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Onyewu nets header in 90th minute for 1-0 win over Uruguay; Mexico is quarterfinal opponent.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Tuesday, November 16, 1999) -- Defender Oguchi Onyewu netted a header in the 90th minute to lift the United States to a 1-0 decision over Uruguay and propel the Americans to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship.

With time winding down, forward DaMarcus Beasley sent a bending corner kick into the box for Onyewu, who outjumped the defense to nod home the winner from six yards. Onyewu returned to action today after missing the 1-1 draw with Poland while serving a one-game suspension for a red card he received in injury time of the Americans' opening 2-1 win over New Zealand. Before being expelled, he assisted Landon Donovan's decisive tally in the 73d minute.

The U.S., which in unbeaten (18-0-5) in its last 23 outings, finished atop Group A at 2-0-1 (seven points) and advanced to a quarterfinal meeting with Mexico Friday in Auckland at 8 p.m. (ET). Uruguay, a perennial youth power, finished second at 1-1-1 (four points) and also advanced to the quarterfinals.

The U.S. dominated play for the most part, particularly in the second half. In the 51st minute, striker Jordan Cila carried the ball across the top of the penalty area and hit a shot back across the goal that just skated wide of the right post.

In the 62d minute, Cila barely missed again from 12 yards after a nice combination of passes.

In the 75th minute, Donovan, the Americans' leading goal scorer with 35 in 39 matches, hit a 28-yard free kick that rattled the underside of the crossbar, then ricocheted squarely off goalkeeper Martin Silva's back and out of touch for a corner kick.

Beasley was named "Man of the Match," but the only sour note came when defender Alexander Yi received a late yellow card, which combined with a caution earlier in this event, will leave him suspended for the quarterfinal encounter with Mexico.

In the Group A opener, New Zealand (1-2, 3 points) recorded a surprising 2-1 victory over Poland (1-1-1, 4 points) with the tournament ending for both nations.

United States 1, Uruguay 0

United States - D.J. Countess, Nelson Akwari, Oguchi Onyewu, Alexander Yi, Seth Trembly, Kenny Cutler (captain), DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman (Bobby Convey 73), Bryan Jackson, Landon Donovan, Jordan Cila (Abe Thompson 59); Uruguay - Martin Silva, William Martinez, Alvaro Meneses, Carlos Jacques, Miguel Latolla, Javier Garcia, Mario Leguizamon, Ruben Olivera, Horacio Peralta (captain) (Pablo Munoz 49), Gonzalo Nobegil, Washington Alonso.

Scoring:
United States - Onyewu (Beasley) 90.

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece). Assistant referees: Philip Sharp (England), Igor Sramka (Slovakia). Attendance: 7,643 in Auckland, New Zealand. Weather: n/a.

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