Gall strikes for three, U.S. earns first CU20 win

Romain Gall (pictured) scored three goals for the USA in its CONCACAF Under-20 Championship win over Aruba on January 14, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The United States (1-1-1, 4 points) won its first match in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, defeating Aruba 8-0 on Wednesday at the National Stadium.

Romain Gall led the way with three goals, while Bradford Jamieson added a brace.  Tommy Thompson, Emerson Hyndman and Amando Moreno each scored once. 

Aruba (0-0-3, 0 points) lost for the third consecutive time and played the final five minutes with 10 men after Duncan Homoet was ejected for his second yellow card.

U.S. head coach Tab Ramos made seven changes from a 1-0 loss to Panama on Monday.  The moves paid off handsomely as his team scored six goals within the opening 32 minutes.

The Arubans, though, almost drew first blood in the 12th minute, when Homoet broke free on the right side and drilled a shot just outside of the right post before. 

After that sequence, the USA took hold of the match.

Gall connected for his first goal with a 12-yard shot into the upper right corner in the 16th minute.

Two minutes later, Jamieson made it 2-0.  Hyndman sent in corner kick to Conor Donovan, who headed the ball off the crossbar.  Ben Spencer got the rebound and took a shot that seemed to deflect off a defender and go over the line just as Jamieson provided the final touch.

Gall converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, beating goalkeeper Jeanarc Antersijn to the lower left corner, after Aruba's Jeanpierre Van der Linden fouled Tyler Turner in the box,

Thompson extended the lead to 4-0 in the 26th minute as he headed in a Hyndman corner from five-yards out. 

Hyndman then got his name on the scoresheet with a brilliant 30th minute effort, striking the ball into the lower right corner from just inside the penalty box for a 5-0 advantage.

Gall completed his hat-trick in the 32nd minute.  Once again, Hyndman was in the center of the action.  The Fulham midfielder slipped a pass through the middle for Gall to collect, round Antersijn and stroke into an empty net for a 6-0 lead.

Three minutes into the second half, Jamieson -- on a superb run into the right side of the box – snapped off a high effort that found the back of the net.

Second-half substitute Amando Moreno closed out the American goal account with six minutes left in normal time, tapping home from one-yard out off the rebound of Jamieson’s saved attempt. 

The U.S. will take on host Jamaica in Montego Bay on Sunday, while Aruba meets Guatemala.