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Quote Sheet: Ramos, Rubin, Arriola, Steffen and Hyndman On U-20 World Cup Run

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quote Sheet
USA 0, SRB 0; Serbia wins 6-5 on penalty kicks
June 14, 2015
U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On the match:
“It was a very good game. Serbia is one of those teams that is very disciplined, in particular defensively but also when they attack. I thought we countered them very well; I thought we were very well prepared for them. Unfortunately it was a game that could have gone either way and in penalties anything can happen. I’m just very happy for our players for how well they did, proud of how hard they played and know that we were that close in getting to a World Cup semifinals.

On having the game decided on penalty kicks:
“It’s always very difficult. Penalties is a very tough way to lose. But somebody had to win the game. Both teams defended pretty well throughout the game and I think it was two good teams playing a quarterfinal game. Somebody had to go through, and unfortunately it wasn’t us, but I’m very proud of the team.”

On how a tournament like this can help in the development of the players:
“You can take a lot, because at the end of the day the U-20 team is for development. And so hopefully they gained some great experience for the future and something that will be valuable for them on the senior team down the road.”

On his message to the team:
“I think the important thing is for them to keep their head up. They played great throughout the World Cup. We were very competitive with every team and we could have won every game. I’m very happy for them and the work they did, and hopefully this is a good experience for them down the road when they have to play the games that really count for World Cup Qualifying for the senior team.”

[FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE]

On the match:
"It was a hard fought game. We obviously knew that Serbia is a very tactical team, they really know what they’re playing. They’re very patient and they wait for their opportunity. They did a great job. I thought we countered them really well. I thought we were very prepared for their game and we gave ourselves quite a few opportunities to win the game. So from our end, I’m satisfied considering we had a short roster – we really had some players out that were important for us. So I thought the boys did really well. They fought really hard, they stuck to the game plan and we gave them very few opportunities, so that was good from our end. And from their end, they played the game they’ve been playing all along. This is a well-coached team and they did a great job. I think they have as great an opportunity as anyone to win the tournament.”

On the penalty shootout:
“In the end, we have to remember that senior players miss penalties all the time. And so when you go to penalties all you can do is pick the guys who feel confident, who are happy to step up and take a penalty and that’s what we did. In the end, some guys missed, it happens. It happens at the higher levels than this level. Again, I’m very happy with my players and I know they showed a lot of courage. From our end, we’re satisfied. I think we could have done a little bit more, but in the end we’re happy.”

On how difficult it was to break down Serbia’s defense:
“Very difficult. One of the things we talked about coming into the match was that they are very organized defensively. And if you don’t counter them right away, if you don’t hit forward passes immediately after you recover, they get into very good shape in the back and then they make it very difficult to get shots; we knew that coming into the game. I thought we did very well in particular in the first 15-20 minutes of the game when we came out pressing high we seemed to get more control of the game. But then as the game wore on and the game opened up a little bit, I thought Serbia was very disciplined in maintaining their defense. They’re a very tough team, they’re very organized, and like I said before, well coached.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN

On the tournament ending the way it did for the U.S.:
"It sucks. To lose that way after we tied them 0-0; we had opportunities to take over the game and win it, but at the end of the day we lost. We lost on PKs. It was a great team effort.

“Now we move on and we just have to keep our heads up. We’re going to have moments like these in our careers. This is one of our setbacks and it’s the way you react to it. I think everyone came into this tournament with a positive mentality to try to win the tournament, and unfortunately we couldn’t. It was a great run, a great team effort.”

On being part of the World Cup team:
“It was a great experience, from the beginning of the tournament through the group stage, beating Colombia and playing in the quarterfinals against Serbia. It was a tough battle going into overtime and even PK’s. You feel the pressure, you feel the nerves and everything. That’s all experience for us. We’re all 19-20 years old. This is just the beginning to setbacks and great moments in our careers. We’re going to have moments like the Colombia game where we’re very happy, and now a disappointment in the quarterfinals with a tough loss. It’s how you learn from this. We have to stay positive. Right now it sucks, every one has their head down. But tomorrow is a different day and we just have to stay positive and use this experience to help us down the road.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder PAUL ARRIOLA

On his thoughts on the match:
“I thought it was a very back and forth game. Serbia is a very good team – they kept the ball, they were physical. And we were the same. We each had a few opportunities and in the end neither team was able to put one away. And unfortunately we had to go to penalty kicks and obviously there has to be a winner.”

On advancing to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup:
"For all of us, from an experience standpoint, it was amazing. To be able to play in a U-20 World Cup, make it all the way to the quarterfinals and go to PKs. Obviously it’s unfortunate to lose like that but there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

On what he can learn from a tournament like this:
“I think I learned a lot about myself in this tournament, especially going from not playing in the first game. I learned to really take my opportunity. Also when a group comes together like this, towards the end you realize what the group had. I look at ourselves and I see us as more than a team, I see us as brothers. I see all of us at the end of the game crying because of how bad we wanted it, not only for ourselves but for everyone else around us, everyone back home watching and supporting us, and people who flew here to support us. So for us to be able to form a brotherhood like we did to get this far in the World Cup was amazing.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On the way the match ended:
"I’m very proud of how the guys fought for the whole 120 minutes. They left it all on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of that. It wasn’t the way we intended to go out, we wanted to keep this run going and get to the semis, but that’s soccer.”

On his standout play in the tournament:
“I try to stay grounded. My mom and whole family has always taught us to be humble and to stay grounded, so I don’t think of my play in that way. I want to keep improving and to stay focused. I’m going to go home for a couple weeks and then get back to Freiberg and continue working hard there.”

One what he can take away from playing in the U-20 World Cup:
“You learn a lot. You learn from your teammates and yourself when you’re with a group for so long with everyone focused on the same goals. You learn a lot about soccer with the great coaching. And you learn a lot about what you can continue improving on from the opponents you face and the games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder EMERSON HYNDMAN

On the match:
"It was a tough game I think for both teams. We really put everything out there and so did they. It went all the way to 120 minutes when it looked like either of us could have broke through at some point in the game. Then it went down to penalties and anything can happen there.”

