U.S. U-20s Nab Late Point In World Cup Opener

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Just when it appeared the U.S. would drop all three points in the opener of the Under-20 Men’s World Cup, Luca De La Torre had something else in mind.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, De La Torre found the back of the net to give the U.S. a 3-3 draw against Ecuador in the team’s opening match of the U-20 World Cup played at Incheon Football Stadium.

The match did not start well for the Americans, who in the first seven minutes fell behind by two goals thanks to tallies from Ecuador’s Herlin Lino and Bryan Cabezas. That lead would be cut to one in the 36th minute when De La Torre capped his penetrating run to find Josh Sargent who beat keeper Jose Cevallos.

In the 54th minute, the U.S. would draw even with Tyler Adams, Brooks Lennon and Sargent combining with Sargent finishing to level the match.

Ten minutes later, Ecuador would take advantage of a misplayed ball by U.S. keeper Jonathan Klinsmann that would lead to a second goal of the match by Cabezas.

The U.S. is back at Incheon Football Stadium to take on Senegal in their second game of Group F play on Thursday, May 25. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo.