March 16, 2009
U20s blanked in final
MACOYA, TrinidadĖ The U.S. Under-20 Menís National Team fell to Costa Rica 3-0 in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final in front of a capacity crowd at Marvin Lee Stadium Sunday night.
After already securing their place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by winning CONCACAFís Group A, the U.S. fell short of winning what would have been its first-ever regional title.
Costa Rica broke through in the 41st minute when Diego Estrada pounced on a loose ball in the U.S. defensive end. He took a couple of touches before hitting a low shot that got past goalkeeper Josh Lambo at the near post.
The goal was the first allowed by the Americans, as goalkeeper Brian Perk kept four clean sheets in Trinidad & Tobago, including 120 scoreless minutes against the hosts, before giving way to Lambo and Sean Johnson, who each played a half in the final.
Costa Rica doubled their lead in the 69th minute, with Marcos Urena setting up a dangerous chance and Martinez converting. On the dribble, Urena spotted Josue Varela Martinez streaking down the left wing and slipped the ball just out of reach of Wallace. Martinez did the rest, taking a touch and placing the ball past Johnson and inside the far post.
In the 80th minute, a long ball from the foot of Esteban Alvarado, the Costa Rican goalkeeper, set up the Ticosí third goal. Allen Guevara chased the ball down, beating the U.S. back line and was able to chip the ball over Johnsonís head to round out the score at 3-0.