WHANGAREI, New Zealand (May 30, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team opened up Group A play of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Myanmar at the Northland Events Center in Whangarei.
Maki Tall got the USA on the board in the first half after an early Myanmar lead, and U.S. captain Emerson Hyndman followed with the game-winner in the second half to guarantee the USA three points in its opening game of the tournament.
With the win, the USA (1-0-0) sits atop Group A standings with three points, followed by New Zealand (0-0-1) and Ukraine (0-0-1), who tied 0-0 earlier in the day. Myanmar (0-1-0) is last in the group with zero points following the loss.
With his goal in the first half, Tall now has three goals for the USA in 2015, a leading mark among players on the World Cup roster.
Next, the U.S. continues Group A play against host New Zealand on June 2 at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 3 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:
MYA – Yan Naing Oo, 9th minute: Following a corner kick from Myanmar, the ball went into the box and various players from both teams scrambled to get ahold of it. U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen came out of the net to try and secure the ball; however, he was unable to control it, leaving an empty net for Naing Oo to find the ball and tap it inside the near post for the first score of the match. USA 0, MYA 1
USA – Maki Tall (Cameron Carter-Vickers), 17th minute: After Myanmar deflected a U.S. ball out of the playing field, U.S. captain Emerson Hyndman stepped up to take the corner for the USA. Hyndman sent a high, curved ball to the middle of the box, where Cameron Carter-Vickers got a light touch to redirect it to the right side of the box. Maki Tall was in position on the right to coral the ball and sent a right-footed kick to the back left corner of the goal to even up the game. USA 1, MYA 1
USA – Emerson Hyndman (Rubio Rubin), 56th minute: Rubio Rubin gained possession of the ball in the midfield and ran with it up to the outside of the Myanmar box where he found Emerson Hyndman making a long follow up run. Rubin sent a pass to the right side of the box where Hyndman had positioned himself. Hyndman got inside the box and wasted no time sending a perfect shot from about 12 yards out to the far post to put the USA ahead for good. USA 2, MYA 1 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MYA – Myo Min Latt, 30th minute: Emerson Hyndman set up to take a free kick from about 20 yards out on the right side of the box. His shot went straight to the barrier and rebounded right back at him. With his second effort, Hyndman sent a bullet right to the center of the net, where Myo Min Latt reacted quickly and jumped on the ball before Hyndman’s perfectly directed ball could cause any damage.
MYA – Myo Min Latt, 35th minute: Once again, Emerson Hyndman set up a set-piece play with another free kick. His ball flew over to the opposite side of the field onto the left side of the barrier where Matt Miazga awaited. The lanky defender jumped and downed the ball with a header towards Rubio Rubin who tried to turn and kick it with his left foot. Rubin’s attempt however was futile as Latt was alert and came out to punch the ball out of play.
MYA – Myo Min Latt, 50th minute: A pass from the left side by Jordan Allen led to chaos in the box as the ball seemed to disappear from everyone’s sights and slowly began rolling towards the back of the net. Hyndman finally caught a glimpse of it and attempted to give it a tap, however Latt saw it as well and covered it at the last second before it crossed the goal line.
USA – Shaquelle Moore, 74th minute: Despite giving up the early goal to Myanmar, the U.S. defense found its footing for the remainder of the match and made key plays throughout. After pushing for several minutes late in the game, Myanmar eventually got into U.S. territory and started threatening in the box. That’s when Moore made a key save while covering his player by heading a ball out of play that appeared to be headed straight to the net.
- The USA and Myanmar faced each other for the first time in the nations’ histories.
- Midfielder Emerson Hyndman wore the captain’s armband for only the second time. He made his debut as captain against Australia during a friendly on May 19.
- Hyndman’s goal was only his second international goal with the U-20s. He last scored during the USA’s 8-0 win over Aruba on Jan. 14 at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica.
- Maki Tall has scored in three of the five career games he has played with the U-20 MNT.
- The USA’s three substitutions of the game were: Gedion Zelalem for Joel Soñora, Tommy Thompson for Jordan Allen and Bradford Jamieson IV for Maki Tall, all coming in the second half.
