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U.S. U20s Focus on First-Place Finish

By Staff, 05/27/17, 9:47AM EDT


Victory against Saudi Arabia would earn top spot in U20WC Group F

Swope Park Rangers loanee Erik Palmer-Brown looks for space against Senegal in the United States' 1-0 win at the FIFA U20 World Cup

DAEJON, Korea Republic – The United States U20 National Team will take aim at a first-place finish in Group F at the FIFA U20 World Cup on Sunday night when it takes on Saudi Arabia at Daejon Stadium, with a victory ensuring top spot in the group. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET.

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United States news and notes

  • Current record: 1-0-1, 4pts

  • The United States moved to the top of Group F on Thursday night as it took a 1-0 victory against Senegal through Josh Sargent’s third goal of the tournament, making it the lone undefeated side in the group.

  • 2016 USL Cup winner Tyler Adams played a key role in the victory, helping set up Sargent’s 34th-minute goal with a clever pass to Luca de la Torre, and pressuring Senegal’s midfield into mistakes throughout.

  • Justen Glad (Real Monarchs SLC) and Jeremy Ebobisse (Charleston Battery/Portland Timbers 2) both made their first appearances of the tournament, the seventh and eighth players with USL experience to appear for the U.S.

  • Erik Palmer-Brown (Swope Park Rangers) and Danny Acosta (Real Monarchs SLC) are two of the seven U.S. players to have played every minute of the opening two games of group play.

Saudi Arabia news and notes

  • Current record: 1-1-0, 3pts

  • Saudi Arabia opened the door for the United States to move top of Group F as it took a 2-1 victory against Ecuador on Thursday behind two goals by Abdulrahman Alyami.

  • The victory saw Saudi Arabia bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Senegal in its opening game of the tournament.

  • Saudi Arabia enters Sunday’s game in third place in Group F, but could advance with a draw against the U.S. as one of the four third-place finishers.

  • Every member of Saudi Arabia’s squad competes domestically, with six players hailing from Al Ahli, a former runner-up in the AFC Champions League.

Elsewhere in Group F

  • Ecuador and Senegal will also meet at 5 a.m. ET at Jeonju Stadium, with fourth-place Ecuador needing a victory for a chance to advance and second-place Senegal guaranteeing a place in the knockout stage with a win.


  • 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

  • Saudi Arabia – GK: Amin Albukhari, Saleh Alohaymid, Mohammed Alyami; D: Abdulelah Alamri, Mohammad Albassas, Awn Alsaluli, Hassan Altambakti, Mohammed Alzubaidi, Anas Zabbani; M: Ali Alasmari, Nasser Aldawsari, Abdulrahman Aldosari, Yousef Alharbi, Ayman Alkhulaif, Sami Alnaji, Hassan Alqayd, Fahad Alrashidi, Khalid Alsaamiri, Naif Kireiri; F: Mansour Almuwallad, Abdulrahman Alyami



  • AR1: Jonny Bossio (PER)

  • AR2: Raul Lopez (PER)

  • 4TH: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)

  • VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)

Game hashtags:

  • #USAvKSA; #U20WC

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