Oct. 2, 2009

Courtesy of Wake Forest

SUEZ, Egypt - Korea grabbed an early lead with two first half goals and added a tally in the second half to defeat the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team 3-0 on Friday at Mubarek Stadium.

With the loss, the U.S. closes group play with a 1-2-0 record and a third place finish in group C. The United States must now await the results in the other groups to see if it advances to the round of 16 as one of the top third-place finishers. The top two teams from each of the six groups, along with the top four third-place finishers, will advance to the round of 16.

Korea held a slight 11-10 advantage in shots during the game, but had a dominating 7-1 edge in the shots on goal.

Korea grabbed an early lead with two goals in the opening 45 minutes. Young Gwon Kim struck first with a goal in the 24th minute, while Bo Kyung Kim doubled the lead after he found the back of the net in the 42nd minute. Korea made the score 3-0 with a penalty kick goal from Ja Cheol Koo.

Wake Forest junior defender Ike Opara started for the U.S. for the third straight match. However, Opara was sent off following his second yellow card of the match in the 73rd minute.

If the United States does advance to the next stage, it would play its next game on either October 5, 6 or 7 in the round of 16.