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U.S. U-20 MNT Clinches Place at 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with 2-1 Win Against El Salvador

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (March 3, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team utilized first-half strikes from Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson to defeat El Salvador 2-1 and book a place at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

The victory marked the U-20 MNT’s fourth-straight win at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and provides the U.S. with an opportunity to earn its first U-20 regional title when they take on Honduras in the Final on Sunday.

Knowing exactly what they needed to do in order to qualify, the U.S. came out confident from the first whistle and went ahead thanks to Sabbi’s clinical finish in the 18th minute. Seven minutes later, Williamson’s highlight-reel screamer from distance doubled the advantage for the U-20 MNT, before El Salvador cut the lead in half through Marvin Marquez’s 35th minute effort.

A physical second half resulted in few chances, but saw both teams finish the game short-handed. El Salvador midfielder Kevin Reyes was sent off for a second yellow card in the 80th minute, before teammate Mario Rodriguez and U.S. midfielder Sebstian Saucedo were both shown red cards for an altercation in the 89th minute. The United States closed out the match, clinching the USA’s qualification to a 15th  FIFA U-20 World Cup and the third under head coach Tab Ramos.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT advances to its third Final since the CONCACAF U-20 Championship took on its current format in 2009 and will go for its first regional title when they face Honduras on Sunday, March 5. Kickoff from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose is set for 4 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
U.S. U-20 MNT Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Classification Group D Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

3

1

+2

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

6

2

+4

El Salvador

2

0

2

0

0

2

8

-6

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Emmanuel Sabbi (Eryk Williamson), 18th minute:
Austin Trusty did well to shake off challenges in the center circle before playing a direct ball to Williamson. The midfielder received the pass and turned quickly to slide Sabbi through the El Salvador back line, where he slotted past onrushing goalkeeper Mario Martínez to open the scoring. USA 1, SLV 0 [WATCH]

USA – Eryk Williamson, 25th minute: The U.S. continued to seek out goals and found a beauty seven minutes later. Williamson controlled the ball in the middle of the park, before hitting a perfect diagonal ball towards the right corner for Brooks Lennon. The Real Salt Lake attacker quickly swung in a low cross that was turned away by Roberto Domínguez, but fell straight into Williamson’s path, who chested down before unleashing a right-footed bullet from 25 yards that beamed into the top left corner. USA 2, SLV 0 [WATCH]

SLV – Marvin Marquez (Josue Rivera), 35th minute: El Salvador struck back 10 minutes later when a throw-in from Josue Santos on the left saw Marquez flick a towards the end line for Rivera. Just at the edge of the area, the midfielder found Marquez with the outside of his right foot before the Alianza striker one-timed his effort inside the far post. USA 2, SLV 1 [WATCH]

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Kevin Reyes, 6th minute:
Emmanuel Sabbi received a throw-in on the left and drove into the box before cutting back for Tyler Adams. The New York Red Bulls midfielder then laid off for Luca de la Torre, whose measured first-time effort was nodded out for a corner kick by Reyes.  

NOTES:

  • The U.S. successfully qualified for their 15th FIFA U-20 World Cup, set to take place in Korea Republic from May 20-June 11.
  • The USA advanced to its third Final since the CONCACAF U-20 Championship moved to its current format in 2009, finishing as runners-up that year and in 2013.
  • Collecting the victory, Tab Ramos moves to 12-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With the win, the USA improves its CONCACAF U-20 Championship record against El Salvador to 5-3-1.
  • Both Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson scored their first goals of the tournament.
After receiving a red card in the 89th minute, midfielder Sebastian Saucedo will miss Sunday’s Final due to suspension.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: March 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 65 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             2               0               2
SLV                                              1               0               1

USA – Emmanuel Sabbi (Eryk Williamson)                 18th minute
USA – Eryk Williamson                                                          25
SLV – Marvin Marquez (Josue Rivera)                            35                                                                 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 13-Auston Trusty; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (11-Sebastián Saucedo, 32), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 80), 18-Emmanuel Sabbi (19-Coy Craft, 72), 10-Luca De La Torre
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 3-Danny Acosta, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 15-Jonathan González, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Mario Martínez; 2-Oscar Menjivar, 3-Roberto Domínguez (Capt.), 15-Denilson Rosales (16-Diego Chávez, 21); 5-Josue Santos, 6-Diego Cartagena (14-Marcos Rodríguez, 66), 7-Kevin Reyes, 13-Fernando Castillo (11-Jonathan Aguilar, HT), 17-Walter Chiguila; 10-Marvin Marquez, 19-Josue Rivera
Subs not used: 18-Alan Carrillo, 4-Ronald Gómez, 8-Héctor Quinteros, 9-Brayan Paz, 12-Enrique Contreras, 20-Amilcar Bermúdez
Head coach: Eduardo Lara

