American men secure first Olympic berth in soccer since Beijing 2008 | India is blooming

San Pedro Sula (Honduras/UNI) The United States men’s soccer team qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics with victory over Honduras in the semi-finals of the Championship Concacaf Men’s Under-20 (CMU20).

The Americans recorded a 3-0 win over Honduras on Friday night here at the Estadio Morazan in San Pedro Sula.

They scored all three of their goals in the first 45 minutes to not only book their place at Paris 2024 but also qualify for the WUC20 final where they will face the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

The Dominican Republic also clinched a place for Paris 2024 by beating Guatemala 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw on Friday in the semi-finals.

USA got off to a very early start and took a 1-0 lead in the third minute through Paxten Aaronson, who earned a late free kick and returned a right-footed shot from yards out.

They doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute when a strong United States surge ended with a cross from Mauricio Cuevas in the area which found the outside of Alejandro Alvarado’s right foot Jr., whose shot sank under Honduras GK Juergen Garcia.

Honduras looked to respond and had a good chance to score on 39′ via a free kick from Odin Ramos, but the effort sailed just above the crossbar.

The Americans were keen to tack another before the break and it came on the 43rd, with a Caden Clark fired from a tight angle rounding a Honduras defender and Quinn Sullivan there to make sure he crossed the line to a 3-0 lead. .

The best look for the home side came in the 75th through Jefryn Macias, who eluded two defenders but then narrowly missed wide from a sharp angle.

In the end, USA held on and saw the last minutes to secure a ticket to Paris and a spot in Sunday’s final.

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