As expected, the U.S. U20 side took care of business Friday evening in Costa Rica, beating CONCACAF minnows St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1 to advance to the final round of the World Cup Qualifier Tournament.
After losing by a combined 9-1 score versus Panama and Haiti to start the tournament the Young Yanks were expected to handle St. Kitts and Nevis and a four goal first half ensured that they would.
Good work from Jeremy Ebobisse set up Brooks Lennon for the American opener in the 16th minute, his fourth of the tournament, and the favorites were one step closer to World Cup qualification.
After sitting out his team’s opening match 1-0 loss to Panama, Jonathan Lewis received his second consecutive start and once again the New York City FC draft choice impressed.
The speedy attacker doubled the U.S. lead just four minutes after Lennon’s opener when he pounced on a loose ball in the St. Kitts box from a U.S. corner kick.
Helped by some poor play from Nathan Lescott in the St. Kitts and Nevis goal Sebastian Saucedo added a pair of U.S scores to put this match to bed before the intermission.
Romario Martin pulled one back for the underdogs in the 77th minute but it was always going to be too little too late to keep the Americans out of the qualifying round.
The Americans will join old rivals Mexico as well as El Salvador in the final group, with the two of the teams moving on to the U20 World Cup in South Korea in May and June.
Mexico is up first on Monday and regardless of the outcome the U.S. should advance with a win over El Salvador (assuming Mexico defeats La Selecta).
February 27, 2017 5 PM ET U20 MNT vs Mexico @Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica Facebook Live
March 3, 2017 6:30 PM ET U20 MNT vs El Salvador @Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica Facebook Live
March 3, 2017
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 0 4
SKN 0 1 1
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse) 16th minute
USA – Jonathan Lewis 20
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis) 35
USA – Sebastian Saucedo 41
SKN –Romario Martin 77
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski; 14-Aaron Herrera (2-Marlon Fossey, 29), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 45), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 8-Tyler Adams, 10-Luca De La Torre, 13-Auston Trusty, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos
SKN: 1-Nathan Lescott, 2-Javier Sutton, 3-Ezer Browne, 4-Phillip Richardson, 6-Salas Cannonier (Capt.), 12-Yusuf Saunders; 8-Yohannes Mitchum (5-Kejauni David, 77), 13-Raheem Somersall, 19-Gvaune Amory, 20-Alex Charles (7-Ronaldo Belgrove, 69); 11-Tahir Hanley (9-Romario Martin, 49)
Subs not used: 10-Delano Hodge, 14-Tyquan-Illijah Terrell, 15-Dakari Phipps, 17-Steve Archibald, 18-Akimbah Francis
Head coach: Anthony Isaac
Stats Summary: USA / SKN
Shots: 33 / 2
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0
SKN – Raheem Somersall (caution) 63rd minute