(1-1-0; 3pts) but trails on goal differential by one. Earlier in the day, Ukraine (2-0-0; 6pts) beat Qatar (0-2-0; 0pts) to take control of the group but must still face Nigeria, while the U.S. will close out Group D against Qatar on Thursday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. ET (FS2, Universo).
In a much more wide-open match than its previous game, the USA carried play throughout the day, amassing 59 percent possession via 460 passes compared to 313 for Nigeria. Although the U.S. did well to dictate the pace of play, it needed an outstanding game from Scott, who racked up five saves. He was called into action early to deny a creative volley from Nigeria.
The majority of the goal-scoring chances were created by the United States, and on its third corner the U.S. broke through via a back-post header from Soto in the 18th minute.
The U.S. nearly doubled its lead on multiple occasions. First, Tim Weah got free on a break away but Olawale Oremade got enough of a deflection on the shot to send it around the far post. Then on the half hour mark, Weahs initial header was saved and a resulting scramble for the rebound was stabbed home by Soto. The goal was disallowed after a video review determined Weah was offside on the initial header.
Video: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS – USA v Nigeria – FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019
Scott then made a series of saves to defend the USAs advantage. A diving save to his right kept out a fierce volley form the top of the box by substitute Aniekeme Okon in the 39th minute. Nigerias surge saw Okon then put a blistering shot off the wood work from distance just a minute later. Scott denied Nigeria yet again with another save in the 42nd minute on a blast right toward the center of goal; then the USA took its own chances when Weah had a pair of attempts late on in the half that were deflected, one of which dropped onto the cross bar and out.
After the break, it took the U.S. less than 30 seconds to grab a second goal. Chris Gloster got free on the dribble and played Soto into the box where he sent a deft chip over the onrushing Oremade for the final margin.
While no more goals were scored, the U.S. was fortunate to see a penalty kick awarded to Nigeria in the 64th minute called back due to an offside that occurred before the PK call.
USA – Sebastian Soto (Alex Mendez), 18th minute: On the USAs third corner, Alex Mendez sent the ball into the box and Soto got free of his marker to head home at the back post. USA 1, NGA 0 [WATCH]
USA – Sebastian Soto (Chris Gloster), 46th minute: Just seconds after the restart, defender Chris Gloster carried the ball down the left side of the field. As he approached the box, he spotted the run of Soto and played him toward the left post. Soto raced on the ball and lifted a nifty chip over the onrushing keeper to double the U.S. advantage. USA 2, NGA 0 [WATCH] FINAL
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2 NGA 0 0 0
USA – Sebastian Soto (Alex Mendez) 18th minute
USA – Sebastian Soto (Chris Gloster) 46
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 2-Sergino Dest, 5-Chris Richards (4-Mark McKenzie, 60), 13-Aboubacar Keita, 3-Christopher Gloster, 10-Paxton Pomykal (c), 6-Chris Durkin, 8-Alex Mendez (16-Brandon Servania, 77); 17-Konrad De la Fuente, 9-Sebastian Soto, 11-Timothy Weah (19-Justin Rennicks, 87)
Subs not used: 7-Julian Araujo, 12-David Ochoa, 14-Edwin Cerrillo, 15-Matt Real, 18-Ulysses Llanez, 20-Richard Ledezma, 21-CJ dos Santos
NGA: 16-Olawale Oremade; 2-Zulkifilu Rabiu, 5-Olasunkanmi Salawudeen, 6-Valentine Ozornwafor, 3-Ikouwem Utin (capt.); 15-Jamil Muhammad, 14-Kingsley Michael (17-Success Makanjuola, 70), 19-Maxwell Effiom, 8-Tom Dele-Bashiru (10-Aniekeme Okon, 31), 11-Okechukwu Offia; 9-Akor Adams (20-Muhamed Tijani, 54)
Subs not used: 1-Detan Ogundare, 4-Peter Eletu, 7-Yira Sor, 12-Ogbu Igoh, 13-Nathan Ofoborh, 18-Chinonso Emeka, 21-Jonathan Zaccala
USA – Konrad de la Fuente (caution) 10th minute NGA – Aniekeme Okon (caution) 90+1
USA – Christopher Gloster (caution) 90+6
NGA – Olasunkanmi Salawudeen (caution) 90+10
USA TAKE THE LEAD! Sebastian Soto scores his first goal of the tournament and puts ???????? on ???? pic.twitter.com/m2V6ok1MaC
Huge goal for the US U-20!! Soto with his second. Gloster, Pomykal, & Soto having great respective tournaments pic.twitter.com/RvAZA3khkZ