Up next for the U-20s is Canada, which defeated Mexico 5-4 on penalties. The U.S. and Canada, who will play for the U-20 CONCACAF championship, earned automatic berths for the U-20 World Cup to be held November 13 to December 3 in Papua New Guinea. The winner of the third-place match between Mexico and Honduras will also qualify.
Long Beach’s Shannon Horgan, who entered the game in the 26th minute, played a major role in the 88th-minute goal scored by Marley Canales. After creating space out wide after receiving a well-placed pass from Ashley Sanchez, Horgan sent a high cross that found the head of Canales, who sent a powerful header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the tournament.
The United States six other goals were scored by Sanchez (2), Mallory Pugh (2), Jessie Scarpa (1), and an own goal from Cherry Velásquez Bennett.