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Quote Sheet: Ramos, Rubin, Arriola, Steffen and Hyndman On U-20 World Cup Run

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quote Sheet
USA 0, SRB 0; Serbia wins 6-5 on penalty kicks
June 14, 2015
U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On the match:
“It was a very good game. Serbia is one of those teams that is very disciplined, in particular defensively but also when they attack. I thought we countered them very well; I thought we were very well prepared for them. Unfortunately it was a game that could have gone either way and in penalties anything can happen. I’m just very happy for our players for how well they did, proud of how hard they played and know that we were that close in getting to a World Cup semifinals.

On having the game decided on penalty kicks:
“It’s always very difficult. Penalties is a very tough way to lose. But somebody had to win the game. Both teams defended pretty well throughout the game and I think it was two good teams playing a quarterfinal game. Somebody had to go through, and unfortunately it wasn’t us, but I’m very proud of the team.”

On how a tournament like this can help in the development of the players:
“You can take a lot, because at the end of the day the U-20 team is for development. And so hopefully they gained some great experience for the future and something that will be valuable for them on the senior team down the road.”

On his message to the team:
“I think the important thing is for them to keep their head up. They played great throughout the World Cup. We were very competitive with every team and we could have won every game. I’m very happy for them and the work they did, and hopefully this is a good experience for them down the road when they have to play the games that really count for World Cup Qualifying for the senior team.”

[FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE]

On the match:
"It was a hard fought game. We obviously knew that Serbia is a very tactical team, they really know what they’re playing. They’re very patient and they wait for their opportunity. They did a great job. I thought we countered them really well. I thought we were very prepared for their game and we gave ourselves quite a few opportunities to win the game. So from our end, I’m satisfied considering we had a short roster – we really had some players out that were important for us. So I thought the boys did really well. They fought really hard, they stuck to the game plan and we gave them very few opportunities, so that was good from our end. And from their end, they played the game they’ve been playing all along. This is a well-coached team and they did a great job. I think they have as great an opportunity as anyone to win the tournament.”

On the penalty shootout:
“In the end, we have to remember that senior players miss penalties all the time. And so when you go to penalties all you can do is pick the guys who feel confident, who are happy to step up and take a penalty and that’s what we did. In the end, some guys missed, it happens. It happens at the higher levels than this level. Again, I’m very happy with my players and I know they showed a lot of courage. From our end, we’re satisfied. I think we could have done a little bit more, but in the end we’re happy.”

On how difficult it was to break down Serbia’s defense:
“Very difficult. One of the things we talked about coming into the match was that they are very organized defensively. And if you don’t counter them right away, if you don’t hit forward passes immediately after you recover, they get into very good shape in the back and then they make it very difficult to get shots; we knew that coming into the game. I thought we did very well in particular in the first 15-20 minutes of the game when we came out pressing high we seemed to get more control of the game. But then as the game wore on and the game opened up a little bit, I thought Serbia was very disciplined in maintaining their defense. They’re a very tough team, they’re very organized, and like I said before, well coached.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN

On the tournament ending the way it did for the U.S.:
"It sucks. To lose that way after we tied them 0-0; we had opportunities to take over the game and win it, but at the end of the day we lost. We lost on PKs. It was a great team effort.

“Now we move on and we just have to keep our heads up. We’re going to have moments like these in our careers. This is one of our setbacks and it’s the way you react to it. I think everyone came into this tournament with a positive mentality to try to win the tournament, and unfortunately we couldn’t. It was a great run, a great team effort.”

On being part of the World Cup team:
“It was a great experience, from the beginning of the tournament through the group stage, beating Colombia and playing in the quarterfinals against Serbia. It was a tough battle going into overtime and even PK’s. You feel the pressure, you feel the nerves and everything. That’s all experience for us. We’re all 19-20 years old. This is just the beginning to setbacks and great moments in our careers. We’re going to have moments like the Colombia game where we’re very happy, and now a disappointment in the quarterfinals with a tough loss. It’s how you learn from this. We have to stay positive. Right now it sucks, every one has their head down. But tomorrow is a different day and we just have to stay positive and use this experience to help us down the road.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder PAUL ARRIOLA

On his thoughts on the match:
“I thought it was a very back and forth game. Serbia is a very good team – they kept the ball, they were physical. And we were the same. We each had a few opportunities and in the end neither team was able to put one away. And unfortunately we had to go to penalty kicks and obviously there has to be a winner.”

