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United States under-20s rout Trinidad 6-1; win CONCACAF qualifying.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (Sunday, August 9, 1998) -- Chris Albright and Nick Garcia each netted a pair of goals to power the United States under-20 men to a 6-1 rout of Trinidad & Tobago this afternoon, in the process qualifying for next Aprilís world championship in Nigeria.

The U.S. (2-0-1) won its four-team qualifying group, using its superior plus-9 goal differential for first place. Costa Rica (2-0-1, plus-5) took second and also goes to the world championship April 3-24.

"I'm very proud of what we have accomplished here today," said U.S. coach Sigi Schmid. "We showed that we were focused and ready to play once again. We made good use of our offensive chances, and at the other end our defense gave us another excellent effort."

Trinidad's seasonal rain showers arrived shortly after kickoff, but it didn't dampen the USA's potent attack, which put up 12 goals (from six different players) in the three matches in the round-robin competition.

Just as they did against Canada two nights earlier, Albright and Garcia each found net twice.

Albright needed only three minutes to put the Americans ahead for good, redirecting Steve Cherundolo's perfectly placed free kick from the right side.

Garcia increased the lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute on a sensational solo effort.He intercepted a poor Trinidad clearance and his booming full-volley from 30 yards tucked neatly into the right corner, past T&T goalkeeper Ryan Edwards.

As the U.S. continued its high-intensity attack, the Trinidadians had no answers. In the 38th minute, midfielder Matt Goldsmith made it 3-0 with his first goal of the tournament. Goldsmith received a short pass from Garcia before hammering a right-footer in heavy traffic that glanced off a defender's leg and into the goal.

Three minutes later, Albright made it 4-0 off a feed from Jamar Beasley.

In the 59th minute, Garcia made a 35-yard sprint towards goal before hammering his second tally past Edwards from 15 yards.

Nino DaSilva rounded out the U.S. scoring in the 77th minute with a neat flick with the outside of his right foot.

U.S. keeper Tim Howard made three saves in the match but was largely untested, thanks in large part to the Californian defensive trio Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra and Dan Califf. Howardís shutout was ruined when Trinidadís Cornell Glen netted an unassisted goal with four minutes remaining.

The U.S. U-20s have a 22-10-9 record in 1998, which includes a mark of 5-5-5 against under-20 international competition. The squad has scored 93 goals this year for an average of 2.27 goals per game.On the defensive side, the U.S. has allowed one goal or fewer in 32 of 41 games this year, while posting 17 shutouts.

The U.S. U-20s will return home tomorrow and because many of the players have college seasons, will not reassemble until January.

United States (under-20s) 6, Trinidad & Tobago 1

Lineups: Trinidad & Tobago- Ryan Edwards (Jefferson George 61), Linus Thompson, Kevin Adams, Randy Harris, Andre Cooper, Stephan David, Cornell Glen, Travis Sobers (Garvin McKenna 46), Addae Rique, Kevin Nelson, Ashford Legerton. United States - Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Dan Califf, Carlos Bocanegra, Nick Garcia, Rusty Pierce, Cory Gibbs, Matt Goldsmith (Nick Downing 46), Ryan Futagaki (Caleb Norkus 70), Chris Albright, Jamar Beasley (Nino DaSilva 58).

Scoring: United States - Albright (Cherundolo) 3; United States - Garcia (unassisted) 21; United States - Goldsmith (Garcia) 38; United States - Albright (Beasley) 41; United States - Garcia (Albright) 59; United States - DaSilva (Gibbs)77; Trinidad - Glen (unassisted) 86. Shots: Trinidad 3, United States 13. Saves: Trinidad 4, United States 2. Corner kicks: Trinidad 3, United States 3. Fouls: Trinidad 13, United States 9. Offside: Trinidad 0, United States 4. Yellow card cautions: Trinidad - Glen 2, Thompson 8. Red card ejections: Glen (second yellow card) 90.

Referee: Ronald Gutierrez (Costa Rica). Referee assistants: Calvin Herbert (Barbados), Ulric Neblett (Barbados). Attendance: 200 at Hasely Crawford National Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Weather: Showers, 90 degrees.