Bradford Jamieson IV’s 78th minute goal booted the United States U-20 men’s national team past Trinidad and Tobago, 1-0, and into the knockout round of the CONCACAF Championship.
More importantly, the win puts the United States 90 minutes away from clinching a berth in this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
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There was a heart-in-throat moment in the 75th minute when Zack Steffen had to get low to swallow a point blank chance. A loss would’ve eliminated the States from contention for a World Cup spot.
But Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) crossed for Jamieson moments later, and the L.A. Galaxy II product redirected the ball for the 1-0 lead.
Barring a stunning blowout of Canada by Honduras on Thursday — we’re talking historic, double-digit proportions — the States will play the fourth-best seeded team on Saturday. Winner goes to the World Cup, which will be held from May 30-June 20 in seven New Zealand cities.
The final between Panama and Mexico will also be contested on Saturday.