U.S. Soccer

Reading’s Globetrotters Up for the Cup

The New York Cosmos like to play up their international roots. With 25 players from 11 countries, it’s no wonder they do. But on May 14, in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup’s Second Round, the glamor boys of the North American Soccer League (NASL) were second best to a similarly international outfit. “We’re from all over the world and all these characters come together to make something bigger,” said Haitian-born Frantzdy Pierrot, who scored the winner for all-amateur Reading United AC when they shocked the pros from the Big Apple.

“After the Cosmos scored early, I thought to myself ‘oh boy, we’re in trouble,’” said Irish-born Stephen Hogan, current head coach and former Reading player. “But we made a few adjustments and started to get more of the ball. Then we had a six-minute spell of what I can only call pure ruthlessness where we showed what we were all about.”

 

In that stretch of six minutes, Reading – college kids who forego their summer breaks to play in the Premier Development League (PDL) – were airborne. If you were watching, and didn’t know better, you’d think the Cosmos were the part-timers and Reading the seasoned pros who’d seen and done it all before. Paul Marie (France), Marco Micaletto (England) and Pierrot all scored in a 3-2 win to knock the New Yorkers out.

“I’ll admit it, we had quiet confidence leading up to that game,” said midfielder Micaletto out of Young Harris College. He’s chatty and clever and has origins, coincidentally, in Reading, England. “But looking back on it now I think it’s clear to all of us that we achieved something bigger than we knew at the time. There’s a lot of pride for us in that result.”

Moment of Magic
What has become pride with the help of time and a little perspective was all shock and pandemonium on the night. “We were hanging on a bit by our fingernails for the last 20 minutes,” admitted coach Hogan. But it didn’t matter. Scenes of raucous celebration from the Reading locker-room were captured in grainy video on someone’s phone and zipped around the Internet. It was an unforgettable moment for a team with players from 12 different countries and four different continents.

“We all put our minds into the cause,” said Northeastern Huskie, Pierrot, born in Port-au-Prince. He speaks slowly and tentatively, but with care. “After they scored early, no one’s head dropped. We picked each other up instead. Micaletto agreed: “It showed we had backbone. We didn’t panic. We showed our character when we needed to.”

While the win over the Cosmos is a big night in the history of the club, Reading United are no strangers to success. Along with the Michigan Bucks, who also booked their place in the Third Round of the Cup with a big win over pro opposition, they are among the top PDL teams in the country, and have been since their founding in 1996. They attract some of the top talent in the college ranks, including NCAA final-four and elite-eight caliber stars. They also put a focus on discovering players with roots overseas that other clubs might overlook.

 

“It’s tough for a lot of the overseas players to get to grips with the college system of playing three months and then having all this time off,” said Hogan, a native of Dublin, with a keen eye for recruiting attacking talent. “For a lot of them they just prefer to stay here for the summer and keep playing. We have a lot of those guys here. It’s better for them and their ambitions.”

Reading are affiliated with second-tier pro side Bethlehem Steel (USL), where Hogan is a member of the coaching staff, and Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Philadelphia Union. If a Reading United player shows talent and impresses Hogan, he might get a week’s training with Beth Steel. It’s the next step up. And at the end of the year, if anyone shows enough, it might lead to a stretch with the Union, the top team in the Keystone State.

The vast Majority of Reading’s players are between the ages of 17 and 20, making the victory over the Cosmos – a raft of national team players among them – all the more remarkable. But one thing the Pennsylvania side have working in their favor is their setting. Reading, according to the lads, might not be the most exciting place for a college kid on break to get into trouble and cut loose. It doesn’t have the distractions of say, New York City.

“In Reading?” Irish midfielder Aaron Malloy out of Kaiser University chuckled when asked if he and his teammates get up to any of the kind of antics expected of college kids on break. “Really there’s not much to do here and it’s a good thing because it gives you a real pro mind-set. You can go to the gym, the training pitch or the running track. There’s not much else, so you can say we’re pretty focused on what we’re doing.”