On what he got out of his leadership role as captain of the team:
“It was nice to be the captain of a World Cup team. Any time you can help a group, especially your teammates that you hang around with all the team, in a game is always a joy. And this is such a great group, they’re all leaders anyway. All I had to do was help out a little bit and represent us.”

On what he can take away from the tournament for his future:
“This was the first for a lot of us. Qualifying, we thought was long at the time. But to really prepare mentally for each and every game in a World Cup is much different. It’s obviously much more competitive in terms of every team in the World Cup qualified from different regions, and they each have different styles. So I think this experience in preparing for and playing these different opponents will help all of us in the long run.”

On how he looks back at the tournament:
“It was awesome. It was a great month. To play in a World Cup, and in New Zealand, a place I didn’t know I’d ever visit. And to share these moments and experiences with a great group of guys and coaching staff and all the staff behind the scenes – It was a joy.”

Valiant U-20 MNT Effort Comes Up Short in PK Loss to Serbia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 14, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team saw its run in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup come to an end at North Harbour Stadium after falling in penalty kicks to Serbia. The game went scoreless through regulation and extra time, but Serbia ultimately prevailed with a 6-5 shootout victory to advance to the semifinals.

Stout defensive performances from both sides limited scoring opportunities to a premium and the result was a 0-0 game when the whistle blew to signal the end of regulation. In extra time, play opened up, but valiant efforts from USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen and Serbian goalie Predrag Rajkovic held the 0-0 score line through the additional 30 minutes.

After a back and forth affair, where both the U.S. and Serbia survived must-make and must-save scenarios, it was Nemanja Maksimovic who sent a rocket of a PK into the upper left corner to propel Serbia on to the next round of the tournament.

The semifinal round will be played on Wednesday, June 17, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, where Serbia faces Mali and Brazil takes on Senegal.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA: Rubio Rubin stepped up first for the U.S. and had his shot saved by Predrag Rajkovic. Desevio Payne sent a rocket into the left side on the USA’s next attempt to level 1-1. Paul Arriola punched in the third attempt by smashing in a shot to the left of the goalie. The captain, Emerson Hyndman ripped in attempt No. 4 to put the U.S. up 3-2. Gedion Zelalem sent in his PK into the right side for the fourth-straight score for the USA. Joel Soñora went for the upper right corner on U.S. attempt No. 5 but hit his shot off the post. Marko Delgado rolled in the next attempt to put the U.S. up 5-4. Cameron Carter-Vickers then sent his shot over the bar, and in the final round, John Requejo’s attempt was saved by Rajkovic.
SRB: Sasa Zdjelar followed the Rubin miss by blasting his PK into the top right to put Serbia up 1-0. Stanisa Mandic missed the target completely on the Serbians’ second attempt, which kept the score level at 1-1. Steffen guessed right on Srdan Babic’s attempt, Serbia’s third, but it rolled under him to level at 2-2. Marko Grujic hit in the fourth attempt to tie it 3-3. Andrija Zivkovic scored the must-make fifth attempt to keep Serbia alive. Predag Rajkovic called his own number for Serbia’s sixth attempt, which could’ve been the game-winner, but Steffen made a diving save to preserve U.S. hopes. Nemanja Antonov converted the next Serbia penalty to level 5-5. On Serbia’s next PK Steffen came up big again to keep the U.S. alive when he saved Milos Veljkovic’s shot. Nemanja Maksimovic sent a rocket into the upper left corner and out of Steffen’s reach to win the game for Serbia 6-5.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 38th minute: Serbia’s Nemanja Antonov received a pass at the top of the box and decided to promptly rip a shot from 20 yards out. The left footed strike spun and rose from right to left and Steffen jumped and bumped it over the bar.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 54th minute: Good movement off the ball from Serbia led the team into a dangerous area in the penalty box. Serbia attempted a cross in front of goal, but Cameron Carter-Vickers stepped in just in time and cleared it far and away to safety.

USA – Zack Steffen, 68th minute: A foul set up Serbia with a free kick from 24 yards out, a range that they had buried from earlier in the tournament. Gacinovic’s strike was low and hard and bent toward the lower left corner of goal. Steffen dove and just reached the ball, knocking it out of bounds and preserving the clean sheet.

USA – Zack Steffen 82rd minute: Serbia once again attacked from the left and Stanisa Mandic freed himself up for a shot from the left. He sent a rocket of a shot across the mouth of the goal and towards the upper right corner, but Steffen made a diving save away where it was picked up by a U.S. defender

USA-Zack Steffen Penalty Kick Shootout: On two separate occasions where a Serbia goal would have ended the game, Steffen came up big, both times diving to his right and saving to keep U.S. hopes alive.

Additional Notes:

  • This was the fifth time in 14 U-20 World Cup/Youth Championship appearances that the USA advanced to the quarterfinals. The team is now 1-3-1 all-time in quarterfinal matches.
  • Tommy Thompson and John Requejo made their first starts of the tournament.
  • Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marko Delgado and Emerson Hyndman were the only U.S. players to start every game of the tournament.
  • After injuries and suspensions, only four U.S. field players were available for substitution in the game: Erik Palmer Brown, Shaq Moore, Conor Donovan and Joel Soñora.
  • The match was the first meeting between the USA and Serbia at a U-20 World Cup.
  • Since 1997 the U.S. has reached the quarterfinal three times and all three matches have required extra time.
  • The clean sheet was the second straight for the USA. Prior to this tournament, the USA last recorded a clean sheet in a U-20 World Cup knockout round match in 2003 when the U.S. downed Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. Tonight's shutout is the third all-time for the U.S. U-20 MNT in knockout round play at a FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship/World Cup.
  • In addition to his two penalty kick saves tonight, Steffen also made a penalty kick save in the Round of 16 game against Colombia.
  • The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. That year the USA fell to Nigeria in overtime in the Semifinal before losing to Brazil, 2-0, in the Third/Fourth Place match.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Serbia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 14, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand; Quarterfinals
Venue: North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Kickoff: 12:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 10,826
Weather: 56 degrees, wind and rain

