USA fight back to draw in U20 World Cup opener


The U.S. U-20 national team drew 3-3 with Ecuador in Incheon, South Korea on Monday as a late goal from Luca de la Torre got the Baby Nats off and running in Group F at the U-20 World Cup.

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After going 2-0 down within seven minutes of kick off, the U.S. pulled a goal back before half time as Josh Sargent continued his fine form and he added another from Brooks Lennon’s fine cross in the second half to make it 2-2.

Gedion Zelalem went off with an injury for the U.S. early on and it looked like a mistake from goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann (the son of former USMNT boss Jurgen) would cost the USA a point as he dribbled into trouble and then a poor clearance allowed Bryan Cabezas to put Ecuador 3-2 up.

However, de la Torre scored deep into stoppage time as the Fulham midfielder was the hero.

The U.S. face Senegal on Thursday in their second group game, while Saudi Arabia and Ecuador do battle.