[DALLAS CUP] Rubio Rubin scored his second goal of the game on a rebound of his missed penalty kick in the second overtime to give the U.S. U-20 national team a 3-2 win over Fluminense of Brazil and a berth in Sunday's final of the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 35th annual Dr Pepper Dallas Cup. The game against River Plate at the Cotton Bowl will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel at 7 p.m. ET.
The USA took a 2-0 lead with goals four minutes apart by Rubin (assisted by Zach Pfeffer) and Ben Spencer (off a Romain Gall free kick) early in the first half,
but Flu cut the deficit in half with two minutes to go before the break.
Shortly after the intermission, 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown, who plays
Sporting Kansas City, was sent off for picking up his second yellow card. Forced to play the rest of the game with 10 men, the USA conceded the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time.
The USA got a break, however, as Flu had a player of its own ejected for picking his second caution early in overtime. And after Real Salt Lake's Jordan
Allen hit the post, the USA went back ahead on Rubin's fourth goal of the tournament and second straight game-winner. A late stop by New York Red Bulls keeper Santiago Castano preserved the win.
If the U.S. U-20s beat River Plate, which they beat 3-2 in group play, they'll become only the second American team in the 25 years of
the Super Group to be crowned champion.
The USA was without its two most experienced pros for the semifinal match against Flu: Kellyn Acosta, who started for FC Dallas
Saturday night, and Paul Arriola, who flew to Cancun for Tijuana's key Liga MX match against Atlante on Sunday.
U.S. U-20 starting XI -- Castano; Moore, Miazga, Amick, Requejo, Palmer-Brown, Gooch, Gall, Rubin, Spencer, Pfeffer.
SUPER 17s. In the
new Super 17s, the final will be an all-Mexican affair after Monterrey and Club America beat Aalborg of Denmark and FC Golden State, respectively. In the U-17 final, two FC Dallas clubs will
meet: FC Dallas Premier vs. FC Dallas Youth Gold.