DALLAS, Texas (April 13, 2014) – Two goals from Ben Spencer, including the game-winner, plus a third from Rubio Rubin lifted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to a 3-2 comeback win against Argentina’s Club Athletico River Plate in the teams’ opening Gordon Jago Super Group match at the 2014 Dallas Cup on Sunday.
The U-20 MNT (1-0-0, 3pts) leads Bracket C of the Super Group followed by Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt (0-0-1, 1pt) and Mexico’s UANL Tigres (0-0-1, 1pt), after the two sides tied 2-2 earlier in the day.
Spencer opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a nice interchange with Jordan Allen set him up to fake an initial shot before curling the ball into the upper right corner from the top of the River Plate box.
The South American side responded quickly with Alan Arario leveling the match at 1-1 three minutes later.
Brajan Molina then gave River Plate the lead 10 minutes before the break when a back-post cross was headed across the face of goal by Juan Kaprof for Molina to nod home.
Down 2-1 to begin the second half, the U-20 MNT was patient in finding an equalizer, which came in the 74th minute. Rubin brought down a long pass from Allen with his chest at the top of River Plate’s penalty area and took one touch to settle the ball before lofting it over the goalkeeper.
Sensing the opportunity to seize the win, the U.S. pressed the issue, and when Kellyn Acosta was felled in the box just five minutes later, Spencer stepped up to bury the ensuing penalty kick into the lower left corner.
The U-20 MNT next plays Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday at 4 p.m. CT at Richland College before finishing Bracket C play with UANL Tigres on Wednesday (time and location to be determined).
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
Date: April 13, 2014
Competition: Dallas Cup
Venue: Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 75 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CARP 2 0 2
USA 1 2 3
USA – Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen) 15th minute
CARP – Alan Arario 18
CARP – Brajan Molina (Juan Kaprof) 34
USA – Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen) 74
USA – Ben Spencer 79
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr., 77); 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85); 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico; 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80); 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente
Stats Summary: USA / CARP
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside: 2 / 4
CARP – Lucas Martinez Caution 27
USA – Jesus Vazquez Caution 33
CARP – Leandro Vega Caution 78
USA – John Requejo Caution 85
CARP – Nicolas Fittaioli Caution 86
USA – Lynden Gooch Caution 90+2
CARP – Claudio Salto Caution 90+3
CARP – Pablo Carrera Ejection 90+4
CARP – Barga Batalla Caution 90+5
Referee: Nick Klaldron
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
Assistant Referee: Sean T. Palmer
Fourth Official: Wilson DaCosta