KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jan. 9, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was stunned by a 90th-minute equalizer from Andy Ruiz that handed Guatemala a 1-1 draw with the USA in the teams’ opening match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park on Friday evening.
Tottenham center back Cameron Carter-Vickers’ first goal for the U.S. Under-20s in the 58th minute highlighted a dominant display from the USA, which was unlucky not to pierce the Guatemalan defense on more than one occasion.
The USA pushed forward early, winning a handful of free kicks and corners with attacks down the flanks through Tommy Thompson and Romain Gall. Thompson nearly gave the U.S. an early lead with a hard shot from a tight angle that was saved by Guatemala goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen.
The U.S. dominated the run of play throughout the first half, even when playing with 10 men after defender Matt Miazga was sidelined for an extended period to close a gash over his right eye suffered in an aerial challenge with a Guatemalan forward. Despite its dominance of possession, the U.S. wasn’t able to craft many quality scoring chances aside from Thompson’s until late in the first 45 minutes when Vickers nearly turned home a Paul Arriola cross at the back post and Gall volleyed a Shaq Moore feed just wide of the Guatemala net.
The second half saw more of the same from the U.S. Under-20s. Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman barley missed on a long range effort that had Hagen beaten and Sunderland forward Lynden Gooch saw a partially blocked shot scooped up as well by the Guatemalan ‘keeper.
The USA next plays Panama, which beat Aruba 4-0 in the day’s opening match, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (Emerson Hyndman), 58th minute: Defender Shaq Moore’s powerful run to the end line won the U.S. a corner that second-half sub Emerson Hyndman curled to the back post. Carter-Vickers leapt above the fray to loft a well-place header back across the face of goal and into the right-hand side netting. USA 1, GUA 0
GUA – Andy Ruiz, 90th minute: A final Guatemala surge down the right led to a corner kick that was initially cleared by the USA’s Kellyn Acosta. But, before the ball hit the turf, Ruiz volleyed it from 25 yards away from goal into the left-hand upper 90 of U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s net. USA 1, GUA 1 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 12th minute: The USA won a turnover in midfield and Junior Flores sent the ball wide left to John Requejo, who whipped in a cross that Tommy Thompson did well to bring down to his feet before blasting a wide-angled shot from close range right at Guatemala goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen. Thompson had another crack when the rebound came to him but was unable to keep his second effort on frame.
GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 31st minute: The U.S. sent a long ball forward out of the back for Jamieson to chase. As he neared the ball and the edge of the Guatemala box in a one-v-one race with a defender, Hagen charged off his line to claim the rolling ball at the top of the box just before Jamieson could get a touch.
GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 78th minute: The U.S. broke through the Guatemala midfield and worked the ball onto the foot of Lynden Gooch at the top center of the box, where he was able to get off a partially deflected shot. Despite leaning the opposite way, Hagen was able to recover and collected the arcing deflection.
- The U.S. is 7-2-2 all-time against Guatemala in CONCACAF U-20 qualifying.
- U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos sent out a starting defense of Zack Steffen in goal, John Requejo at left back, Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers in the center and Shaq Moore at right back.
- Kellyn Acosta captained the USA from midfield where Paul Arriola and Junior Flores, who departed at halftime for Emerson Hyndman were also stationed.
- Up top, Bradford Jamieson IV occupied the center with Tommy Thompson split off to his right and Romain Gall to his left.
- Lynden Gooch eventually replaced Jamieson midway through the second half and Russell Canouse came on for Gall in the 84th minute.
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala U-20 National Team
Date: Jan. 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (Group Play)
Venue: Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
GUA 0 1 1
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (Emerson Hyndman) 58th minute
GUA – Andy Ruiz 90
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 3-John Requejo; 7-Paul Arriola, 10-Junior Flores (8-Emerson Hyndman, 46), 6-Kellyn Acosta (capt.); 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV (18-Lynden Gooch, 65), 9-Romain Gall (16-Russell Canouse, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno, 20-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
GUA: 1-Nicholas Hagen, 2-Kevin Grijalva, 6-Cristian Jimenez, 15-Salvador Estrada, 20-Mauricio Maltes, 13-Sthiven Robles (17-Pablo Aguilar, 62), 14-Andy Ruiz, 16-Julio Ortiz (capt.), 7-Paolo Ortiz (10-Diego Alvarez, 81), 9-Mauro Portillo, 11-Mario Hernandez (8-Kevin Bordon, 66)
Subs Not Used: 12-Julio Daniel Ochoa, 3-Allen Yanes, 4-Nicolas Samayora, 5-Luis de Leon, 18-Benedicto Aldana, 19-Jose Morales
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Ruiz
Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 18
Offside: 1 / 1
GUA – Mauricio Maltes (caution) 19th minute
USA – Romain Gall (caution) 52
GUA – Andy Ruiz (caution) 52
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CRC)
Fourth Official: Yedel Martinez. (CUB)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers