San Jose's Cruz Medina shines for USA at Concacaf U-17 Championship | MLSSoccer. comSan Jose Earthquakes homegrown midfielder Cruz Medina scored a hat trick Saturday night for the United States U-17 national team as they began their quest to qualify for the first вЂ‹вЂ‹FIFA U-17 World Cup held since 2019 (paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The 16-year-old took center stage in a 5-0 victory over Barbados at the Guatemala-based 2023 Concacaf U-17 Championship, moving the US atop Group F.
The four quarterfinal match winners will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Medina opened the scoring in the 25th minute on a recycled effort following his blocked penalty kick, and he iced the game in the 93rd minute with a near-range tap-in. But it was a 43rd-minute long-range blast that showed MedinaвЂ™s true potential, uncorking a swerving shot that zoomed past BarbadosвЂ™ goalkeeper. Medina, then 15, signed with San Jose last June by inking a homegrown deal through the 2026 MLS season with an option for 2027.
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