USA tops its group at Concacaf U-20 Championship with hat trick win over Cuba 06/23/2022

Philadelphia Union local forward QuinnSullivan scored a natural hat trick in USA’s 3-0 win over Cuba that earned Coach Mikey Varas‘ team a first place in Group E at the Concacaf U-20 Championship.

Cuba led the group early in the game with a 1-0 victory over Canada, which held the United States tied at 2-2.

While the United States squandered many early chances against the Canadians and entered halftime with only a 1-0 advantage on Monday, the Americans’ start on Wednesday was quick and precise. Sullivan’s early strikes gave a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of kickoff.

Just 75 seconds after the opening whistle, Sullivan completed a fine serve into the goal area of Caden Clarkwho had received a precise pass from Paxten Aaronson after their one-two.

Sullivan’s second finish came after a series of neat passes from start to finish. It started with a pass from inside the American penalty area of Brandan Craig to Sullivan, who pushed a Cuban deep into the American half and dodged another in the center circle before passing to Clark. He, after a few deft touches, pushed through a Cuban crowd to Alexander Alvaradowho set the stage for Sullivan.

Aaronson kicked a ball out of the American half for Sullivan to meet in stride and complete his hat trick two minutes before the halftime whistle.

Goals (with video):
2: Sullivan (1-0)
8: Sullivan (2-0)
43: Sullivan (3-0)

Next: USA takes on Nicaragua in the Round of 16 on Saturday (8:30 a.m. ET). Nicaragua are one of four teams to advance to the knockout stage at a qualifying tournament in November between Concacaf’s lowest-ranked teams (17 and under).

Somewhere else: Canada finished third in Group E beating St. Kitts and Nevis to advance with USA and Cuba.

The price. The 2022 Concacaf Under-20 Championship serves as a qualifier for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup (four quarter-final winners advance) and the 2024 Olympics (two semi-final winners go to France ).

Finishing in the top two of its group, the USA avoided facing Mexico before the final.

By winning his group, the United States avoids the possibility of facing the host country, Honduras, before the semi-finals. Honduras knocked out the United States from the last two Olympics in the Olympic qualifying semi-finals.

SA function: Young Union midfielder Quinn Sullivan well served by Philly family tradition By Brian SciarettaSeptember 2021.

June 22 in Tegucigalpa
UNITED STATES 3 Cuba 0. Goals: Sullivan 2, 8, 43.
UNITED STATES — Brady, Cuevas (Halliday, 46), Neal, Craig, Allen, Tsakiris, Pukstas, Aaronson (Luna, 46), Alvarado (McGlynn, 72), Sullivan (Wolff, 46), Clark (Cowell, 62 year).
Cuba — Morgado (A.Fernandez, 63), Alvares, Penalver, Torrez (Trutiet, 67), Sanchez, Valdez, Ciudad (Paradela, 46), Angel (K.Fernandez, 46), Oda, Duboy (Palma, 46), Quinones.
Yellow cards: USA — Cowell 83, Wolff 80, McGlynn 75. Cuba — Valdez 13. Red cards – nothing.
Arbitrator: Selvin Brown (Honduras)

Photo: Concacaf.com

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