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 30 / 23
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                        31st minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (caution)                      44
USA – Tommy Redding (caution)   49
USA – Justen Glad (caution)                             61
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              67
SLV – Mario Martínez (caution)                      70
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              80
SLV – Kevin Reyes (sent off)                             80
SLV – Josue Santos (caution)                            82
SLV – Marcos Rodríguez (sent off)               89
USA – Sebastián Saucedo (sent off)             89

Officials: 
Referee: Jafeth Parea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emmanuel Sabbi

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- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: March 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 270
Weather: 65 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             2               0               2
SLV                                              1               0               1

USA – Emmanuel Sabbi (Eryk Williamson)                 18th minute
USA – Eryk Williamson                                                          25
SLV – Marvin Marquez (Josue Rivera)                            35                                                                 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 13-Auston Trusty; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (11-Sebastián Saucedo, 32), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 80), 18-Emmanuel Sabbi (19-Coy Craft, 72), 10-Luca De La Torre
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 3-Danny Acosta, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 15-Jonathan González, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Mario Martínez; 2-Oscar Menjivar, 3-Roberto Domínguez (Capt.), 15-Denilson Rosales (16-Diego Chávez, 21); 5-Josue Santos, 6-Diego Cartagena (14-Marcos Rodríguez, 66), 7-Kevin Reyes, 13-Fernando Castillo (11-Jonathan Aguilar, HT), 17-Walter Chiguila; 10-Marvin Marquez, 19-Josue Rivera
Subs not used: 18-Alan Carrillo, 4-Ronald Gómez, 8-Héctor Quinteros, 9-Brayan Paz, 12-Enrique Contreras, 20-Amilcar Bermúdez
Head coach: Eduardo Lara

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 30 / 23
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                        31st minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (caution)                      44
USA – Tommy Redding (caution) 49
USA – Justen Glad (caution)                             61
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              67
SLV – Mario Martínez (caution)                      70
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              80
SLV – Kevin Reyes (sent off)                             80
SLV – Josue Santos (caution)                            82
SLV – Marcos Rodríguez (sent off)               89
USA – Sebastián Saucedo (sent off)             89 

Officials:
Referee: Jafeth Parea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emmanuel Sabbi

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GALLERY: U-20 MNT Books Ticket to FIFA U-20 World Cup with 2-1 Victory vs. El Salvador

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 2-1 victory against El Salvador at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, in San Jose. The USA entered the game needing a win or tie to to qualify for the the 2017 FIFA World Cup Korea Republic and advance to the CONCACAF tournament championship game, and earned their pass to both off of spectacular finishes by Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson. The U-20 MNT will face Honduras on Sunday, March 5 at 4 p.m. EST at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

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U.S. U-20 MNT Clinches Place at 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with 2-1 Win Against El Salvador

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (March 3, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team utilized first-half strikes from Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson to defeat El Salvador 2-1 and book a place at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

The victory marked the U-20 MNT’s fourth-straight win at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and provides the U.S. with an opportunity to earn its first U-20 regional title when they take on Honduras in the Final on Sunday.

Knowing exactly what they needed to do in order to qualify, the U.S. came out confident from the first whistle and went ahead thanks to Sabbi’s clinical finish in the 18th minute. Seven minutes later, Williamson’s highlight-reel screamer from distance doubled the advantage for the U-20 MNT, before El Salvador cut the lead in half through Marvin Marquez’s 35th minute effort.

