith Macaluso replied, July 4, 2022 at 5:23 p.m.

    Strongly agree:  played off each other unlike any US team I've watched.

  9. Bob Ashpole, July 4, 2022 at 9:07 a.m.

    What I found interesting was that our opponent defended very differently than Honduras. Honduras pressed very high but had huge distances between their lines. The Doninican Republic set the line of confrontation much lower at the center circle and stayed very compact with very little distance between their lines. But they didn't drop fast enough when threatened with a long pass and the US punished them  After 30 minutes they ran out of gas and the US coaches rotation strategy started paying off.

    In the second half, DR started chasing the game and the contest was over.

    I don't care at all for this extremely compressed schedule, but the US coaching staff handled it well. What worries is the increased risk of injury and we appeared to avoid that. It also appears that our opponents didn't have the depth to rotate the field players. So the competition rules worked in our favor.  Just not in the favor of quality soccer.

  10. Valerie Metzler, July 4, 2022 at 9:18 a.m.

    Paxten with an E; like Brenden with an E.  Aaronson with two As and an O.  And, Union with a W!  #DOOP.

  11. Nick Gabris, July 4, 2022 at 12:17 p.m.

    Fun to watch such a talented group. Enjoyed every minute of their games. You could notice in their play as to how tight this group was. Congratulations on a great achievement.

  12. frank schoon, July 4, 2022 at 12:46 p.m.

    Ok, we won and were the better all around teamwise ,without a doubt, than H or DR, but that's not saying much, since both teams Suck and so did the coaching. These countries are also not known for their soccer prowess ,even at the pro higher level. I was surprised that DR even had a team. Both countries' defense and offense were embarrassingly awful. So lets not get carried away with all superlatives of how good we are....it is all relative...Besides scoring 9 goals in total with none against says enough about our competition...

    Yes, we're going to the Olympics as a team but I'm more interested in one individual player and that is McGlynn. He has promise as an American 'passing midfielder' but that depends all on how he will be guided. He has the capability of being a midfielder that has the ability to 'send' other players, which we don't have or even 'breed'...He just happen to display a little of that quality but it needs to be nurtured... In other words who is going to teach him more of the 'inside details' of the passing game ,as I stated before ,he needs a Valderama type, a van Hanegem type, a Pirlo, he needs these types of people to give him pointers.

    Notice how we scored the first goal against DR, from the cross. This is why I want a right footed player on the right side for TWO reasons. One, if we want to attack since have lots of Turbo, then  penetrate as deep as possible to the endline for that's how we force the opponent's back as far back as possible with the cross going into opposite direction, away from the defenders and goalie, meeting one our attackers 'headon' as seen with the first goal. This is the problem we have on the left side with Pulisic...he's opposite footed, lacking crossing and penetrative ability. Two, our strength is in the air ,as you see with the ability on deadball plays and therefore we need the crossing ability from the flanks. WE NEED TO MAKE USE OF THAT PARTICULAR STRENGTH--heading the ball as close as possible to the opponent's goal which is done by having wings penetrate down the endline...

    We need to have our wings in the opponent's half not in our own half like you Pulisic do so often, giving away space, going all the way back to his third or receiving the ball with his back downfield, at mid, near the center, waiting for the balll. We need someone stable like a McGlynn to play the left mid, whose job it is to supply the left wing and the right flank. It is his limited potential as player  someone who can only distribute to certain attackers and shift the field of attack emanating from the leftside. Currently our leftside flank is a joke, midfielders who run around like headless chickens most of the time..

  13. Bob Ashpole replied, July 4, 2022 at 6:42 p.m.

    Frank, I would add Aaronson to the short list of possible playmakers. He was misused as a CF. Yes he was good at it because of his tactical speed of play, but I think he is even better further from the goal. Speed of play is needed at every position.

    I think Caden Clark is a promising forward and comfortable playing CF. But for the rotation need, I would have liked seeing him playing CF with Aaronson and McGlynn supporting him. One right footed and one left footed. :) 

    Right now the Senior MNT has wingers (not known for their crosses) but no CF. These three teens could provide what the MNT is missing for 2026.

    There is a big step up from U20 to senior team, even more from CONCACAF to the world stage. Right now I am just dreaming.

  14. humble 1, July 4, 2022 at 1:14 p.m.

    Again well prepared and executed. Varas and his staff are to be commended as are the boys for making it happen.  DR was yeah, compact, but gave way too much space behind their line to US.  Naive.  Never adjusted.  I turned it off after first half as outcome was assured.  2-years is a long way off, but I really like Varas and co for Olympics.  Sometkmes we forget, Olympics is proving ground fir coaching talent as well and we need to cultivste this aspect of our program just like players.  I see the fingerprints of Stewart and McBride in this outcome.  Respect for them as well. 

  15. Philip Carragher, July 4, 2022 at 2:33 p.m.

    McGlynn's goal was a thing of beauty.

  16. james Fitzsimons, July 4, 2022 at 3:32 p.m.

    Hate to be redundant, but, as previously stated, this was the first I've watched the U-20 team.  I do watch a lot of soccer including the USMNT and USWNT.  Here's my perspectiive for whatever it's worth....What an exciting and talented group of players.  The brand of soccer they play is so fluid, reminds me of a Brazilian team, more fun to watch that any team I've watched or coached.  Can we elevate the coach to the USMNT?  Just a true treat to watch these players and await their moving up to the next level.

  17. Kent James, July 5, 2022 at 1:27 a.m.

    Not to restate the obvious, but the U20s certainly played well.  The pass Cuevas made to the person who hit the cross that Wolf finished for the first goal was perfect.  Cuevas set up the 2nd goal with some quick feet and a deceptive touch to get the cross in that wasn't headed in, but the rebound was put away (I think by Aaronson).  And McGlynn's goal was both deceptive in the set-up and deadly accurate in the finish.  Lots of creativity and technical skill, and they played well together. Nice to see the DR doing well (since they tend to favor baseball over soccer), so I felt a little bad for them, but most of these guys are professionals, so while they're young, they're tough enough to deal with it.  U20 success doesn't guarantee later USMNT success, but it's certainly good to see.

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