Right Place, Right Time
“We must really love soccer to spend our summers doing this,” added Micaletto, laughing a little about his sleepy summertime digs in Southern Pennsylvania, where most of the team live together in the dormitories of Alvernia University, a literal stone’s throw from the practice fields. “Reading’s not the ideal place for a summer holiday. But we’re all here for a reason. This is the best team to be on to get to the next level.”

 

“We focus on soccer,” agreed Lander University’s Hugo Delhommelle, a forward from France and one of Hogan’s top prospects, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Reading Alumni like Real Salt Lake’s Luke Mulholland and Matt Hedges of FC Dallas. “When we play here, we’re just a few feet away from Beth Steel and the Philadelphia Union. We share a pitch with them. They can see what we’re doing and there’s opportunity to move on to the pro game.”

They’re no professionals, not yet at least, but Reading’s players sure do sound that way. In fairness, they play that way too. And it’s a fact that should have the Harrisburg City Islanders, their next opponent who currently languish in 12th place in the USL’s Eastern Conference, a little bit worried. “We’re the underdogs,” said Micaletto. “But we were against the Cosmos too, so we’ll see what that means.”

A win against the Islanders would see Reading to the mountaintop; a date with Philadelphia Union, the team they watch every day, waiting for them to clear off the pitch for their turn. It’s the level they hope, one day, to reach. “You’re already starting to hear some banter about a possible Fourth Round game between the guys when the teams pass each other on the pitch,” said Hogan, relishing a chance to see his squad against the big boys. “It’s quiet for now, but who knows, anything can happen.”

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U.S. Open Cup May 28, 2017

Arena Convoca a 27 Jugadores a Denver en Preparación Para Partidos de junio

CHICAGO (28 de mayo, 2017) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Bruce Arena ha convocado a 27 jugadores a entrenar antes de los tres partidos de junio, los cuales incluyen dos partidos de eliminatoria mundialista importantes contra Trinidad y Tobago y México.

"Creo que tenemos un buen grupo," dijo Arena. "Todavía estoy en una etapa temprana con este grupo y no he visto a todos nuestros jugadores, y está concentración me da la oportunidad de ver a seis caras nuevas que no hemos tenido con el equipo lo cual es valioso. También es bueno que podemos traer a 21 jugadores que ya han estado con nuestro equipo en el 2017. Tenemos una nómina que tiene buen balance, tenemos jugadores jóvenes buenos y esperamos que sea un equipo que podemos armar para obtener puntos en los dos juegos."

Los jugadores se empiezan a reportar el 28 de mayo a Denver antes de USA-Trinidad y Tobago, presentado por Liberty Mutual Insurance.  El inicio frente a lo que se espera sea un lleno completo en Dick's Sports Goods Park está programado para las 5:50 p.m. MT y será transmitido en vivo por FS1, UniMás y UDN.

Tres días después, EE.UU. buscará sus primeros tres puntos de visitante en México en la eliminatoria mundialista. El histórico Estadio Azteca en la Ciudad de México será anfitrión del 66vo encuentro entre los equipos desde 1934, el cual será transmitido en vivo por televisión en FS1, Univision y UDN empezando a las 7:30 p.m.

En preparación para los partidos de eliminatoria, la U.S. MNT jugará un partido contra Venezuela el 3 de junio en Rio Tinto Stadium en Sandy, Utah. FS1 y un canal de la cadena Univision transmitirán el encuentro empezando a las 8 p.m. MT.

Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS (Club; Partidos/Goles en Eliminatorias):
ARQUEROS (4): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 13/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 35/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)
DEFENSAS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 3/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 20/2), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER; 3/0), Omar González (Pachuca/MEX; 14/0), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 0/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 4/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 2/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 17/3)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 2/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 2/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 8/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 33/6), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 15/1), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 5/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 38/18)
DELANTEROS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 36/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 38/18), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 8/4) 

LLEGAN LOS REFUERZOS
Varios jugadores basados en Europa regresan con la Selección después de faltar a los partidos de eliminatoria en marzo. Por primera vez durante su actual tenencia, Arena tendrá a Brad Guzan, Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood y DeAndre Yedlin disponibles para ser seleccionados. Guzan no estaba disponible debido a que estaba con su esposa durante el nacimiento de su segundo hijo; los demás estaban batallando con diferentes lesiones y enfermedades. 

