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Bradley's goal wins it for U.S.

July 12, 2007|From the Associated Press

Michael Bradley scored in the 107th minute, and the United States rallied past Uruguay, 2-1, Wednesday night at Toronto to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

The U.S., seeking its first title, plays Saturday against Austria, which defeated Gambia, 2-1, at Edmonton.

Luis Suarez put Uruguay ahead in the 73rd minute, scoring on a rebound after Edinson Cavani's header was stopped by diving American goalkeeper Brian Perk, who couldn't hold onto the ball.

The U.S. tied the score in the 87th minute when Danny Szetela's cross intended for Andre Akpan was deflected into the net by Uruguayan defender Mathias Cardaccio.

Bradley, son of U.S. senior national team Coach Bob Bradley, redirected the go-ahead goal past goalkeeper Yonatan Irrazabal in overtime after a corner kick.

"It said a lot about the character of the team," captain Freddy Adu said. "We never quit, we never quit."

When the game ended, players from both teams shouted at each other and pointed fingers. The Americans dismissed it as emotions running high.

U.S. forward Josmer Altidore left the game in the 51st minute after injuring his right leg in a collision with Martin Caceres.

In other round-of-16 matches, Spain defeated Brazil, 4-2, in overtime at Burnaby, and the Czech Republic beat Japan, 4-2, on penalty kicks at Victoria after the teams tied 2-2 during 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.

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