Under 20 World Cup: U.S. cruises in opener

The United States Under-20 Men's National Team got off to a bright start in its campaign to qualify for the Under-20 World Cup with a 3-0 thrashing of Jamaica on Friday night.

The U.S. opened the scoring in just the eighth minute when Dilly Duka and Danny Cruz set the table for Peri Marosevic. Duka did well to beat two defenders and slip a cross to Cruz, who headed the ball down for Marosevic. Marosevic made no mistake with the side volley and the U.S. had an early lead.

The 1-0 score line would hold until the 78th when Cruz, Duka, and Marosevic combined for a second. This time it was Duka on the finish of a ball in from Cruz that Marosevic let run through.

Billy Schuler capped off the night for the U.S. in the 83rd when Gale Agbossoumonde's flick found him at the back post for an easy finish.

All in all, it was a good victory for the U.S. who held Jamaica to just one shot on goal the entire match.

The U.S. U-20's will be back in action Sunday when they take on Honduras at 6:00 p.m. EST before rounding out group play Tuesday with evening against El Salvador.Goal.com

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.