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February 22, 2013 6:30 PM EST
Estadio Universitario BUAP — Puebla
Referee:‬ E. Wijngaarde‎
Attendance:‬ 3123‎
 
 

United States 1-0 Costa Rica: Americans top group

Two shaky performances, two one-goal wins, and the United States has qualified for the do-or-die quarterfinal round.

By Zac Lee Rigg

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The United States advances top of Group A to the quarterfinals of the U-20 CONCACAF Championship following a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the group's final match.

Both teams had previously qualified following wins over Haiti. The narrow win means the young Yanks finish first.

Coach Tab Ramos made four changes from the starting lineup that beat Haiti 2-1, inserting Daniel Garcia, Mikey Lopez, and fullbacks Eric Miller and Juan Pablo Ocegueda. The United States kept possession and largely controlled the game in Puebla, Mexico, but struggled to penetrate the Ticos back line without Daniel Cuevas, who had a goal and an assist against Haiti.

At halftime Boyd Okwuonu and Mario Rodriguez replaced Miller and yellow-carded Will Trapp, respectively.

The breakthrough came just after the hour mark. Jose Villarreal leaped impressively to belie his short stature and meet Luis Gil's high corner kick. His snapped header whizzed past the goalkeeper.

Costa Rica's best chance came a few minutes later, when Giovanni Cantillano found space in the box and clacked a shot off the crossbeam.

A few minutes before full time, both teams huddled near the touchline for a brief shoving match. But aside from that and a few yellow cars, the remaining time passed uneventfully.

The USA will face Canada in the quarters. All four semifinalists qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

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USA Under-20

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Cody Cropper
Goalkeeper
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J. Ocegueda
Defender
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20
Shane O'Neill
Defender
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3
Eric Miller
Defender
46′
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Caleb Stanko
Defender
84′
 - 
20
William Trapp
Midfielder
22′ 46′
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54
B. Joya
Midfielder
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
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12
Mikey Lopez
Midfielder
40′
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33
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26
Daniel Garcia
Midfielder
90′
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Costa Rica Under 20

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J. Monge
Goalkeeper
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J. Ordain
Defender
54′
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J. Mora
Defender
46′
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L. Sequeira
Midfielder
82′
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7
J. Ruiz
Striker
85′
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M. George
Striker
89′
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Substitutes

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Zack Steffen
Goalkeeper
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20
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Javan Torre
Defender
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17
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-
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D. Cuevas
Striker
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Substitutes

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B. Morales
Goalkeeper
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J. Sosa
Defender
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J. Agüero
Defender
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G. Leiva
Midfielder
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R. Garita
Midfielder
53′
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B. Welleans
Midfielder
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D. Flores
Striker
82′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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J. Soto
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
J. Corona J. Corona
Midfielder
FC Twente
4 0
Amet Ramirez Amet Ramirez
Striker
4 0
J. Gomez J. Gomez
Midfielder
Chivas
3 0
M. Reyes M. Reyes
Striker
3 0
J. Espericueta J. Espericueta
Midfielder
2 1