CONCACAF U20 Champions

Monday 6 March 2017 14:56

On Sunday Marlon Fossey and Luca de la Torre became CONCACAF U20 Champions in Costa Rica by beating Honduras in the final on penalties.

The match was scoreless after 90 minutes and the USA made history by winning 5-3 from the 12-yard spot.   

This is the first time the USA have ever won the CONCACAF at U20 level, and took their opportunity in their fifth final in the competition.  

Both Fulham Academy players Fossey and de la Torre had a hand in the win, playing for the entirety of the game.

de la Torre was the man to give the Stars and Stripes the advantage by smashing his penalty into the top right corner to make it 4-3, and the win was sealed by USA’s Danny Acosta.

Fossey and de la Torre not only had a hand in this match, but were imperative to the USA team throughout the tournament.

Both the Academy boys played 90 minutes in five of the six matches, and were rested for the St Kitts & Nevis match. Fossey also appeared early in that game due to injury. 

The USA did it the hard way, they lost their opening match to Panama but then subsequently won five games in a row, including beating favourites and 13 times winners Mexico.

The team also had to navigate victories over Haiti, a game in which de la Torre also scored to give the USA the lead, El Salvador in the semi final and of course Honduras in the final.

Fossey and de la Torre will be joining up with the U20 USA team once more this summer for the World Cup as CONCACAF Champions. 

Photograph curtesy of U.S. Soccer