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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

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-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                                74
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko                                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

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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.” 

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Selección Masculina Sub-20 Termina en Segundo Lugar del Grupo A en Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA

AUCKLAND, Nueva Zelanda (5 de junio, 2015) - La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. terminó en segundo lugar del Grupo A al caer 3-0 contra Ucrania.

Estados Unidos terminó su paso por el Grupo A con seis puntos (6-1-0). Ucrania acabó con siete puntos (2-0-1). Nueva Zelanda (1-1-1) venció 5-1 a Myanmar (0-3-0), quienes terminaron con cuatro puntos y cero puntos, respectivamente. Con la victoria contundente, Nueva Zelanda podría avanzar a la segunda fase del torneo como uno de los equipos en el mejor tercer lugar. 

El conjunto estadounidense jugará contra el equipo que termine en segundo lugar del Grupo C el 10 de junio a las 3:30 a.m. ET. Información sobre la transmisión será anunciada próximamente. Aficionados también pueden seguir la acción en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer_ynt y @ussoccer_esp.

Resumen de Goles:

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko, minuto 56: Una falta de Cameron Carter-Vickers le dio un tiro libre a Ucrania y Viktor Kovalenko se perfiló para disparar. Kovalenko mandó su disparo potente por arriba de la barrera estadounidense. Con precisión, el balón entró en la esquina inferior, justo adentro del poste y por debajo de la mano estirada del portero estadounidense Zack Steffen. USA 0, UKR 1

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Eduard Sobol), minuto 74: Ucrania atacó por la banda izquierda, en donde Eduardo Sobol recibió un pase de Vladyslav Kabaiev. Sobol recortó el balón hacia el centro con un pase para Viktor Kovalenko, cuyo disparo cruzó la portería antes de entrar cerca del segundo poste. USA 0, UKR 2

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Artem Biesiedin), minuto 79: Ucrania siguió atacando y Artem Biesiedin evadió a su defensa, llevándose el balón a la media luna afuera del área grande y filtrando un pase para Kovalenko en el centro del área. Kovalenko estaba solo y mandó el balón por un lado de Zack Steffen para el último gol del partido. USA 0, UKR 3, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:

USA – Zack Steffen, minuto 46: Ucrania llegó con urgencia al cerrarse el primer tiempo. Un balón fue filtrado al área para Artem Biesiedin quien disparó directamente a la portería en donde Zack Steffen reaccionó bien para la atajada. 

Notas adicionales:

  • Los suplentes de EE.UU. fueron Joel Soñora, Rubio Rubín y Conor Donovan, quienes entraron por  Marco Delgado, Jordan Allen y Emerson Hyndman, respectivamente.
  • Una lesión en el primer partido contra Myanmar dejó fuera de acción a Maki Tall, quien estará fuera el resto del torneo.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. vs. Ucrania
Fecha: 5 de junio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA Nueva Zelanda 2015; Grupo A
Sede: North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, Nueva Zelanda
Inicio: 3 a.m. ET
Asistencia: 7,694
Clima: 56 grados, lluvia 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F
USA                                        0          0          0
UKR                                       0          3          3 

UKR – Viktor Kovalenko                                     minuto 56
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Eduard Sobol)            74
UKR – Viktor Kovalenko (Artem Biesiedin)       79 

Alineaciones:

USA:  1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18-Erik Palmer-Brown, 6-Kellyn Acosta, 15-Marco Delgado (10-Joel Soñora, 60), 8-Emerson Hyndman (16-Conor Donovan, 84), 19-Gedion Zelalem, 20-Jordan Allen (9-Rubio Rubin, 67), 7-Paul Arriola, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 3-John Requejo, 5-Matt Miazga 13-Tommy Thompson, 17-Desevio Payne

Director Técnico: 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
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Roman Pidkivka, 16-Yevgen Grytsenko, 2-Artur Kunetsov, 6-Viacheslav Tankovskyi, 15-Mykyta Tatarkov, 19-Oleksii Kovtun, 20-Yevhenii Nemtinov

Director Técnico: Oleksandr Petrakov

Resumen estadístico: USA / UKR
Tiros: 13 / 16
Tiros al arco: 2 / 6
Atajadas: 3 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 5 / 4
Faltas: 22 / 15
Fueras de lugar: 2 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Marco Delgado (amonestación)          minuto 22
USA – Kellyn Acosta (amonestación)           42
USA- Jordan Allen (amonestación)                65
UKR – Yurii Tkachuk (amonestación)           89

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Antonio Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Elvis Noupe (CMR)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Cuarto Oficial: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN) 

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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

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Tha Carter-VI

The ball was still bouncing inside the goal when Cameron Carter-Vickers and Maki Tall made eye contact and ran towards each other. With smiles across their faces, they slapped backhands and jumped, arms raised as they mimicked fade-away jump shots.