CASI A LA MITAD DEL HEXAGONAL
El partido en casa contra Trinidad y Tobago marca la mitad de la Ronda Final, con Estados Unidos actualmente en cuarto lugar de la tabla de seis equipos. Después de abrir el Hexagonal con dos derrotas, EE.UU. remontó con una contundente victoria de 6-0 contra Honduras en San José antes de sumar un punto vital de visitante en un empate de 1-1 contra Panamá. Aún faltan tres partidos de local y tres de visitante para la U.S. MNT. [TABLA DE POSICIONES]

#GET3 (#VAMOSPOR3)
Históricamente, clasificar a la Copa Mundial en CONCACAF virtualmente requiere de obtener resultados en casa y de nuevo el enfoque inmediato para la U.S. MNT es obtener tres puntos contra Trinidad y Tobago en Denver. DSG Park será anfitrión de un partido de eliminatoria por tercer ciclo consecutivo. EE.UU. ha recopilado dos victorias sin ceder gol, incluyendo el famoso "Snowclásico" en el 2013 contra Costa Rica. En general, Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 4-1-0 en el estado de Colorado desde 1991.

NOTAS DE LA NÓMINA

  • Once jugadores en la nómina tienen 10 o más partidos jugados en eliminatorias mundialistas: Clint Dempsey (38), Jozy Altidore (36), Tim Howard (35), DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley (33 each), Geoff Cameron (20), Graham Zusi (17), Fabian Johnson (15), Omar González (14), Brad Guzan (13) and Matt Besler (10).
  • Quince de los jugadores jugaron en por lo menos uno de los partidos de eliminatoria mundialista en marzo: Kellyn Acosta, Altidore, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Bedoya, Bradley, John Brooks, Cameron, Dempsey, González, Howard, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafaña y Zusi.
  • Cuatro jugadores llegan en busca de su debut en una eliminatoria mundialista: los porteros Nick Rimando y Ethan Horvath, el defensa Matt Hedges y el mediocampista Dax McCarty.
  • Clint Dempsey ya es el máximo goleador de EE.UU. en eliminatorias mundialistas y está al bordo de ubicarse en el primer lugar de otras dos metas. Con 56 goles en su carrera con la U.S. MNT, el delantero está a solamente uno de Landon Donovan por el liderazgo, y a solamente dos partidos de Donovan por el primer lugar en la lista de partidos jugados con EE.UU. en eliminatorias mundialistas (40).
  • Con 16 goles en total, Altidore está a solamente dos goles de Dempsey por el primer lugar de goles en eliminatorias mundialistas.
  • Cuatro jugadores en la lista han marcado gol contra Trinidad y Tobago en eliminatoria mundialista. Altidore es el máximo anotador de EE.UU. contra los Soca Warriors con cinco goles, mientras que Arriola, Bradley y Dempsey han anotado una vez cada uno.
  • Diez jugadores tienen previa experiencia mundialista contra México en el Estadio Azteca: Altidore, Bradley and Dempsey (2 partidos cada uno), Beasley, Besler, Cameron, González, Guzan, Howard y Zusi.
  • Seis jugadores han anotado contra El Tri: Bradley (4), Altidore, Beasley, Cameron, Morris y Wood (1 cada uno).
  • Tres jugadores han anotado goles en eliminatoria mundialista contra México: Bradley (2), Beasley y Wood.
  • Al haber ayudado al Newcastle United al título de la Championship de Inglaterra y promoción a la English Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin regresa con la Selección por primera vez desde noviembre 2016.
  • Es el mismo caso para el delantero Bobby Wood, quien anotó nueve goles en todas las competencias para el Hamburgo, ayudando al equipo evitar el descenso de la Bundesliga en el último día de la temporada.
  • Tres jugadores en la nómina juegan con equipos en México: Arriola, (Club Tijuana), González (Pachuca) y Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna). Beasley jugó con Puebla del 2011 al 2014.
  • González se concentra poco después de ganar la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF con Pachuca en abril. Con la corona regional, González se convirtió en el primer jugador estadounidense en ganar la Liga de Campeones de CONCACAF, la Liga MX y la Copa MLS.
  • DaMarcus Beasley hizo su debut en eliminatorias mundialistas contra Trinidad y Tobago el 11 de noviembre, 2001. Si juega contra los Soca Warriors o El Tri, sería el primer jugador estadounidense en jugar en cinco ciclos diferentes de eliminatoria mundialista.
  • Christian Pulisic y Timmy Chandler llegan a la concentración después de disputar la Final de DFB-Pokal el sábado. Con la victoria de 2-1 de Dortmund, Pulisic—al quien le hicieron una falta que resultó en el penalti de la victoria—se convirtió en solamente el segundo jugador estadounidense en ganar la histórica competencia alemana desde que lo hizo Thomas Dooley con Kaiserslautern en 1990.
  • Altidore, Besler, Bradley, Brooks y Cameron llegan a la concentración con una tarjeta amarilla cada uno en la eliminatoria y estarán suspendidos un partido al recibir su segunda amonestación.
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Espanol May 28, 2017

