USA reach U-20 World Cup knockouts: Cade Cowell sparks Group B-topping win
After the latest result in Argentina, head coach Mikey Varas’ team will face a to-be-determined third-place finisher in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, May 30. The Concacaf champions posted a plus-six goal differential in Group B while obtaining three straight shutout victories over Ecuador, Fiji and Slovakia across a week-long stretch.
Cowell’s breakthrough came in the 38th minute, embarking on a stunning solo run from midfield before cutting past several defenders and finishing low past goalkeeper Adam Hrdina. Tsakiris then doubled the US advantage in the 96th minute, collecting a chipped pass from Philadelphia Union homegrown Quinn Sullivan before finishing at the near post.
Prior to Tsakiris’ shining moment, Cowell had several chances to double the Yanks’ advantage via his powerful runs and Real Salt Lake attacker Diego Luna struck the post in the 67th minute when trying to finesse home a shot. Former Chicago Fire FC goalkeeper Gaga Slonina also made a crucial first-half stop to preserve the win, displaying a strong hand on a top-corner-bound shot.