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USA 4-0 Suriname: U-20 Update

About as busy as he was all match.

In their first action of the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign, the US recorded a 4-0 drubbing of Suriname, firing 27 shots on their bewildered opponents. Suriname could only muster two efforts of their own, with Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath being called on to make a solitary save. Amobi Okugo also got the start for the red, white and blue but recorded a yellow card and was withdrawn at halftime, with the Americans already three goals ahead.

With Panama up next for the young Americans, Okugo will have to be mindful of his yellow card total, but should return to the starting lineup.

The Americans enjoyed excellent production from their attacking core of European based players with Conor Doyle (Derby County, England), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim, Germany) and Bobby Wood (1860 Munchen) contributing a goal a piece with Kelyn Rowe (UCLA) banging home the fourth.

With 2011 MLS Super Draft picks Perrry Kitchen(no. 3), Zarek Valentin (no. 4) and MacMath (no. 5) all starting on the defense, the unit began the tournament with the strength and cohesion they will need when they encounter more staunch opposition in later rounds. Top pick Omar Salgado also played the final 20 minutes of the contest.

The next game is against Panama on Saturday, April 2 at 6pm. Broadcasts of the match can be seen at both ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. The replay of the Suriname match is also available streaming on ESPN3. With three points in hand from the win over Suriname, the US will qualify for the quarterfinals from Group B if Panama tops Suriname on Thursday, or if that match ends in a draw.

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