A June 12 Sports article incorrectly said that D.C. United's Freddy Adu, at age 16, was the youngest player in the FIFA World Youth Championship. Benin goalkeeper Wassiou Salami was the youngest player at age 15. (Published 6/29/2005)
Freddy Adu's missed penalty kick didn't stop the United States from upsetting tournament favorite Argentina, 1-0, yesterday in Group D of the FIFA World Youth Championship in Enschede, Netherlands.
Chad Barrett scored the winning goal in the 39th minute with a header past goalkeeper Oscar Ustari.
"It's a great victory. I couldn't care if I had 10 goals or none, we still won," said Adu, already a star at 16 but still the youngest player of the under-20 tournament.
Adu could have put the game away in the 70th minute, but his penalty kick hit the inside of the post. Apart from the foul that forced the penalty and the subsequent miss, Adu had little impact on the game.
"It was the best game to miss a penalty," Adu said.
Argentina's Gustavo Oberman also hit the post in the 19th minute with a drive that had United States goalkeeper Quentin Westberg well beaten.
"This is a huge win for the U.S. under 20s," United States Coach Sigi Schmid said.
Despite dominating the midfield and Lionel Messi adding sparkle, the Argentines failed to convert their chances.
Messi, surprisingly kept on the bench for the first half, and Adu are both vying to become the tournament's top star.
"I don't know if I beat Adu, but he got the three points today," the FC Barcelona midfielder said.
In other games, Germany beat Egypt, 2-0; China beat Turkey, 2-1; Ukraine beat Panama, 3-1; Spain defeated Morocco, 3-1; and Chile crushed Honduras, 7-0.
Cornell Glen scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute, giving the host Columbus Crew a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Glen's goal came after Ritchie Kotschau's foul in the penalty area against Crew midfielder Mario Rodriguez.
Colorado (2-8-2) nearly pulled even in extra time, but Rodriguez headed away Mike Petke's shot off a corner kick to save the game for Columbus (4-6-1).
* REVOLUTION 2, WIZARDS 0: Pat Noonan scored and visiting New England took advantage of a Kansas City own goal to remain the league's only unbeaten team.
The Revolution improved to 7-0-4 and remains atop the Eastern Conference with 25 points. The Wizards dropped to 4-3-5.
* GALAXY 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Landon Donovan scored his sixth goal of the season in the 52nd minute to give Los Angeles (7-2-2) the win at home. Real Salt Lake fell to 3-7-2.