Shaq Moore scored following 20 seconds and the United States beat Canada 1-0 Sunday to win Group B at the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Moore’s goal was the fastest since US records started in 1990. Clint Dempsey scored following 30 seconds against Ghana in the Americans’ 2014 World Cup opener.
Both Canada and the US were at that point guaranteed of advancing. The US completed on the group and will play their quarter-last on 25 July 25 against Costa Rica or Jamaica.
The US finished Canada’s group record eight-game series of wins. The US are unbeaten against Canada in 20 home matches since 1957 and expanded their series of wins against Concacaf rivals to 13.
USA mentor Gregg Berhalter is utilizing less settled players for the Gold Cup. Top players, for example, Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Zack Steffen will be available when the US have Canada in a World Cup qualifier in September.
The US scored from Sebastian Lletget’s first-time cross to the far post. The 24-year-old Moore got behind Tajon Buchanon and struck from short proximity for his first international goal.
Matt Turner put forth saves from attempts by Cyle Larin in the 48th and Buchanon, his New England Revolution partner, in the 48th. Reggie Cannon, recuperated from a hamstring injury, shown up of the tournament when he replaced Moore at right-back to the 58th.