Scoring Summary:   1          2          ET1     ET2     F
USA    0          0          0          0          0
SRB      0          0          0          0          0

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA – Rubio Rubín (saved), Desevio Payne (goal), Paul Arriola (goal), Emerson Hyndman (goal), Gedion Zelalem (goal), Joel Soñora (missed), Marco Delgado (goal), Cameron Carter-Vickers (missed), John Requejo (saved)

SRB - Sasa Zdjelar (goal), Stanisa Mandic (missed), Srdan Babic (goal), Marko Grujic (goal), Andrija Zivkovic (goal), Predag Rajkovic (saved), Nemanja Antonov (goal), Milos Veljkovic (saved), Nemanja Maksimovic (goal)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 17-Desavio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga 3-John Requejo; 15-Marky Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem, 7-Paul Arriola; 13-Tommy Thompson (10-Joel Soñora, 103), 9-Rubio Rubin
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-Erik Palmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SRB: 1-Predag Rajkovic (capt.); 3-Nemanja Antonov, 4-Sasa Zdjelar, 5-Milos Veljkovic, 6-Srdan Babic; 8-Nemanja Maksimovic, 9-Stanisa Mandic, 10-Mijat Gacinovic (7-Ivan Saponic, 68), 11-Andrija Zivkovic; 15-Miladin Stevanovic, 20-Sergej Milinkovic (16-Marko Grujic, 111)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Filip Manojlovic, 21-Vanja Milinkovic, 13-Stefan Milosevic, 14-Vukasin Jovanovic, 17-Radovan Pankov, 18-Jankovic, 19-Stefan Ilic.
Head coach: Veljko Paunovic (SRB)

Stats Summary: USA / SRB
Shots: 8 / 19
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 22 / 27
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SRB – Nemanja Antonov (caution)    64th minute
USA – John Requejo (caution)           66
SRB – Stanisa Mandic  (caution)       78

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Daniel Carvalho Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

U-20 MNT Ready for Quarterfinal with Serbia

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos and players preview the match against Serbia in the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup.

U-20 MNT Faces Quarterfinal Showdown against Serbia

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet Serbia in the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, June 14, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The match will be broadcast live in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, Telemundo and NBC Universo with kickoff set for 12:30 a.m. ET (9:30 p.m. PT on June 13). Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @usscocer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Colombia in the Round of 16. Serbia defeated Ukraine in extra time 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The winner the USA-Serbia match will play the winner between Germany and Mali in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket sees Brazil meet Portugal and Senegal confront Uzbekistan. All four quarterfinal matches take place on June 14 in four New Zealand cities.

USA TEAM NOTES:

  • Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman, the two players who have earned caps with the senior National Team, lead the U-20 MNT at the World Cup with two goals apiece. Maki Tall, Bradford Jamieson and Paul Arriola have also scored in the tournament.
  • Zach Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Hyndman, Marky Delgado and Kelly Acosta have started all four matches, with Steffen and Carter-Vickers playing every minute.
  • All 18 field players saw minutes through the first three group games.

DISCIPLINARY REPORT:

  • Acosta and Jordan Allen are suspended for the quarterfinal match after receiving two cautions in the first four games.
  • Shaq Moore, Desevio Payne, Delgado, Matt Miazga and Paul Arriola all carry one caution into the quarterfinal match. Should they receive a caution in the quarterfinal, and the USA wins, they would be ineligible for the semifinal match. Cautions are cleared following the quarterfinals.

U-20 MNT HISTORY AT THE WORLD CUP:

  • This is the fifth time in 14 U-20 World Cup/Youth Championship appearances that the USA has advanced to the quarterfinals. The team is 1-3-0 all-time in quarterfinal matches.
  • The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. That year the USA fell to Nigeria in overtime in the Semifinal before losing to Brazil, 2-0, in the Third/Fourth Place match.
  • The 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia featured 16 teams divided into four groups, with the top two teams after group play advancing to the quarterfinals. The USA finished second in Group C after tying Mali 1-1, defeating Germany 2-0, and losing to Brazil 3-1. In the quarterfinal match, the USA defeated Iraq 2-1 behind goals from Chris Henderson and Dario Brose.

1989 U-20 MNT World Cup team
The 1989 U.S. U-20 MNT featured the talents of players like Kasey Keller (back row center), Troy Dayak (front row, second from right) and Steve Snow (front row, second from left).

  • The 1993 tournament in Australia utilized the same format and number of teams. The USA finished second in Group C after defeating Turkey 6-0, losing to England 1-0, and drawing South Korea 2-2. The USA was matched with Brazil in the Quarterfinal where they fell 3-0.
  • The 2003 U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates was the fourth tournament in which 24 teams participated, with the top two from each group plus the top four third place finishers advancing to the Round of 16. The USA won Group F with a 3-1 victory against Paraguay, a 3-1 loss to Germany, and a 2-0 win over South Korea and then defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinal, the USA lost to Argentina on a golden goal in extra time. Bobby Convey put the USA ahead in the 59th minute, but Argentina’s Javier Mascherano tied the match four minutes into second half stoppage time. In overtime, Fernando Cavenaghi converted a 100th minute penalty kick to win the match for Argentina.
  • The last time the USA advanced to the quarterfinals was in 2007 in Canada. The USA won Group D after tying South Korea 1-1, defeating Poland 6-1, and beating Brazil 2-1. In the Round of 16, the USA defeated Uruguay 2-1 in extra time. Trailing 1-0 on a goal by Luis Suarez, the USA received an 87th minute own goal to tie, and Michael Bradley scored the game-winner in the 107th minute. In the quarterfinal against Austria, Jozy Altidore put the USA ahead in the 15th, but Austria tied the match just before the half and won it on a 105th minute goal by Erwin Hoffer.

