10-Man USA Ties Saudi Arabia 1-1, Wins Group F at 2017 U-20 World Cup

Watch the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team take on Saudi Arabia on Sunday at 5 a.m. ET on FS1 and Telemundo.

DAEJEON, Korea Republic (May 28, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished atop Group F at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia, striking first and then being forced to play a man down for 45 minutes. The result sees the USA advance to the Round of 16 for a second-straight tournament, where Group E runner up New Zealand awaits.

It was another solid performance from the U.S., which enjoyed the majority of possession and attacking opportunities in a first half that saw young Yanks take the lead but also suffer what could be some costly cards as right back Aaron Herrera and defensive midfielder Derrick Jones were both issued cautions that will keep them out of the next match.

The USA’s positive play was rewarded in the 40th minute when Brooks Lennon capitalized on a sleeping Saudi defense to tap home a rebound to give his team the lead and record his first goal of the tournament.

Shortly before the goal, U.S. center back Cameron Carter-Vickers had been shown a yellow card when a Saudi player went down easily after Carter-Vickers had touched his shoulder as the two found themselves in a footrace near midfield. Carter-Vickers and the USA would suffer from a second dubious caution five minutes later when referee Diego Haro harshly brandished another yellow card, reducing the U.S. to 10 men at the stroke of halftime.

Playing a man down for the entirety of the second 45, the well-organized U.S. defense dug in and surrendered very few opportunities, buttressed by the addition of center back Justen Glad.

The Green Falcons managed to get on the board via a corner kick in the 75th minute as Abdulelah Alamri headed home to level the match, but it was all they could muster as the U.S. maintained their defensive pressure and closed out the match without giving away a significant opportunity.

Simultaneously in Group F, Ecuador and Senegal played to a 0-0 draw. The result secured second spot for Senegal, while ending Ecuador’s time at the tournament as they exited bottom of the group.

The U.S. now moves on to play New Zealand in the Round of 16 on Thursday, June 1at Incheon Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. The two nations previously met during the group stage of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the United States collecting a 4-0 shutout. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

1

0

2

5

5

4

+1

Senegal

3

1

1

1

4

2

1

+1

Saudi Arabia

3

1

1

1

4

3

4

-1

Ecuador

3

0

1

2

1

4

5

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brooks Lennon, 40th minute: The U.S. caught Saudi Arabia napping with Sebastian Saucedo getting free to the left of the Green Falcons area. He played into the box for Josh Sargent, who controlled the ball before finding Luca de la Torre near the penalty spot. De la Torre was able to maneuver into a shooting lane but saw his low effort saved by the Saudi ‘keeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Lennon who was stationed at the back right post, and the U.S. winger tapped home his first goal of the tournament. USA 1, KSA 0

KSA – Abdulelah Alamri (Sami Alnaji), 75th minute: Saudi captain Alnaji whipped in an out-swinging corner kick from the right side that Alamri met with an unchallenged header at the top of the six-yard box. The powerful headed shot left U.S. ‘keeper little chance as it spun into the far left side of the goal. USA 1, KSA 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 4th minute: Saudi Arabia got out on a counter attack after a U.S. corner kick was cleared with Abdulrahman Alyami sprinting down the right flank. With a defender in tow as he entered the U.S. box, Alyami unleashed a low drive from a wide angle that Klinsmann did well to get low and snuff out at his near post.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 68h minute: The U.S. repelled Saudi Arabia’s initial attack as captain Erik Palmer-Brown poked the ball away from Alyami, but it rolled right to Ayman Alkhulaif on the right edge of the area. Alkhulaif dribbled toward the right post along the end line before blasting a shot toward the far corner from close range, but Klinsmann was equal to it with a strong parry.

Additional Notes:

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Saudi Arabia
Date: May 28, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Daejeon World Cup Stadium; Daejeon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 5 a.m. ET (6 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,460
Weather: 83 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
KSA                             0          1          1

USA – Brooks Lennon                                       40th minute
KSA – Abdulelah Alamri (Sami Alnaji)                 74

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 14-Aaron Herrera; 20-Luca de la Torre (7-Eryk Williamson, 89), 18-Derrick Jones, 8-Tyler Adams; 11-Sebastian Saucedo (6-Justen Glad, 46), 19-Josh Sargent (9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 70), 17-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 12-James Marcinkowski, 13-Lagos Kunga, 15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem
Head coach: Tab Ramos

KSA: 1-Amin Albukhari; 2-Anas Zabbani (20-Mansour Almuwallad, 73), 5-Abdulelah Alamri, 6-Sami Alnaji (capt.), 7-Khalid Alsamiri (19-Fahad Alrashidi, 58), 10-Ayman Alkhulaif, 11-Abdulrahman Alyami, 13-Hassan Altambakti, 14-Ali Alasmari, 16-Abdulrahman Aldosari, 17-Abdullah Tarmin (15-Naif Kireiri, 68)
Subs not used: 3-Mohammad Albassas, 4-Awn Alsaluli, 8-Yousef Alharbi, 9-Hassan Alqayd, 12-Saleh Alohaymid, 18-Nasser Aldawsari, 21-Mohammed Alyami
Head coach: Saad Alshehri

Stats Summary: USA / KSA
Shots: 9 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 14 / 18
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)                    8th minute
KSA – Abdulrahman Aldosari (caution)         23
KSA – Sami Alnaji (caution)                         30
USA – Derrick Jones (caution)                     32
KSA – Abdullah Tarmin (caution)                 33
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)     40
USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)      45
USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (sent off)      45
KSA - Abdulelah Alamri (caution)                 65

Officials: 
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Lopez (PER)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Tyler Adams