MNT Q&A: Arena Discusses Player Selection for Crucial Qualifiers

ussoccer.com: What are your thoughts on the overall roster that you’ve assembled for this camp?

Bruce Arena: “I think we have a good group, and in my case I’m still in the early goings with this team and I haven’t seen all of our players. This camp gives me the opportunity to see six new faces we haven’t had in with the team yet – Brad Guzan, Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Ethan Horvath, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin - which is good. It’s also great that we’re able to bring back 21 players that have been in with our program already in 2017. There’s some continuity there as well as the fact that we’re getting to see some new faces, which is important.”

ussoccer.com: The World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico occur in the span of four days. How do you plan on managing the tight turnaround?

BA: “That’s certainly going to be challenging. The reason for that was Mexico’s participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup. It was proposed to us, and as difficult as it is I think it’s a level playing field for both teams. As part of the agreement to switch the day, we have the opportunity to play at night as opposed to the afternoon so I think that’s a plus for us, but it will require that we have a number of players ready to play. I can guarantee we will not be playing the same team from game one to game two. There will be a number of changes for the game in Mexico, so we’ve built a strong roster to allow us to do that.”

ussoccer.com: How will you be utilizing the Venezuela game on June 3 to get ready for the pair of World Cup Qualifying matches?

BA: “It’s part of our preparation for the games against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico, and we get to play a South American opponent with some very good players. They’re bringing in a number of their first team players, so it should be a real plus. We get a little bit of a taste of playing a game in altitude, and no question about it, it’s low altitude in comparison to Denver and Mexico City, but it’s a starting point. It’s one where we can take advantage of the friendly rules and play up to 16 field players, so it’ll be a real plus in getting our team prepared for the two World Cup Qualifiers.”

ussoccer.com: FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges has earned his first call-up to a World Cup Qualifying Camp. What has he done to impress you and your coaching staff this year?

BA: “Matt has arguably been one of the best defenders in Major League Soccer over the last couple of years. It was unfortunate that he suffered an injury in January Camp and wasn’t able to play in the friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, but we’ve continued to follow him. He was a consideration for the camp in March, but we decided to go with a couple of defenders that have had a little bit more experience with us. We can’t ignore the fact that Matt’s been a good player and he needs an opportunity with the National Team. Bringing him in is a plus, it’ll get him a foot in the door and hopefully allow him to move forward with a bigger role in the U.S. team.”

ussoccer.com: In Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando, you’ve called back the MNT’s veteran pool of goalkeepers along with bringing in Ethan Horvath. What do you see with their form coming into camp? 

