U.S. Under-20s Defeat Brazil, 2-1
July 6, 2007
UCLA's Tony Beltran and Sal Zizzo helped lead the U.S. Under-20 National Team to a 2-1 victory over Brazil in the final round of group play at the FIFA Under-20 World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. With the victory, the U.S. finishes in first place in Group D with a 2-0-1 record. It is the second consecutive time that the U.S. has won its group at the Under-20 World Championships.
Both U.S. goals were scored by Josmer Altidore, in the 25th and 81st minutes. Brazil evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by Leandro Lima in the 64th minute, but Freddy Adu set up Altidore with the game-winner late in the match. Brazil peppered the U.S. goal with 23 shots, including 15 on goal, but goalkeeper Chris Seitz made an incredible 14 saves to keep the U.S. on top.
Zizzo and Beltran started for the third-straight game. Zizzo played the full game, while Beltran played 89 minutes. Bruin sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk did not play.
The U.S. will face one of the third-place qualifiers on Wednesday in Toronto.