United States Men’s National Under-20 Team
2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship Final
United States vs. Dominican Republic
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
July 3, 2022
8 p.m. ET (FS1, TUDN)
AFTER WINNING AN OLYMPIC SQUARE, THE UNITED STATES FACE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR THE CONCACAF U-20 TITLE:
After successful qualification for the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics, the United States Men’s National Under-20 Team will contest their third consecutive Concacaf U-20 Championship tonight. vs. Dominican Republic at 8 p.m. ET (FS1, TUDN.)
The United States clinched their Olympic berth with a dominating 3-0 victory over hosts Honduras in front of a raucous full-capacity crowd at Estadio Morazan in San Pedro Sula on Friday night. Now, the USA U-20s are aiming for their third confederation championship at this age level after winning the title for the first time in 2017 and 2018.
The Dominican Republic made a surprise run to the final of the tournament, qualifying for their first-ever FIFA World Championships by securing their tickets to the U-20 World Cup and the Olympics. Los Quisqueyanos qualified directly for the knockout stages after dominating a pre-qualifying group in November and securing three spectacular wins in a row to reach the championship game.
United States vs. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:
THE OLYMPIC DREAM BECOMES REALITY:
For the first time since 2008, the United States will return to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at Paris 2024 after a thrilling 3-0 win over Honduras on Friday night. Playing in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Estadio Morazan, USA took it to the home side early on, grabbing a 1-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish in just the third minute. on a goal from midfielder Paxten Aaronson. USA never let up the gas, attacking in waves and scoring again in the 22nd minute with Alejandro Alvarado Jr.’s first goal of the tournament. Striker Quinn Sullivan scored the third just before the break, and the USA defense held firm against Honduras in the second half to secure Olympic qualification as Team USA’s first team sport to reach Paris 2024.
HISTORICAL RACE FOR DR:
The Dominican Republic secured three thrilling victories in the knockout stage to reach the Concacaf U-20 Championship final for the first time. Los Quisqueyanos The road to the league game began last November in pre-qualifying, when goals in the 88th and fourth minute of second-half stoppage time secured a 2-2 draw with Sainte -Lucie to take the lead in Group B.
After winning their pre-qualifying group, the DR advanced directly to the round of 16 to face El Salvador, who won Group G in the tournament proper. In a crazy round trip, the Dominican Republic won 5-4 on a 78th-minute penalty from Inter Miami CF midfielder Edison Azcona. Los Quisqueyanos beat Jamaica 1-0 in the quarter-finals to clinch their place in the U-20 World Cup, then met Guatemala in the semi-finals. After trailing 2-0 in the first half, DR scored two goals in two minutes in the second to force extra time and penalties, winning 4-2 to earn their first-ever Olympic berth.
Since Concacaf adopted its new 20-team Youth World Cup qualifying format in the spring of 2019, the Dominican Republic are the first pre-qualifying side to advance directly to the knockout stages and win a match. knockout in five tournaments (2019 CU17, 2020 CWU20, 2022 CWU20, CWU17 and CU20).
This year marks the 28th edition of the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The tournament began in 1962 as the Concacaf Youth Tournament, qualifying two teams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 1976 to 1994 and four teams from 1996 to present.
After a myriad of different formats over the years, the 2022 competition introduces a new 20-team tournament similar to Concacaf’s most recent U-17 Men’s and U-20 and U-17 Women’s Championships. Sixteen countries are divided into four groups of four, while four countries qualify directly for the round of 16 via a pre-qualifying tournament: Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.
The top three from each group qualified for the Round of 16, where they were joined by the four teams from the pre-qualifier. From there, it’s a single-elimination bracket until the tournament final. The four winners of the quarter-finals qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, while the two winners of the semi-finals qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The United States have appeared in 25 of Concacaf’s 28 U-20 Championships, including every tournament since 1974, and have qualified for the U-20 World Cup in 17 of 23 attempts. After missing out on the 2011 U-20 World Cup, USA are the only nation to qualify for the last five tournaments and the only team to reach the quarter-finals in the last three editions.
HOW THEY ARRIVED
2022 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POST (CLUB; HOMETOWN; U-20 CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.; 6/0), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 1/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Florida; 4/0), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 5/0), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, California; 7/1), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 5/0), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.; 6/0), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.; 7/1)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, NJ; 9/6), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.; 5/1), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; Wayzata, Minn.; 9/ 2), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, NJ; 7/0), Jackson Hopkins (DC United; Fredericksburg, Virginia; 2/0), Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake; Sunnyvale, Calif.; 9/2) , Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, NY; 9/1), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Sillwater, Okla.; 7/1), Niko Tsakiris (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, Calif.; 4/2)
FORWARDS (3): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, Calif.; 7/2), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 8/7), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Georgia; 7/1)