THE BOOK ON SERBIA:

  • From FIFA.com: Serbia is making its U-20 World Cup debut as an independent nation at New Zealand 2015. The former Yugoslavia (of which Serbia was one a part) appeared twice in the competition: Japan 1979 and Chile 1987, winning the title on the second occasion.
  • Serbia went undefeated in the 2014 UEFA Europe’s U-19 Championship through all three stages, posting 6 wins and four draws. Upon finishing second in the final group stage with a win against Bulgaria and draws against fellow U-20 World Cup participants, Germany and Ukraine, the Serbs fell to 2015 U-20 World Cup quarterfinalists Portugal in the UEFA Championship semifinals on penalty kicks after a scoreless match.
  • At the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Serbia won Group D with six points (2-1-0). After losing the opener to Uruguay 1-0, Serbia defeated Mali and Mexico by the same 2-0 score. In the Round of 16, Serbia defeated Hungary 2-1 after extra time due to a Hungary own goal.
  • Serbia head coach Veljko Paunovic ended his 18-year career with the Philadelphia Union in 2012. He made 17 regular season and one playoff appearance for the Union in 2011, scoring three goals.

Quote Sheet: Ramos, Miazga, Rubin, Arriola and Steffen Celebrate Round of 16 Win

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quote Sheet
USA 1, COL 0
June 10, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On the win and advancing to the Quarterfinals:
“Very excited about the win. It’s really difficult to win games at this stage in the World Cup. I’m very happy for the players because they deserve it, They’ve put in a great effort so far. But we felt like today was the start of the tournament for us, so I feel like we’re not done. We have a game coming up and we’re looking forward to the next one and getting through to the next round.”

On how the match played out:
“We came into the game trying to press them high and try to get turnovers on their side of the field, which we did pretty well for the first 15-20 minutes. The last 15 minutes of the first half, were, I thought, poor on our side because we weren’t able to hold on to possession of the ball. But I felt that in the second half the team really turned it around. We got the goal and then for about the next 20 minutes we had a good opportunity to put the game away. We had a lot of one-on-ones in the back that we didn’t take advantage of. And obviously the last ten minutes of the game, like all great teams, we knew Colombia was going to throw everything forward and they did, and I’m really proud of the guys and the effort they made to hold on to the win.”

On Rubio Rubin’s hard work and goal:
“I wish I could tell you I was impressed by Rubio tonight, but I’m really not because I know he’s that kind of player. I said to him before, coming into the game tonight, that he needs to be one of those number 9’s that people talk about when this tournament’s over. And I think today he took a big step towards that.”

On what impressed him most of the match:
"I think that in the second half we started getting a hold of the ball. I like the way that Gedion (Zelalem) started feeling more confident with the team. Obviously, as you know, he hasn’t been with us for a long time and I think he’s starting to feel more confident and I think the rest of the team is starting to feel more confident with him. The same goes for the rest of the group. I’m very happy with the performance, in particular in the last ten minutes under very difficult circumstances; we held our own pretty well. All these games are very difficult, so I’m very proud of the team and I think more importantly that this is a great experience for them that they’ll take on hopefully to the senior team.”

On Zack Steffen making a big penalty kick save similar to the WCQ match vs. El Salvador:
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I thought he was going to save it. And I thought the same against El Salvador. We have that type of confidence in our goalkeeper, and I thought that he would come up big – he always does, and it’s kind of expected at this point. So I’m very happy for him. Obviously it’s very difficult to save a penalty and he did it.”

On if he has any complaints on the second yellow card to Kellyn Acosta:
“No, I’m too far away from the play, and I haven’t seen any replays. It is what it is. Kellyn already had a yellow card coming in to this game. He received a yellow card in the first half of this game so he would have been out the next game regardless.”

On what he told the team at halftime after it seemed Colombia had better possession in the first half:
“That’s a good point, because that’s something that we thought we were lacking. We’re a team that likes to have the ball, and one of the things we said to the players at halftime was to play with more confidence, to play into traffic and to play the ball into the middle of the field and to our good players who can hold it. And I think we did a much better job in the second half. Once we did that the game opened up for us and it became a little bit easier.”

On the injury to Bradford Jamieson (TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH):
“At this time, I don’t have more information. I know he’s doing ok; he’s in the hospital with his mom. They are still evaluating him to see exactly what happened. But in general he is well, he is stable, and he’s with his mom, so that’s good.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender MATT MIAZGA

On what the defense did to record the shutout:
"I feel like the whole game we were pretty organized. We had two blocks of four, and I think everyone on the field died for each other tonight. We emptied our tanks and we were organized and we fought for every ball.”

On Zack Steffen’s penalty kick save:
“At that moment I was a little bit shocked that we gave up the PK. But I had a gut feeling that Zack would save it – I had a quick flash back to the El Salvador game where Zack made a huge save as well. And Zack did the job and we were there to clear it. We finished the game strong, got the shutout and most important got the big victory.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN

On his high work-rate in the match:
"My role today was to make the center backs’ job very complicated. Whenever the ball would come to me, I would try to push them off and get the ball and be able to have the whole team go forward. They were attacking a lot so I wanted to be able to hold the ball a lot so my teammates could get forward. And I think for the defenders, they weren’t able to mark me as they wanted to. But it was a good performance from the whole team and a fantastic win.”

On his goal:
“The ball landed right to Paul Arriola and he shot it. I was kind of jumping for the handball to the ref and the ball landed right at my feet. I just tried to do my best to get under it, wished for the best and smashed it into the goal. So, happy with the goal but it was a fantastic win.”

