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Herzog Names 24-Player Roster for Final Camp Ahead of Olympic Qualifying

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 24 players to England for a final preparation camp before the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October.

The camp will run in Manchester, England, from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 and will feature friendlies against England on Sept. 3 at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, and Qatar on Sept. 8 at Gigg Lane in Bury. Fans can follow the action live via Twitter through @ussoccer.

"These are two important games here because they are our last before the Olympic Qualifying tournament,” Herzog said. “We have a strong group of players that we believe in, and now we are able to look as some of the guys who did very well with our U-20 team. This is really the last chance for all of the players to make an impression before we select the final roster for qualifying.”

The U-23’s were last in Europe in June, where they competed in the prestigious Toulon Tournament. With group stage wins against Netherlands and Qatar, the team advanced to the tournament’s third-place playoff, where it defeated England and matched its best ever finish in the tournament. The U-23’s are 5-3-0 in 2015, having also logged wins against Bosnia in March and Mexico in April.

The 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played across the United States from Oct. 1-13. The U.S. was drawn into Group A and opens with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT. [TICKETS]

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Apollon Limassol; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Tex.), Benji Joya (Club Necaxa; San Jose, Calif.), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Scion; Washington, D.C.).

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals in New Zealand now join the U-23 group: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, Rubio Rubin, Zack Steffen, Maki Tall and Gedion Zelalem.
  • Five players from this roster have scored goals for the U-23’s in 2015: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Jerome Kiesewetter, William Packwood and Mario Rodriguez.
  • Three from this roster scored goals with the U-20’s in 2015: Hyndman, Rubin and Tall.
  • Shane O’Neill was a force for the squad on the backline in the Toulon Tournament, and earned honors as the Third-Best player in the tournament.
  • Hernandez and Joya both scored penalties in the third-place playoff of the Toulon Tournament. Hernandez’s strike was the first score of the game and Joya’s proved to be the game-winner.
  • Rodriguez returns to the mix after missing the Toulon Tournament. The strong striker plays at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the same club as Men’s National Team defender Fabian Johnson. The North Hollywood-native has scored twice in as many games in 2015.
  • Luis Gil also returns to the U-23’s after missing the Toulon Tournament. Gil wore the captain’s armband in each of the first three games of 2015, where he leads the team with four assists.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper (MK Dons), defender Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) and midfielder Hyndman (Fulham) won’t have far to travel for this camp, coming over from their nearby English club teams.
  • Eighteen-year-old Gedion Zelalem, who recently completed a loan move from Arsenal to Rangers, made his U.S. debut for the U-20’s in this summer’s World Cup.
  • The roster is a diverse mix with the players coming from club teams of various leagues around the world. Nine players from this roster represent MLS clubs, three come from German club teams, four from English teams, two from Mexico, and a single player each from leagues in Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and Switzerland.
  • Twelve players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy & Pateadores), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).

Quote Sheet: Ramos, Rubin, Arriola, Steffen and Hyndman On U-20 World Cup Run

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quote Sheet
USA 0, SRB 0; Serbia wins 6-5 on penalty kicks
June 14, 2015
U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On the match:
“It was a very good game. Serbia is one of those teams that is very disciplined, in particular defensively but also when they attack. I thought we countered them very well; I thought we were very well prepared for them. Unfortunately it was a game that could have gone either way and in penalties anything can happen. I’m just very happy for our players for how well they did, proud of how hard they played and know that we were that close in getting to a World Cup semifinals.

On having the game decided on penalty kicks:
“It’s always very difficult. Penalties is a very tough way to lose. But somebody had to win the game. Both teams defended pretty well throughout the game and I think it was two good teams playing a quarterfinal game. Somebody had to go through, and unfortunately it wasn’t us, but I’m very proud of the team.”

On how a tournament like this can help in the development of the players:
“You can take a lot, because at the end of the day the U-20 team is for development. And so hopefully they gained some great experience for the future and something that will be valuable for them on the senior team down the road.”

On his message to the team:
“I think the important thing is for them to keep their head up. They played great throughout the World Cup. We were very competitive with every team and we could have won every game. I’m very happy for them and the work they did, and hopefully this is a good experience for them down the road when they have to play the games that really count for World Cup Qualifying for the senior team.”

[FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE]

On the match:
"It was a hard fought game. We obviously knew that Serbia is a very tactical team, they really know what they’re playing. They’re very patient and they wait for their opportunity. They did a great job. I thought we countered them really well. I thought we were very prepared for their game and we gave ourselves quite a few opportunities to win the game. So from our end, I’m satisfied considering we had a short roster – we really had some players out that were important for us. So I thought the boys did really well. They fought really hard, they stuck to the game plan and we gave them very few opportunities, so that was good from our end. And from their end, they played the game they’ve been playing all along. This is a well-coached team and they did a great job. I think they have as great an opportunity as anyone to win the tournament.”

On the penalty shootout:
“In the end, we have to remember that senior players miss penalties all the time. And so when you go to penalties all you can do is pick the guys who feel confident, who are happy to step up and take a penalty and that’s what we did. In the end, some guys missed, it happens. It happens at the higher levels than this level. Again, I’m very happy with my players and I know they showed a lot of courage. From our end, we’re satisfied. I think we could have done a little bit more, but in the end we’re happy.”

On how difficult it was to break down Serbia’s defense:
“Very difficult. One of the things we talked about coming into the match was that they are very organized defensively. And if you don’t counter them right away, if you don’t hit forward passes immediately after you recover, they get into very good shape in the back and then they make it very difficult to get shots; we knew that coming into the game. I thought we did very well in particular in the first 15-20 minutes of the game when we came out pressing high we seemed to get more control of the game. But then as the game wore on and the game opened up a little bit, I thought Serbia was very disciplined in maintaining their defense. They’re a very tough team, they’re very organized, and like I said before, well coached.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN

On the tournament ending the way it did for the U.S.:
"It sucks. To lose that way after we tied them 0-0; we had opportunities to take over the game and win it, but at the end of the day we lost. We lost on PKs. It was a great team effort.

“Now we move on and we just have to keep our heads up. We’re going to have moments like these in our careers. This is one of our setbacks and it’s the way you react to it. I think everyone came into this tournament with a positive mentality to try to win the tournament, and unfortunately we couldn’t. It was a great run, a great team effort.”

On being part of the World Cup team:
“It was a great experience, from the beginning of the tournament through the group stage, beating Colombia and playing in the quarterfinals against Serbia. It was a tough battle going into overtime and even PK’s. You feel the pressure, you feel the nerves and everything. That’s all experience for us. We’re all 19-20 years old. This is just the beginning to setbacks and great moments in our careers. We’re going to have moments like the Colombia game where we’re very happy, and now a disappointment in the quarterfinals with a tough loss. It’s how you learn from this. We have to stay positive. Right now it sucks, every one has their head down. But tomorrow is a different day and we just have to stay positive and use this experience to help us down the road.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder PAUL ARRIOLA

On his thoughts on the match:
“I thought it was a very back and forth game. Serbia is a very good team – they kept the ball, they were physical. And we were the same. We each had a few opportunities and in the end neither team was able to put one away. And unfortunately we had to go to penalty kicks and obviously there has to be a winner.”

On advancing to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup:
"For all of us, from an experience standpoint, it was amazing. To be able to play in a U-20 World Cup, make it all the way to the quarterfinals and go to PKs. Obviously it’s unfortunate to lose like that but there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

On what he can learn from a tournament like this:
“I think I learned a lot about myself in this tournament, especially going from not playing in the first game. I learned to really take my opportunity. Also when a group comes together like this, towards the end you realize what the group had. I look at ourselves and I see us as more than a team, I see us as brothers. I see all of us at the end of the game crying because of how bad we wanted it, not only for ourselves but for everyone else around us, everyone back home watching and supporting us, and people who flew here to support us. So for us to be able to form a brotherhood like we did to get this far in the World Cup was amazing.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On the way the match ended:
"I’m very proud of how the guys fought for the whole 120 minutes. They left it all on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of that. It wasn’t the way we intended to go out, we wanted to keep this run going and get to the semis, but that’s soccer.”

On his standout play in the tournament:
“I try to stay grounded. My mom and whole family has always taught us to be humble and to stay grounded, so I don’t think of my play in that way. I want to keep improving and to stay focused. I’m going to go home for a couple weeks and then get back to Freiberg and continue working hard there.”

One what he can take away from playing in the U-20 World Cup:
“You learn a lot. You learn from your teammates and yourself when you’re with a group for so long with everyone focused on the same goals. You learn a lot about soccer with the great coaching. And you learn a lot about what you can continue improving on from the opponents you face and the games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder EMERSON HYNDMAN

On the match:
"It was a tough game I think for both teams. We really put everything out there and so did they. It went all the way to 120 minutes when it looked like either of us could have broke through at some point in the game. Then it went down to penalties and anything can happen there.”

