U.S. U-20 Team Advances to Quarterfinals

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By JACK BELL

downloadThe United States U-20 national team scored two second-half goals a minute apart, then piled on three more and went on to defeat New Zealand, 6-0, on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

After Josh Sargent scored his fourth goal of the tournament late in the first half, the U.S. erupted for five goals in the second half to ice the game. The American team will face a well-rested Venezuela on Sunday (1:50 a.m. Eastern; Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go, Telemundo). The winner will advance to the semifinals to play either Portugal or Uruguay. By sheer coincidence, the senior national teams of the U.S. and Venezuela will face each other in an exhibition game in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday night.

Sargent, who also plays for the U.S. U-17 team, tied Jozy Altidore (2007), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Taylor Twellman (1999) for the most goals scored by an American at the U-20 finals. Sargent earned late credit for the goal after officials found that Justen Glad‘s initial shot deflected off Sargent’s leg for the opening goal.

Jeremy Ebobisse made it 2-0, in the 64th minute, with a blast from the top of the penalty area after Sargent headed down a pass. One minute later Brooks Lennon scored into the bottom corner after Eryk Williamson provided a perfect through ball.

Glad, Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga completed the scoring for the U.S.