On Zack Steffens’ save:
“There was a lot of nerves. I was on the ground, pretty much, praying a little bit for Zack to save it, and he came up clutch for us. He had a great game, and for me he was the Man of the Match. He helped us get this win.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder PAUL ARRIOLA

On what was the key to the win:
"The hard work and dedication, not only myself but everyone else. We died for each other on the field. We saved each other; when someone was down, we helped them up. When someone was out of position we got into position. I think that’s the way our team is built. Not only are we good with the ball and can keep the ball at times. There’s going to be times when other teams are better than us or having a better game than us, and so today we just showed the hard work and dedication and we stayed in it.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On the play of the defense in front to help get the shutout:
"I thought the whole backline, the midfield, they were all very connected. The communication out there tonight was a lot better than it has been in the past. And I thought Matt (Miazga) and Cam (Carter-Vickers) did block a lot of shots. That was great for the team to be able to step up and make the big plays.”

On his penalty kick save:
“It’s always nice to make the big plays for your team. They’re doing most of the work the whole game, so when a big opportunity comes to me like that, you welcome it and just try to stay focused and hope that you can make the big play. Luckily I did tonight.”

USA Off to U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals After 1-0 Defeat of Colombia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (June 10, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team took down Colombia 1-0, in the Round of 16 to advance to the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 2007.

After a scoreless first half, Colombia applied heavy pressure to begin the final 45 minutes. Midway through the period however, the U.S. found its footing and was rewarded when forward Rubio Rubin collected a missed clearance from Colombia inside the box to net the game-winning goal of the match.

The goal was Rubin’s second of the tournament. He also scored during the USA’s 4-0 victory over New Zealand in the USA’s second group game.

Late in the second half, defender Kellyn Acosta was called for a foul inside the U.S. box, earning him his second yellow card of the match and giving Colombia an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot. With the USA down to 10 men, Jarlan Barrera stepped up for Colombia, but U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up big, guessing correctly to the left side and punching the ball out to keep Colombia off the score board.

The U.S. advances to play Serbia in the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will play on Sunday, June 14, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 12:30 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:
USA – Rubio Rubin, 58th: Following a goal kick clearance by Steffen, a couple of U.S. players jumped up to get the ball and control it past midfield. Emerson Hyndman got to it first, heading it down to Paul Arriola, who received it and tried to get off a shot. Colombia’s Juan Quintero was able to block Arriola’s attempt but was unable to fully clear it. Rubio Rubin collected the rebound and from the right side of the box, shot to the near post with his right foot from about five yards out for the USA’s game-winning goal. USA 1, COL 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 46th minute: Colombia’s Jarlan Barrera found himself alone after leaving his defenders behind inside the USA box. He ran forward, matching up one-on-one with Steffen. Steffen was alert and came out to grab the ball before Barrera could do anything, denying a scoring opportunity.

USA – Zack Steffen and Matt Miazga, 50th minute: In another point-blank shot opportunity for Colombia, Steven Lucumi ran towards the USA net, passing defender Matt Miazga on his way. Steffen again was ready, stepping out of his goal to block the shot then getting help from Miazga, who made the final clearance.

USA – Zack Steffen (penalty kick save), 83rd minute: Kellyn Acosta challenged a play inside the box on the right side from behind and was called for a foul, granting a penalty kick in favor of Los Cafeteros. Acosta received his second yellow of the game for the foul, thus leaving the USA with 10 men on the field as Colombia prepared to take the penalty shot. Jarlan Barrera stepped up to take the shot but his attempt was s by Zack Stuffed out by Seffen, who threw his body to his right side to punch the ball out and preserve the USA lead.

USA – Paul Arriola, 84th minute: Once again, Jarlan Barrera created a dangerous play as he was in a good spot from the top of the box to send a bullet shot straight toward the USA net. This time, it was midfielder Paul Arriola, who was locked in and made a spectacular save off the line, heading the ball away from the net and keeping Colombia at bay.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. U-20 MNT advances to play Serbia in the quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday, June 14. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-7-0 all-time against CONMEBOL teams at the U-20 World Cup.
  • After losing its first six meetings against South American teams from 1981-1997, the USA has gone 6-1 against its southern continental neighbors, including wins in the final four meetings: defeating Argentina 1-0 in 2005; 2-1 victories over Brazil and Uruguay in 2007, and tonight's 1-0 win over Colombia.
  • The USA last advanced beyond the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, when it downed Uruguay 2-1 after extra time in Toronto courtesy of an Uruguay own goal and a strike from current senior Men’s National Team captain Michael Bradley.
  • The USA has advanced past the Round of 16 on three previous occasions: in 2007 (finished 7th overall), 2003 (finished 5th overall) and in 1989 (finished 4th overall).
  • This was the first victory for the USA against Colombia in the teams' only meeting in U-20 World Cup play.
  • The USA last recorded a clean sheet in a U-20 World Cup knockout round match in 2003 when the U.S. downed Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. Tonight's shutout is the second all-time for the U.S. U-20 MNT in knockout round play at a FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship/World Cup.
  • Rubio Rubin’s goal was his second of the tournament. He last scored during the USA’s 4-0 win over New Zealand in its second group stage match of the competition.
  • Rubin, who alongside Emerson Hyndman is the only player to have been capped at the senior level, made his MNT debut for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann against then No.3-ranked Colombia last November in a friendly in London. Hyndman made his debut during the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014. 
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kellyn Acosta, Hyndman, Zack Steffen and Marky Delgado, all were starters in tonight’s match. They were the only players to start all three group stage matches for the USA as well.
  • Steffen recorded his eighth career shutout and second of the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
  • Due to his ejection from tonight’s game, Acosta will have to sit out the USA’s quarterfinal match against Serbia on June 14.
  • Additionally, forward Bradford Jamieson was injured early in the game and was taken off in the 11th minute. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being evaluated further.
  • The USA’s three substitutions of the game were: Jordan Allen for Jamieson, John Requejo for Paul Arriola and Tommy Thompson for Gedion Zelalem. The appearance was the 20th for Thompson with the U-20’s, a leading mark among the roster.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kickoff: 3:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 6062
Weather: 54 degrees; Windy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
COL                            0          0          0

