History Made—Dominican Republic qualify for 2023 U20 World Cup

Published on 30 June 2022

Angel Montes de Oca (#8) created history for the Dominican Republic as his 10th minute goal was enough to secure his country’s place in the FIFA U20 World Cup. This is the first time a team from the Dominican Republic has qualified for a FIFA World Cup at any level. (Photo: CONCACAF Media)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (June 30, 2022)—The Dominican Republic Under-20 Men’s Team made history on Wednesday night when they defeated Jamaica 1-0 in their quarterfinal match, booking their first World Cup berth—to the 2023 edition in Indonesia—and a shot at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In a tense battle of Caribbean Football Union (CFU) teams at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, it was the Dominicans who took the lead as early as the ninth minute off Angel Montes De Oca. The eventual hero got past a defender after receiving a throw-in and rocketed his shot into the goal.

Jamaica, whose Caribbean dominance made them favorites, but they could not capitalize on their efforts as the resolute Dominican Republic team staved off the challenges.

The win saw Dominican Republic into the semifinals to face Guatemala. The winner will qualify for the Olympics, which, if successful, will be another first for the Spanish islanders.

The euphoria extended beyond the pitch and reached the highest echelons of the island nation, with the president, Luis Abinader, congratulating the team. He wrote on his twitter account, “Full of joy, I join the enthusiasm that invades all of us Dominicans, after the qualification of the Dominican Soccer Team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in history. They are a true Dominican pride. Congratulations!”

CFU President Randolph Harris also congratulated the team, writing to the president of FEDOFUTBOL, Ruben Garcia.

“The Executive Committee and the entire CFU family join in sending heartiest congratulations and best wishes to the Under-20 men’s team for their performance and historic World Cup berth. We will be rooting for the team in Indonesia and, before that, as they go in hunt of the country’s first Olympics qualification,” Harris wrote.

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