A physical second half resulted in few chances, but saw both teams finish the game short-handed. El Salvador midfielder Kevin Reyes was sent off for a second yellow card in the 80th minute, before teammate Mario Rodriguez and U.S. midfielder Sebstian Saucedo were both shown red cards for an altercation in the 89th minute. The United States closed out the match, clinching the USA’s qualification to a 15th  FIFA U-20 World Cup and the third under head coach Tab Ramos.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT advances to its third Final since the CONCACAF U-20 Championship took on its current format in 2009 and will go for its first regional title when they face Honduras on Sunday, March 5. Kickoff from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose is set for 4 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
U.S. U-20 MNT Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Classification Group D Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

3

1

+2

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

6

2

+4

El Salvador

2

0

2

0

0

2

8

-6

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Emmanuel Sabbi (Eryk Williamson), 18th minute:
Austin Trusty did well to shake off challenges in the center circle before playing a direct ball to Williamson. The midfielder received the pass and turned quickly to slide Sabbi through the El Salvador back line, where he slotted past onrushing goalkeeper Mario Martínez to open the scoring. USA 1, SLV 0 [WATCH]

USA – Eryk Williamson, 25th minute: The U.S. continued to seek out goals and found a beauty seven minutes later. Williamson controlled the ball in the middle of the park, before hitting a perfect diagonal ball towards the right corner for Brooks Lennon. The Real Salt Lake attacker quickly swung in a low cross that was turned away by Roberto Domínguez, but fell straight into Williamson’s path, who chested down before unleashing a right-footed bullet from 25 yards that beamed into the top left corner. USA 2, SLV 0 [WATCH]

SLV – Marvin Marquez (Josue Rivera), 35th minute: El Salvador struck back 10 minutes later when a throw-in from Josue Santos on the left saw Marquez flick a towards the end line for Rivera. Just at the edge of the area, the midfielder found Marquez with the outside of his right foot before the Alianza striker one-timed his effort inside the far post. USA 2, SLV 1 [WATCH]

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Kevin Reyes, 6th minute:
Emmanuel Sabbi received a throw-in on the left and drove into the box before cutting back for Tyler Adams. The New York Red Bulls midfielder then laid off for Luca de la Torre, whose measured first-time effort was nodded out for a corner kick by Reyes.  

NOTES:

  • The U.S. successfully qualified for their 15th FIFA U-20 World Cup, set to take place in Korea Republic from May 20-June 11.
  • The USA advanced to its third Final since the CONCACAF U-20 Championship moved to its current format in 2009, finishing as runners-up that year and in 2013.
  • Collecting the victory, Tab Ramos moves to 12-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With the win, the USA improves its CONCACAF U-20 Championship record against El Salvador to 5-3-1.
  • Both Emmanuel Sabbi and Eryk Williamson scored their first goals of the tournament.
After receiving a red card in the 89th minute, midfielder Sebastian Saucedo will miss Sunday’s Final due to suspension.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: March 3, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 65 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             2               0               2
SLV                                              1               0               1

USA – Emmanuel Sabbi (Eryk Williamson)                 18th minute
USA – Eryk Williamson                                                          25
SLV – Marvin Marquez (Josue Rivera)                            35                                                                 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 13-Auston Trusty; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (11-Sebastián Saucedo, 32), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 80), 18-Emmanuel Sabbi (19-Coy Craft, 72), 10-Luca De La Torre
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 3-Danny Acosta, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 15-Jonathan González, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Mario Martínez; 2-Oscar Menjivar, 3-Roberto Domínguez (Capt.), 15-Denilson Rosales (16-Diego Chávez, 21); 5-Josue Santos, 6-Diego Cartagena (14-Marcos Rodríguez, 66), 7-Kevin Reyes, 13-Fernando Castillo (11-Jonathan Aguilar, HT), 17-Walter Chiguila; 10-Marvin Marquez, 19-Josue Rivera
Subs not used: 18-Alan Carrillo, 4-Ronald Gómez, 8-Héctor Quinteros, 9-Brayan Paz, 12-Enrique Contreras, 20-Amilcar Bermúdez
Head coach: Eduardo Lara

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 30 / 23
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                        31st minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (caution)                      44
USA – Tommy Redding (caution)   49
USA – Justen Glad (caution)                             61
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              67
SLV – Mario Martínez (caution)                      70
SLV – Kevin Reyes (caution)                              80
SLV – Kevin Reyes (sent off)                             80
SLV – Josue Santos (caution)                            82
SLV – Marcos Rodríguez (sent off)               89
USA – Sebastián Saucedo (sent off)             89

Officials: 
Referee: Jafeth Parea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emmanuel Sabbi

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PREVIEW: U-20 MNT Eyes World Cup Berth, CONCACAF Final Place vs. El Salvador

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the task of qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic on Friday, March 3 with its decisive Classification Stage match against El Salvador. The match kicks off at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and via live stream on the official CONCACAF Facebo Read more
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Five Things To Know: El Salvador U-20 MNT

On Friday, the U.S. U-20 MNT takes on El Salvador for the right to advance to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup (6:30 p.m. ET – UDN, CONCACAF Facebook) and the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final.

