USA Looks to Continue 2017 U-20 World Cup Momentum vs. Senegal | 7am ET | FS1, Telemundo En Vivo

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with its second Group F game against Senegal on Thursday, May 25. The match kicks off at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic at 7 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS1 and telemundodeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. comes in on the heels of a thrilling 3-3 draw against Ecuador on Monday. Later that day, Senegal held on for a solid 2-0 start against Saudi Arabia and now sits atop Group F with three points. The U.S. faces a quick turnaround in its effort to get a favorable result against Senegal that would keep the team on course to advance to the Round of 16.

After its match against Senegal, the USA will close out Group F play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday May, 28 at 5 a.m. ET. That game can also be seen on FS1 and Telemundo.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Senegal

1

1

0

1

3

2

0

+2

USA

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Ecuador

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Saudi Arabia

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group Pairings:
Group A: Korea Republic (host), Guinea, Argentina, England
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Vanuatu, Mexico
Group C: Zambia, Portugal, Iran, Costa Rica
Group D: South Africa, Japan, Italy, Uruguay
Group E: France, Honduras, Vietnam, New Zealand
Group F: Ecuador, USA, Saudi Arabia, Senegal

U.S. U-20 MNT’s Group F Schedule:
May 22, 4 a.m. ET: Ecuador 3, USA 3; Incheon Stadium, Incheon
May 25, 7 a.m. ET: Senegal vs. USA; Incheon Stadium, Incheon
May 28, 5 a.m. ET: USA vs. Saudi Arabia; Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon

Hot Starts to Group F Play

For the USA, momentum came at the end of their tournament opener vs. Ecuador. After going down 2-0 inside the first seven minutes, the USA fought back to level the score via the foot and head of forward Josh Sargent. An even game then tilted back towards Ecuador with La Trí retaking a 3-2 lead early in the second half.

Just as it looked like Ecuador would escape with all three points, USA midfielder Luca de la Torre pounced on a short clearance at the top of the Ecuador area and coolly finished inside the right post in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage to rescue a massive point for the USA and keep the team in contention for a top spot in Group F.

Senegal got to business early in their 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia, tallying both goals inside the first 17 minutes of play. Ibrahim Niane powered home the opening goal in the 15th minute, before Ouseynnoue Diagne sent home an athletic half volley two minutes later. Senegal would continue to pressure Saudi Arabia throughout the match and perhaps should have increased the lead before the final whistle.

USA Setting Records

Two records were set during the U.S. U-20’s come-from-behind draw vs. Ecuador. The first was a matter of age, as Sargent became the youngest U.S. player to score a FIFA U-20 World Cup goal, at 17 years, 91 days old. The record was previously held by current MNT striker Jozy Altidore, who was 17 years, 239 days when he scored against Poland at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

The second record set was a matter of minutes. Luca de la Torre’s equalizer in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time was the latest regulation time goal scored by a U.S. player at a FIFA U-20 World Cup. The record was previously held by Brian Ownby, who notched a goal in the first minute of stoppage time during the USA’s 4-1 win vs. Cameroon at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Sea of Red

After wearing white jerseys in their World Cup opener, the USA will don its all-red kit against Senegal. The newer look was first revealed at midnight on Valentine’s Day earlier this year and debuted by the senior U.S. Women’s National Team when they defeated Germany 1-0 in the opening match of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 1. The U.S. Men’s National Team first wore red in a 6-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Honduras on May 24.

The U-20 MNT will become the first U.S. Youth National Team, men or women, to wear the red jerseys.


MNT striker Jozy Altidore represented the USA at the 2007 FIFA U-20 Word Cup in Canada.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)

FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)

USA FIFA WORLD CUP ROSTER EXPERIENCE
Six players on the USA U-20 CONCACAF roster have previous youth World Cup experience. From the USA’s 2015 U-17 World Cup squad: defender Auston Trusty as well as midfielders Luca de la Torre and Tyler Adams took part in the USA’s trip to Chile. Returning from the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup quarterfinal finish in New Zealand are defenders Erik Palmer-Brown, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

U-20 WORLD CUP HISTORY

The U.S. is making its 15th appearance at a U-20 World Cup and ninth in the last 10 cycles.

The USA’s best performance came when they finished fourth at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. Future MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller backstopped the side in that tournament, earning the Silver Ball as the competition’s second best player.

