Watch: Dempsey scores; Brooks, Guzan clutch as U.S. advances in Copa
The U.S. men's national team is onto the quarterfinals of Copa America Centenario after sealing their place with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Paraguay at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.
Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal off an assist from Gyasi Zardes in the 27th minute, and the U.S. overcame DeAndre Yedlin's sending off early in the second half to secure the win. Depending on the result between Colombia and Costa Rica later Saturday, the U.S. will either win the group or finish second.
The U.S. nearly went down early, but John Brooks made a heroic tackle to stop a Paraguay 3-on-1 attack.
In the 27th minute, Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. a 1–0 lead, firing home a left-footed goal off a pass from Gyasi Zardes.
Early in the second half, DeAndre Yedlin was sent off after earning two yellow cards within a minute. Yedlin’s first yellow was an iffy call, but the second was a no brainer. Here are the tackles that earned Yedlin his dismissal, and will keep him out of the quarterfinals:
In the game’s final 10 minutes, Brad Guzan preserved the U.S. lead with two huge, consecutive saves.
The U.S. joins Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina as teams that have clinched places in the quarterfinals.