UCLA freshman Kelyn Rowe scored both goals to send the U.S. into the all-important quarterfinals at CONCACAF's under-20 championship with a 2-0 victory over Panama.
Rowe scored in the 13th and 18th minutes, his second and third goals of the tournament, to give the U.S. (2-0-0) the Group B title and a final-eight matchup Wednesday with host Guatemala. The quarterfinal victors qualify for the July 29-Aug. 20 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
UCLA junior Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) played key roles in the sequences leading to both goals, but he departed in the 84th minute after injuring his right hamstring, and the U.S., which had already used all three of its substitutions, played with 10 men the rest of the way.
Irvine's Bobby Wood, a forward for 1860 Munich, and Chivas USA defender Zarek Valentin also were in the U.S. lineup, and Oxnard's Moises Orozco (Oxnard HS), from Mexico's UANL Tigres, was a second-half substitute.
The U.S.-Guatemala winner will face Costa Rica or Cuba in Friday's semifinals; the other quarterfinal matches pit Mexico against Canada and Honduras against Panama.
U.S. WOMEN: The women's national team suffered a rare loss Saturday, falling, 2-1, to England in a World Cup prep at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road stadium in London. It was the Yanks' first defeat in a friendly since 2004.
Megan Rapinoe scored the U.S. goal, on an assist from Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx. Jess Clark and Rachel Yankey sent England to a 2-0 lead by the 26th minute.
Boxx (South Torrance HS) was joined in the starting lineup by Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) and Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach, who made her first start since last year after returning from a heel injury. Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS) and former UCLA star Lauren Cheney, both pivotal in the Americans' second-half dominance, came off the bench.
Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley (Ayala HS/Cal State Fullerton) was in the nets for England.