BA: “Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are certainly very experienced goalkeepers and have proven that they can play well for the U.S. team. They’re all doing well. Obviously, Brad had an opportunity to play a number of games at the end of the season with Middlesbrough. Playing on a team that got relegated, it’s not surprising to see that his goalkeeping statistics might not be that impressive. I thought in those games he played well and it’s good experience for him. Rimando is back from an injury and played well over the last week, and Tim Howard has had a good start in MLS. Coming off a suspension has played well of late. I think we’re going to camp with three good, experienced goalkeepers. In Ethan Horvath’s case, he’s one of our young, promising goalkeepers that we need to see. We won’t have the opportunity to see him for the Gold Cup, so we wanted to see him in this camp and he’s also from Denver so it worked out pretty well.”

ussoccer.com: With the European season coming to an end and MLS well into their campaign, is it a good time to bring the entire pool together for this camp?

BA: “I think so. The issue with the players from Europe is they’re completing a long season that started last July or August depending on their club team. They’re at the end and they’re probably a little bit beat up, but I know they have another two weeks left in them. It’s no secret that we won’t be using many of them during the Gold Cup because they need to have some rest before they start for the new season. The MLS players are at a point where they’re getting pretty fit and sharp, so I think it’s a good time. We have a roster that has good balance all over, we have good young players and hopefully it’s a team we can put together to get us points in both games.”

ussoccer.com: DaMarcus Beasley continues to stay in the National Team picture. As the person that gave him his first National Team appearance in 2001, talk about his career longevity and the potential for him to become the first U.S. player to appear in qualifiers for five different World Cups.

BA: “I think he’s had a great career and the longevity speaks for itself. He’s still been a good player in Major League Soccer, and that’s why we still have him on the roster. We haven’t found any players that can push DaMarcus out of the position he has right now with the National Team. He’s not only a good player, he’s a good teammate and he’s going to do whatever is necessary to make our team successful. It’s a real plus to have him, and it would be a fabulous accomplishment if he becomes the first U.S. player to appear in qualifiers for five different World Cups. Looking down the road, it would be incredible if he played in another World Cup. My hat is off to DaMarcus. He’s had a terrific career.”

 


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MNT May 28, 2017

Arena Calls 27-Player USA Roster to Denver for Venezuela Friendly, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico Qualifiers

CHICAGO (May 28, 2017) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has called 27 players to training camp in advance of the USA’s three June matches, including the two critical World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

“I think we have a good group,” Arena said. “I’m still in the early goings with this team and I haven’t seen all of our players, so this camp gives me the opportunity to see six new faces we haven’t had in with the team yet, which is valuable. It’s also great that we’re able to bring back 21 players that have been in with our program already in 2017. We have a roster that has good balance all over, we have good young players and hopefully it’s a team we can put together to get us points in both games.”

Players begin reporting May 28 into Denver ahead of USA-Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Kickoff in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is set for 5:50 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

Only three days later, the U.S. will seek its first three points away to Mexico in World Cup Qualifying. The historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City hosts the 66th meeting between the teams since 1934, which will be televised on FS1, Univision and UDN beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers, the MNT will play a tune-up against Venezuela on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah [TICKETS]. FS1 and the Univision networks have the call at 8 p.m. MT.

Fans can also follow all three games live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

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MNT May 28, 2017

10-Man USA Ties Saudi Arabia 1-1, Wins Group F at 2017 U-20 World Cup

DAEJEON, Korea Republic (May 28, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished atop Group F at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia, striking first and then being forced to play a man down for 45 minutes. The result sees the USA advance to the Round of 16 for a second-straight tournament, where Group E runner up New Zealand awaits.

It was another solid performance from the U.S., which enjoyed the majority of possession and attacking opportunities in a first half that saw young Yanks take the lead but also suffer what could be some costly cards as right back Aaron Herrera and defensive midfielder Derrick Jones were both issued cautions that will keep them out of the next match.

