USA DOWNS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 13-0 IN SECOND MATCH OF
2018 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
Three-Goal, Three Assist First-Half Haul from Ulysses Llanez Propels USA to Victory;
13-0 Result Marks New USA Scoring Record vs. an Opponent at a Concacaf U-20 Championship;
Sitting Atop Group A, USA Next Faces Fellow Undefeated Side Trinidad & Tobago on Monday, Nov. 5
BRADENTON, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team set a new team record for scoring at the Concacaf U-20 Championship, defeating U.S. Virgin Islands 13-0 to send claim top spot in Group A after its second match of the confederation’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ulysses Llanez tallied a hat trick and three more assists all in the first half, while a total of nine different goal scorers found the back of the net to send the USA on to its record-setting victory.
Llanez’s dazzling first half began early when his cross from the left picked out Griffin Dorsey at the back post for the opening goal in the fourth minute. Llanez added another assist in the 20th, finding Ayo Akinola who headed home from close range.
With two helpers in hand, Llanez went about collecting his hat trick. In the 23rd minute, Dorsey cut inside and laid off the ball, allowing Llanez time and space to curl a beautiful right-footed effort inside the top right corner. On the half-hour mark, Manny Perez progressed down the right, providing Llanez with an open lane to goal and a clean finish past Connor Querrard. In the 39thminute, he battled off the challenge form Jett Blaschka to complete his hat trick.
In the 41st minute the Lynwood, Calif., product brought down the curtain on an impressive first half, playing a quick combination with Anthony Fontana who finished past Querrard to send the USA into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.
Llanez was replaced by Justin Rennicks at halftime and the Indiana University product picked up the production, playing a part in a four-goal outburst over the course of seven minutes.
It began in the 62nd, when he nodded home a close-range rebound after Querrard saved a powerful shot from Dorsey. One minute later, he faintly flicked on an Alex Mendez cross before Mark McKenzie finished. Rennicks again put his name on the scoresheet, slotting home Mendez’s low free kick from the right in the 66th minute, before playing the pass to send Paxton Pomykal on a great run through the U.S. Virgin Islands’ back line three minutes later. Pomykal’s goal gave the USA a 10-0 lead, setting a new team record for goals in one match at the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The previous mark was a 9-0 win against Dominican Republic in 1975.
The USA would extend the record in the closing minutes. Mendez put home a 78th minute penalty kick and McKenzie finished his second chance of the match three minutes later. Manny Perez also put his name on the score sheet with a nice individual effort in second-half stoppage time to cap the scoring at 13-0.
Group A’s other Matchday Two action saw Trinidad & Tobago defeat Puerto Rico 5-1, and Suriname down Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2-1.
Up Next: The U-20 MNT faces its toughest first-round test, taking on Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The battle of two fo Group A’s undefeated sides kicks off from IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. at 7:45 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the ConcacafGo app.
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