USA's Brooks Lennon (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA U-20 World Cup on May 28, 2017, in Daejon, Korea Republic. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
DAEJON, Korea Republic – Despite competing a man down for half the match, the United States (1W-2D-0L. 5 points) earned a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia (1-1-1, 4, GD-1) on Sunday at Daejon World Cup Stadium to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Americans finished atop the Group F table, one point ahead of Senegal (1-1-1, 4, GD+1) and the Saudi Arabians. All three progressed to the knockout rounds, while fourth-place Ecuador (0-2-1, 2) was eliminated.
Brooks Lennon gave the CONCACAF champion a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute, when he tapped in at the right post after goalkeeper Amin Albukhari made a diving save on Luca de la Torre’s effort from 11-yards out.
Five minutes later, U.S. defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was issued his second yellow of the match and was ejected. He, along with right back Aaron Herrera and midfielder Derrick Jones, will miss the next match against New Zealand, which is scheduled to be played on June 1
With 15 minutes remaining in normal time, Saudi Arabia equalized through an Abdulelah Alamri header off Sami Alnaji’s right-sided corner kick.
Next for USA: Thursday, June 1 v New Zealand
Table Group F