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Slovakia vs USA summary: score, goals, highlights, FIFA U-20 World Cup

USA's Cade Dylan Cowell celebrates after scoring a goal during the Argentina 2023 U20 World Cup group B football match between Slovakia and the USA at del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, on May 26, 2023. (Photo by Andres Larrovere / AFP)

Slovakia 0-2 USA: as it happened

Group B

This is how Group B at the U-20 World Cup in Argentina finishes.

Three wins from three

You can't ask for much more!

Slovakia have to wait for results elsewhere to find out if they are one of the four best third-placed teams.

The US are through to the last 16!

It's all over in San Juan!

The USA have beaten Slovakia 2-0!


Tsakiris scores with a fine finish and that should be that!

And speaking of seven... Ecuador are now 7-0 up against Fiji!

Seven minutes have been added on!

Jambor strikes! Slonina saves!

He wants that clean sheet...

Ecuador are beating Fiji 6-0 in today's other Group B game.

Slovakia have run out of ideas going forward and the US have not conceded at this tournament.

McGlynn's inswinger is cleared away. More pressure from the US and it is difficult to see a Slovakia equaliser at this stage.

Slovakia go short with the corner. It falls to Snajder, but his cross flies out for a goalkick. Time is ticking for Slovakia. The US lead 1-0 here in San Juan.

OFF Caleb Wiley

ON Jonathan German Gomez

Yapi gets down the right. The ball falls to McGlynn, who sends his left-footed effort well wide of the post.

Slovakia change

OFF Samuel Kopasek

ON Simon Micuda

OFF Cade Cowell

ON Quinn Sullivan

OFF Diego Luna

ON Darren Yapi

McGlynn's inswinging corner is headed away. It remains 1-0, with Cowell's cracker the difference between the sides in San Juan.

McGlynn comes in for the US. He has been outstanding so far in the tournament. This is his 18th game at U-20 level.

USA subs

OFF Owen Wolff
ON Niko Tsakiris

OFF Daniel Edelman
ON Jack McGlynn


His effort comes crashing off the post. So close!

The ball is clipped over the top to Cowell, who looks to go around Hrdina but the Slovakian shot-stopper robs it just at the right time.

The US defence deals with the corner from the left and hold onto their 1-0 lead for now. 

Wiley blocks the follow-up shot.

HRDINA saves!

That's an excellent save with his foot to deny Cowell his second of the match. Cowell has been so sharp throughout but sees this one stopped.

Szolgai volleys from distance and it flies just wide of the post. He already has two goals in the tournament and almost had a third there.

Ecuador are beating Fiji 4-0, so as it stands, Slovakia will finish third in the group. The US currently sit on nine points.

Slovakia deal with the threat of Cowell and Luna. Both players have been very lively and will be hoping to add a second and kill this one off.

Slovakia subs

OFF Adam Gazi
ON Balint Csoka

OFF Adam Griger
ON Timotej Jambor

OFF Mario Sauer
ON Artur Gajdos


What a chance!

And that really could have been 2-0 to the USA but he blazes Cowell's cross over the bar.

The US lead 1-0 after Cowell's excellent solo goal in the first half.

The USA get us underway!

There's the whistle for half-time!

The USA lead 1-0. Slovakia have so much to do.

 Szolgai clips Vargas and the US have a free near the halfway line.

There will be four minutes added on!

Slovakia haven't caused too many problems but Slonina stands up when it counts to keep the scoreline at 1-0.


That's a wonderful save to keep Sauer's curling effort from distance out.

Slovakia 0-1 USA

Cowell scores his second goal of the tournament and what a goal it is!

He has so much to do but cuts in from the left inside channel and fires a low left-footed shot home.



USA have the lead!

Ecuador have scored again! It's now Ecuador 3-0 Fiji.

Ecuador have scored a second against Fiji. That is not good news for Slovakia as things stand.

Cowell just mistimes his run and it's the right call. 0-0

Cowell scores!

... but he's offside!

Slonina saves Sauer's effort after Slovakia's free from the left spilled into the player's path. 

It's a good chance but the Chelsea shot-stopper keeps it out with ease.

What a chance for the US!

Craig goes route one and Cowell clips it over Hrdina's head... all he has to do is put it into the empty net but he somehow falls over it and the chance is gone.

Luna then comes in but sends his effort over the bar.


It's more US pressure and Vargas lets fly from 25 yards out but Hrdina gets down to keep it out.

