USA Tops Group B With 4-0 Win Against Suriname At 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship

USA Will Face Costa Rica in Quarterfinals; Victor Valdez Nets Hat Trick, Federico Oliva Adds Goal

BRADENTON, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2019)—The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team closed out group play at the 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship with a 4-0 victory against Suriname. The win secured the USA top spot in Group B, setting up a quarterfinal match-up with Costa Rica, which finished second in Group D. Victor Valdez scored a hat trick, while Federico Oliva also netted for the U.S.

The USA will take on Los Ticos on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. ET. The match will be streamed on Concacaf Facebook and will be open to the public.

Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship – Group B Standings































The U.S. got on the board early by pouncing on a Surinam mistake. Defender Angel Martinez connected with forward Oliva on a long pass and the Atletico Madrid forward attempted a cross into the box. A Suriname defender attempted to clear but poorly played the ball and it fell to Valdez, who struck it home for the game’s opening goal in the third minute.

Ten minutes later, Valdez added another on a penalty. Oliva was brought down in the area after a nifty dribble around a few Suriname defenders, prompting the referee to point to the spot. Valdez hit the penalty low and slid it into the back of the net to extend the American advantage to 2-0. 

After drawing the penalty, Oliva tallied a goal of his own just before the half. On a free kick from just outside the box, he ripped a shot high to the near post past the goalkeeper to give the USA a 3-0 lead at the break.

The USA added one more goal in the 40th minute. Christian Torres, fresh off winning the Golden Boot at the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15 Playoffs, slipped past a defender on the dribble along the top of the box before laying it off for Valdez. The LA Galaxy midfielder sent a high shot towards goal where it bounced down off the crossbar into the net.

The 18-player U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of 17 players born in 2004 and one born in 2005. Sixteen players have spent at least one season in the Development Academy.

Forty-two teams across three divisions are competing at the Concacaf Boys’ U-15 Championship. Division 1’s 16-team field is composed of 14 top-ranked Concacaf nations as well as Portugal and Slovenia, participating as invited guest teams from UEFA. The winner of Division 1’s knockout round bracket will be crowned Concacaf champion. 

- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -


Match: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Suriname

Date: Aug. 7, 2019

Competition: 2019 Concacaf Under-15 Boys’ Championship

Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

Kickoff: 9 a.m. ET

Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy and rainy


Scoring Summary:      1          2          F         

USA                             3          1          4

SUR                             0          0          0


USA – Victor Valdez                                        3rd minute

USA – Victor Valdez (penalty kick)                             13

USA – Federico Oliva                                      30

USA – Victor Valdez (Christian Torres)           40



USA: 1-Christopher Brady; 2-Devan Tanton (15-Rokas Pukstas, 36), 3-Armando Avila, 14-Angel Martinez (5-Antonio Leone, 60), 16-Justin Reynolds; 6-Aethan Yohannes (13-Allan Rodriguez, 48), 8-Kenan Hot (capt.), 17-Victor Valdez (10-Evan Rotundo, 48); 9-Christian Torres, 11-Rafael Jauregui, 18-Federico Oliva (7-Osvaldo Cisneros, 48)

Subs not used: 4-John Carlos Cortez, 12-Damian Alguera

Head coach: Steve Klein


SUR: 1-Nikhil Khargoe (18-Jonathan Fonkel, 48); 2-Jenaro Ligeon (3-Kevin Codrington, 63), 4-Gabriel de Mees (capt.), 5-Eldjero de Mees, 17-Javier de Windt (12-Keanu Lim A Po, 48); 9-Jamal Lodik (7-Joel Matabadal, 48), 14-Darrynio Asongie (13-Samir Basarat, 63), 15-Jordro Jordan (6-Ghanshen Adipie, 48); 8-Raviek Pryor (10-Dejean Kamsi, 60), 11-Ravello Ziljer, 16-Byorn Ost

Subs not used: 

Head coach: Merida Dapaloe


Stats Summary: USA / SUR                           

Shots: 15 / 2

Shots on Goal: 8 / 0

Saves: 0 / 6

Corner Kicks: 5 / 0

Fouls: 12 / 9

Offside: 0 / 0


Misconduct Summary:




Referee: Geiner Zuniga Molina (CRC)

Assistant Referee 1: Luis Alberto Granados Caldera (CRC)

Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Martinez Martinez (CRC)

Fourth Official: Jose Raul Eduarte (CRC)

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