The U-20 MNT, which has won all four of its tournament matches, will face fellow Bracket C qualifiers River Plate in Sunday’s final after the Argentine club defeated Coritiba of Brazil 2-0 in the day’s first Super Group semifinal. The final, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl, will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Deportes and on local radio via ESPN Deportes Dallas.
The winning goal was Rubin’s second strike in the match as well as his second consecutive match-winner; he delivered the game’s only goal in the U-20 MNT’s 1-0 win against UANL Tigres that secured the Americans’ advancement as winners of Bracket C. Between Rubin’s brace and Fluminense’s comeback, Ben Spencer also scored, giving him three goals in the tournament and tying him with Rubin atop the U-20 MNT’s tournament scoring chart.
The U-20 MNT began the game with a quick-fire double before 20 minutes had elapsed. First, Rubin opened the scoring in the 14th minute, tucking home an assist from Zach Pfeffer, before Spencer found the back of the net four minutes later with a headed shot from a Romain Gall free kick.
Fluminense cut into the Americans’ lead before the break, climbing within a goal at 2-1.
From there, the match quickly turned against the U.S. as center back Erik Palmer-Brown received a second yellow card just three minutes after halftime, forcing the U-20s to contend the rest of the match with only 10 men.
With regulation set to expire, Fluminense grabbed an equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
In the first 10-minute overtime period with the match poised at 2-2, U.S. forward Jordan Allen nearly grabbed the go-ahead goal, but his effort struck the post. Minutes later, the U.S. found itself back on even footing when Fluminense defender Derlan Bento was sent off after also receiving a second yellow card.
Two minutes after the overtime break, Allen won the U-20 MNT a penalty kick. Rubin took the PK attempt and scored by collecting the rebound from his initial penalty kick attempt that was saved by Fluminense goalkeeper Matheus Phillipe Gomes and coolly depositing it in the back of the net.
The U-20 MNT wasn’t over the line just yet, and needed goalkeeper Santiago Castano to deny a River Plate breakaway with three minutes remaining to hang on for the win.
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Fluminense FC
Date: April 18, 2014
Competition: Dallas Cup
Venue: Cotton Bowl
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 OT1 OT2 F
USA 2 0 0 1 3
FLU 1 1 0 0 2
USA - Rubio Rubin (Zach Pfeffer) 14th minute
USA - Ben Spencer (Romain Gall) 18
FLU - Euller Rodrigues (Magdiel Pessata do Nasciment) 43
FLU - Euller Rodrigues 90+3
USA - Rubio Rubin 101
USA: 12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr., 13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 16-Lynden Gooch (capt.), 10-Romain Gall (21-Jesus Vazquez, 59), 11-Rubio Rubin, 9-Ben Spencer (20-Benji Lopez, 71; 14-Amando Moreno, 90+4), 24-Zach Pfeffer (23-Jordan Allen, 58)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 18-Trevor Haberkorn
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
FLU: 1-Matheus Phillipe Gomes; 14-Thiago Moreira, 3-Wendell Pereira, 4-Derlan Bento, 6-Ailton Silva; 5-Wallace Felix (17-Pedro Leao Polaz, 70), 8-Ikaro Mychell Maia, 16-Keven Alex da Costa (18-Danillo dos Santos, 59), 15-Magdiel Pessata do Nasciment (10-Rafael Marcos Neto, 81; 13-Walney Viera, 90+4); 7-Matheus Alessandro Pereira (2-Mirko Di Perro, 101), 11-Euller Rodrigues
Subs Not Used: 12-Lucas Andrade
Head Coach: Marcelo Veiga
Stats Summary: USA / FLU
Shots: 9 / 22
Shots on Goal: 6 / 13
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 24 / 15
Offside: 0 / 1
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution) 23
FLU - Derlan Bento (caution) 40
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution) 48
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (sent off) 48
USA - Zach Pfeffer (caution) 58
USA - Benji Lopez (caution) 72
FLU - Derlan Bento (caution) 96
FLU - Derlan Bento (sent off) 96
USA - Jordan Allen (caution) 109
Referee: Sasha Amhof
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron