CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jesús Ferreira became the first USMNT player to register hat tricks in consecutive games when he scored three first half goals in a 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.
The U.S. added second half goals from 19-year-old Cade Cowell, North Carolina native Gianluca Busio and Brandon Vazquez to round out the scoring, win Group A on goal differential and advance to the knockouts of the Concacaf Gold Cup.
The USMNT will next play the second-place team from Group D in the quarterfinals on Sunday, July 9 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (8 p.m. ET; FOX and Univision Networks). Group D will conclude on July 4, with Guadeloupe, Guatemala and Canada in line to finish first or second.
The USMNT has advanced to the quarterfinals of all 17 editions of the Gold Cup.
Coming off a hat trick in a 6-0 win over St. Kitts and Nevis that followed a 1-1 draw with Jamaica to open group play, Ferreira put the U.S. in front 14 minutes in on a shot from eight yards out off a cross from DeJuan Jones. He doubled the lead in the 38th minute when he scored off a rebound and then made it 3-0 in first half stoppage time with a penalty kick after Djordje Mihailovic was taken down in the box
The second half marked a couple of firsts for the U.S. as Cowell and Busio each scored their first international goals. Cowell's goal came just over a month after leading the USA with three goals at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, while the 21-year-old Busio did so down the road from his hometown of Greensboro, N.C. Vazquez scored his second of the tournament and third overall late in stoppage time.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner made three saves to earn his 20th shutout and 20th win – the most of any U.S. goalkeeper in both categories with 30 appearances.
Interim head coach BJ Callaghan, a former Eastern Pennsylvania ODP coach, is now unbeaten in five matches at the helm with four wins and a draw.
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