USA's Run at 2017 U-20 World Cup Ends After 2-1 Extra Time Defeat to Venezuela in Quarterfinals

USA Exits Competition Having Reached Quarterfinal Stage for Second Consecutive Tournament; Ebobisse Scores His Second Goal of the Tournament to Give USA Chance Until Final Whistle

JEONJU, Korea Republic (June 4, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team gave a sterling account of themselves, fighting through the final whistle in a 2-1 extra time defeat to Venezuela in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

After 90 minutes of high-intensity but scoreless soccer, the U.S. U-20s found themselves down 2-0 late in extra time after goals from Venezuela’s Adalberto Peñaranda and Nahuel Ferraresi in the 96th and 116th minutes, respectively. However, Jeremy Ebobisse rescued hope for the USA, scoring the first goal against Venezuela to this point in the tournament in the 117th minute, but a valiant U.S. side couldn’t tack on another in the waning moments to send the match to PKs.

The U.S. grew into the match slowly as Venezuela came charging out of the gate, forcing a diving save from U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann in the opening minute of play and a second fine stop after a quarter of an hour had gone by. The U.S. stuck to its game plan and began to foray forward in search of its own chances only to see Sergio Córdova strike what would have been the opening goal of the game midway through the half; however his goal was correctly called back for offside after the Video Assistant Referee took a second look at the play.

The second half opened much as the first had with Venezuela going close to taking the lead on an attempt from Ronaldo Chacon but, his headed shot from a corner kick thundered back off the bar and was cleared in the 48th minute. Córdova then crashed a second header off the bar moments after being stoned by Klinsmann as he bore in on goal. The U.S. settled down as the half wore on and nearly snatched a late winner when captain Erik Palmer-Brown beat La Vinotinto goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez to a cross only to see his headed shot flash just inches outside the right post with the final play of regulation.

This is the second consecutive U-20 World Cup that head coach Tab Ramos has guided the U.S. to the Quarterfinal stage. Although the U.S. is headed home, the players do so after tying multiple program records and winning arguably the toughest group of the tournament.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
VEN – Adalberto Peñaranda (Samuel Sosa), 96th minute: A quick break by Venezuela down the USA’s right flank received a kind deflection when Adalberto Peñaranda tried to make a move past his defender with the ball deflecting out wide into the path of the onrushing Samuel Sosa. He rifled in a low across along the top of the six yard box that picked out Peñaranda, whose first time shot nestled into the far left side netting. USA 0, VEN 1

VEN – Nahuel Ferraresi (Ronaldo Lucena), 116h minute: From a corner kick, Ronaldo Lucena whipped an inswinging cross toward the back right post where Nahuel Ferraresi lay in wait and headed the ball down into the turf. It bounced back up and into the top right corner of the goal for what proved to be the game winner. USA 0, VEN 2

USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Brooks Lennon), 117th minute: From a set piece, Lennon sent the ball deep into the Venezuela box toward the back left post where a trio of U.S. players were arriving. It was Ebobisse who got his head to the ball, sending a looping header back across the goal and just inside the post into the right, side netting to give the USA hope until the final whistle. USA 1, VEN 2 (A.E.T.) FINAL

Key Stops and Saves:
USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 1st minute:
A set piece opportunity for Venezuela saw a cross driven into the heart of the U.S. penalty area where La Vinotinto center back Nahuel Ferraresi leap above all challengers to power a strong header toward the lower right corner of the goal. However, Klinsmann flashed impressive reflexes to making a diving, fingertip save to deflect the ball just outside the post.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 13th minute: Yangel Herrera forced a turnover in the U.S. defensive third and fed the ball into the center of the pitch for Adalberto Peñaranda, who had space to look up and opt to shoot from 20 yards out. His low drive was headed for the bottom left corner but Klinsmann made a strong diving save to push the shot around the outside of the post.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 61st minute: An excellent through-ball was laid into the path of Sergio Córdova who had the goal at his mercy but saw Klinsmann get low in a hurry to smother his shot from just inside the top of the box that was headed right into the center of the goal.

USA – Eryk Williamson, 88th minute: A flowing sequence from Venezuela resulted in the ball being played through to Adalberto Peñaranda as he scythed into the U.S. area, but Williamson had tracked the attacker’s run and made a last-second sliding tackle to deny Peñaranda’s point blank shot from the middle of the box.

Additional Notes:

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela
Date: June 4, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Quarterfinals
Venue: Jeonju World Cup Stadium; Jeonju, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 2 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 2,671
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          1ET      2ET      F
USA                             0          0          0          1          1
VEN                             0          0          1          1          2

VEN – Adalberto Peñaranda (Samuel Sosa)       96th minute
VEN – Nahuel Ferraresi (Ronaldo Lucena)         115
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Brooks Lennon)           117

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta (2-Auston Trusty, 120), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 6-Justen Glad; 18-Derrick Jones, 7-Eryk Williamson (9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 113), 8-Tyler Adams (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 51); 20-Luca de la Torre, 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (13-Lagos Kunga, 83)
Subs not used: 4-Tommy Redding, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 14-Aaron Herrera, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem
Head coach: Tab Ramos

VEN: 1-Wuilker Farinez; 5-Jose Hernandez, 2- Williams Velasquez, 4-Nahuel Ferraresi, 20-Ronald Hernandez; 7-Adalberto Peñaranda (18-Luis Ruiz, 113), 16-Ronaldo Lucena (6-Christian Makoun,120+2), 8-Yangel Herrera (capt.), 19-Sergio Cordova (17-Josua Mejias, 119); 9-Ronaldo Peña (15-Samuel Sosa, 76), 11-Ronaldo Chacon
Subs not used: 3-Eduin Quero, 10-Yeferson Soteldo, 12-Joel Graterol, 13-Jan Hurtado, 14-Heber Garcia, 21-Rafael Sanchez
Head coach: Rafael Dudamel

Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 7 / 26
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 9
Fouls: 22 / 26
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
VEN – Jose Hernandez (caution)                 35th minute
VEN – Williams Velasquez (caution)            57
USA – Derrick Jones (caution)                     74
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (caution)                81
VEN – Samuel Sosa (caution)                      86
VEN – Yangel Herrera (caution)                   90+3

Officials: 
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jonathan Klinsmann