SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA (May 20) – USA secured a thrilling victory against Ecuador in their opening match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 with a late injury-time goal by Jonathan Gomez. The match, held at San Juan Stadium in Argentina, ended with a final score of 1-0 in favor of the Americans, with Gomez being the sole goal scorer.
Right from the start, the USA showcased their attacking intent, putting Ecuador under pressure. However, they struggled to create significant opportunities. As the first half progressed, Ecuador found their footing and established a rhythm.
The intensity of the match increased in the second half. Jack McGlynn had the first notable chance after the break, breaking through the defense but having his shot blocked. A defensive mix-up soon after gifted Diego Luna a semi-open goal, but his shot narrowly missed the target, trickling just inches wide.
With this victory, the USA has now scored in 11 consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup matches, highlighting their offensive prowess in this prestigious tournament.
The United States will now face Fiji in their next encounter, while Ecuador will look to bounce back from today defeat when the South Americans take on Slovakia on Tuesday.