Lennon nets three goals, U.S. defeats Haiti at CU20

USA's Brooks Lennon (pictured) celebrates after scoring one his three goals against Haiti in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match on February 21, 2017, in san Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Carlos Borbon/Straffon Images)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Brooks Lennon struck for three goals in a 30-minute stretch as the United States (1W-0D-1L, 3 points) posted a 4-1 victory over Haiti (1-0-1, 3) in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at Estadio Nacional on Tuesday.

The result moved the U.S. into sole possession of second place in Group B on goal difference over Haiti (+2 to +1). Panama (2-0-0, 6), a 4-0 winner over St. Kitts & Nevis (0-0-2, 0) earlier in the day, tops the table with six points.

Haiti played the final eight minutes with 10 men after Emerson Georges was issued his second yellow card for fouling Luca de la Torre in the 82nd minute.

The Caribbean champion drew first blood against the run of play in the 16th minute as forward Kenley Dede converted a half-volley from eight yards past goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.

The U.S. equalized in the 28th minute after Stevenson Guillaume took down Jonathan Lewis in the left side of the penalty area. Lennon, who was recently loaned by England’s Liverpool to Real Salt Lake, converted the ensuing penalty, drilling his shot into the lower left corner out of the reach of the diving Isaac Rouaud.

The Americans snapped the 1-1 deadlock by scoring three goals within a six-minute span early in the second half.

De la Torre tallied off a corner kick after Rouaud came too far out of the net and could only slap the ball, which was left for the midfielder to finish from 14 yards in the 52nd minute.

A minute later, Lennon converted a Jeremy Ebobisse feed that deflected off Rouaud into the net for a 3-1 lead. The forward netted his third goal in the 58th minute, putting home a rebound of de la Torre's effort.

Klinsmann was rarely tested as the U.S. has conceded one goal or less in its last eight CU20 games.

Haiti, which never has won two consecutive matches in this competition, finishes group play against Panama on Friday, while the U.S. meets Saint Kitts & Nevis.