On what he got out of his leadership role as captain of the team:
“It was nice to be the captain of a World Cup team. Any time you can help a group, especially your teammates that you hang around with all the team, in a game is always a joy. And this is such a great group, they’re all leaders anyway. All I had to do was help out a little bit and represent us.”

On what he can take away from the tournament for his future:
“This was the first for a lot of us. Qualifying, we thought was long at the time. But to really prepare mentally for each and every game in a World Cup is much different. It’s obviously much more competitive in terms of every team in the World Cup qualified from different regions, and they each have different styles. So I think this experience in preparing for and playing these different opponents will help all of us in the long run.”

On how he looks back at the tournament:
“It was awesome. It was a great month. To play in a World Cup, and in New Zealand, a place I didn’t know I’d ever visit. And to share these moments and experiences with a great group of guys and coaching staff and all the staff behind the scenes – It was a joy.”

Valiant U-20 MNT Effort Comes Up Short in PK Loss to Serbia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 14, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team saw its run in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup come to an end at North Harbour Stadium after falling in penalty kicks to Serbia. The game went scoreless through regulation and extra time, but Serbia ultimately prevailed with a 6-5 shootout victory to advance to the semifinals.

Stout defensive performances from both sides limited scoring opportunities to a premium and the result was a 0-0 game when the whistle blew to signal the end of regulation. In extra time, play opened up, but valiant efforts from USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen and Serbian goalie Predrag Rajkovic held the 0-0 score line through the additional 30 minutes.

After a back and forth affair, where both the U.S. and Serbia survived must-make and must-save scenarios, it was Nemanja Maksimovic who sent a rocket of a PK into the upper left corner to propel Serbia on to the next round of the tournament.

The semifinal round will be played on Wednesday, June 17, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, where Serbia faces Mali and Brazil takes on Senegal.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA: Rubio Rubin stepped up first for the U.S. and had his shot saved by Predrag Rajkovic. Desevio Payne sent a rocket into the left side on the USA’s next attempt to level 1-1. Paul Arriola punched in the third attempt by smashing in a shot to the left of the goalie. The captain, Emerson Hyndman ripped in attempt No. 4 to put the U.S. up 3-2. Gedion Zelalem sent in his PK into the right side for the fourth-straight score for the USA. Joel Soñora went for the upper right corner on U.S. attempt No. 5 but hit his shot off the post. Marko Delgado rolled in the next attempt to put the U.S. up 5-4. Cameron Carter-Vickers then sent his shot over the bar, and in the final round, John Requejo’s attempt was saved by Rajkovic.
SRB: Sasa Zdjelar followed the Rubin miss by blasting his PK into the top right to put Serbia up 1-0. Stanisa Mandic missed the target completely on the Serbians’ second attempt, which kept the score level at 1-1. Steffen guessed right on Srdan Babic’s attempt, Serbia’s third, but it rolled under him to level at 2-2. Marko Grujic hit in the fourth attempt to tie it 3-3. Andrija Zivkovic scored the must-make fifth attempt to keep Serbia alive. Predag Rajkovic called his own number for Serbia’s sixth attempt, which could’ve been the game-winner, but Steffen made a diving save to preserve U.S. hopes. Nemanja Antonov converted the next Serbia penalty to level 5-5. On Serbia’s next PK Steffen came up big again to keep the U.S. alive when he saved Milos Veljkovic’s shot. Nemanja Maksimovic sent a rocket into the upper left corner and out of Steffen’s reach to win the game for Serbia 6-5.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 38th minute: Serbia’s Nemanja Antonov received a pass at the top of the box and decided to promptly rip a shot from 20 yards out. The left footed strike spun and rose from right to left and Steffen jumped and bumped it over the bar.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 54th minute: Good movement off the ball from Serbia led the team into a dangerous area in the penalty box. Serbia attempted a cross in front of goal, but Cameron Carter-Vickers stepped in just in time and cleared it far and away to safety.

USA – Zack Steffen, 68th minute: A foul set up Serbia with a free kick from 24 yards out, a range that they had buried from earlier in the tournament. Gacinovic’s strike was low and hard and bent toward the lower left corner of goal. Steffen dove and just reached the ball, knocking it out of bounds and preserving the clean sheet.