The U.S. has run to the quarterfinals four times: 1993, 2003, 2007 and most recently in 2015. Two years ago U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos’ side earned group stage wins against Myanmar (2-1) and New Zealand (4-0) before defeating Colombia 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The side saw their tournament run end in heartbreaking fashion as they fell 6-5 on penalty kicks after playing eventual champions Serbia to a 0-0 draw.

Senegal is making just its second appearance at the U-20 World Cup. Les Lions de la Téranga’s tournament debut came in the 2015 and proved to be a spectacular start. After they advanced through the group stage as one of four best third place teams, Senegal proceeded to upset Ukraine in the round of 16 followed by Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. The magical run came to an end, as they fell 5-0 to Brazil in the semifinals before dropping a 3-1 result to Mali in the third-place game.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

The USA capped its qualifying run at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with five-straight wins. After opening the tournament with a 1-0 loss against Panama, the team went on to defeat Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis by matching 4-1 score lines, earning first place in Group B and advancement to the classification stage. There, the U-20 MNT used a 29th minute header from Erik-Palmer Brown to earn a 1-0 victory against rivals Mexico, breaking El Trí’s 20-match unbeaten streak at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Ramos’ side followed up that victory with a 2-1 win against El Salvador to punch its ticket to Korea Republic and also advance to the tournament final against Honduras, where the team won 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 deadlock.

Senegal qualified for the 2017 U-20 World Cup by finishing as the runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia. Drawn into Group B, Senegal topped the four-team group to advance to the semifinals and simultaneously clinch its spot at the World Cup. Following a 1-1 draw with Sudan, Les Leones de la Teranga recorded a 4-3 victory against South Africa and a 2-0 win vs. Cameroon to win the group. In the semifinals, Senegal collected a 1-0 shutout against Guinea before falling 2-0 to host Zambia in the final.

Senegal U-20 MNT Roster by Position (Club/Club Country)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mouhamed Mbaye (FC Porto/POR), Idrissa Ndiaye (Diambars FC/SEN), Lamine Sarr (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN)

DEFENDERS (8): Souleymane Aw (Excellence Foot/SEN), Moussa Ba (Excellence Foot/SEN), Mamadou Diarra (Generation Foot/SEN), Waly Diouf (Valenciennes FC/FRA), Alioune Gueye (NGB Niarry Tally/SEN), Akhibou Ly (CNEPS Excellence/SEN), Mamadou Mbaye (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN), Jean Ndecky (Casa Sport/SEN)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Calvin Diagne (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Krepin Diatta (Sarpsborg FK/NOR), Bamba Kane (Diambars FC/SEN), Souleye Sarr (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

FORWARDS (6): Aliou Badji (Djurgardens IF/SWE), Habib Gueye (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Ibrahima Niane (Generation Foot/SEN), Ibrahima Ndiaye (Wadi Degla FC/EGY), Ousseymou Niang (Diambars FC/SEN), Mouhamed Pouye (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

INCHEON STADIUM

The U.S. faces Senagal in its second of two Group F games at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon. The USA’s third and final group match against Saudi Arabia will be played at Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon, Korea Republic.

The Incheon Football Stadium is located in the Dowon neighborhood of the city’s Jung District. Upon completion in 2012, it became the home ground of K-League heavyweights Incheon United FC. Though the stadium has a capacity of 19,649, the distance between the pitch and the stands is only one meter, allowing for an intimate atmosphere and exceptional match experience. This stadium is unique in that it features a dug-out for the coaching staff and players, instead of benches set back from the touchline that are found at other K-League stadiums.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The 2017 tournament begins in a group stage, with 24 nations split into six four-team groups. After the initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-place teams, will advance to the Round of 16, where the single-elimination knockout games begin. After the Semifinals, the winning teams play for the World Cup, while the two losing teams will compete in the Third-Place Match. In total, 52 games will be played to decide the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup champion.

VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE

FIFA referees will be using a video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at an underage event during the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The tournament is set to play an important role in developing the future of the game with live VAR tests taking place at all 52 games and six venues, being used to support referees with ‘match-changing’ decisions. These include serious incidents such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

VARs will be given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct any clear mistakes in these situations.

The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to make the first as well as the final decision on the field of play.

The system was first trialed at a FIFA tournament during the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 last December and has since seen testing conducted in competitions around the world – with almost 20 set to take part in 2017.