March 7, 2009
ROLLING OVER REGGAES
U.S. U20s blank Jamaica 3-0
BACOLET, Tobago – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Jamaica 3-0 behind goals from Peri Marosevic, Dilly Duka and Billy Schuler to kick off the final round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at Dwight Yorke Stadium.
Marosevic scored the game-winner in just the sixth minute. Duka, doubled the U.S. lead in the 79th minute and Schuler rounded out the scoring in the 84th minute, just five minutes after entering the game as a substitute.
Duka, who was playing in his first-ever international game, dribbled past a pair of defenders in the box and sent the ball across the goal mouth for Danny Cruz. Cruz headed the ball down for Marosevic, who hit a side volley from close range that gave Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake no chance.
Cruz set up the USA’s second goal for Duka in the 78th minute. He battled down the sideline and slotted a perfectly placed ball into the penalty area. Marosevic ran over the ball, leaving Duka with a tap in and the New Jersey native finished off the play that doubled the U.S. lead.
A minute later, U.S. Head Coach Thomas Rongen brought on 18-year-old Billy Schuler and his substitute paid immediate dividends. Gale Agbossoumonde flicked on a Duka corner right to Schuler, who was waiting at the far post. Schuler knocked the ball to round out the scoring on the night and help give the U.S. a major advantage in Group A.
“The first game of a tournament is always a tough one as we’ve essentially been working for a whole year to get here,” said Rongen. “We are obviously extremely pleased with our result but we know we have to get better when we face two good opponents in Honduras and El Salvador.”
Next up for the U.S. is a key game against Honduras on Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. ET, which fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. With Honduras and El Salvador playing to a 2-2 draw in the first game of the night, the U.S. currently sits on top of Group A with three points and can clinch a berth to the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt by virtue of securing one of the top two places in Group A.
The U.S. is looking to qualify for their record seventh-straight FIFA Under-20 World Cup