The USA’s positive play was rewarded in the 40th minute when Brooks Lennon capitalized on a sleeping Saudi defense to tap home a rebound to give his team the lead and record his first goal of the tournament.

Shortly before the goal, U.S. center back Cameron Carter-Vickers had been shown a yellow card when a Saudi player went down easily after Carter-Vickers had touched his shoulder as the two found themselves in a footrace near midfield. Carter-Vickers and the USA would suffer from a second dubious caution five minutes later when referee Diego Haro harshly brandished another yellow card, reducing the U.S. to 10 men at the stroke of halftime.

Playing a man down for the entirety of the second 45, the well-organized U.S. defense dug in and surrendered very few opportunities, buttressed by the addition of center back Justen Glad.

The Green Falcons managed to get on the board via a corner kick in the 75th minute as Abdulelah Alamri headed home to level the match, but it was all they could muster as the U.S. maintained their defensive pressure and closed out the match without giving away a significant opportunity.

Simultaneously in Group F, Ecuador and Senegal played to a 0-0 draw. The result secured second spot for Senegal, while ending Ecuador’s time at the tournament as they exited bottom of the group.

The U.S. now moves on to play New Zealand in the Round of 16 on Thursday, June 1at Incheon Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. The two nations previously met during the group stage of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the United States collecting a 4-0 shutout. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

1

0

2

5

5

4

+1

Senegal

3

1

1

1

4

2

1

+1

Saudi Arabia

3

1

1

1

4

3

4

-1

Ecuador

3

0

1

2

1

4

5

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brooks Lennon, 40th minute: The U.S. caught Saudi Arabia napping with Sebastian Saucedo getting free to the left of the Green Falcons area. He played into the box for Josh Sargent, who controlled the ball before finding Luca de la Torre near the penalty spot. De la Torre was able to maneuver into a shooting lane but saw his low effort saved by the Saudi ‘keeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Lennon who was stationed at the back right post, and the U.S. winger tapped home his first goal of the tournament. USA 1, KSA 0

KSA – Abdulelah Alamri (Sami Alnaji), 75th minute: Saudi captain Alnaji whipped in an out-swinging corner kick from the right side that Alamri met with an unchallenged header at the top of the six-yard box. The powerful headed shot left U.S. ‘keeper little chance as it spun into the far left side of the goal. USA 1, KSA 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 4th minute: Saudi Arabia got out on a counter attack after a U.S. corner kick was cleared with Abdulrahman Alyami sprinting down the right flank. With a defender in tow as he entered the U.S. box, Alyami unleashed a low drive from a wide angle that Klinsmann did well to get low and snuff out at his near post.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 68h minute: The U.S. repelled Saudi Arabia’s initial attack as captain Erik Palmer-Brown poked the ball away from Alyami, but it rolled right to Ayman Alkhulaif on the right edge of the area. Alkhulaif dribbled toward the right post along the end line before blasting a shot toward the far corner from close range, but Klinsmann was equal to it with a strong parry.

Additional Notes:

  • Brooks Lennon tallied his first goal of the tournament to go along with his assist in the 3-3 opening draw against Ecuador. The Real Salt Lake attacker has five goals and two assists in 10 international matches during 2017.
  • Tab Ramos made one change from the starting XI that faced Senegal, inserting Sebastian Saucedo in midfield for Eryk Williamson.
  • Center back Cameron Carter-Vickers was sent off after being shown yellow cards in the 40th minute and during the first minute of first-half stoppage time. The U.S. played down a man the rest of the way and will also be without Carter-Vickers as he serves an automatic one-game suspension against New Zealand in the Round of 16.
  • The USA will also be without right back Aaron Herrera and central midfielder Derrick Jones against New Zealand. Both players were shown their second yellow cards of the tournament in the eighth and 32nd minutes, respectively.
  • The game was the second meeting between the two nations at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and first since the U.S. earned a 1-0 win during the group stage of the 1987 tournament in Chile.
  • Ramos moves to 4-3-4 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
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U-20 MNT May 28, 2017
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