The United States under-20 men’s national team clinched a spot at the 2017 World Cup in South Korea on Friday night with a 2-1 win over El Salvador in the second and final match of the Classification Stage at the CONCACAF Championship. In addition to their World Cup berth, the U.S. have also earned a spot in this tournament’s final.
First half goals from Emmanuel Sabbi and this truly stunning strike from Eryk Williamson set the tone and the U.S. cruised the rest of the way, even subbing out Erik Palmer-Brown in the 30th minute to save him for the final.
The Baby Yanks have never won this tournament but will attempt to do so when they play Honduras on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The more important thing is obviously the World Cup. After making a great run to the quarterfinals in 2015, this side has clawed their way back and will look to make a deep run as well. Who knows what that team will look like in May when the tournament begins. If the European-based stars are available, it could have a whole different roster.
But, very well done to this team for getting the job done after getting off to a very rocky start to the tournament.