The Story So Far: USA’s Wild Run At The FIFA U-20 World Cup
GROUP STAGE: UKRAINE 2, USA 1 – POSITIVE PERFORMANCE, DISAPPOINTING RESULT
GROUP STAGE: USA 2, NIGERIA 0 – SOTO BRACE BRINGS DOWN FLYING EAGLES
USA TAKE THE LEAD!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 27, 2019
Sebastian Soto scores his first goal of the tournament and puts 🇺🇸 on 🔝 pic.twitter.com/m2V6ok1MaC
The USA doubled its lead shortly after the break, when left back Chris Gloster made a cutting run and teed up club teammate Soto for his second of the game. Soto became the 10th U.S. player to score two or more goals in a U-20 World Cup game while goalkeeper Brady Scott and the U.S. defense did well to keep the clean sheet.
WHAT. A. GOAL. ⚡️⚡️— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 27, 2019
Sebastian Soto scores his second of the game and doubles the USMNT's lead 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/uOsBAKvZwx
GROUP STAGE: USA 1, QATAR 0 – WEAH GOAL IN GRITTY WIN SECURES ADVANCEMENT
ROUND OF 16: USA 3, FRANCE 2 – USA COMEBACK SHOCKS FAVORITES FRANCE
Richard Ledesma and Sebastian Soto combined for the USA's opening goal in their Round of 16 game against U-20 World Cup favorites France.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 4, 2019
It's currently 1-1 at halftime. Don't miss the second half LIVE on FS2! pic.twitter.com/rykdFBpjfY
France drew even just before the half and took the lead in the 55th minute, but a pair of attacking subs in Llanez and forward Justin Rennicks buoyed the U.S. midway through the second half. After a cooling break around the 70th, Llanez sparked the American equalizer a few minutes later, dishing to Weah who slipped a pass through a swarm of defenders to Soto inside the box. The striker smashed it home for his second of the day and fourth of the World Cup, good for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race.
SOTO AGAIN! 🇺🇸— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 4, 2019
Tim Weah this time with the lovely assist as the USA have tied it up against France, 2-2, in the 2nd half! pic.twitter.com/A0ZvR3uQsk
Off of a deflection after a long-range shot, defender Sergino Dest sent in another try from distance in the 83rd. While the French goalkeeper made a diving stop, the rebound fell to an onrushing Rennicks, who hammered it home to complete the comeback.
COMEBACK COMPLETE! 🇺🇸— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 4, 2019
Justin Rennicks cleans up the rebound and gives the USA a 3-2 lead. The Baby Yanks are minutes away from the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/s0Ng4aQmLT
UP NEXT: QUARTERFINAL VS. ECUADOR
Another challenge awaits the USA in its elite eight match-up against South American champion Ecuador on Saturday, June 8. While La Tricolor got off to a slow start in the group stage, Ecuador rolled traditional South American power Uruguay 3-1 in the Round of 16.