Under-20s Open CONCACAF Qualifying With 6-1 Victory

Jan. 13, 2005

Carson, CA - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team scored five goals in the first half, including three goals in the first 10 minutes, as they dominated Trinidad & Tobago 6-1 in their opening match of Group A of the U-20 Final Round CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center on Jan. 12. All four UCLA players on the squad (forward Chad Barrett, midfielder Benny Feilhaber and defenders Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne) started for the U.S.

Feilhaber, a sophomore from Irvine, CA, was spectacular at right midfield, playing a role in the first four goals of the game. In the second minute of the match, he found Wynne wide open on the right flank, which enabled Wynne to serve in a short cross for the first of Eddie Gaven's three goals. Minutes later, it was Feilhaber who drew the foul in the penalty area after running down a throw-in from Wynne on the right sideline, providing the U.S. with a penalty kick that was successfully converted by Freddy Adu. Feilhaber also set up Gaven for his second goal when he ran down a ball inside the penalty area just before it reached the endline and cut it back across the goal mouth to Gaven about 14 yards out. Gaven hit the perfect pass first-time, calmly placing it low past goalie Hasely Holder. Finally, in the 17th minute, T&T's Makan Hislop tried to stop Gaven from finding the back of the net once again. Hislop stepped in front Gaven on a Feilhaber corner kick at the far post but instead accidentally directed his header into his own net.

The U.S. also received goals from Gaven in 25th minute and Will John in the 53rd minute and finished with a 17-9 shot advantage.

Feilhaber and Barrett played all 90 minutes for the U.S. Ianni and Wynne, however, both were taken off the field and substituted during the first half after suffering injuries. Ianni had blurred vision after a getting hit in the head during a challenge in the air, while Wynne was undercut and suffered a contusion to his sciatic nerve. Both players were deemed to be most likely available for Friday's game against Panama.

Paired with a 1-1 draw between Panama and Costa Rica in the earlier match, the U.S. will have the chance to solidify their place in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with a victory in their next match against Panama on Friday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The U.S. sits atop Group A with three points.

'We can't ask for much more than getting three points in our first match,' said U.S. Under-20 head coach and former UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid. 'We really were able to come out and take the wind out of their sails with three quick goals in the first ten minutes, which really put them out of the match. We haven't qualified for Holland yet though, and now we have to start concentrating on Panama for Friday.'

The six goals tied the second most ever by U.S. Under-20 team in qualifying, matching the identical 6-1 result also over Trinidad & Tobago on Aug. 9, 1998. The USA's U-20 1998 squad was also coached by Schmid, whose record in qualifying is now 3-0-1. The most goals ever scored by the U.S. in a U-20 qualifying tournament was a 9-0 victory over the Dominican Republic on Sept. 26, 1976.

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