Shaq Moore scored after 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 began in 1990. Clint Dempsey scored after 30 seconds against Ghana in the Americans’ 2014 World Cup opener.
Both Canada and the US were already assured of advancing. The US finished atop the group and will play their quarter-final on 25 July 25 against Costa Rica or Jamaica.
The US ended Canada’s team record eight-game winning streak. The US are unbeaten against Canada in 20 home matches since 1957 and extended their winning streak against Concacaf opponents to 13.
USA coach Gregg Berhalter is using less established players for the Gold Cup. Top players such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Zack Steffen will be on hand when the US host 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 close range for his first international goal.
Matt Turner made saves from efforts by Cyle Larin in the 48th and Buchanon, his New England Revolution teammate, in the 48th. Reggie Cannon, recovered from a hamstring injury, made his first appearance of the tournament when he replaced Moore at right-back in the 58th.