On advancing to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup:
"For all of us, from an experience standpoint, it was amazing. To be able to play in a U-20 World Cup, make it all the way to the quarterfinals and go to PKs. Obviously it’s unfortunate to lose like that but there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

On what he can learn from a tournament like this:
“I think I learned a lot about myself in this tournament, especially going from not playing in the first game. I learned to really take my opportunity. Also when a group comes together like this, towards the end you realize what the group had. I look at ourselves and I see us as more than a team, I see us as brothers. I see all of us at the end of the game crying because of how bad we wanted it, not only for ourselves but for everyone else around us, everyone back home watching and supporting us, and people who flew here to support us. So for us to be able to form a brotherhood like we did to get this far in the World Cup was amazing.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On the way the match ended:
"I’m very proud of how the guys fought for the whole 120 minutes. They left it all on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of that. It wasn’t the way we intended to go out, we wanted to keep this run going and get to the semis, but that’s soccer.”

On his standout play in the tournament:
“I try to stay grounded. My mom and whole family has always taught us to be humble and to stay grounded, so I don’t think of my play in that way. I want to keep improving and to stay focused. I’m going to go home for a couple weeks and then get back to Freiberg and continue working hard there.”

One what he can take away from playing in the U-20 World Cup:
“You learn a lot. You learn from your teammates and yourself when you’re with a group for so long with everyone focused on the same goals. You learn a lot about soccer with the great coaching. And you learn a lot about what you can continue improving on from the opponents you face and the games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder EMERSON HYNDMAN

On the match:
"It was a tough game I think for both teams. We really put everything out there and so did they. It went all the way to 120 minutes when it looked like either of us could have broke through at some point in the game. Then it went down to penalties and anything can happen there.”

On what he got out of his leadership role as captain of the team:
“It was nice to be the captain of a World Cup team. Any time you can help a group, especially your teammates that you hang around with all the team, in a game is always a joy. And this is such a great group, they’re all leaders anyway. All I had to do was help out a little bit and represent us.”

On what he can take away from the tournament for his future:
“This was the first for a lot of us. Qualifying, we thought was long at the time. But to really prepare mentally for each and every game in a World Cup is much different. It’s obviously much more competitive in terms of every team in the World Cup qualified from different regions, and they each have different styles. So I think this experience in preparing for and playing these different opponents will help all of us in the long run.”

On how he looks back at the tournament:
“It was awesome. It was a great month. To play in a World Cup, and in New Zealand, a place I didn’t know I’d ever visit. And to share these moments and experiences with a great group of guys and coaching staff and all the staff behind the scenes – It was a joy.”

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U-20 MNT Faces Quarterfinal Showdown against Serbia

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Quote Sheet: Ramos, Miazga, Rubin, Arriola and Steffen Celebrate Round of 16 Win

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quote Sheet
USA 1, COL 0
June 10, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On the win and advancing to the Quarterfinals:
“Very excited about the win. It’s really difficult to win games at this stage in the World Cup. I’m very happy for the players because they deserve it, They’ve put in a great effort so far. But we felt like today was the start of the tournament for us, so I feel like we’re not done. We have a game coming up and we’re looking forward to the next one and getting through to the next round.”

On how the match played out:
“We came into the game trying to press them high and try to get turnovers on their side of the field, which we did pretty well for the first 15-20 minutes. The last 15 minutes of the first half, were, I thought, poor on our side because we weren’t able to hold on to possession of the ball. But I felt that in the second half the team really turned it around. We got the goal and then for about the next 20 minutes we had a good opportunity to put the game away. We had a lot of one-on-ones in the back that we didn’t take advantage of. And obviously the last ten minutes of the game, like all great teams, we knew Colombia was going to throw everything forward and they did, and I’m really proud of the guys and the effort they made to hold on to the win.”