USA – Zack Steffen 82rd minute: Serbia once again attacked from the left and Stanisa Mandic freed himself up for a shot from the left. He sent a rocket of a shot across the mouth of the goal and towards the upper right corner, but Steffen made a diving save away where it was picked up by a U.S. defender

USA-Zack Steffen Penalty Kick Shootout: On two separate occasions where a Serbia goal would have ended the game, Steffen came up big, both times diving to his right and saving to keep U.S. hopes alive.

Additional Notes:

  • This was the fifth time in 14 U-20 World Cup/Youth Championship appearances that the USA advanced to the quarterfinals. The team is now 1-3-1 all-time in quarterfinal matches.
  • Tommy Thompson and John Requejo made their first starts of the tournament.
  • Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marko Delgado and Emerson Hyndman were the only U.S. players to start every game of the tournament.
  • After injuries and suspensions, only four U.S. field players were available for substitution in the game: Erik Palmer Brown, Shaq Moore, Conor Donovan and Joel Soñora.
  • The match was the first meeting between the USA and Serbia at a U-20 World Cup.
  • Since 1997 the U.S. has reached the quarterfinal three times and all three matches have required extra time.
  • The clean sheet was the second straight for the USA. Prior to this tournament, the USA last recorded a clean sheet in a U-20 World Cup knockout round match in 2003 when the U.S. downed Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. Tonight's shutout is the third all-time for the U.S. U-20 MNT in knockout round play at a FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship/World Cup.
  • In addition to his two penalty kick saves tonight, Steffen also made a penalty kick save in the Round of 16 game against Colombia.
  • The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. That year the USA fell to Nigeria in overtime in the Semifinal before losing to Brazil, 2-0, in the Third/Fourth Place match.

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Serbia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 14, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand; Quarterfinals
Venue: North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Kickoff: 12:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 10,826
Weather: 56 degrees, wind and rain

Scoring Summary:   1          2          ET1     ET2     F
USA    0          0          0          0          0
SRB      0          0          0          0          0

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA – Rubio Rubín (saved), Desevio Payne (goal), Paul Arriola (goal), Emerson Hyndman (goal), Gedion Zelalem (goal), Joel Soñora (missed), Marco Delgado (goal), Cameron Carter-Vickers (missed), John Requejo (saved)

SRB - Sasa Zdjelar (goal), Stanisa Mandic (missed), Srdan Babic (goal), Marko Grujic (goal), Andrija Zivkovic (goal), Predag Rajkovic (saved), Nemanja Antonov (goal), Milos Veljkovic (saved), Nemanja Maksimovic (goal)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 17-Desavio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga 3-John Requejo; 15-Marky Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem, 7-Paul Arriola; 13-Tommy Thompson (10-Joel Soñora, 103), 9-Rubio Rubin
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-Erik Palmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SRB: 1-Predag Rajkovic (capt.); 3-Nemanja Antonov, 4-Sasa Zdjelar, 5-Milos Veljkovic, 6-Srdan Babic; 8-Nemanja Maksimovic, 9-Stanisa Mandic, 10-Mijat Gacinovic (7-Ivan Saponic, 68), 11-Andrija Zivkovic; 15-Miladin Stevanovic, 20-Sergej Milinkovic (16-Marko Grujic, 111)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Filip Manojlovic, 21-Vanja Milinkovic, 13-Stefan Milosevic, 14-Vukasin Jovanovic, 17-Radovan Pankov, 18-Jankovic, 19-Stefan Ilic.
Head coach: Veljko Paunovic (SRB)

Stats Summary: USA / SRB
Shots: 8 / 19
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 22 / 27
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SRB – Nemanja Antonov (caution)    64th minute
USA – John Requejo (caution)           66
SRB – Stanisa Mandic  (caution)       78

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Daniel Carvalho Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

USA Off to U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals After 1-0 Defeat of Colombia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (June 10, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team took down Colombia 1-0, in the Round of 16 to advance to the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 2007.

After a scoreless first half, Colombia applied heavy pressure to begin the final 45 minutes. Midway through the period however, the U.S. found its footing and was rewarded when forward Rubio Rubin collected a missed clearance from Colombia inside the box to net the game-winning goal of the match.

The goal was Rubin’s second of the tournament. He also scored during the USA’s 4-0 victory over New Zealand in the USA’s second group game.

