KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 29, 2017
The US Under-20 national team booked their way into the knockout stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup following a tie with Saudi Arabia despite playing with 10 men.
The young Americans entered the game atop of Group F with four points and put themselves in a position where they controlled their own fate. A win or a tie would guarantee them a place in the round of 16.
Brooks Lennon opened the scoring for the US in the 40th minute when Luca de la Torre's shot was stopped by Saudi goalkeeper Amin Albukhari, but the Real Salt Lake loanee would put away the rebound from close range.
However, the US would find themselves in a spot of trouble before halftime when referee Diego Haro sent off Cameron Carter-Vickers after the defender received his second yellow card in the game. The Saudis took advantage of this and scored the equalizer in the 74th minute through Abdulelah Alamri as headed home a corner kick from teammate Sami Alnaji.
The US will now head to the second round but will be without Carter-Vickers, Aaron Herrera and Derrick Jones as they serve suspensions.
The round of 16 game will be against New Zealand on Thursday at the Incheon Stadium.