In the 84th minute of their Round of 16 match against New Zealand, the U-20 United States Men's National Team had a corner kick from the left side. The service from the corner came to Auston Trusty sitting at the top of the box, and he launched a shot into the upper right corner of the net, scoring his first goal of the tournament.
But not only was his strike his first goal of the tournament, it was also the first goal in a World Cup at any level scored by a Philadelphia Union player. And as good as his goal was, his celly may have been even better.
And the Trusty celebration pic.twitter.com/rz6zLOXfnK— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) June 1, 2017
Trusty's goal was the fifth of the game, as the U-20 USMNT routed New Zealand 6-0, tying the largest win in US U-20 World Cup history.
The US started out relatively slow, just scoring one goal in the first 45 minutes. But in the second half, the floodgates opened, with the Stars and Stripes putting five past the New Zealand goalkeeper.
Trusty started out on the bench for the US, but made his U-20 World Cup debut in the 76th minute, subbing on for Danny Acosta. He immediately impacted the game, as seconds before his goal, Trusty ripped a shot, which was deflected out of bounds, leading to the corner he scored on. Trusty then etched his named into Union history.
The US will now face Venezuela in the quarterfinals, who has yet to lose a match in the 2017 U-20 World Cup. With the win, the U-20 USMNT have made consecutive U-20 World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in history. Fellow Union player Derrick Jones, who missed the match against New Zealand due to yellow card accumulation, will be available for selection.
Kick-off for the U-20 USMNT vs. Venezuela quarterfinal match is at 2:00 a.m. ET on FS2.