The U.S. under-17 boys national team stormed back from an early 1-0 deficit last night to defeat Mexico, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the under-17 world championship in New Zealand.

Maryland youth players Kyle Beckerman of Crofton and Oguchi Onyewu of Olney teamed up for the game-winning goal three minutes into the second half. Onyewu freed himself on the right wing and sent a cross to Beckerman who headed the winner home. The Americans held on and advanced to the semifinals, where they will face either Australia or Qatar on Tuesday night.

"I can't put it into words right now," U.S. Coach John Ellinger said. "This team has been together for so long, that to get to this point is just so rewarding. It's up for grabs now for any of the semifinalists, but I like the matchups we've been presented with."

The United States is unbeaten in 24 games (19-0-5) since August 1998.

Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the third minute, but American goalkeeper Delvin Countess kept the United States in the game with a save on a Mexican penalty kick in the 21st minute.