B.W. Gottschee product Jack McGlynn scored for the USA   (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The U.S. Under-20 men’s youth national team battled Canada to a 2-2 draw in its second Group E match at the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship on Monday night.

Despite dominating for long stretches of the game against Canada’s low block, the U.S. had to come from behind twice to earn a point on the evening, first on a rocket from midfielder Jack McGlynn, a B.W. Gottschee product, in the 53rd and again on a hard-hit shot from forward Cade Cowell in the 72nd.

The USA clinched a top-three finish in Group E and a berth in the knockout stage. The U.S. will face Cuba on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; TUDN and Concacaf App, Facebook & YouTube) for first place in the group and a Round of 16 match-up against Nicaragua.

The Americans got off on the front foot from the opening whistle, out-possessing Canada 72 percent to 28 percent and outshooting the Maple Leafs, 22-6. A number of good looks came in the game’s early-going as forward Quinn Sullivan had an attempt saved in the fourth minute and McGlynn had a shot stopped in the 10th, while the U.S. also threatened on corner kicks and forward Paxten Aaronson also made a number of dangerous runs.

But Canada got on the board first, getting the ball up to forward Lowell Wright against the run of play. The Canadian striker maneuvered through the U.S. defense to slip a soft shot past goalkeeper Chris Brady in the 15th. The U.S. kept pressing forward after the goal and earned a number of free kick opportunities in Canadian territory, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The breakthrough finally came after the break in the 52nd minute. Following a corner kick, midfielder Diego Luna played to McGlynn beyond the top of the box and the Philadelphia Union midfielder drilled it to equalize for the U.S.

While the USA pushed for a winner, Canada moved the ball downfield quickly to retake the lead in the 69th. On a cros into the box, an attempted U.S. clearance bounced past Brady for the Reds’ second goal. This time the USA answered quickly, drawing even just three minutes later on another stellar goal. Luna played Cowell on the run down the left wing, and the forward drove through the defense before ripping a shot to the right side of the net.

It seemed like a winner was within reach for the hard-charging U.S. U-20s, but they weren’t able to convert any of a number of chances down the stretch. After a nice dribble through the Canada defense, Luna had a shot stopped in the 86th and another dangerous free kick, this time from Brandan Craig, went wide in the opening minutes of second half stoppage time.

 

 

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