Irvine's Bobby Wood scored the first goal and UCLA's Kelyn Rowe added a goal and an assist to lead the U.S. past Suriname, 4-0, in its opener at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala City.
Wood, who plays for 1860 Munich in Germany, scored in the 19th minute as the Americans romped to a 3-0 halftime advantage. Rowe set up Conor Doyle's 37th-minute goal and tallied in the 81st. Joe Gyau also scored for the U.S., which outshot Suriname, 27-2, and took 11 corner kicks while conceding none.
Wood and Rowe were joined in the starting lineup by Chivas USA defender Zarek Valentin and former UCLA midfielder Amobi Okugo, who plays for the Philadelphia Union. Oxnard's Moises Orozco (Oxnard HS), who is in UANL Tigres' system, replaced Okugo at halftime.
The U.S. will close Group B action Saturday against Panama. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the July 29-Aug. 20 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.