Sporting Kansas City's first-round draft pick Mikey Lopez came on a second-half substitute as the United States U-20 team picked up a 2-1 win over Haiti in the first match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Monday night.
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The United States jumped out to an early lead with a Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake) penalty after 2 minutes. Santos Laguna attacker Daniel Cuevas notched the other. Haiti got on the board early in the second half to narrow the gap.
The U.S. spent much of the second half nursing its lead -- with Lopez earning marks for his defensive work.
The final game of the three-team group stage for the U.S. is on Friday against Costa Rica. The top two teams advance to the quarterfinals.
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