2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Auckland, New Zealand
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. NEW ZEALAND: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues Group A play at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Tuesday, June 2 against tournament-host New Zealand 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.
USA ROSTER NOTES:
- The USA began group play on May 30, defeating Myanmar 2-1, on goals from forward Maki Tall and midfielder Emerson Hyndman.
- It was Hyndman’s second international goal with the U-20’s and Tall’s third tally in only his fifth appearance with the USA.
- Rubio Rubin provided the assist on Hyndman’s game-winning goal and Cameron Carter-Vickers assisted on Tall’s score.
- 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.
- Hyndman wore the captain’s armband for the second time against Myanmar. He made his debut as captain against Australia during a friendly on May 19.
- Nineteen of the 21 players on the USA’s roster are on professional contracts with clubs in nine different countries including: USA, England, Mexico, Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.
- Eight 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, Paul Arriola, Conor Donovan, Zack Steffen, Shaquelle Moore, Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, John Requejo, Hyndman, Tommy Thompson and Bradford Jamieson IV.
- 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 of the 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).
- The USA and tournament-host New Zealand were drawn into Group A, along with Myanmar and Ukraine.
- The U.S. U-20’s garnered three points with a 2-1 win against Myanmar in their opening match, placing them atop the Group A standings, followed by Ukraine and New Zealand who tied in their first game, and Myanmar.
- 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 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.
- New Zealand did not participate in the 2014 OFC U-20 Championship, despite being the reigning champion, as they had already qualified for the U-20 World Cup by virtue of being the host nation.
- New Zealand’s appearance in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, is the country’s fourth time participating in a U-20 World Cup (2007, 2011, 2013). It has never advanced past the group stage.