Here are five things to know about the team that stands in the way of the U-20 MNT punching its ticket to Korea Republic.

El Salvador: The Country

One of many Spanish-speaking countries in Central America, The Republic of El Salvador, translates literally to “Republic of the Savior”. Bordered by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east, El Salvador touches the Pacific Ocean and despite being the smallest country in Central America, is also the most densely populated in the region with 6.3 million people calling the nation home.

In terms of currency, El Salvador long-used the colón, but shifted to the U.S. dollar in 2001 and its chief export continues to be coffee.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship History

Prior to the tournament serving as qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, El Salvador were crowned champions of CONCACAF in 1964. Since the tournament shifted format to determine the region’s FIFA U-20 World Cup participants in 1977, El Salvador has qualified just once, doing so in 2013 when they finished third in the tournament.

At the 2015 tournament, El Salvador took on the U.S. in a similar situation to Friday’s game, with the two sides meeting in a one-game playoff to determine one of CONCACAF’s two final spots at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The U.S. won the match 2-0 behind goals from Ben Spencer and current MNT attacker Paul Arriola, setting up their Quarterfinal run at the tournament proper.

Run at the 2017 Tournament

El Salvador continued their strong performance from 2015 early at this year’s tournament. Los Cuscatlecos used a 65th minute strike from Roberto Domíguez to upset hosts Costa Rica 1-0 in their opening match on Feb. 19. Three days later, Domíguez struck again, followed by second-half tallies from Fernando Castillo and Josue Rivera to down Bermuda 3-1.

Already advanced to the Classification Stage, El Salvador fell 2-1 to a Trinidad & Tobago side still hoping to join them in the next round, but still finished atop the group as Costa Rica booked their place with a 2-1 win vs. Bermuda.

Advancing to group that featured regional powers Mexico and the USA, El Salvador bore the brunt of El Tri’s 1-0 defeat to the U.S. U-20 MNT on Monday, falling 6-1 to Mexico in Wednesday’s contest.

Despite that result, El Salvador can still qualify to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a three-goal win against the U.S. in Friday’s Classification Stage finale.

The Roster

The El Salvador U-20 roster is mostly made up of domestic-based players, but does feature two that play in the United States: goalkeeper Alan Carrillo of California Rush and midfielder Hector Quinteros of Georgia United.

Goalkeepers (2): Alan Carrillo (California Rush/USA), Mario González Martínez (Luis Angel Firpo)

Defenders (5): Diego Chavez (Turin FC), Roberto Domínguez Fuentes (Santa Tecla), Óscar Menjivar Oviedo (CD UES), Ronaldo Gómez Rodriguez (CD Aguila), Denilson Vidal Rosales (CD FAS)

Midfielders (10): Jonathan Aguilar (Turin FC), Walter Ayala Chiguila (CD Once Lobos), Amilcar Bermudez (Luis Angel Firpo), Fernando Castillo (CD FAS), José Contreras (Alianza FC), Diego Cartagena Martinez (Turin FC), Hector Quinteros (Georgia United/USA), Kevin Reyes (Santa Tecla FC), Marcos Rodriguez (Sonsonate FC), Josué Santos Olivares (CD FAS)

Forwards (3): Brayan Paz Ayala (CD Aguila), Marvin Márquez Ayala (Alianza FC), Josue Rivera Arevalo (CD FAS)

Men’s National Team

El Salvador’s Men’s National Team has twice qualified for the FIFA World Cup, doing so in 1970 and 1982. Their most recent qualification success at senior level came in 2009, when Carlos de los Cobos led the side to the Final Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup where they finished fifth in the six-team Hexagonal. 

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