Chris Durkin scored the opening goal for the United States under-17 team in the second half against their Jamaican counterparts, and the US eventually coasted to a 5-0 victory to start off their World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Durkin, who signed a homegrown contract with D.C. United last summer, started for John Hackworth’s side in Panama in the opening game of the 2017 CONCACAF U17 Championship, which doubles as the qualifying process for the World Cup, which takes place later this year in India. After a scoreless first half, Durkin headed the US into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the 53rd minute, beating the keeper and a defender to a corner kick from George Acosta.
From there, the US scored four more times in the final 15 minutes to provide the final margin. Durkin started in midfield and played the entire 90 minutes against the Reggae Boyz.
The United States next takes on Mexico on Wednesday. They then wrap up the first stage of the tournament against El Salvador on Saturday. If the US is one of the top two teams in the group, they will move on to the next stage of the tournament, which consists of two groups of three teams. At the conclusion of those two groups, the top two teams from each group will have qualified for the World Cup, which begins on October 6th.