Freddy Adu started the play that led to the winning goal yesterday, leading the United States to a 1-0 win over 10-player Egypt in Enschede, the Netherlands, and first place in Group D of the World Youth Championship.
Adu, 16, had an immediate impact upon entering the game in the 55th minute. He cut free in the penalty box and had his deflected shot go straight toward teammate Jacob Peterson, who easily scored with a header in the 56th minute.
"That's what you are put in the game for," Adu said. "The game wasn't going too well, to be honest. There were chances we weren't finishing, and my goal was to create something, make something happen."
Egypt played with only 10 men for 55 minutes after defender Ahmed Gamil was sent off with two yellow cards for touching the ball after an infraction. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, has been experimenting with the harsh action to cut down on wasting time.
The United States, which has not conceded a goal in the tournament, won the group with seven points. Argentina, which beat Germany, 1-0, in the other group match, took second place with six points. Germany finished third with four.
All three advance to the next round.
"I have to be extremely happy," U.S. Coach Sigi Schmid said. "But I'm not satisfied and we want to get more."
In the next round, the U.S. will play Italy. D.C. United's Adu and defensive midfielder Hunter Freeman (Virginia) are the two players on the team with local ties.
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Germany defeated African champion Tunisia, 3-0. In the other Group A game, Argentina topped Australia, 4-2.
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