U.S. slips past Honduras to reach CU20 Final
Elison Rivas of Honduras (#2) battles for possession against Ayo Akinola of the United States in a Group G match of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on November 19, 2018.
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BRADENTON, Florida – The United States will have the chance to defend its Concacaf Under-20 Championship title in the Final after narrowly defeating Honduras 1-0 in the final match of Group G of the 2018 CU20 Qualification Stage.

The U.S. will square off against rivals Mexico on Wednesday in the Final to decide who takes home the CU20 trophy.

It was a tight, tense affair between the U.S. and the Hondurans, as a stout Catracho defense kept the high-flying U.S. attack in check during the first 45 minutes.

However, the start of the second half was a different story and a U.S. side playing with more energy and urgency was able to break the scoreless deadlock.

A deflected long ball fell right to Ayo Akinola, whose right-footed shot beat Honduras GK Oscar Reyes to make it 1-0 to the U.S. in the 51’.

From there the U.S. defense took over and saw things out to win Group G with a spotless record of 2W-0D-0L, 6 points, 5GF, 0GC.

By virtue of the result, Honduras has qualified for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras v United States
Honduras v United States. November 19,2018.
Honduras 0 - 1 United States