February 26, 2013
THE VILLARREAL THING
Forward strikes twice to help lift USA over Canada and into U-20 World Cup
PUEBLA, Mexico -- The United States overcame an early one-goal deficit to register a 4-2 quarterfinal victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship to book a spot at the Under-20 World Cup on Tuesday night.
Jose Villarreal scored two goals -- once in each half -- and Luis Gil and William Trapp added first-half goals to boost the Americans to their first FIFA tournament at that age group since 2009. The U.S. had failed to qualify in 2011. The World Cup will be held in Turkey in June.
The Canadians were eliminated from the competition.
Despite the U.S. enjoying the early possession, Dylan Carreiro had given Canada a 1-0 advantage in the 23rd minute when he scored from distance, a shot that bounced once and went past goalkeeper Cody Cropper.
The lead, however, did not last very long as Gil equalized six minutes later. Daniel Cuevas sent a short left-wing cross to the Real Salt Lake forward and Gil connected from eight yards past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau for a 1-1 deadlock and his second goal of the tournament.
Six minutes later Villarreal, of a Mario Rodriguez feed from the left side, snapped the tie with a seven yards for his sixth U-20 goal and a 2-1 USA lead.
The Americans, however, were not finished. A minute into first-half stoppage time, Crepeau punched out a corner kick. The ball came to Trapp, who powered a long-range blast that deflected off a Canadian defender and into the goal for a 3-1 bulge.
Villarreal struck for his second goal as he sent a shot to the far left corner for a 4-1 American advantage in the 54th minute.
The Canadians brought their deficit down to two goals as Samuel Piette tallied off a long-range effort off a corner kick that was cleared by Trapp in the 64th minute.
Canada's Manjrekar James was awarded a red card for head-butting a U.S. player three minutes into second-half stoppage time.