- The defense was anchored by Shaquell Moore, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kellyn Acosta, who all played the entirety of the match.
-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Myanmar U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: May 30, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand
Venue: Northland Events Center; Whangarei, New Zealand
Kickoff: 12:00 a.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
MYA 1 0 1
MYA – Yan Naing Oo 9th minute
USA – Maki Tall (Cameron Carter-Vickers) 17
USA – Emerson Hyndman (Rubio Rubin) 56
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 6-Kellyn Acosta, 15-Marky Delgado, 10-Joel Soñora (19-Gedion Zelalem, 55), 20-Jordan Allen (13-Tommy Thompson, 72), 8-Emerson Hyndman, 9-Rubio Rubin, 14-Maki Tall (11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 49).
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 3-John Requejo, 7-Paul Arriola, 16-Conor Donovan, 17-Desevio Payne, 18-Eric Palmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos
MYA: 1-Myo Min Latt, 3-Htike Htike Aung, 5- Nanda Kyaw (c), 6-Kyaw Min Oo, 8-Maung Maung Soe, 9-Aung Thu, 10-Than Paing, 11-Mg Mg Lwin, 15-Yan Naing Oo, 16-Myo Ko Tun, 17-Thiha Htet Aung
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Aung Moe Htwe, 4-Naing Lin, 7-Nyein Chan Aung, 12-Hlaing Myo Aung, 13-Yan Lin Aung, 14-Nan Wai Min, 18-Pyae Sone Chit, 19-Swan Htet Aung, 20-Myo Zaw Oo, 21-Wai Lin Aung
Head coach: Gerd Zeise
Stats Summary: USA / MYA
Shots: 14 / 11
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 20
Offside: 4 / 0
MYA – Nanda Kyaw (caution) 5th minute
USA – Shaquelle Moore (caution) 67
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV)
Fourth Official: Aleg Atrokhov (RUS)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA
For several members of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup represents another chance. Many have been part of the U.S. Soccer national team programs for various cycles, but only three have ever been part of a youth World Cup, and only two have played in one. Nine others came close and are now getting their opportunity on the world stage.
Jeff Caldwell, Joel Sonora, Conor Donovan, Rubio Rubin, John Requejo and Shaq Moore were all on the 2013 team that was upset by Honduras at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and missed out of that U-17 World Cup. Bradford Jamieson IV was left off that roster altogether after spending four semesters in Residency.
“Obviously that was a tough moment, not only for me but the rest of the team who experienced that,” said Moore, who was captain of the 2013 U-17 World Cup qualifying team. “I think having another chance – not even here at the World Cup, but at Qualifying in January with this group - was a big hurdle that I crossed to finally qualify for a World Cup.”
It wasn’t easy qualifying this time around, either. After tying the first and losing the second match, the U-20s won the final four matches in Jamaica – all by shutout – in order to qualify for New Zealand. One player who had to sit out was Sonora, who was injured weeks before. Thankful that the group qualified, he’s now looking forward for his chance at redemption.
“It was a big disappointment at the time because we were all expecting to qualify,” said Sonora of the 2013 team. “We didn’t see it as too difficult, and maybe we let our guard down. It was a very hard hit to take because it was the first time a U-17 team didn’t qualify for a World Cup. We were crushed. So we’re excited that we’ve now given ourselves another chance to show what we can do and what this group of players and this team is about in New Zealand.”
Two years earlier, Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola were the youngest members of the 2011 U-17 FIFA World Cup team in Mexico that bowed out in the Round of 16 with a loss to Germany. Acosta played in all four matches and Arriola in three. During that cycle, Marky Delgado did not make the qualifying roster, and while Jordan Allen was on the team that qualified, he was left off the final World Cup squad.
“There was disappointment, but at the time I hadn’t been playing well, so it was kind of expected,” Allen said. “I made sure once that happened, that the next time I had a chance to make a World Cup team I would have been doing everything I could to be in good form and put myself in the right position. So I’m happy that I’ve been able to do that this time.”
