Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann of Newport Beach made three saves as the U.S. won its first CONCACAF men’s U-20 Championship Sunday, defeating Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks after regulation play ended in a scoreless tie in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. He had a 0.60 goals against average in five games, including two shutouts, and a 3- 1-1 record. Sunday’s game is considered a tie for record-keeping purposes.

Both teams made each of their first three penalty kicks. Luca de la Torre put the fourth U.S. kick inside the top right corner of the net. Rembrandt Flores shot Honduras’ fourth kick high and wide of the goal. Danny Acosta clinched the victory for the U.S. by scoring on its fifth kick.

The U.S. led in shots, 12-11. Both teams took three shots on goal. Honduran goalkeeper Javier Delgado also made three saves.

The tournament conducted by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has been played 26 times since 1962. There was no champion in five of the tournaments, which were used to determine the federation’s entries for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was known as the FIFA World Youth Championship before 2007.

This was the third time the U.S. has advanced to the tournament’s final since it began its current format in 2009. The U.S. also reached the final in 1980 and 1982.

The U.S. was assured of a berth in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2- 1 victory over El Salvador Friday, with Klinsmann making two saves.

Klinsmann completed his sophomore season at California in November with a 2-5-1 record, 1.74 goals against average and one shutout. He played for the Irvine Lasers and FC Blades for the majority of his youth career.

Klinsmann is the son of former U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

–City News Service

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