KENYA BROWN - Friday, May 26, 2017
Josh Sargent continued his goal-scoring ways on Thursday as his 34th-minute strike helped the United States Under-20 national team to a win over Senegal in their second Group F game.
The young Americans came out aggressive from the start and looked far more composed in the back with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Erik Palmer-Brown doing well to eliminate any attacks that Senegal attempted.
Then in the 34th minute, a play built up on the right side of the field, where Tyler Adams passed the ball to teammate Luca de la Torre. The midfielder then dribbled the ball into the area and cross it over to Sargent, who turned on his marker and unleashed a shot that Senegal goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye could not stop.
The US continued its dominance in the second half and nearly scored a second goal when Adams Adams made a run from midfield with the ball and then sent a through ball to Sargent. However, Mbaye came off his line and got a foot on the ball to clear the danger.
Sargent, later on, had another crack at goal on the edge of the area, but his shot this time did not have enough power to give Mbaye any problems.
Senegal did have severals chances themselves to level the score, but could not find the back of the net as the US earned a valuable three points.
The US currently sit atop Group F with four points while Senegal and Saudi Arabia each have three and Ecuador with one.
The Americans can guarantee their passage to the knockout stage if they can earn a point against Saudi Arabia on Sunday.