Adu scores three goals in win
Freddy Adu scored three goals and the United States recovered from an early deficit to rout Poland, 6-1, on Tuesday at Montreal in the most lopsided result so far at the Under-20 World Cup.
Danny Szetela, whose parents were born in Poland, scored twice and New York Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore added another to put the United States atop Group D.
The 18-year-old Adu, the Real Salt Lake midfielder who is in his fourth season in Major League Soccer and is playing in his third U-20 World Cup, has said he would like to showcase his skills at the youth championship to impress European clubs.
After Dawid Janczyk gave Poland the lead in the fifth minute, Szetela -- who also accounted for the Americans’ only goal in their opening 1-1 draw with South Korea -- tied it four minutes later with a header that struck the crossbar before entering the goal.
Adu then struck a sliding left-footer in off the post in the 20th and scored three minutes into first-half injury time to put the Americans in control.
“That’s the kind of shot you train at all the time and tonight, it worked out,” Adu said. “In our first game, I didn’t take any shots at all.”
In other games, Brazil defeated South Korea, 3-2, Argentina beat Panama, 6-0, and the Czech Republic and North Korea tied, 2-2.
Peru and Uruguay advanced to the Copa America quarterfinals in Merida, Venezuela.
Peru came from behind twice -- the second time playing a man short -- to tie Bolivia, 2-2, and Uruguay played a 0-0 tie with host Venezuela, which already was assured a berth in the final eight.