BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, December 20, 2010
The US U-20 national team used two strong efforts to sweep Canada in a pair of friendlies in Ft. Lauderdale to conclude their final camp of 2010.
Despite missing many top players such as Juan Agudelo, Sebastian Lletget, Cody Cropper, Alexander Zahavi, and Bobby Wood, the US was able to outscore Canada 7-0 in the two games.
On Thursday, the US defeated Canada 2-0 with goals from Soony Saad and Jack McInerney.
Saad was making his US U20 debut after coming off a terrific freshman year at the University of Michigan where the Wolverines advanced to the Final Four. Saad opened the scoring in the first game in the 34th minute when he scored from the top of the penalty area.
McInerney gave the US a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute when he took a long ball from Duke University central defender Sabastien Ibeagha and chipped it past Canadian goalkeeper Robert Stillo.
In the second game against Canada on Saturday, the US received a hat trick from Hoffenheim's Joseph Gyau and an even more incredible performance from Altach winger Josh Gatt to lift the US U-20s to a 5-0 victory.
Both Gatt and Gyau were making their US U-20 debuts and Gatt was playing for the US for the first time at any age level.
Gatt's performance was the best single game effort for any American player this U-20 cycle as he scored twice and had three assists to have a hand in all five goals.
Gyau scored in the 12th, 75th, and 88th minutes while Gatt scored in the 64th and 84th minutes.
Also playing well for the Americans was right back Zarek Valentin from Akron who assisted on Gatt's first goal in the 64th minute and UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe who assisted on Gatt's goal in the 84th minute.
The US U-20 national team will be back in action in early January where head coach Thomas Rongen has scheduled another camp in Florida.