BRADENTON, Florida – The United States is champion of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship after defeating Mexico 2-0 on Wednesday night in the Final at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
A brace for Alex Mendez led the way for the U.S., who won its second straight CU20 title and second overall.
It was a feisty start between the two teams and the U.S. would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the 16’ when Mendez scored with a fierce left-footed shot that beat Mexico GK Carlos Higuera.
Mexico looked to respond and nearly pulled level shortly before halftime, but a header was saved on the goal-line by U.S. GK Brady Scott.
Things were wide open to start the second half, but Mendez would once again be a thorn in the side of the Mexican defense, as he completed a one-two combination with Paxton Pomykal with a finish past Higuera to stretch the U.S. lead to 2-0 in the 50’. It was Mendez’s eighth goal of the tournament.
Scott and the U.S. defense would shoulder the burden the rest of the way, keeping the dangerous Mexican attack at bay to clinch the title.