Allen and Delgado were also returning from injuries in January and not fit to go to Jamaica. But Allen seemed to be a longer shot. He suffered a knee injury last year that kept him out the picture for months. The Real Salt Lake forward made his first appearance with the U-20s in a camp in Austria in April, and got the call that he made the World Cup team a few weeks later.
“This means a lot,” he said. “I’ve put a lot of work in - being out of close to 10 months with my knee injury. As soon as I got healthy I circled when the World Cup was going to be and I made sure that by that time I was getting close to my best form. I put a lot of work in, and luckily it worked out.”
Arriola doesn’t take the opportunity to play in a second youth World Cup for granted.
“I know it’s unique, and I know I’m very blessed to be able to do this again,” he said. “Obviously when I started the cycle, this was my goal – to have us qualify for the World Cup and to make the team. But you never know what can happen, so I’m thankful to be here and looking to do whatever I can to help us win.”
Zack Steffen is the other player on this roster to have been on a World Cup team. The Freiburg goalkeeper, along with Acosta, returns from the 2013 U-20 World Cup team, although neither played in the tournament.
It’s obviously not easy making it to a World Cup, and it’s with that in mind that this group relishes the experience in New Zealand.
“We’ve had a very sour taste in our mouth,” Moore said. “We’ve just wanted to work hard and give ourselves another shot. We wanted to get rid of that taste and we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re excited to be here now, but we also want to make the most of this opportunity.”
- Joined the U.S. Residency program in fall 2011, capping off the year with a championship at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies.
- One of five players on the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup roster that was a part of the U-17 MNT that won the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship (Requejo, Rubin, Sonora, Caldwell).
- Along with defender John Requejo, Moore was the most-capped player from 2011-13 with the U-17s, appearing in 40 international games.
- Started five matches for the U.S. U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica.
- Represented two Development Academy clubs: IMG Academy and FC Dallas. Moore spent the latter portion of the 2013-14 Academy season with the FC Dallas U-18s, making nine appearances for a side that won the Central Conference’s Frontier Division. He previously played club soccer for Smyrna Stealth and Cobb FC in Georgia.
- Prior to moving to Georgia, Moore played for Lauderville Lions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Is a two-time nominee for U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year (2012 and 2013).
- Signed with Spanish third-division team Huracán Valencia in May 2015
- Son of Michelle and Wendell. Brothers are CJ, Brandon, and Bredell. Mom was born in Trinidad, dad was born in Tobago.
- More commonly goes by Shaq, though his full name is Shaquell Moore
- Dad came to the U.S. on a soccer scholarship to play at Fairleigh Dickenson. He went on to play for Trinidad and Tobago’s National Team, and also played semi-pro soccer in the U.S.
- Traveled to the 2010 FIFA World Cup with his dad, and that’s when he first remembers wanting to become a professional soccer player.
Under-20s: Moore started in all six games played in 2014, logging 501 minutes. He assisted both goals during the USA’s 2-1 victory against Honduras on Dec. 18 in San Pedro Sula … Under-18s: Moore joined the U-18 MNT starting with the 2013 Northern Ireland Milk Cup. Under-17s: Moore entered the U-17 Residency Program in the Fall of 2011, capping off the year with a championship at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies. Along with defender John Requejo, Moore was the most-capped player from 2011-13 with the U-17s with 40 international games under his belt. Moore’s role heightened as the U-17 MNT captain in 2012 and 2013, also wearing the armband during the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama. Moore’s two goals with the U-17s in 2012 were converted penalty kicks. Moore is a two-time nominee for U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year (2012 and 2013).
Following his tenure at the U-17 Residency Program, Moore transitioned to the Development Academy, where he represented two clubs: IMG Academy and FC Dallas. Moore spent the latter portion of the 2013-14 Academy season with the FC Dallas U-18s, making nine appearances for a side that won the Central Conference’s Frontier Division. He previously played club soccer for Cobb FC in Georgia.
Date of Birth
Nov 2, 1996
Powder Springs, Ga.
Huracan Valencia (Spain)