U.S. Soccer

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

AUCKLAND - CHRISTCHURCH - DUNEDIN - HAMILTON - NEW PLYMOUTH - WELLINGTON - WHANGAREI

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.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-0 D 5-6 L North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 10,826 --
1-0 W Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand 6,062 Rubin
0-3 L North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 7,694 --
4-0 W North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 15,678 Jamieson, Hyndman, Arriola, Rubin
2-1 W Northland Events Center; Whangarei, New Zealand 5,816 Tall, Hyndman

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-10 150 Plano, Texas FC Dallas 6/0
F 5-11 160 Rochester, N.Y. Real Salt Lake
M 5-8 145 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico) 4/2
GK 6-1 168 Todd, N.C. University of Virginia
D 6-0 200 Westcliff-on-Sea, England Tottenham Hotspur (England) 0/0
M 5-8 145 Glendora, Calif. Toronto FC
D 6-2 175 Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Orlando City SC
M 5-9 155 Dallas, Texas Fulham (England) 2/0
F 6-1 165 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Chelsea FC 2/0
D 5-11 155 Powder Springs, Ga. Huracan Valencia (Spain)
GK 6-3 190 Las Vegas, Nev.
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. Sporting Kansas City
D 5-11 160 Greenwood, S.C. FC Groningen (Holland)
D 5-8 146 Carpinteria, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
F 5-10 160 Beaverton, Ore. Utrecht (Netherlands)
F 5-9 140 Buenos Aires, Argentina Boca Juniors
GK 6-3 190 Downingtown, Pa. SC Freiburg (Germany)
F 5-7 155 Loomis, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
M 5-11 154 Arsenal FC (England) Rangers (Scotland)

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Kellyn Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Jordan Allen

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rochester, N.Y.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Paul Arriola

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Jeff Caldwell

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
168

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Todd, N.C.

Club:
University of Virginia

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Westcliff-on-Sea, England

Club:
Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Marco Delgado

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, Calif.

Club:
Toronto FC

Conor Donovan

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Emerson Hyndman

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
Fulham (England)

Bradford Jamieson IV

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Matt Miazga

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Shaquell Moore

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Huracan Valencia (Spain)

Thomas Olsen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Erik Palmer-Brown

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
184

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Desevio Payne

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greenwood, S.C.

Club:
FC Groningen (Holland)

John Requejo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
146

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Carpinteria, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Rubio Rubin

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Beaverton, Ore.

Club:
Utrecht (Netherlands)

Joel Soñora

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Club:
Boca Juniors

Zack Steffen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pa.

Club:
SC Freiburg (Germany)

Tommy Thompson

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Loomis, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Gedion Zelalem

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Arsenal FC (England)

Club:
Rangers (Scotland)

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Ukraine 3 2 0 1 9 0 9 7
United States
3 2 1 0 6 4 2 6
New Zealand
3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Myanmar 3 0 3 0 2 13 -11 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Ghana 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 7
Austria 3 1 0 2 3 2 1 5
Argentina 3 0 1 2 4 5 -1 2
Panama 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Portugal
3 3 0 0 10 1 9 9
Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 4
Senegal
3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
Qatar
3 0 3 0 1 7 -6 0

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Serbia 3 2  1 0 4 2 2 6
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Mali
3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Mexico
3 1 2 0 2 5 -3 3

Group E

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 3 3 9
Nigera 3 2 1 0 8 4 4 6
Hungary
3 1 2 0 6 5 1 3
Korea DPR
3 0 3 0 1 12 -11 0

Group F

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Germany 3 3 0 0 16 2 14 9
Uzbekistan 3 1 2 0 6 7 -1 3
Honduras
3 1 2 0 5 11 -6 3
Fiji 3 1 2 0 4 11 -7 3

Group A

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
1 May 30 New Zealand vs. Ukraine 0-0 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
2 May 30 United Sates vs. Myanmar 2-1 W Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
13 June 2 New Zealand vs. United States 0-4 W North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
14 June 2 Myanmar vs. Ukraine
0-6 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
25 June 5 Myanmar vs. New Zealand 1-5 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
26 June 5 Ukraine vs. United States 3-0 L North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Group B

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
3 May 30 Argentina vs. Panama 2-2 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
4 May 30 Ghana vs. Austria 1-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
15 June 2 Argentina vs. Ghana 2-3 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
16 June 2 Austria vs. Panama 2-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
27  June 5 Austria vs. Argentina 0-0 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
28 June 5 Panama vs. Ghana 0-1 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Group C

