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SAN JUAN, Argentina (Could 26, 2023) – The U.S. Beneath-20 Men’s Youth National Group topped Slovakia two- to safe the major spot in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Planet Cup with a ideal nine points in 3 games. It is the 1st time in the USA’s 17 appearances at the tournament that it is completed with a three– record in the group stage.

Forward Cade Cowell menaced the Sokoli defense all afternoon and opened the scoring in the 38th minute with an impressive person work, driving down the left flank previous numerous Slovakia defenders. His San Jose Earthquakes club teammate Niko Tsakiris netted an insurance coverage target in the game’s final moments, as soon as once again generating an effect off the bench.  With the victory and 1st location in Group B secured, the USA will face the third-location finisher from Group A, C or D in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Could 30 (1:30 p.m. ET FS2). All 3 groups will have concluded play on Saturday.

























Following receiving off on the front foot and holding the improved of possession from the get-go, the U.S. attack began to click midway via the 1st half as the young Americans located themselves knocking on the door a number of occasions. The 24th minute brought the 1st actual danger in the aftermath of a U.S. corner as defender Justin Che place a header on frame and followed it up with a further try inside the six off the rebound.

Cowell was usually the sparkplug for the U.S., generating a quantity of menacing runs down the left flank. In the 25th, he helped set up midfielder Obed Vargas for a rip outdoors the box that was deflected by goalkeeper Adam Hrdina just before defender Caleb Wiley almost turned the rebound into the game’s 1st target.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward had a prime chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute, when he was sprung into some wide-open space by a masterful lengthy ball from center back Brandan Craig. Cowell took a touch to play it more than the ‘keeper at the major of the box and had an open net in front of him, but wasn’t in a position to handle the ball and the ensuing shot from midfielder Diego Luna flew more than the crossbar. Cowell then looked to have the USA’s opening target in the 35th, but his work was whistled offside.

The winger extra than created up for the misfires with his exceptional run and target in the 38th. Pouncing on a misplayed Slovakia back pass, he proceeded to maneuver his way via the Sokoli defense, maintaining powerful on the ball soon after an initial tackle try, dodging a sliding defender and then wheeling previous a final pair of Slovakians at the major of the box just before ripping a shot to the appropriate side of the net. Following missing the USA’s opening Planet Cup match vs. Ecuador due to suspension, Cowell has scored in each games because and is a single of ten players in Argentina with a number of objectives to his name. 

Slovakia responded shortly soon after the opening tally, rocketing a shot from beyond the major of the box in the 41st, but U.S. goalkeeper Gaga Slonina was up to the activity and leapt to his appropriate to make the save. Slonina and the U.S. defense recorded their third-straight clean sheet in Argentina, finishing the group stage with just 23 shots permitted.

Cowell picked up exactly where he left off soon after the half causing issues for the Slovak defense. In the 48th, he created a further threatening run down the left side just before getting Luna charging into the six-yard box, but the midfielder’s 1st-time shot hit the post. Luna hit the woodwork once again in the 67th, this time clanging it off the crossbar following an extended spell in Slovakia’s 18.

The Sokoli continued to appear for an equalizer down the stretch, but the U.S. place the game out of attain in the sixth minute of added time. Forward Quinn Sullivan located Tsakiris, as soon as once again a spark off the bench, cutting into the box, exactly where he controlled and slotted property his fourth U-20 international target.


  • Cowell’s target was his fourth in nine U-20 caps and second at the Planet Cup. Tsakiris’ tally was his fourth in seven U-20 appearances.
  • Born in 2005, Tsakiris is the roster’s second-youngest player and also age-eligible for the 2025 FIFA U-20 Planet Cup. His father Shaun represented the U.S. at the 1999 U-20 Planet Cup and is an assistant coach with the U-20 MYNT.
  • Goalkeeper Gaga Slonina and defender Brandan Craig have played all 270 minutes for the USA therefore far in Argentina.


Match: United States Beneath-20 Men’s Youth National Group vs. Slovakia
Date: Could 26, 2023
Competitors: 2023 FIFA U-20 Planet Cup – Group B
Venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario San Juan, Argentina
Attendance: 15,059
Kickoff: two p.m. ET (three p.m. regional)
Climate: 63 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          two          F

USA                            1          0          1
SVK                            0          0          0         

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


USA: 1-Gaga Slonina 17-Justin Che, five-Brandan Craig, four-Josh Wynder two-Michael Halliday, six-Daniel Edelman (Capt.) (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 Yapi, 73), 9-Cade Cowell (7-Quinn Sullivan, 73)

Substitutes not employed: 12-Antonio Carrera, 21-Alex Borto, 14-Marcus Ferkranus

Head coach: Mikey Varas

SVK: 12-Adam Hrdina five-David Ovsonka, six-Sebastian Kosa (Capt.), 9-Adam Griger (ten-Timotej Jambor, 46), 11-Adam Gazi (7-Balint Csoka, 46), 14-Mate Szolgai (four-Jan Murgas, 68), 16-Leo Sauer, 17-Dominik Snajder, 18-Nicolas Sikula, 19-Samuel Kopasek (two-Simon Micuda, 75), 20-Mario Sauer (eight-Artur Gajdos, 46)

Substitutes not employed: 1-Samuel Belanik, 21-Adam Danko, three-Samuel Bagin, 13-Marek Ujlaky, 15-Nino Marcelli, 21-Adam Danko

Head coach: Albert Rusnak

Stats Summary: USA / SVK

Shots: 20/9
Shots on Objective: eight/four
Saves: four/six
Corner Kicks: ten/six
Fouls: four/11
Offside: four/

Misconduct Summary:



Referee: Ramon Abatti (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee two: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al Ali (KUW)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski Marques (BRA)
AVAR 1: Tatiana Guzman (NCA) 

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