INCHEON, Korea Republic – Coming off a thrilling draw to open the FIFA U20 World Cup on Monday, the United States U20 National Team faces a key contest against a Senegal side that opened the tournament with a win when the teams meet on Thursday night at Incheon Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET.
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United States news and notes
Current record: 0-0-1, 1pt
The United States rallied twice to earn a 3-3 draw with Ecuador on Monday afternoon at Incheon Stadium as Luca de la Torre’s stoppage-time goal earned the side a point to open the tournament.
Former Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Derrick Jones played a key role in the turnaround from an early two-goal deficit for the U.S., as his physicality in the center of the field helped turn things around.
Josh Sargent scored the opening two goals for the U.S. in the contest, with the 17-year-old becoming the youngest player to find the net for the country at the FIFA U20 World Cup in U.S. history.
Jones was one of six players with USL experience to feature in the game for the U.S., with Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II), Erik Palmer-Brown (Swope Park Rangers), Danny Acosta (Real Monarchs SLC) and Tommy Redding (Orlando City B) all in the starting lineup.
Senegal news and notes
Current record: 1-0-0, 3pts
Senegal earned a 2-0 victory against Saudi Arabia in its opening game of the tournament on Monday as first-half goals by Cavin Diagne and Ibrahima Niane led the side to all three points.
The Lions of Teranga finished as runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia to earn a second consecutive trip to the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Senegal made a massive run at the last edition of the FIFA U20 World Cup in its first appearance at the tournament, reaching the semifinals before falling to Brazil.
A number of the Senegal side competes in Europe, with goalkeeper Mouhamed M’Baye in FC Porto’s organization, defender Waly Diouf with Valenciennes in France and forward Aliou Badji with Sweden’s Djurgardens IF.
Elsewhere in Group F
United States – GK: Jonathan Klinsmann, J.T. Marcinkowski, Brady Scott; D: Auston Trusty, Danny Acosta, Tommy Redding, Erik Palmer-Brown, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Cameron Carter-Vickers; M: Eryk Williamson, Tyler Adams, Gedion Zelalem, Derrick Jones, Luca de la Torre; F: Emmanuel Sabbi, Sebastian Saucedo, Lagos Kunga, Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Josh Sargent
Senegal – GK: Mouhamed Mbaye, Idrissa Ndiaye, Lamine Sarr; D: Souleymane Aw, Moussa Ba, Mamadou Diarra, Waly Diouf, Alioune Gueye, Akhibou Ly, Mamadou Mbaye, Jean Ndecky; M: Calvin Diagne, Krepin Diatta, Bamba Kane, Souleye Sarr; F: Aliou Badji, Habib Gueye, Ibrahima Niane, Ibrahima Ndiaye, Ousseymou Niang, Mouhamed Pouye
REF: ANDRÉS CUNHA (URU)
AR1: Nicolas Tara (URU)
AR2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
4TH: Roberto Garcia Orozco (MEX)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)