USA – Rubio Rubin    58th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 17-Desevio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 6-Kellyn Acosta; 15-Marky Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem (13-Tommy Thompson, 87), 7-Paul Arriola (3-John Requejo, 84); 9-RubioRubin, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV (20-Jordan Allen, 11)
Subs Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 10-Joel Soñora, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-ErikPalmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos

COL: 1-Alvaro Montero (capt.); 3-Jeison Angulo, 5-Juan Quintero, 6-Andres Tello, 8-Alexis Zapata (9-Joao Rodriguez, 72); 11-Steven Lucumi (18-Carlos Ibarguen, 64), 13-Davinson Sanchez, 14-Rodin Quiñones, 16-Jarlan Barrera; 19-Victor Gutierrez (7-Deinner Quiñones, 60), 20-Santos Borre
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Luis Vasquez, 2-Aldayr Hernandez, 4-Daniel Londoño, 10-Sergio Villareal, 15-Jhoan Ayala, 17-Juan Otero, 21-Yasser Chavez (GK)
Head coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 8 / 24
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Juan Quintero (caution)          20th minute
USA – Paul Arriola (caution)             26
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           34
COL – Andres Tello (caution)             49
COL – Jeison (caution)                       54
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           81
USA – Kellyn Acosta (ejection)          81
COL – Jarlan Barrera (caution)           86
USA - Jordan Allen (caution)              86

Officials:
Referee: Antonio Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Matt Conger (NZL)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Zack Steffen and Rubio Rubin

U-20 MNT Set for Clash with Colombia in Round of 16

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wellington, New Zealand

U-20 MNT BATTLES COLOMBIA IN ROUND OF 16: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will look to advance to the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup when it meets Colombia on Wednesday, June 10 at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, Telemundo and NBC Universo with kickoff set for 3:30 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @usscocer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

HOW WE GOT HERE: The USA finished second in Group A, after defeating Myanmar 2-1, overpowering New Zealand, 4-0 and dropping its final match to Ukraine, 0-3. Meanwhile, Colombia finished second in Group C with a 1-1-1 record, after it defeated Qatar (1-0), tied Senegal (1-1) and lost its final group match to Portugal (1-3).

Despite all six FIFA confederations being represented in the Round of 16, the USA is the sole CONCACAF team to advance to the knockout round, while Colombia joins Uruguay and Brazil as the three members of CONMEBOL in the Round of 16 after Argentina failed to advance.

USA NOTES:

  • Five different players have accounted for the USA’s six goals in the tournament, matching the most ever in the competition. U.S. captain Emerson Hyndman has scored twice, while Maki Tall, Bradford Jamieson IV, Rubio Rubin, and Paul Arriola have scored one each.
  • The other two times a USA U-20 World Cup team featured five different goal scorers was in 1993 and 2003.
  • Hyndman, Zack Steffen, Marky Delgado, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Kellyn Acosta are the only players to start all three of the USA’s matches thus far in New Zealand. Rubin, Jamieson IV, Joel Soñora and Gedion Zelalem have also appeared in all three matches as either starters or off the bench.
  • All 18 field players saw minutes in the group stage.
  • Steffen, Carter-Vickers and Acosta have played every minute of all three matches.
  • The only players who have yet to see any action are goalkeepers Jeff Caldwell and Thomas Olsen.
  • With goals against Myanmar and New Zealand, Hyndman became the first U.S. player to score in consecutive U-20 World Cup games since Jozy Altidore in 2007.
  • Five different players have also accounted for the five assists: Carter-Vickers, Jamieson IV, Rubin, Zelalem, and Desevio Payne.
  • Tall suffered an injury to his left foot during the USA’s first group match and has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. He was the second player lost due to injury following Russell Canouse, who was replaced by Conor Donovan days prior to the opening match of the tournament.
  • Shaq Moore, Payne, Delgado, Jordan Allen, Matt Miazga and Acosta received one yellow card apiece during the group stage. If any of those players receives a second caution in the Round of 16 and the USA wins, the player will have to sit out a match, missing the USA’s quarterfinal game. All cautions are waived following the quarterfinal round.
  • This is the USA’s 14th appearance in a FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. That year the USA fell to Nigeria in overtime in the Semifinal before losing to Brazil, 2-0, in the Third/Fourth Place match.
  • This is the ninth time in 14 appearances that a USA team has advanced out of the group stage.
  • This is the first time the USA has advanced to the knockout stage since 2007, when the team defeated Uruguay in the Round of 16 and fell to Australia in the Quarterfinals.
  • The USA did not make it out of group play in 2009, did not qualify for the 2011 tournament, and failed to advance from group play in 2013.

USA VS. COLOMBIA:

  • Colombia has qualified for the U-20 World Cup on nine occasions. Its best finish was third place in the 2003 edition, when they defeated Argentina in the Third/Fourth Place match after losing to Spain in the Semifinals.
  • Colombia has advanced to the Round of 16 in five U-20 World Cups: 2015, 2013, 2011, 2005, and 2003.
  • In 2013, Colombia was eliminated in the Round of 16 by South Korea on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 through overtime. As hosts in 2011, Colombia defeated Costa Rica 3-2 in the Round of 16 before falling to Mexico, 1-3, in the Quarterfinals.
  • The USA and Colombia have never met at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. On the international stage, the two have met twice in other competitions: at the 1993 U-17 World Cup (a 1-2 U.S. loss), and at the 1994 FIFA World Cup (a 2-1 win), which featured current U-20 head coach Tab Ramos.
  • The USA is 5-7-0 all-time against CONMEBOL teams at the U-20 World Cup.
  • After losing its first six meetings against South American teams from 1981-1997, the USA has gone 5-1 against its southern continental neighbors, including wins in the final three meetings: defeating Argentina 1-0 in 2005 and with 2-1 victories over Brazil and Uruguay in 2007.
  • Colombia is 3-2-0 all-time against CONCACAF teams. Its last two meetings were in 2013 when they defeated Costa Rica 3-2 in group play before losing to Mexico 1-3 in the Round of 16.

