June 2, 2023 2:38 pm

SAN JUAN, Argentina (Might 26, 2023) – The U.S. Beneath-20 Men’s Youth National Group topped Slovakia two- to safe the best spot in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Planet Cup with a ideal nine points in 3 games. It is the initial time in the USA’s 17 appearances at the tournament that it is completed with a three– record in the group stage.

Forward Cade Cowell menaced the Sokoli defense all afternoon and opened the scoring in the 38th minute with an impressive person work, driving down the left flank previous a number of Slovakia defenders. His San Jose Earthquakes club teammate Niko Tsakiris netted an insurance coverage objective in the game’s final moments, after once again producing an influence off the bench.  With the victory and initial location in Group B secured, the USA will face the third-location finisher from Group A, C or D in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Might 30 (1:30 p.m. ET FS2). All 3 groups will have concluded play on Saturday.

























Immediately after finding off on the front foot and holding the greater of possession from the get-go, the U.S. attack began to click midway by way of the initial half as the young Americans identified themselves knocking on the door many instances. The 24th minute brought the initial true danger in the aftermath of a U.S. corner as defender Justin Che place a header on frame and followed it up with one more try inside the six off the rebound.

Cowell was generally the sparkplug for the U.S., producing a quantity of menacing runs down the left flank. In the 25th, he helped set up midfielder Obed Vargas for a rip outdoors the box that was deflected by goalkeeper Adam Hrdina prior to defender Caleb Wiley almost turned the rebound into the game’s initial objective.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward had a prime chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute, when he was sprung into some wide-open space by a masterful lengthy ball from center back Brandan Craig. Cowell took a touch to play it more than the ‘keeper at the best of the box and had an open net in front of him, but wasn’t capable to manage the ball and the ensuing shot from midfielder Diego Luna flew more than the crossbar. Cowell then looked to have the USA’s opening objective in the 35th, but his work was whistled offside.

The winger additional than produced up for the misfires with his outstanding run and objective in the 38th. Pouncing on a misplayed Slovakia back pass, he proceeded to maneuver his way by way of the Sokoli defense, maintaining robust on the ball just after an initial tackle try, dodging a sliding defender and then wheeling previous a final pair of Slovakians at the best of the box prior to ripping a shot to the appropriate side of the net. Immediately after missing the USA’s opening Planet Cup match vs. Ecuador due to suspension, Cowell has scored in each games given that and is a single of ten players in Argentina with many ambitions to his name. 

Slovakia responded shortly just after the opening tally, rocketing a shot from beyond the best of the box in the 41st, but U.S. goalkeeper Gaga Slonina was up to the process and leapt to his appropriate to make the save. Slonina and the U.S. defense recorded their third-straight clean sheet in Argentina, finishing the group stage with just 23 shots permitted.

Cowell picked up exactly where he left off just after the half causing challenges for the Slovak defense. In the 48th, he produced one more threatening run down the left side prior to locating Luna charging into the six-yard box, but the midfielder’s initial-time shot hit the post. Luna hit the woodwork once again in the 67th, this time clanging it off the crossbar following an extended spell in Slovakia’s 18.

The Sokoli continued to appear for an equalizer down the stretch, but the U.S. place the game out of attain in the sixth minute of added time. Forward Quinn Sullivan identified Tsakiris, after once again a spark off the bench, cutting into the box, exactly where he controlled and slotted household his fourth U-20 international objective.


  • Cowell’s objective was his fourth in nine U-20 caps and second at the Planet Cup. Tsakiris’ tally was his fourth in seven U-20 appearances.
  • Born in 2005, Tsakiris is the roster’s second-youngest player and also age-eligible for the 2025 FIFA U-20 Planet Cup. His father Shaun represented the U.S. at the 1999 U-20 Planet Cup and is an assistant coach with the U-20 MYNT.
  • Goalkeeper Gaga Slonina and defender Brandan Craig have played all 270 minutes for the USA as a result far in Argentina.


Match: United States Beneath-20 Men’s Youth National Group vs. Slovakia
Date: Might 26, 2023
Competitors: 2023 FIFA U-20 Planet Cup – Group B
Venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario San Juan, Argentina
Attendance: 15,059
Kickoff: two p.m. ET (three p.m. neighborhood)
Climate: 63 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          two          F

USA                            1          0          1
SVK                            0          0          0         

USA – Cade Cowell                                      38th minute
USA – Niko Tsakiris (Quinn Sullivan)       90+six


USA: 1-Gaga Slonina 17-Justin Che, five-Brandan Craig, four-Josh Wynder two-Michael Halliday, six-Daniel Edelman (Capt.) (eight-Jack McGlynn, 67), 18-Obed Vargas, three-Caleb Wiley (13-Jonathan Gomez, 77) 16-Owen Wolff (15-Niko Tsakiris, 67), ten-Diego Luna (19-Darren Yapi, 73), 9-Cade Cowell (7-Quinn Sullivan, 73)

Substitutes not applied: 12-Antonio Carrera, 21-Alex Borto, 14-Marcus Ferkranus

Head coach: Mikey Varas

SVK: 12-Adam Hrdina five-David Ovsonka, six-Sebastian Kosa (Capt.), 9-Adam Griger (ten-Timotej Jambor, 46), 11-Adam Gazi (7-Balint Csoka, 46), 14-Mate Szolgai (four-Jan Murgas, 68), 16-Leo Sauer, 17-Dominik Snajder, 18-Nicolas Sikula, 19-Samuel Kopasek (two-Simon Micuda, 75), 20-Mario Sauer (eight-Artur Gajdos, 46)

Substitutes not applied: 1-Samuel Belanik, 21-Adam Danko, three-Samuel Bagin, 13-Marek Ujlaky, 15-Nino Marcelli, 21-Adam Danko

Head coach: Albert Rusnak

Stats Summary: USA / SVK

Shots: 20/9
Shots on Aim: eight/four
Saves: four/six
Corner Kicks: ten/six
Fouls: four/11
Offside: four/

Misconduct Summary:



Referee: Ramon Abatti (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee two: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al Ali (KUW)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski Marques (BRA)
AVAR 1: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)