The United States Under-20 men’s national team claimed its first victory against rival Mexico in 31 years, and a Sporting Kansas City player was in the middle of it.
Homegrown product Erik Palmer-Brown scored the lone goal on a 29th-minute header to lift the Americans to a 1-0 victory in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday in Costa Rica.
It was a key win, too. The U.S. Under-20 team is one result from qualifying for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
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Palmer-Brown, 19, who is serving as the captain for the Americans, graduated from O’Hara High School. He scored Monday off a header to finish off a corner kick, the first goal Mexico has allowed in four games at the tournament.
The U.S. team can qualifying for the U-20 World Cup if Mexico fails to defeat El Salvador on Wednesday. If Mexico wins, the U.S. can still qualify with a draw or win against El Salvador on Friday.