U-20 MNT Ready for Knockout Clash Against Colombia

Head Coach Tab Ramos, forward Rubio Rubin, and midfielder Emerson Hyndman discuss the U-20 MNT's matchup with Colombia in the round of 16 at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup.

Quote Sheet: Ramos, Palmer-Brown, Acosta, Allen, Delgado, Jamieson Talk Final U-20 Group Stage Game

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On his thoughts on the match:
“Well, obviously it was a very difficult match for us. We wanted to do all we could to not let the game open up. I thought the guys did a pretty good job for a long period of time. Unfortunately it was a free kick goal that opened up the game a little bit. We got right back in it by getting a PK that unfortunately we couldn’t convert. And then obviously the game opened up, and Ukraine is too fast for us. They play that counter attack game really well and when you let the game open up that way, you can find yourself in trouble against them, and we did.”

On positives going in to the next round:
"
I think we have a lot of positives going to the next round. The number one priority today – we knew we were in the second round – but obviously we had some guys with yellow cards, and we tried to protect them. Unfortunately late in the first half Marky (Delgado) got a yellow card as well, so we had to take him off the field. Obviously we wanted to win the game, but we wanted to get to the second round with our full squad ready to go, and I think we ended the game with everyone available, and everyone’s healthy for the next game so I think we’re in good shape.”

On the longer break between tonight and the Round of 16 match:
“I think that’s a great thing. Now we have five days. Guys can have a day off now, which can be great for them. We get to move to another city, which is also good, I think. And in the end we’re in a good spot. We’re going to be playing a competitive game, but I’m confident that we’re ready to go for the next round.”

On if coming in second in the group is a disadvantage:
“No not really. Look, you want to come in first place because it takes your team’s good momentum into the second round. But at this point, any team we play is going to be a good team, so it doesn’t really matter.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender ERIK PALMER-BROWN

On if the team can take any positives out of the match:
"It’s a tough loss, obviously. But there are positives coming out of it. We have everyone healthy going into the next round. We have five days to get our rest and have another game to look forward to.”

On is losing the third group match takes anything away from the early start:
“A little bit, because we made history winning the first two games and to get the sweep would have been great.”

On making his World Cup debut and having all 19 field players play in the group matches:
“This roster right now is 20 players deep. We feel like anyone that goes out there can get the job done. It’s great to have the feeling that if yellow card accumulation or injuries, anyone can step up. For me it’s a great feeling to get my debut to have that feeling amongst the team.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender KELLYN ACOSTA

On what went against the U.S. in the match:
"I think we came out kind of flat. They put a little pressure on us, and they beat us to 50-50 balls. It got tough but we held them off in the first half, so I think we did a decent job. In the second half, they got that free kick in and the game started opening up from there and that’s how they put a couple goals on us. I know we ended up missing the PK, but I think the game just wasn’t going our way – we just weren’t connected fully. We’ll use this as a learning experience and get ready for the next round.”

On if the loss can affect the team:
“We’re kind of down right now, but starting tomorrow we have to put our attention on our second round match. We’ll look at the video and see what we need to do better, but all our results from group play are now in the past. Moving forward we have five days to get ready for whoever we play next, and we won’t be thinking about the games we won or the one we didn’t.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder JORDAN ALLEN

On the difference between the New Zealand match and tonight:
"I just don’t we kept the ball as well as we did against New Zealand. Our energy probably wasn’t the same. You can hold off a team for 60 minutes or so like we did, but eventually when you’re sitting back so far, not keeping possession of the ball, it’s going to come back to haunt you.”

On putting the loss behind them:
“We don’t have a choice, we have to get it out of our head. From here on out and just win or go home, so we’re going to start preparing for the next game. Obviously we’re disappointed about this result, but it’s more important for us look forward.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder MARKY DELGADO

On his thoughts on the match:
"I felt like we sat back a little bit more than we’re used to, that’s not really our style of play. Knowing that we could get through with either a tie or a win, we kind of let off a little bit. We gave them too much respect, and that’s not what we usually do. We usually go after them right away and set the tempo, and I felt like we didn’t do that today.”

On leaving the result behind:
“It’s a lesson learned. Most of us here are professionals. We all have bad games – bad games come here and there, and unfortunately it came today. We’ll just learn from it and move forward.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward BRADFORD JAMIESON

On the match in general:
"We had a game plan and I think we executed well in the first half, but obviously we fell apart a little bit, and maybe some good individual play on their side and obviously a good free kick on their side. But all we have to do is worry about the next game, obviously we’re on to the next round. We have to capitalize on whoever we’re playing in the next match.”  

On if the team can learn from the match:
"It all depends on how we take it. We can look at ourselves and say ‘ah, we lost the last match of the group stage and we wanted to win to have good momentum going in to the next game. Or we can say we have to really prove ourselves…this is the real deal, this is what we come to the World Cup for, to show that we can compete with the big guys.” 

U-20 MNT Awaits Round of 16 Opponent after Second-Place Finish in Group A

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team dropped its final match of Group A at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, falling 3-0 to Ukraine at North Harbor Stadium in Auckland.

With the loss, the USA (2-1-0; 6 points) finishes Group A in second place behind first-place Ukraine (2-0-1; 7 points) and ahead of New Zealand (1-1-1; 4 points) and Myanmar  (0-3-0; 0 points).

The U.S. now awaits the conclusion of the group stage matches to find out its opponent for the Round of 16, which will be the second seed of Group C (Portugal, Colombia or Senegal). After two games, Portugal leads Group C with six points followed by Colombia with four, Senegal with one and Qatar with zero.

The U.S. will play on June 10 at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 3:30 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.

