The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used a powerful 34th minute strike from Josh Sargent to earn a 1-0 victory against Senegal in its second game at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Incheon, South Korea. The win puts the USA atop Group F with four points and means Tab Ramos‘ side can clinch the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Already guaranteed at least a third-place finish, the U.S. can also assure advancement to the Knockout Round with a draw in Sunday’s group finale to clinch at least second place.
The first half hour was mostly devoid of chances until Eryk Williamson poked his measured effort from outside the box just wide in the 29th minute, before Tyler Adams followed up a minute later by forcing a point-blank stop out of Senegal ‘keeper Mouhamed Mbaye.
The goal would come in the 34th minute when a clever touch by Adams unlocked the Senegal back line. Luca de la Torre got on the end of Adam’s pass and found Sargent, who turned and blasted home his third goal of the tournament. The strike also placed Sargent in a tie atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin and Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova.
Ramos’ side stayed hungry in the second half and Sargent would have tallied a second if not for alert denials from Mbaye in the 48th and 62nd minutes. Despite more second-half pressure, the U.S. midfield and back line, led by Man of the Match Cameron Carter-Vickers, continued to frustrate and limit Les Lions de la Teranga to just two attempts on goal, neither of which troubled U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.
“I think this was an amazing effort from the team,” Ramos said. “When you play an African team at a World Cup like this and physically you run them into the ground like we did in the first half like we did by pressing them and not allowing them to play, I think it shows a lot about the character and the type of players we have here.
“I’m very happy with the team. It was a complete effort for 90 minutes and this, I think, gives us wings looking forward to the rest of the tournament.”
Earlier in the day, Group F opponent Saudi Arabia raced to a 2-1 victory against Ecuador to earn their first win of the tournament. The day’s results mean the U.S. is guaranteed at least a third-place finish in Group F. The U.S. can clinch top spot in the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, while a draw would also guarantee advancement. Various other scenarios could see the USA move on to the Knockout Round as well.
The U.S. closes out group play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 at Daejon World Cup Stadium in Daejon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo. Senegal will face Ecuador simultaneously at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic. That match can be seen on FS2, Fox Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo.
|2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings|
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre) , 34th minute: A relentless U.S. attack found the game’s first goal just after the half-hour mark. Aaron Herrera played a ball forward that Tyler Adams deftly touched through traffic with the outside of his right boot. Luca de la Torre then ran on to the ball and centered for Josh Sargent, whose touch turned him away from his defender and simultaneously set him up to fire his third goal of the tournament past Mouhamed Mbaye. USA 1, SEN 0 FINAL
- After sitting out against Ecuador, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned, anchoring the U.S. backline and earning Man of the Match honors vs. Senegal.
- Josh Sargent’s 34th minute goal was his third of the tournament and ties him for the Golden Boot lead with Jean-Kevin Augustin (France) and Sergio Cordova (Venezuela).
- Sargent now sits just one goal shy of matching the U.S. record for goals by one player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, a mark jointly held by Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007).
- Luca de la Torre recorded his second assist of the tournament on Sargent’s goal. Those two assists go along with his game-tying strike from the tournament opener against Ecuador.
- U.S. defender Aaron Herrera received a yellow card in the seventh minute. He joins Derrick Jones, who picked up a yellow card against Ecuador, on the USA’s caution watch list.
- Tab Ramos made two changes from the starting XI that faced Ecuador, inserting Cameron Carter-Vickers for Tommy Redding in central defense and Derrick Jones for the injured Gedion Zelalem in midfield.
- Ramos moves to 4-3-3 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- The USA and Senegal faced each for the first time in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
– U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SEN 0 0 0
USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre) 34th minute
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos
SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto
Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution) 7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution) 60
SEN – Mamadou Diarra (caution) 86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution) 88
Referee: Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers