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Lennon's hat trick leads US over Haiti in U20 qualifying

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Brooks Lennon, loaned this month from Liverpool to Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake, scored three goals to lead the United States over Haiti 4-1 Tuesday at San Jose, Costa Rica, and put the Americans in position to advance in qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup.

The U.S., which opened with a 1-0 loss to Panama last weekend, is second to Panama (2-0) in Group B of the North and Central American and Caribbean region on goal difference ahead of Haiti (1-1), and St. Kitts and Nevis (0-2) is last. The U.S. closes the first round Friday against St. Kitts.

Kenly Dede beat goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann - the son of former U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann - to give Haiti the lead in the 15th minute.

Lennon converted a penalty kick in the 28th after Jonathan Lewis was fouled, Luca De La Torre put the Americans ahead in the 52nd and Lennon added goals in the 53rd and 58th.

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The top two teams in each of three groups advance to the second round, and the top two teams in each second-round group qualify for the Under-20 World Cup, to be played in South Korea from May 20 to June 11.