After clinching World Cup spot, USA U-20 team wins first CONCACAF Championship

The U.S. under-20 men’s national team captured its first CONCACAF championship on Sunday. The red, white and blue topped Honduras 5-4 in penalty kicks after a scoreless match in regulation to win the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. 

It was 19-year-old Danny Acosta’s penalty kick that won it after Honduras sent its final shot sailing into the stands. Acosta plays for Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. Check out the winning goal below:

After clinching a spot in this year’s U-20 World Cup earlier in the week, Tab Ramos’ youth squad came out on top in an intense penalty kick shootout, but the winning kick for Acosta against had to be a little bittersweet.

Acosta’s birthplace? San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 

The United States will play in the U-20 World Cup, which starts at the end of May. 

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