Late in the second half, defender Kellyn Acosta was called for a foul inside the U.S. box, earning him his second yellow card of the match and giving Colombia an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot. With the USA down to 10 men, Jarlan Barrera stepped up for Colombia, but U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up big, guessing correctly to the left side and punching the ball out to keep Colombia off the score board.

The U.S. advances to play Serbia in the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will play on Sunday, June 14, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 12:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Rubio Rubin, 58th: Following a goal kick clearance by Steffen, a couple of U.S. players jumped up to get the ball and control it past midfield. Emerson Hyndman got to it first, heading it down to Paul Arriola, who received it and tried to get off a shot. Colombia’s Juan Quintero was able to block Arriola’s attempt but was unable to fully clear it. Rubio Rubin collected the rebound and from the right side of the box, shot to the near post with his right foot from about five yards out for the USA’s game-winning goal. USA 1, COL 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 46th minute: Colombia’s Jarlan Barrera found himself alone after leaving his defenders behind inside the USA box. He ran forward, matching up one-on-one with Steffen. Steffen was alert and came out to grab the ball before Barrera could do anything, denying a scoring opportunity.

USA – Zack Steffen and Matt Miazga, 50th minute: In another point-blank shot opportunity for Colombia, Steven Lucumi ran towards the USA net, passing defender Matt Miazga on his way. Steffen again was ready, stepping out of his goal to block the shot then getting help from Miazga, who made the final clearance.

USA – Zack Steffen (penalty kick save), 83rd minute: Kellyn Acosta challenged a play inside the box on the right side from behind and was called for a foul, granting a penalty kick in favor of Los Cafeteros. Acosta received his second yellow of the game for the foul, thus leaving the USA with 10 men on the field as Colombia prepared to take the penalty shot. Jarlan Barrera stepped up to take the shot but his attempt was s by Zack Stuffed out by Seffen, who threw his body to his right side to punch the ball out and preserve the USA lead.

USA – Paul Arriola, 84th minute: Once again, Jarlan Barrera created a dangerous play as he was in a good spot from the top of the box to send a bullet shot straight toward the USA net. This time, it was midfielder Paul Arriola, who was locked in and made a spectacular save off the line, heading the ball away from the net and keeping Colombia at bay.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. U-20 MNT advances to play Serbia in the quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday, June 14. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-7-0 all-time against CONMEBOL teams at the U-20 World Cup.
  • After losing its first six meetings against South American teams from 1981-1997, the USA has gone 6-1 against its southern continental neighbors, including wins in the final four meetings: defeating Argentina 1-0 in 2005; 2-1 victories over Brazil and Uruguay in 2007, and tonight's 1-0 win over Colombia.
  • The USA last advanced beyond the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, when it downed Uruguay 2-1 after extra time in Toronto courtesy of an Uruguay own goal and a strike from current senior Men’s National Team captain Michael Bradley.
  • The USA has advanced past the Round of 16 on three previous occasions: in 2007 (finished 7th overall), 2003 (finished 5th overall) and in 1989 (finished 4th overall).
  • This was the first victory for the USA against Colombia in the teams' only meeting in U-20 World Cup play.
  • The USA last recorded a clean sheet in a U-20 World Cup knockout round match in 2003 when the U.S. downed Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. Tonight's shutout is the second all-time for the U.S. U-20 MNT in knockout round play at a FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship/World Cup.
  • Rubio Rubin’s goal was his second of the tournament. He last scored during the USA’s 4-0 win over New Zealand in its second group stage match of the competition.
  • Rubin, who alongside Emerson Hyndman is the only player to have been capped at the senior level, made his MNT debut for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann against then No.3-ranked Colombia last November in a friendly in London. Hyndman made his debut during the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014. 
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kellyn Acosta, Hyndman, Zack Steffen and Marky Delgado, all were starters in tonight’s match. They were the only players to start all three group stage matches for the USA as well.
  • Steffen recorded his eighth career shutout and second of the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
  • Due to his ejection from tonight’s game, Acosta will have to sit out the USA’s quarterfinal match against Serbia on June 14.
  • Additionally, forward Bradford Jamieson was injured early in the game and was taken off in the 11th minute. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being evaluated further.
  • The USA’s three substitutions of the game were: Jordan Allen for Jamieson, John Requejo for Paul Arriola and Tommy Thompson for Gedion Zelalem. The appearance was the 20th for Thompson with the U-20’s, a leading mark among the roster.

