FRISCO – Paxton Pomykal was named the ussoccer.com Man of the Match for his performance in a 7-1 win for the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team against Puerto Rico in the opening match of the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship.
Pomykal played all 90 minutes, scoring one goal and assisting on another, while also winning the team a penalty kick.
Pomykal got the U.S. on the board quickly, finding forward Justin Rennicks on a cross to take the lead in the 5th minute.
Later in the half, FC Dallas midfielder Brandon Servania , who also started the tournament's opening match, intercepted a pass and had a quick combination before linking up with Pomykal inside the 18. Pomykal beat the goalie and one more defender before finding the bottom corner of the net to give the United States a 3-0 lead.
The team will next play on Saturday, when it takes on the U.S. Virgin Islands at 5PM. The U.S. Virgin Islands lost 13-2 in its opening match against Suriname. The U.S. is looking to defend its Concacaf U-20 title and punch a ticket to the 2019 U-20 World Cup.