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
5 May 31 Qatar vs. Columbia 0-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
6 May 31 Portugal vs. Senegal 3-0 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
17 June 3 Qatar vs. Portugal 0-4 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
18 June 3 Senegal vs. Columbia 1-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
29 June 6 Senegal vs. Qatar 2-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
30 June 6 Columbia vs. Portugal 1-3 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand

Group D

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
7 May 31 Mexico vs. Mali 0-2 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
8 May 31 Uruguay vs. Serbia 1-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
19 June 3 Mexico vs. Uruguay 2-1 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
20 June 3 Serbia vs. Mali 2-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
31 June 6 Serbia vs. Mexico 2-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
32 June 6 Mali vs. Uruguay 1-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand

Group E

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
9 June 1 Nigeria vs. Brazil 2-4 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
10 June 1 Korea DPR vs. Hungary 1-5 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
21 June 4 Nigeria vs. Korea DPR 4-0 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
22 June 4 Hungary vs. Brazil 1-2 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
33 June 7 Hungary vs. Nigeria 0-2 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
34 June 7 Brazil vs. Korea DPR 3-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand

Group F

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
11 June 1 Germany vs. Fiji 8-1 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
12 June 1 Uzbekistan vs. Honduras 3-4 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
23 June 4 Germany vs. Uzbekistan 3-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
24 June 4 Honduras vs. Fiji 0-3 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
35 June 7 Honduras vs. Germany 1-5 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
36 June 7 Fiji vs. Uzbekistan 0-3 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand

Round of 16

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
37 June 10 Ghana v Mali
0-3 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
38 June 10 Serbia v Hungary 2-1 a.e.t. Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
39 June 10 United States v Colombia
1-0 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
40 June 10 Ukraine v Senegal
1-1 (1-3 PKs) North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
41 June 11 Germany v Nigera
1-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
42 June 11 Austria v Uzbekistan
0-2 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
43 June 11 Portugal v New Zealand
2-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
44 June 11 Brazil v Uruguay
0-0 (5-4 PKs) Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand

Quarterfinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
45 June 14 Brazil v Portugal 0-0 (3-1 PKs) Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
46 June 14 Mali v Germany 1-1 (4-3 PKs) Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
47 June 14 United States v Serbia 0-0 (5-6 PKs) North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
48 June 14 Uzbekistan v Senegal 0-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand

Semifinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
49 June 17 Brazil v Senegal 5-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
50 June 17 Serbia v Mali 2-1 a.e.t. North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Third Place

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
51 June 20 Senegal v Mali 1-3 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Final

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
52 June 20 Brazil v Serbia 1-2 a.e.t. North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team - 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Stats

Record: 3-1-1 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Kellyn Acosta

D 4 4 350 0 0 0 3/1

Jordan Allen

F 3 2 218 0 0 0 2/0

Paul Arriola

M 4 4 383 1 0 2 1/0

Jeff Caldwell

GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Cameron Carter-Vickers

D 5 5 480 0 1 1 0/0

Marco Delgado

M 5 5 445 0 0 0 1/0

Conor Donovan

D 1 0 7 0 0 0 0/0

Emerson Hyndman

M 5 5 473 2 0 4 0/0

Bradford Jamieson IV

F 4 3 203 1 0 2 0/0

Matt Miazga

D 4 4 390 0 0 0 1/0

Shaquell Moore

D 2 2 180 0 0 0 1/0

Thomas Olsen

GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Erik Palmer-Brown

D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0

Desevio Payne

D 3 3 300 0 1 1 1/0

John Requejo

D 3 1 134 0 0 0 1/0

Rubio Rubin

F 5 4 407 2 1 5 0/0

Joel Soñora

F 4 1 107 0 0 0 0/0

Zack Steffen

GK 5 5 480 0 0 0 0/0

Maki Tall

F 1 1 48 0 0 0 0/0

Tommy Thompson

F 4 1 153 0 0 0 0/0
Gedion Zelalem M 5 4 422 0 1 1 0/0

Own Goal



0

Totals


5 5 450 7 4 18 11/1

Opponent Totals

5 5 450 4 2 10 10/0

2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Jeff Caldwell

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Thomas Olsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0

Zack Steffen

5 5 450 7 4 3 0.80 3-1-1

Totals

5

5 450 7 4 3 0.80 3-1-1

Opponent Totals

5

5 450 4 7 2 1.40 1-3-1

Updated through June 14, 2015

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