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February 27, 2017
U.S. defeats Mexico in CONCACAF U-20 qualifying tournament for first time in 31 years

TIBÁS, Costa Rica -- Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th-minute goal gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Mexico in a Group D match in the Classification Stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Monday.

The U.S. frustrated Mexico’s attack and scored as Palmer-Brown’s header was sent in on an attempted clearance by Diego Cortes off a Brooks Lennon corner, the first goal surrendered by Mexico in the tournament.

Lennon, Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad, Coy Craft and Jonathan Lewis had shots saved by Jose Hernández. A swarming U.S. midfield helped limit El Trí to three shots, none on target.

In the 39th minute, Eryk Williamson’s low shot was saved by Jose Hernandez after Luca de la Torre started a counterattack on the left, finding Williamson at the top of the penalty area. In the 44th minute, de la Torre forced a turnover and found Tyler Adams, who passed to Williamson, Ebobisse’s shot saved at the near post. In the 63rd minute, Glad’s glancing header off a Lennon free kick was saved. Lewis went in alone but had his shot knocked away for a corner kick in injury time.

The U.S. can advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea should Mexico draw or lose against El Salvador Wednesday. If Mexico wins, the U.S. can advance with a draw or win against El Salvador Friday. The U.S. has a 2-8-0 record against Mexico in the U-20 tournament, last defeating the Mexicans, 3-0, in 1986.

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