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United States qualifies for summer U-20 World Cup in Turkey

Feb 26, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

Luis Gil head shot

Final verdict for U.S. under-20 men’s national team in its drive for redemption, after the notorious qualification failure for the FIFA U-20 World Cup last time out: not the best performance in the world, and not exactly pretty, but job done.

Tab Ramos’ young bunch of Yanks downed Canada tonight in Mexico, 4-2, qualifying for this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The CONCACAF qualifying tournament goes on, but this was the money match; all four quarterfinal winners move on Turkey.

While the run has been less-than-perfect, Ramos’ side has managed to improve each time out, which is certainly something to take away from the team’s trip into Mexico. Further credit, too, for not getting undone by Canada’s 23rd-minute goal Tuesday.

U.S. attacker Luis Gil was strong once again, recording the equalizer six minutes after Canada’s first-half strike. We told you about him earlier today on the blog, about this being a big year for the young man at Real Salt Lake.

The LA Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal had two goals for the United States.