On Rubio Rubin’s hard work and goal:
“I wish I could tell you I was impressed by Rubio tonight, but I’m really not because I know he’s that kind of player. I said to him before, coming into the game tonight, that he needs to be one of those number 9’s that people talk about when this tournament’s over. And I think today he took a big step towards that.”

On what impressed him most of the match:
"I think that in the second half we started getting a hold of the ball. I like the way that Gedion (Zelalem) started feeling more confident with the team. Obviously, as you know, he hasn’t been with us for a long time and I think he’s starting to feel more confident and I think the rest of the team is starting to feel more confident with him. The same goes for the rest of the group. I’m very happy with the performance, in particular in the last ten minutes under very difficult circumstances; we held our own pretty well. All these games are very difficult, so I’m very proud of the team and I think more importantly that this is a great experience for them that they’ll take on hopefully to the senior team.”

On Zack Steffen making a big penalty kick save similar to the WCQ match vs. El Salvador:
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I thought he was going to save it. And I thought the same against El Salvador. We have that type of confidence in our goalkeeper, and I thought that he would come up big – he always does, and it’s kind of expected at this point. So I’m very happy for him. Obviously it’s very difficult to save a penalty and he did it.”

On if he has any complaints on the second yellow card to Kellyn Acosta:
“No, I’m too far away from the play, and I haven’t seen any replays. It is what it is. Kellyn already had a yellow card coming in to this game. He received a yellow card in the first half of this game so he would have been out the next game regardless.”

On what he told the team at halftime after it seemed Colombia had better possession in the first half:
“That’s a good point, because that’s something that we thought we were lacking. We’re a team that likes to have the ball, and one of the things we said to the players at halftime was to play with more confidence, to play into traffic and to play the ball into the middle of the field and to our good players who can hold it. And I think we did a much better job in the second half. Once we did that the game opened up for us and it became a little bit easier.”

On the injury to Bradford Jamieson (TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH):
“At this time, I don’t have more information. I know he’s doing ok; he’s in the hospital with his mom. They are still evaluating him to see exactly what happened. But in general he is well, he is stable, and he’s with his mom, so that’s good.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender MATT MIAZGA

On what the defense did to record the shutout:
"I feel like the whole game we were pretty organized. We had two blocks of four, and I think everyone on the field died for each other tonight. We emptied our tanks and we were organized and we fought for every ball.”

On Zack Steffen’s penalty kick save:
“At that moment I was a little bit shocked that we gave up the PK. But I had a gut feeling that Zack would save it – I had a quick flash back to the El Salvador game where Zack made a huge save as well. And Zack did the job and we were there to clear it. We finished the game strong, got the shutout and most important got the big victory.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN

On his high work-rate in the match:
"My role today was to make the center backs’ job very complicated. Whenever the ball would come to me, I would try to push them off and get the ball and be able to have the whole team go forward. They were attacking a lot so I wanted to be able to hold the ball a lot so my teammates could get forward. And I think for the defenders, they weren’t able to mark me as they wanted to. But it was a good performance from the whole team and a fantastic win.”

On his goal:
“The ball landed right to Paul Arriola and he shot it. I was kind of jumping for the handball to the ref and the ball landed right at my feet. I just tried to do my best to get under it, wished for the best and smashed it into the goal. So, happy with the goal but it was a fantastic win.”

On Zack Steffens’ save:
“There was a lot of nerves. I was on the ground, pretty much, praying a little bit for Zack to save it, and he came up clutch for us. He had a great game, and for me he was the Man of the Match. He helped us get this win.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder PAUL ARRIOLA

On what was the key to the win:
"The hard work and dedication, not only myself but everyone else. We died for each other on the field. We saved each other; when someone was down, we helped them up. When someone was out of position we got into position. I think that’s the way our team is built. Not only are we good with the ball and can keep the ball at times. There’s going to be times when other teams are better than us or having a better game than us, and so today we just showed the hard work and dedication and we stayed in it.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On the play of the defense in front to help get the shutout:
"I thought the whole backline, the midfield, they were all very connected. The communication out there tonight was a lot better than it has been in the past. And I thought Matt (Miazga) and Cam (Carter-Vickers) did block a lot of shots. That was great for the team to be able to step up and make the big plays.”