After an even first half, Ukraine came out strong in the second frame, taking advantage of its set pieces and multiple opportunities. Vicktor Kovalenko was the spark for the Europeans, scoring all three goals. The USA had a chance to tie the match after the first Ukraine score in the 59th minute when a penalty was awarded to the Red, White and Blue following a foul on Jordan Allen. However, Emerson Hyndman’s attempt was saved, keeping the U.S. off the board.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko, 56th minute: After Cameron Carter-Vickers got called for a foul right outside the USA box, Ukraine lined up at about 20 yards from the goal to take its free kick. Viktor Kovalenko stepped up to take it and sent a perfectly curved ball up and over the wall of USA defenders, right into the lower left corner of the net and past Zack Steffen’s outstretched arms for the first score of the night. USA 0, UKR 1

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Eduard Sobol), 74th minute: Ukraine attacked up the left flank and Vladyslav Kabaiev laid it off to Eduard Sobol, who had overlapped him. Sobol cut it back quickly for Viktor Kovalenko, who shot it across the goalmouth past Steffen and inside the far post for his second strike. USA 0, UKR 2

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Artem Biesiedin), 79th minute: Artem Biesiedin played the ball into U.S. territory and evaded a couple of defenders outside the box to send a pass to Kovalenko, who was waiting on the left side of the penalty area. U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen came out of his net as he tried to block Kovalenko’s attempt; however Kovalenko sent the ball to the far post, diagonal from where Steffen was, to complete his hat trick performance. USA 0, UKR 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 44th and 45th minute: Artem Biesiedin had back-to-back chances at the end of the first half to put Ukraine on the board. First, he sent a right-footed shot from the left side of the box that ended up right in Steffen’s arms, and another straight-on blast from 20 yards out that Steffen once again was able to corral in order to avoid a Ukrainian tally in the opening half.  

UKR – Roman Pidkivka, 59th minute: USA’s Jordan Allen went down inside the box on the left side, and got the penalty kick call from the referee. Emerson Hyndman stepped up to take the shot, but Roman Pidkivka correctly guessed Hyndman’s direction, leaning to his right side and extending his arms to push the ball out of bounds for a USA corner.

USA – Zack Steffen, 65th minute: Viktor Kovalenko pressured Zack Steffen and the U.S. defense constantly in the second half, especially with his set piece plays. On yet another free kick, Kovalenko sent a great ball from the right side of the 18-yard box towards the middle of the box to try to find a teammate who could finish. This time however, Steffen came out and punched the ball out of danger quickly.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. U-20 MNT opponent is still TBD (No. 2 Group C), but the U.S. will play on June 10 in the Round of 16, when the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup enters the knockout stage. Kickoff is set for 3:30 a.m. ET at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • This is the fifth time the U.S. has finished U-20 World Cup group play with two wins. The others were 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
  • The U.S. advances to the second round of the U-20 World Cup for the ninth time in 14 appearances.
  • Hyndman wore the captain’s armband for the fourth-straight time. He made his debut as captain against Australia during a friendly on May 19.
  • The USA’s three substitutions of the game were: Joel Soñora for Marky Delgado, Rubio Rubin for Jordan Allen and Conor Donovan for Emerson Hyndman, all coming in the second half.
  • Rubin and Hydman are the only two players on the roster to have been capped at the senior level under U.S. MNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. Hyndman made his debut during the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014, and Rubin started against then No. 3-ranked Colombia this past November. 
  • The defense was anchored by Erik Palmer-Brown, Shaquelle Moore, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kellyn Acosta.
  • Carter-Vickers, Acosta, Hyndman, Steffen and Delgado were the only players to start all three group stage matches for the USA.
  • Palmer-Brown made his first start of the tournament against Ukraine and Donovan made his first appearance of the tournament.
  • The USA’s starting lineup had three players born in 1997 for the first time in the tournament: Palmer-Brown, Carter-Vickers and Zelalem.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 5, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand (Group Stage)
Venue: North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Kickoff: 3:00 a.m. ET
Attendance: 7,694
Weather: 56 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          0          0
UKR                           0          3          3

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko        57th minute
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Eduard Sobol)  74
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Artem Biesiedin) 79

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18-Erik Palmer-Brown, 6-Kellyn Acosta; 15-Marky Delgado (10-Joel Soñora, 60), 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.) (16-Conor Donovan, 84), 19-Gedion Zelalem, 20-Jordan Allen (9-Rubio Rubin, 67); 7-Paul Arriola, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV
Subs Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 3-John Requejo, 5-Matt Miazga, 13-Tommy Thompson, 17-Desevio Payne
Head coach: Tab Ramos

UKR: 12-Bohdan Sarnavskyi; 2-Taras Kacharaba, 4-Mykyta Burda, 7-Yevhen Chumak (13-Artem Habelok, 80), 8-Pavlo Polehenko; 9-Vladyslav Kabaiev, 10-Artem Biesiedin (11-Roman Yaremchuk, 85), 14-Valerii Luchkevych, 17-Viktor Kovalenko (5-Yurii Tkachuk, 87); 18-Eduard Sobol, 21-Ihor Kharatin
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Roman Pidkivka, 16-Yevgen Grytsenko, 2-Artur Kunetsov, 6-Viacheslav Tankovskyi, 15-Mykyta Tatarkov, 19-Oleksii Kovtun, 20-Yevhenii Nemtinov
Head coach: Oleksandr Petrakov

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 13 / 16
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 22 / 15
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Marky Delgado (caution)        22nd minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           41
USA – Jordan Allen (caution)             65
UKR – Yurii Tkachuk (caution)          89

Officials:
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupe (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 29, 2009 U-20 MNT vs Australia Under-20 Men 1-3 L 0 Ibrahim
July 27, 2009 U-20 MNT vs Uruguay Under-20 Men 0-0 D 0
July 25, 2009 U-20 MNT vs CA Tiro Federal 2-0 W 0 Flores (2)
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