U.S. U-20 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

U.S. U-20s reach CONCACAF Championship final

March 14, 2009

The U.S. U-20 men's national team cemented a place in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship final on Sunday, March 15, with a 5-4 penalty shootout win against Trinidad & Tobago Friday in Macoya, Trinidad.

After 120 scoreless minutes of regulation and extra time, Jared Jeffrey, Dilly Duka, Kyle Davies and Anthony Wallace converted penalties while goalkeeper Brian Perk produced saves on Trinidad & Tobago's fourth and fifth shooters to win 5-4 in the shootout.

"The host country made it very hard for us in a game that could have gone either way but in the end our goalkeeper made the difference for us tonight," said U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen in a press release. "He came up with two excellent saves on two penalties for us to win it. I have to give Trinidad & Tobago a lot of credit for playing us straight up and trying to win the game just like we did over 120 minutes."

The U.S has already secured its place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by winning Group A. The U.S. is now seeking to win its first-ever CONCACAF U-20 title and will face Costa Rica in Sunday's final. Costa Rica, which won Group B, advanced to the final with a 4-2 shootout win over Honduras.