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kickoff: 3:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 6062
Weather: 54 degrees; Windy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
COL                            0          0          0

USA – Rubio Rubin    58th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 17-Desevio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 6-Kellyn Acosta; 15-Marky Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem (13-Tommy Thompson, 87), 7-Paul Arriola (3-John Requejo, 84); 9-RubioRubin, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV (20-Jordan Allen, 11)
Subs Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 10-Joel Soñora, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-ErikPalmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos

COL: 1-Alvaro Montero (capt.); 3-Jeison Angulo, 5-Juan Quintero, 6-Andres Tello, 8-Alexis Zapata (9-Joao Rodriguez, 72); 11-Steven Lucumi (18-Carlos Ibarguen, 64), 13-Davinson Sanchez, 14-Rodin Quiñones, 16-Jarlan Barrera; 19-Victor Gutierrez (7-Deinner Quiñones, 60), 20-Santos Borre
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Luis Vasquez, 2-Aldayr Hernandez, 4-Daniel Londoño, 10-Sergio Villareal, 15-Jhoan Ayala, 17-Juan Otero, 21-Yasser Chavez (GK)
Head coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 8 / 24
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Juan Quintero (caution)          20th minute
USA – Paul Arriola (caution)             26
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           34
COL – Andres Tello (caution)             49
COL – Jeison (caution)                       54
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           81
USA – Kellyn Acosta (ejection)          81
COL – Jarlan Barrera (caution)           86
USA - Jordan Allen (caution)              86

Officials:
Referee: Antonio Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Matt Conger (NZL)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Zack Steffen and Rubio Rubin

U-20 MNT Ready for Knockout Clash Against Colombia

Head Coach Tab Ramos, forward Rubio Rubin, and midfielder Emerson Hyndman discuss the U-20 MNT's matchup with Colombia in the round of 16 at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup.
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Soccer:
  • In addition to the U-20 MNT, had also previously played for the U.S. U-15 BNT, and the U-17 and U-18 MNTs.
  • Is one of two players on the 2015 U-20 World Cup roster (Rubio Rubin) to have also played with the senior Men’s National Team. Hyndman made his debut as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, 2014.
  • One of two players to have also played with the U-23 MNT, which he did on Oct. 14, 2014 when he started during the USA’s match against Brazil in Brasilia.
  • Played club soccer for the Dallas Texans and spent portions of two seasons with the FC Dallas Academy in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
  • One of six players to appear in all six matches for the USA-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica. He scored one goal and led the team with three assists during the tournament.
  • A member of Fulham’s Academy system since 2011, Hyndman signed a professional contract with the club in April of 2013. Hyndman made his professional debut for the Cottagers on Aug. 9, 2014, going the full 90 minutes during a 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town in Championship play.
  • Made 11 first-team appearances for Fulham during the 2014-2015 season, and also featured prominently on Fulham’s U-21 team.

Misc:

  • Son of Becky and Tony.
  • Hyndman is the grandson of legendary SMU coach and former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, who led the MLS club from 2008-13.
  • Also has a Portuguese passport. 

Men’s National Team: Hyndman was called in by MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for multiple camps in 2014 and made his senior team debut as a second-half sub during the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. Hyndman was a nominee for 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year … Under-23s: In early preparation with the group focused on qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Hyndman started during the USA’s Oct. 14 match against Brazil in Brasilia … Under-20s: Hyndman made two starts and logged 180 minutes in 2014 during the Marbella Tournament in Spain, starting against Russia’s U-21s for a 4-3 win on Nov. 12 and the Republic of Ireland’s U-20 national team for a 1-0 win on Nov. 15 … Under-18s: Hyndman represented the U-18 MNT at the 2014 Copa del Atlantico, and Under-19 tournament held in early February in the Canary Islands … Under-17s: Hyndman made three appearances and logged 88 minutes for the U-17 MNT at the 2012 Nike International Friendlies, starting during the USA’s 4-1 win against Turkey on Nov. 30.

A member of Fulham’s Academy system since 2011, Hyndman signed a professional contract with the club in April of 2013. Hyndman made his professional debut for the Cottagers on Aug. 9, 2014, going the full 90 minutes during a 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town in Championship play.

Hyndman formerly played for the Dallas Texans and spent portions of two seasons with the FC Dallas Academy in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Hyndman is the grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, who led the MLS club from 2008-13.

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