The ball comes in from the left and Che has two efforts on goal but both are saved and it remains goalless here in San Juan.

Ecuador are beating Fiji 1-0 in the other game in Group B.

Craig's corner from the left is headed away.

Edelman slips in Luna, who plays it over to Vargas. Luna then wins a corner for the US.

Rusnak is trying to spark fire into his troops. They've been sloppy at times and he's letting them know on the touchline.

Ecuador are ahead against Fiji, meaning Slovakia slip to third in the group and Ecuador move up to second.

Slovakia head coach Albert Rusnak has coached in Slovakia’s youth national team system since 2018. He’s also the father of Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Albert Rusnak.

The sun is starting to come out now as the US enjoy a spell of possession.

Hrdina punches Craig's corner from the left away. 0-0

Slovakia are making their second appearance at the U-20 World Cup and sit in second place in Group B after beating Fiji 4-0 and losing 2-1 to Ecuador in their last match.

Edelman sprints back to clear the danger after Slovakia work it well down the right. Both sides have looked to get in behind early on but it remains 0-0 in Argentina.

Szolgai, who has scored in both games so far in the tournament, shoots well over from distance. He's feeling confident.

Wiley has the first shot of the game but it's easily saved!

The USA have two wins from their opening two games in Group B and have secured a spot in the knockout round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

With a win or draw over Slovakia today, they will secure top spot in the group.

We're underway in San Juan!

As for the USA, Mikey Varas has made five changes for this one. 

McGlynn has dropped to the bench. Edelman captains the side and Luna starts.

Ramon Abatti of Brazil is today's referee.

Slovakia make four changes for this one and this could be their toughest test yet.

And now for the national anthem of the United States.

We will start with the Slovakian national anthem.

There are some Argentina fans here too as they play against New Zealand later on.

It's 18 degrees celsius in San Juan. The sides will be out soon.

Kickoff is just 10 minutes away!

McGlynn left out

Jack McGlynn picked up a yellow card during the USA’s first two group stage matches and another caution against Slovakia would mean suspension for the USA’s Round of 16 match so he has been left out by coach Mikey Varas.

US all set

The other match in Group B today is between Ecuador and Fiji. They get underway at the same time.

Slovakia will be hoping to pick up points today. Their 4-0 win over Fiji was followed up by a 2-1 defeat to Ecuador.

A point here could see them through. A win would definitely take them through.

Slovakia: Rusnak in charge

Eighteen of Slovakia’s 20-man roster are based domestically, while three are based in Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.

Their head coach Albert Rusnak has coached in Slovakia’s youth national team system since 2018 having previously coached at several Slovak clubs. Rusnak is the father of Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Albert Rusnak.

Slovakia vs USA

Kick-off is fast approaching in San Juan, Argentina!

Not a bad strike at all!

USA starting XI

Here's your USA XI!

Slovakia's second U-20 World Cup

This is Slovakia’s second appearance at the U-20 World Cup. Their first came in the United Arab Emirates in 2003 when they reached the Round of 16 before losing to eventual champions Brazil in extra time.

USA regulars

Goalkeeper Gaga Slonina, defenders Brandan Craig and Jonathan Gómez as well as midfielder Jack McGlynn have played all 180 minutes for the USA in Argentina.

Every player on the roster has been capped at the U-20 level. Diego Luna and McGlynn have the most having made 17 appearances thus far.

USA beat Fiji 3-0

After their 1-0 opening-day win over Ecuador, the US recorded a 3-0 win against Fiji with three second-half goals.

Second-half substitute Diego Luna found the opener in the 66th minute before Cade Cowell scored in the 88th and Caleb Wiley then netted in the ninth minute of stoppage time to secure the win.

The victory saw the side take six points from six.

Group A & B

There will be games in both Group A and Group B today.

We'll be focusing on Slovakia vs USA right here on AS USA. 

We'll have all the latest team news for you as soon as it's in.

Back-to-back games

It's all happening!

First meeting between the sides

Today is the first fixture between the USA and Slovakia at the U-20 World Cup. 

Slovakia are making their second appearance at the tournament and sit in second place in Group B after beating Fiji 4-0 and losing 2-1 to Ecuador in their last match.

Two from two for USA

The USA have two wins from their opening two games in Group B and have secured a spot in the knockout round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

With a win or draw over Slovakia today, they will secure top spot in the group.

Slovakia vs USA: welcome!

Hello and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of this U-20 World Cup match between Slovakia and the USA.

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