• The USA’s win was its first ever
over Mexico in U-17 World Cup qualifying.
• The victory ended Mexico’s 25-game unbeaten streak in Concacaf U-17 Championship play.
• Mexico is two-time defending Concacaf U-17 champion and has reached the final four of the last three U-17 World Cups.
The USA, already assured of finishing first in Group C, faces winless El Salvador on Saturday. It advances to a three-team second-round group from which the top two finishers will qualify for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India.
The Mexicans took a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute on a counterattack after Andres Perez stripped Chris Goslin of the ball in midfield and sent a through ball down the center to Roberto de la Rosa, who flew past U.S. central defender A.J. Vasquez and shot low into the net from 14 yards past onrushing keeper Justin Garces.
Sargent equalized 20 minutes later. After receiving a high pass from Blaine Ferri, Sargent flicked the ball past defender Carlos Robles before stroking the ball past keeper Andre Alcaraz.
Sargent finished his own rebound in the 40th minute to give the USA a 2-1 lead that vanished a minute before halftime when del la Rosa scored his second, a header from a Daniel Lopez cross.
But six minutes into a second half in which the USA would control most of the play -- winning one-on-one battles and intercepting passes as the Mexicans struggled to find the kind of rhythm it displayed in its 6-0 win over El Salvador -- Ferri hit a low 22-yard shot into the low left corner of Mexico’s goal for the 3-2 lead.
George Acosta, a late sub, started the counterattack in which Sargent set up Ayo Akinola, who had scored twice against Jamaica, for the USA’s fourth goal.
An own goal by Jaylin Lindsey gifted Mexico its third goal, one minute into stoppage time.
April 26 in Panama City
USA 4 Mexico 3.
Goals: Sargent (Ferri) 26, Sargent 40, Ferri (Carleton) 51, Akinola (Sargent) 78; de la Rosa (Perez) 6, de la Rosa (Lopez) 44, Lindsey (own goal) 92+.
USA — Garces; Gloster (Watts, 46), Vasquez, Sands, Lindsey; Ferri, Durkin, Goslin (Acosta, 80); Carleton (Weah, 75), Sargent, Akinola.
Mexico — Lopez; Vazquez, Robles, Olivas, Sandoval; Gamiz, Gutierrez (Guerrero, 78), Perez (Huerta, 60); Torres, Lopez (Alvarado, 71), De La Rosa.
Referee: Jose Kellys (Panama).
Stats Summary: USA/Mexico
Shots on target: 6/3
Corner Kicks: 2/5
Yellow cards — Mexico (Gutierrez) 60.