25-Yard Howitzer Sends U.S. U-20s To CONCACAF Championship Final
Eryk Williamson, a sophomore at the University of Maryland and a potential DC United Homegrown player, smashed a half-volley from almost 25 yards out that crashed in off the inside of the left post to send the United States U-20 team to the final of the 2017 CONCACAF Championship. The victory also clinched the American's spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The U-20s had memorably defeated Mexico last Monday and needed to avoid a slip-up against El Salvador to ensure their place in the final. After Emmanuel Sabbi scored the opener for the US, Williamson gave the US a two-goal lead in the 25th minute with this wonder goal.
It proved to be all-important as El Salvador would pull a goal back in the 35th minute. The final score would be 2-1 in a feisty affair that saw three players sent off (two for El Salvador, one for the US) and an unsightly brawl at the end following a petulant US tackle and El Salvadorian response by way of slap to the face.