SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A United States team reduced to 10 men won Group F of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday with a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia in Daejeon, South Korea.
Brooks Lennon’s first-half goal secured the vital point for the U.S. to set up a second-round showdown with New Zealand on June 1.
The Americans took the lead five minutes before halftime. Luca de la Torre saw his shot saved but Brooks put home the rebound from close range.
Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was sent off just before halftime for a second yellow card.
“We give it everything we’ve got,” forward Josh Sargent said. “I think we are known for giving it our all and people can expect that from us.”
Saudi Arabia struggled to take advantage of having the extra man, though U.S. goalkeeper Johnathan Klinsmann saved well on a strong shot by Abdulrahman Al Yani midway through the second half.
Klinsmann could do little about the equalizer that came after 74 minutes. Abdullah Al Amri was left unmarked on the edge of the 6-yard box to meet Sami Al Naji’s corner kick from the right side with a powerful header into the far corner of the…