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U.S. Eliminated on Final Day of Group Play at 2009 U-20 World Cup


SUEZ, Egypt (Oct. 3, 2009) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was eliminated from the FIFA U-20 World Cup this afternoon after the final group matches were completed in Egypt. The U.S. finished as the 17th place team in the tournament, one place shy of the Round of 16.

After finishing the group phase with three points and a minus three goal differential after a win against Cameroon and losses to Germany and Korea Republic, the U.S. needed certain results in Group E today to go their way.

With Brazil defeating Australia, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen’s side only needed the Czech Republic to beat CONCACAF Champion Costa Rica by shutout or at least two goals to advance, but Czech Republic only won the match by a one-goal margin, 3-2. Due to the result, the U.S. and Costa Rica tied with minus three goal difference, but Costa Rica will advance with five goals scored compared to the USA’s four.

It is the first time that the U.S. team has failed to advance past the group stage at the U-20 World Cup since 1987.

The players will depart Suez on Monday, and return to their respective club and college teams.

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