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With Olympic qualification assured, the U.S. MYNT U-20s take on the Dominican Republic for the Concacaf U-20 Championship tonight

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U.S. U-20 Men’s Junior National Team

2022 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Final

United States vs Dominican Republic

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Metropolitan Olympic Stadium; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

July 3, 2022

8 p.m. ET (FS1, TUDN)

AFTER WINNING AN OLYMPIC SQUARE, USA TAKES ON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR CONCACAF UNDER-20 TITLE:

After successfully qualifying for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games, the U.S. U-20 Men’s Junior National Team will play for their third consecutive Concacaf U-20 Championship tonight against Dominican Republic at 8 p.m. ET (FS1, TUDN.)

The US secured its place in the Olympics with a commanding 3-0 win against host Honduras in front of a nearly full raucous crowd at San Pedro Sula’s Estadio Morazán on Friday night. Now, the US U-20s are seeking their third confederation championship at this age level after winning the title for the first time in 2017 and 2018.

The Dominican Republic has surprisingly reached the final of the tournament, qualifying for its first FIFA world championship events when it booked its tickets to the U-20 World Cup and the Olympic Games. The Quisqueyans advanced directly to the round of 16 after topping a seeding group in November and posted a dramatic three wins in a row to reach the championship game.

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USA VS. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

  • The United States and the Dominican Republic met once in the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, a 9-0 victory for the United States in the second group stage of the 1976 tournament.
  • The USA’s 9-0 margin of victory is the third-largest all-time in the competition behind a 13-0 victory against the US Virgin Islands in the 2018 group stage and the tournament’s opening victory 10-0 against Saint Kitts and Nevis. in this year’s CU20.
  • This is the Dominican Republic’s sixth appearance in 28 editions of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship and first appearance in the knockout stage. Prior to the expansion of the tournament field in 2018, the DR had not competed in the tournament since 1980.
  • The Dominican Republic qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 1-0 victory against Jamaica in the quarterfinals of the tournament. It is the DR’s first qualification for any FIFA world championship event and the Caribbean nation is the 12th country to represent Concacaf at the Under-20 World Cup.
  • The Dominican Republic also secured its first Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament with a penalty shootout win in the semi-final against Guatemala, becoming the 10th Concacaf nation to reach the tournament.

THE OLYMPIC DREAM COMES TRUE:

For the first time since 2008, the USA will return to the Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament in Paris 2024 after a thrilling 3-0 victory against host Honduras on Friday night. Playing in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Morazán Stadium, the US took it to the home team early on, taking a 1-0 lead that would not relent in just the third minute on a goal from midfielder Paxten Aaronson. The US never let off the gas, attacking in waves and scoring again in the 22nd minute with Alejandro Alvarado Jr.’s first goal of the tournament. Forward Quinn Sullivan scored the third goal just before half-time, and the US defense The USA held strong against Honduras in the second half to secure Olympic qualification as the first US sports team to make it to Paris 2024.

HISTORIC CAREER FOR DR:

The Dominican Republic has achieved three exciting victories in the knockout stage to reach the Final of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship for the first time. The Quisqueyans The road to the championship match began last November in pre-qualification, when goals in the 88th minute and fourth minute of second-half stoppage time secured a 2-2 draw with St. Lucia to clinch top of the table. B Group.

After winning their pre-qualifying group, RD advanced directly to the Round of 16 to face El Salvador, who won Group G in the tournament proper. In a wild back-and-forth match, the Dominican Republic came out with a 5-4 victory with a 78th-minute penalty from Inter Miami CF midfielder Edison Azcona. The Quisqueyans they defeated Jamaica 1–0 in the quarterfinals to secure their place in the U-20 World Cup and then faced Guatemala in the semifinals. After falling behind 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 Olympic berth.

Since Concacaf adopted its new 20-team Youth World Cup qualification format in the spring of 2019, the Dominican Republic is the first seeded team to advance directly to the round of 16 and win a knockout stage match in five tournaments ( 2019 CU17, 2020 CWU20, 2022 CWU20, CWU17 and CU20).

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

This year marks the 28th edition of the Concacaf Under-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 now.

Following a myriad of different formats over the years, the 2022 competition features a new 20-team tournament similar to the most recent Concacaf Men’s U-17 and U-20 and U-17 Women’s Championships. Sixteen countries are drawn into four groups of four, while four countries advance directly to the round of 16 via a pre-qualification tournament: Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

The top three finishers from each group qualified for the Round of 16, where they were joined by the four seeded teams. From there, it’s a knockout bracket all the way to the tournament final. The four winners of the quarter-final matches qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, while the two winners of the semi-final matches qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The United States has participated in 25 of 28 Concacaf Under-20 Championships, including every tournament since 1974, and has qualified for the Under-20 World Cup in 17 of 23 attempts. After missing out on the 2011 U-20 World Cup, the US is the only nation to have qualified for the last five tournaments and the only team to reach the quarterfinals in the last three editions.

HOW DID THEY GET HERE

2022 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; HOMETOWN; U-20 CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.; 0/6), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/1)

DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Fla.; 4/0), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 5/0), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, Calif.; 7/1 ), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 0/5), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.; 0/6), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.; 1/7 )

MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, NJ; 6/9), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.; 1/5), 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, Va.; 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.; 2/7), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.; 7/8), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Ga.; 1/7)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Forward Cade Cowell will be unavailable for the final, serving the second of a three-game suspension following his involvement in the incident following the quarterfinal match between the United States and Costa Rica.
  • Three of the 16 teams have qualified for the 2024 Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament: host France plus the United States and the Dominican Republic.
  • The United States will participate in the Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament for the 14th time, and for the first time since 2008. His other appearances were in 1924, 1928, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1972, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000.
  • Ten of the 24 teams have qualified for the 2023 U-20 World Cup: host Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and USA from Concacaf plus England, France, Israel, Italy and Slovakia from Europe.
  • Goalkeeper Chris Brady, defender Michael Halliday and forward Quinn Sullivan have started all three knockout stage games.
  • American striker Quinn Sullivan’s six goals are tied for the tournament lead with Honduran Marco Aceituno.
  • Twelve players have scored for the US in the tournament: Quinn Sullivan (six goals), Paxten Aaronson (five), Cade Cowell, Niko Tsakiris (two each), Alvarado Jr., Caden Clark, Mauricio Cuevas, Luna, McGlynn , Neal, Puksta, and Tyler Wolff.
  • Eight players have registered an assist for the US: Luna and Clark (four assists), Sullivan (three), Aaronson, Alvarado Jr. and Cowell.
  • Midfielder Jackson Hopkins replaced midfielder Obed Vargas on the US roster, joining the team just before the Round of 16 and making his U-20 debut against Nicaragua.


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