Emmanuel Sabbi (#18) scored in the USA's win over El Salvador in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship on March 3, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Straffon Images)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States secured a spot in its 15th FIFA Under-20 World Cup, recording a 2-1 victory over El Salvador in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Nacional on Friday night.
The Americans, who captured Group D crown (2W-0D-0L, 6 points), will meet Group E champion Honduras for the CONCACAF title here on Sunday.
Eryk Williamson scored one goal and set up Emmanuel Sabbi for the U.S., which won its fourth consecutive game after starting out the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Panama in the group stage.
With El Salvador (0W-0D-2L, 0) losing, three-time defending CONCACAF champion Mexico (1W-0D-1L, 3) clinched a spot in the FIFA tournament, finishing second in the group.
The second half became quite chippy as both squads finished the contentious match with less than 11 players. The Salvadorans completed play with nine players after Kevin Reyes (80th minute) and Marcos Rodriguez (89th minute) were sent off. Rodriguez was involved in an altercation with U.S. midfielder Sebastian Saucedo, who also was red carded.
The Americans struck for two goals within a seven-minute span to grab a 2-0 advantage as two players tallied their first goals of the competition.
Some nifty passing led to its first goal in the 18th minute. Luca de la Torre Eryk Williamson from the edge of the center circle before the midfielder found an onrushing Sabbi, who got past defender Oscar Menjivar and beat goalkeeper Mario Martinez from 14 yards.
Williamson wrote his name on the scoresheet in the 25th minute as he drilled a 25-yard shot that caught the inside of the left post and ricocheted into the net.
El Salvador pulled one back as Marvin Marquez converted Josue Rivera's left-wing cross past keeper Jonathan Klinsmann from 12 yards in the 35th minute.