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.
- 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.
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.