Josh Sargent was at it again.
The 17-year followed his two-goal performance against Ecuador by scoring the lone goal in the United States’ 1-0 win over Senegal in Match 2 of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
The win puts the U.S. atop Group F with four points and means the team can clinch the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Already guaranteed at least a third-place finish, the U.S. can also assure advancement to the Knockout Round with a draw in Sunday’s group finale to clinch at least second place.
The first half hour was mostly devoid of chances until the American’s Eryk Williamson poked his measured effort from outside the box just wide in the 29th minute before Tyler Adams followed up a minute later by forcing a point-blank stop out of Senegal goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye.
The game’s only goal would come in the 34th minute when a clever touch by Adams unlocked the Senegal back line. Luca de la Torre got on the end of Adam’s pass and found Sargent, who turned and blasted home his third goal of the tournament. The strike also placed Sargent in a tie atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin and Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova.
The United States stayed hungry in the second half and Sargent would have tallied a second if not for alert denials from Mbaye in the 48th and 62nd minutes. Despite more second-half pressure, the U.S. midfield and backline, led by Man of the Match Cameron Carter-Vickers, continued to frustrate and limit Les Lions de la Teranga to just two attempts on goal, neither of which troubled U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.
The U.S. closes out group play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 at Daejon World Cup Stadium in Daejon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo.
Report from U.S. Soccer