EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Freddy Adu scored once, set up the winner, and nearly added a spectacular third goal Saturday as the U.S. Under-20 men beat Chile 2-1.
In their final game before heading to Canada for the U-20 World Cup, the Americans survived a rough match filled with fouls. But amid the ruggedness, Adu displayed moments of brilliance -- something expected of the 18-year-old prodigy for years but rarely delivered in Major League Soccer.
Adu got his fourth goal of the year for the U-20s in the 34th minute off a superb play by Josie Altidore. Playing in his home stadium, where he is a forward for the New York Red Bulls, the 17-year-old Altidore sped down the right wing and dribbled into the penalty area. He played the ball to the middle for an unmarked Adu, and the Real Salt Lake player beat advancing goalkeeper Christopher Toselli with a right-footed shot.
Adu's long pass to Robbie Rogers in the 77th led to the second U.S. goal. Rogers, of the Columbus Crew, rocketed a rising 15-yard shot into the top of the net. It was Rogers' second goal of the season for the U.S. squad.
Moments later, Adu was at the top of the area when a floating ball came to him. He attempted a long backheader and it soared off the top of the crossbar, inches from a memorable goal.
Chile got closer in the 81st when Alexis Sanchez beat keeper Chris Seitz on a penalty kick after Nathan Sturgis fouled Jaime Grondona.
The teams combined for eight yellow cards in the warmup for the U.S. women's match with Brazil at Giants Stadium.
On Monday, the Americans will have a closed-door scrimmage against New Zealand. Next Saturday, the U.S. team opens its U-20 World Cup schedule against South Korea. Chile plays host Canada on July 1.