On his penalty kick save:
“It’s always nice to make the big plays for your team. They’re doing most of the work the whole game, so when a big opportunity comes to me like that, you welcome it and just try to stay focused and hope that you can make the big play. Luckily I did tonight.”

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Selección Masculina Sub-20 Avanza a Cuartos de Final en Nueva Zelanda

WELLINGTON, Nueva Zelanda (10 de junio, 2015) - La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. venció a Colombia 1-0 en Wellington Regional Stadium para ubicarse en los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA.

Es la primera vez desde el 2007 que EE.UU. avanza a los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial Sub-20. Ahora se enfrentará contra Serbia el 14 de junio a las 12:30 a.m. ET. La información de televisión se anunciará próximamente. Aficionados también pueden seguir la acción en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer_ynt y @ussoccer_esp

La victoria de Estados Unidos fue una llena de emoción, empezando en el cuarto minuto de juego cuando Bradford Jamieson tuvo que ser remplazado por Jordan Allen luego de ser lesionado. EE.UU. ajustó su ritmo de juego, pero no fue hasta el segundo tiempo que pudo encontrar el gol. Fue el segundo gol en cuatro partidos para Rubio Rubín, quien aprovechó el rebote dentro del área para abrir el marcador.

La emoción continuaría, y en el minuto 82 una falta de Kellyn Acosta dentro del área chica dejó a EE.UU. con un hombre menos y enfrentando un tiro penal. Sin embargo, el portero Zack Steffen demostró su habilidad y atajó el penal para mantener la ventaja estadounidense. Acosta se perderá el partido contra Serbia.

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Rubio Rubín, minuto 58: Un balón largo de EE.UU. rebotó en varios jugadores antes de que Paul Arriola pudiera disparar con claridad. El disparo rebotó en la espalda de Juan Quintero y Rubio Rubín se abalanzó sobre el rebote, disparando con potencia por un lado del portero Álvaro Montero. USA 1, COL 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
USA – Zack Steffen, minuto 46: A menos de un minuto de iniciar el segundo tiempo, Colombia filtró un balón entre la multitud para Jarlan Barrera. El colombiano  vio la oportunidad en el segundo poste y disparó, pero el portero Zack Steffen estaba bien colocado para quitarle el balón de los pies.

 USA – Zack Steffen, minuto 50: Un balón largo de Colombia sobrepasó la defensa estadounidense y le cayó al veloz Steven Lucumi, quien al mismo tiempo intentaba desmarcarse del defensa Matt Miazga. Lucumi bajó el balón y disparó de corta distancia, pero Zack Steffen  había salido bien y reaccionó de primera para mantener a EE.UU. con vida.

USA – Zack Steffen, minuto 58: Colombia se lanzó al ataque después del gol de EE.UU. Santos Borre recibió el balón y se quitó a su defensa, disparando de cerca de la línea de fondo al primer poste, pero Zack Steffen estaba atentó y controló el balón sin titubear.

USA – Zack Steffen, minuto 83: Una falta en el área chica de Kellyn Acosta resultó en su segunda amonestación del partido y el árbitro no dudó en apuntar al punto penal. Jarlan Barrera se perfiló para tomar el penal, disparando hacia el lado izquierdo de la portería. Zack Steffen anticipó bien, haciendo una finta hacia su izquierda antes de abalanzarse hacia su derecha, estirando su brazo derecho lo suficiente para evitar el gol del empate.

USA – Paul Arriola, minuto 84: Colombia aumentó su ritmo al verse con un hombre más en el campo y mandó varios tiros hacia la portería. El más peligroso parecía destinado a entrar al estar Steffen lejos de su línea, pero el defensa Paul Arriola estaba en buena posición para despejar con la cabeza en la línea de gol.