It was a somewhat spontaneous celebration after Carter-Vickers had assisted Tall on the game-tying goal against Myanmar in the first match of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, a game the USA eventually won with a goal from Emerson Hyndman. 

“We’ve been watching the NBA Playoffs. He’s a big LeBron fan, so he thinks Cleveland are going to win. And I like Steph Curry of Golden State,” Carter-Vickers said of the NBA Finals opponents. “From that we made up a handshake and in the game it just came out. We didn’t really plan it; it was more spur of the moment. We were happy that we had scored.”

At just 17 years old, Carter-Vickers is the youngest member of the USA’s U-20 MNT at the U-20 World Cup. And while soccer has been his main focus for the past 10 years, basketball is in his genes.

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U-20 MNT Jun 4, 2015

U-20 MNT Close Out Group A Play Against Ukraine

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will look to finish undefeated in Group A play at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup when it tackles Ukraine on Friday, June 5 at the QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The match will be broadcast live in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and NBC Universo with kickoff set for 3 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @usscocer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup: 

Group A Standings

GP

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

2

2

0

0

6

1

5

6

UKR

2

1

0

1

6

0

6

4

NZL

2

0

1

1

0

4

-4

1

MYA

2

0

2

0

1

8

-7

0

 

With a win or tie, the USA would finish first in Group A and would play a third place finisher in the Round of 16 that would most likely come from Group C, D or E. If the U.S. loses against Ukraine and finished in second place, the as the 2A seed, it would play the 2C seed. Opponents will be revealed tomorrow after all group matches are finished. 

USA NOTES:

  • The USA began group play on May 30, defeating Myanmar 2-1, on goals from forward Maki Tall and midfielder Emerson Hyndman, and kept rolling when it downed tournament-host New Zealand 4-0 on June 2, with goals from Bradford Jamieson IV, Hyndman, Paul Arriola and Rubio Rubin.
  • The win against New Zealand represented the first time in 14 U-20 World Cups/Youth Championships that the USA has won its first two matches of the tournament.
  • After its first two matches, the USA has six goals, tied for the second most goals scored after two games in U.S. U-20 World Cup history (seven in 2007, six in 1993).
  • Hyndman and Jamieson each bagged their third international goal with the U-20’s in the match against New Zealand. Additionally, Hyndman’s goal was also his second of the tournament in as many games played.
  • Hyndman is the first U.S. player to score in consecutive U-20 World Cup games since Jozy Altidore in 2007.
  • Hyndman wore the captain’s armband for the third time against New Zealand. He made his debut as captain against Australia during a friendly on May 19.
  • Rubin provided the assist on Hyndman’s game-winning goal against Myanmar and scored his first goal of the tournament against New Zealand.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Tommy Thompson made his 19th career appearance for the U-20’s against New Zealand, a leading mark amongst all players on the roster.
  • Eighteen of the 20 players on the USA’s roster are on professional contracts with clubs in eight different countries including: the United States, England, Mexico, Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Germany and Spain.
  • Seven players come from European clubs, eight from MLS, two from Liga MX, one from Argentina and two are playing at the collegiate level in the United States.
  • Eleven players from this roster were on the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster: Kellyn Acosta, Arriola, Conor Donovan, Zack Steffen, Shaquelle Moore,Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, John Requejo, Hyndman, Thompson and Jamieson.
  • Acosta and Arriola are the only two players on the roster with previous youth World Cup matches under their belt. Acosta played in all four matches for the USA, while Arriola appeared in three games at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
  • Acosta and Steffen were also on the 2013 U-20 World Cup roster, though neither appeared in a match. Previously, seven players had appeared on USA rosters in multiple U-20 World Cups: Freddy Adu (2003, 2005, 2007), Bryan Arguez (2007, 2009), Bobby Convey (2001, 2003), Kasey Keller (1987, 1989), Brian Perk (2007, 2009), Nathan Sturgis (2005, 2007) and Danny Szetela (2005, 2007). 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • 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.
  • The USA qualified for the World Cup by finishing third at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, earning one of the four berths from the region along with Mexico, Panama, and Honduras.
  • During the qualifying tournament, the USA tied Guatemala (1-1) and lost Panama (1-0) before winning four straight matches: Aruba (8-0), Jamaica (2-0), Trinidad and Tobago (1-0) and El Salvador in a playoff match, 2-0.
  • Tab Ramos is the third coach to lead a U-20 team in multiple World Cups (2013, 2015), following Sigi Schmid (1999, 2005) and Thomas Rongen (2003, 2007, 2009). As a player, Ramos also represented the USA at the 1983 U-20 World Youth Championship, 1988 Olympics Games, and the 1990, 1994, and 1998 FIFA World Cups.
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U-20 MNT Jun 4, 2015
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