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Global May 10, 2019

USA advances to Concacaf U-17 Championship quarterfinals

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BRADENTON, Fla. (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship with a rollicking 8-0 win against Guadeloupe on Thursday. The USA will now face Panama on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. ET (Concacaf Facebook, Univision Deportes). With a win, the USA will earn a berth to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for what would be a record 17th qualification to the tournament.

Despite a weather delay two minutes into the match, the USA came out hot upon the resumption of play, as Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez hammered in the team’s first goal within a minute of the restart. The U.S. would find the back of the net six times before the halftime whistle, dominating the run of play as captain Gio Reyna tallied a hat trick in the opening frame. Gianluca Busio added his fourth of the tourney and Griffin Yow netted his third before the break.

Playing with a comfortable lead, the U.S. continued to control the game on the other side of halftime as Ocampo-Chavez added his second, before an own goal from Guadeloupe defender Hans Dezac closed the scoring. In all, the USA held nearly 80 percent of possession throughout the match, outshooting Guadeloupe 30-5.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Gio Reyna), 3rd minute: Less than a minute after resuming the game, Guadeloupe tried to clear away a U.S. attack and put the ball in the air. Gio Reyna dashed up the left wing to pluck the attempted clearance down and toe it to Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez in the center channel. The Seattle forward met the ball in stride and headed it in for the game’s first goal. USA 1, GLP 0

USA – Griffin Yow (Adam Saldana), 11th minute: Circulating well around the final third, Adam Saldana launched a great ball from beyond the 18-yard-line to Griffin Yow on the run up the right wing. Heading towards the end line, Yow stuck his foot up to one-time a cross towards goal, but the ball tucked into the far post past the ‘keeper for Yow’s 10th goal in six U-17 appearances. USA 2, GLP 0

USA – Gio Reyna (Joe Scally), 20th minute: Joe Scally played a beautiful long ball over the top of the defense to Gio Reyna on the move up the left flank. Reyna beat his mark to receive the pass, dribbled in towards the box, took a nice touch to center the ball then cut a hard-rolling shot to the far post. USA 3, GLP 0

USA – Gianluca Busio, 25th minute: Yow made some shifty moves to dribble in on the right side of the box, driving to the end line and sending a cross in near the goal line. The ‘keeper came out to try to pick out the pass, but the ball spilled out of his attempted collection, and Gianluca Busio was well-positioned to hammer the follow-up shot home for his fourth goal of the tournament. USA 4, GLP 0

USA – Gio Reyna (Griffin Yow), 29th minute: Again, enjoying a spell of possession in the Guadeloupe final third, Busio played a ball in the air to Yow at the top of the box. Yow charged to the end line before popping a cross up inside the six-yard box, where Reyna headed it home for his second goal of the game. USA 5, GLP 0

USA – Gio Reyna (penalty kick), 42nd minute: In the 41st minute, Joe Scally drove down the right flank and drove in a cross that caught the hand of a Guadeloupe defender. The referee pointed to the spot and Gio Reyna lined up to take the kick, slotting a ball to the keeper’s left for the USA’s sixth first half goal. USA 6, GLP 0

USA – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Ricardo Pepi) – 68th minute: With the rain coming down hard midway through the second half, the USA grabbed its seventh of the match. Holding the ball at the top of the area, Reyna slid substitute Ricardo Pepi to the end line on the left, where he cut back and played a simple ball to Ocampo-Chavez who tapped home his second of the match. USA 7, GLP 0

USA – own goal (Hans Dezac) – 70th minute: After a spell of possession through the midfield, Saldana played for Yow on the right, whose low cross looking for Pepi skidded on the wet surface and was redirected at the near post by Guadeloupe defender Hans Dezac. USA 8, GLP 0 FINAL.

– U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Guadeloupe
Date: May 9, 2019
Competition: 2019 U-17 Concacaf Championship; Group F
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida
Attendance: 108
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          6 2 8
GLP                          0 0 0

USA – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Gio Reyna)      4th minute
USA – Griffin Yow (Adam Saldana)                      11
USA – Gio Reyna (Joseph Scally)                        20
USA – Gianluca Busio                                          25
USA – Gio Reyna (Griffin Yow)                             29
USA – Gio Reyna (penalty)                                  42
USA – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Ricardo Pepi)  68
USA – Own Goal (Hans Dezac)                           70

USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joseph Scally (8-Bryang Kayo, 71), 4-Axel Alejandre (9-Ricardo Daniel Pepi, 46), 5-Kobe Hernandez-Foster, 6-Daniel Ulises Leyva, 7-Gianluca Busio (20-Gilbert Fuentes, 46), 10-Giovanni Reyna (capt.), 11-Griffin Yow, 15-John Tolkin, 16-Adam Saldana, 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez
Substitutes not used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 3-Adam Armour, 13-Mauricio Cuevas, 14-Tayvon Gray, 17-Tyler Freeman, 18-Jack De Vries
Head Coach: Raphael Wicky

GLP: 16-Nathan Aquilon, 2-Kendrick Tacalfred, 3-Nicolas Virapin, 4-Hans Dezac, 7-Hiendy Confiac, 10-Thomas Gille (18-Youry Gravelot, 78), 11-Kenny Mixtur, 12-Jemuel Lancien, 15-Louis-Alexandre Merabli (20-Noah Silo, 46), 17-Jonael Gervelas (capt.) (14-Lohan Molia, 86), 19-William Pezeron
Substitutes not used: 1-Lohan Hill, 5-Anthony Marie-Joseph, 6-Sohan Negrit, 8-Mathis Beziat, 9-Gedeon Thomas Cesaire, 13-Stephane Baucal
Head coach: Richard Guyon

Stats Summary: USA / GLP
Shots: 30 / 5
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 13
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Joseph Scally (caution)           5th minute
GLP – Jemuel Lancien (caution)        13
GLP – Kendrick Tacalfred (caution)    81

Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: William Arrieta (CRC)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV) Man of the Match: Gio Reyna

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