BRADENTON, Fla. – The United States put itself in the drivers seat to reach the knockout round stages of at the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Monday night.

The Americans became the only undefeated team in Group A with a 6-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago Monday night. The USA sits three points clear at the top of the group heading into Wednesday’s clash against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

If the U.S. (3-0-0, 9 points) wins its final two group matches, will be advance, regardless of the other results. Suriname and T&T each are 2-1-0 with six points.

Looking to make an early statement, it took the USA only six minutes to get on the scoreboard when a nice sequence between Ulysses Llanez and Justin Rennicks led to Brandon Servania’s strike from 25 yards.

The USA grabbed a second just two minutes later as Rennicks’ shot from the top of the area was redirected by Trinidad & Tobago defender Justin Homer and past goalkeeper Denzil Smith, resulting in an own goal.

The Americans added one more before halftime with Rennicks playing the catalyst again. The Indiana University midfielder latched onto an errant pass out of the back and fed Pomykal at the top of the box for the FC Dallas product to fire home a one-time effort in the 45th minute.

U.S. head coach Tab Ramos’ side continued to attack after the break, leading to a three-goal sequence in the space of four minutes. It began when a nice connection between Rennicks and Pomykal led to Alex Mendez’s 52 nd minute strike.

Trinidad & Tobago pulled a goal back when Nickell Orr linked up with Isaiah Lee two minutes later, but Ulysses Llanez answered with a measured effort off the right post to record his tournament-leading fifth goal and give the USA a 5-1 advantage in the 56th minute.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the USA added one more goal as Mendez slipped substitute Juan Pablo Torres through the back line to finish his first of the tournament in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

Monday’s other Group A matches saw Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1-2-0; 3 pts.) defeat U.S. Virgin Islands 3-0 (0-3-0; 0 pts.), while Puerto Rico (1-2-0; 3 pts.) earned a 2-1 comeback victory against Suriname (2-1-0; 6 pts.).

The U-20 USMNT meets Saint Vincent and the Grenadines here Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. It can be seen live on UDN and the ConcacafGo app . Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt;@ussoccer_esp);Facebook; Instagram.

 

2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

26

2

24

Suriname

3

2

1

0

6

16

5

11

Trinidad & Tobago

3

2

1

0

6

9

9

0

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

3

1

2

0

3

6

4

2

Puerto Rico

3

1

2

0

3

4

13

-9

U.S. Virgin Islands

3

0

3

0

0

2

29

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