In the first half, the United States was down 1-0 against a Haiti side that looked to be controlling the game. In the 28th minute, Brooks Lennon score a penalty. In the 58th minute, that same man rounded out his hat trick.
The Real Salt Lake man, on loan from Liverpool, was easily the best player on the night, elevating the United States to victory.
RSL man Lennon recovered the level scoreline in the 28th minute, scoring from the penalty spot after Jonathan Lewis was taken down in the box.
The response we needed!— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) February 21, 2017
Watch Jonathan Lewis and Brooks Lennon go to work.
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Lennon, in equalizing, restored a deficit that had been created after the U.S. conceded inside the first 15 minutes. That came from a Kenley Dede goal, scored from a routine cross on an Haiti counterattack.
The U.S. went ahead in the 52nd minute, capitalizing on poor goalkeeping from a corner kick — the ball landed right at the top of the box, and Luca de la Torre finished neatly from distance, with the goalkeeper stuck in the middle of the box after trying to handle — you guessed it — a Brooks Lennon cross.
A minute later, Lennon increased the depth of the advantage, finishing off a counterattacking play with a strong shot the Haiti goalkeeper was only able to get his hand to.
GOAL USA, Lennon BROOKS No.17 | @ussoccer @FHFHaiti #CU20CRC pic.twitter.com/J1nUV1JOtb— CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) February 21, 2017
Lennon earned his hat trick in the 57th minute, pushing the scoreline to 4-1 in the U.S.’s favor. He finished off another counterattacking play, but it was some excellent hold-up play from Jeremy Ebobisse that gave him the time to get into position, and a shot from Luca de la Torre, of which he found himself well-placed to finish the rebound.
GOAL USA, Lennon BROOKS No.17 | @ussoccer @FHFHaiti #CU20CRC pic.twitter.com/jcXJsPLWLw— CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) February 22, 2017