SAN JUAN, Argentina (May possibly 26, 2023) – The U.S. Men’s U20 National Group topped Slovakia two- to safe 1st spot in Group B at the U20 Globe Cup with a great nine points from 3 games. It is the 1st time in the USA’s 17 appearances at the tournament that they have completed three– in the group stage.

Forward Cade Covell was threatening Falcons defense all afternoon and opened the scoring in the 38th minute with an impressive person work, bursting down the left flank previous quite a few Slovakian defenders. His San Jose Earthquakes clubmate Niko Tsakiris scored an insurance coverage target in the final moments of the game, after once more producing an influence off the bench. With the win and best spot in Group B secured, the U.S. will face the third-spot finisher from either Group A, C or D in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, May possibly 30 (1:30 p.m. ET FS2). All 3 groups will finish the game on Saturday.

























Just after receiving out on the front foot and keeping greater possession from the start out, the US attack started to click midway by way of the 1st half as the young Americans repeatedly knocked on the door. The 24th minute brought the 1st true danger right after a USA corner, as defender Justin Che headed into the box and then added yet another work in the box from the rebound.

Cowell was normally the spark plug for the USA, producing a lot of threatening runs down the left flank. In the 25th, he helped midfielder Obed Vargas clear a ball from outdoors the penalty location that was deflected by goalkeeper Adam Hrdina prior to defender Caleb Wiley almost converted the rebound into the game’s 1st target.

The forward of San Jose Earthquakes had a excellent chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute, when a masterful lengthy ball by center back Brandan Craig sent him into the wide location. Cowell played more than the keeper at the best of the penalty location and had an open net in front of him, but he could not manage the ball and midfielder Diego Luna’s ensuing shot flew more than the bar. Cowell then looked to be the USA’s opening target in the 35th, but his work was ruled offside.

The winger far more than created up for the errors with his outstanding run and target in the 38th. Falcons a save, maintaining a powerful ball right after an initial clearance try, avoiding a sliding defender and then receiving previous the Slovakian’s final pair at the best of the box prior to firing into the ideal side of the net. Just after missing the USA’s 1st game against Ecuador due to suspension, Cowell has considering the fact that scored in each games and is a single of ten players in Argentina with far more targets to his name.

Slovakia responded shortly right after the opening tally, sending a shot from the best of the penalty location in the 41st, but American goalkeeper Gaga Slonina was up to the process and dived to her ideal to make the save. The Ivory Coast and the U.S. defense recorded a third consecutive clean sheet in Argentina, finishing the group stage with just 23 shots permitted.

Cowell continued exactly where he left off right after half-time, producing complications for Slovakia’s defense. In the 48th, he developed yet another threatening drive down the left prior to locating Luna charging into the box, but the midfielder’s 1st-time work hit the post. Luna hit the woodwork once more in the 67th, this time deflecting it off the crossbar right after an extended period in Slovakia’s 18.

The Falcons continued to appear for an equalizer down the stretch, but the USA place the game out of attain in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Striker Quinn Sullivan discovered Tsakiris, after once more a spark off the bench, cutting into the box, exactly where he controlled and scored his fourth target for the U-20s.


  • Cowell’s target was his fourth in nine appearances for the U-20s and his second at the Globe Cup. Tsakiris’ score was his fourth in seven U-20 appearances.
  • Born in 2005, Tsakiris is the second-youngest player on the list and is also eligible for the 2025 FIFA U-20 Globe Cup. His father, Sean, represented the USA at the 1999 U-20 Globe Cup and is an assistant coach with the U-20 MINT.
  • Goalkeeper Gaga Slonina and defender Brandan Craig have played all 270 minutes for the USA so far in Argentina.


Match: United States U20 Men’s Youth National Group vs. Slovakia
Date: May possibly 26, 2023
Competitors: FIFA U-20 Globe Cup 2023 – Group B
The venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario San Juan, Argentina
Attendance: 15,059
Kickoff: 2pm ET (3pm regional)
Time: 63 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 two F

USA 1 1

USA – Cade Cowell 38th minute
USA – Niko Tsakiris (Quinn Sullivan) 90+six


USA: 1-Gaga Slonina 17-Justin Che, five-Brandon Craig, four-Josh Winder two-Michael Halliday, six-Daniel Edelman (Captain) (eight-Jack McGlynn, 67), 18-Obed Vargas, three-Caleb Wiley (13-Jonathan Gomez, 77) 16-Owen Wolff (15-Niko Tsakiris, 67), ten-Diego Luna (19-Darren Yappy, 73), 9-Cade Covell (7-Quinn Sullivan, 73)

Subs not made use of: 12-Antonio Carrera, 21-Alec Borto, 14-Marcus Ferkranus

Coach: Mikey Varas

SVK: 12-Adam Hrdina five-David Ovsonka, six-Sebastian Kosa (capt.), 9-Adam Griger (ten-Timothy Jambor, 46), 11-Adam Gazi (7-Balint Choka, 46), 14-Mate Solgai (four-Jan Murgas, 68), 16-Leo Sauer, 17-Dominik Sneijder, 18-Nikolas Sikula, 19-Samuel Kopašek (two-Simon Micuda, 75), 20-Mario Sauer (eight-Artur Gajdos, 46)

Substitutes not made use of: 1-Samuel Belanik, 21-Adam Danko, three-Samuel Bagin, 13-Marek Ujlaki, 15-Nino Marcelli, 21-Adam Danko

Coach: Albert Rusnak

Statistics summary: USA / SVK

Shots: 20/9
Shots on target: eight/four
Savings: four/six
Corners: ten/six
Fouls: four/11
Offside: four/

Summary of misconduct:

No a single


Referee: Ramon Abati (BRA)
Assistant referee 1: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Assistant referee two: Guillerme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth referee: Ahmad Al Ali (KUV)
VAR: Rodolfo Toschi Marquez (BRA)
AVAR 1: Tatjana Guzman (NCA)

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