Notas adicionales:

  • El mediocampista Kellyn Acosta fue expulsado del partido por doble amonestación y no jugará los cuartos de final el 14 de junio contra Serbia.
  • Paul Arriola, Shaq Moore, Desevio Payne, Marco Delgado, Jordan Allen, Matt Miazga han sido amonestados en lo que va del torneo. Una amonestación en el partido de cuartos de final dejaría a los jugadores fuera de la semifinal.
  • El defensa Allen entró en el 11vo minuto por Bradford Jamieson, quien fue llevado al hospital y está siendo evaluado.
  • Los suplentes de EE.UU. fueron Allen, John Requejo y Tommy Thompson, quienes entraron por  Jamieson, Arriola y Zelalem, respectivamente.
  • Es la primera vez desde el 2007 que EE.UU. avanza a cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA. En esa ocasión, EE.UU. derrotó a Uruguay en octavos de final y cayó contra Australia en cuartos de final.
  • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 6-7-0 contra equipos de la CONMEBOL en Copas Mundiales Sub-20 de la FIFA.
  • Una lesión en el primer partido contra Myanmar dejó fuera de acción a Maki Tall, quien estará fuera el resto del torneo.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. vs. Colombia
Fecha: 10 de junio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA Nueva Zelanda 2015; Octavos de Final
Sede: Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, Nueva Zelanda
Inicio: 3:30 a.m. ET
Asistencia: 6,062
Clima: 54 grados, con viento 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F
USA                                        0          1          1
COL                                        0          0          0 

USA – Rubio Rubín                minuto 58 

Alineaciones:

USA:  1-Zack Steffen, 17-Desevio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 6-Kellyn Acosta, 15-Marco Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem (13-Tommy Thompson, 87), 7-Paul Arriola (3-John Requejo, 84), 9-Rubio Rubin, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV (20-Jordan Allen, 11)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 10-Joel Soñora, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-Erik Palmer-Brown
Director Técnico: Tab Ramos 

COL: 1-Álvaro Montero (capt.), 3-Jeison Angulo, 5-Juan Quintero, 6-Andrés Tello, 8-Alexis Zapata (9-Joao Rodríguez, 72), 11-Steven Lucumi (18-Carlos Ibarguen, 64), 13-Davinson Sánchez, 14-Rodin Quiñones, 16-Jarlan Barrera, 19-Victor Gutiérrez (7-Deinner Quiñones, 60), 20-Santos Borre
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Luis Vásquez, 2-Aldayr Hernández, 4-Daniel Londoño, 10-Sergio Villareal, 15-Jhoan Ayala, 17-Juan Otero, 21-Yasser Chávez
Director Técnico: Carlos Alberto Restrepo 

Resumen estadístico: USA / COL
Tiros: 8 / 24
Tiros al arco: 2 / 3
Atajadas: 3 / 1
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 4
Faltas: 17 / 16
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
COL – Juan Quintero (amonestación)            minuto 20
USA – Paul Arriola (amonestación)               26
USA – Kellyn Acosta (amonestación             34
COL – Andrés Tello (amonestación)              49
COL – Jeison Angulo (amonestación)            54
USA – Kellyn Acosta (amonestación)           82
USA – Kellyn Acosta (expulsión)                  82
COL – Jarlan Barrera (amonestación)            86
USA - Jordan Allen                                        86

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Antonio Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Cuarto Oficial: Matt Conger (NZL) 

Jugadores del Partido ussoccer.com: Zack Steffen y Rubio Rubin

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Jun 10, 2015
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USA Off to U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals After 1-0 Defeat of Colombia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (June 10, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team took down Colombia 1-0, in the Round of 16 to advance to the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 2007.

After a scoreless first half, Colombia applied heavy pressure to begin the final 45 minutes. Midway through the period however, the U.S. found its footing and was rewarded when forward Rubio Rubin collected a missed clearance from Colombia inside the box to net the game-winning goal of the match.

The goal was Rubin’s second of the tournament. He also scored during the USA’s 4-0 victory over New Zealand in the USA’s second group game.

Late in the second half, defender Kellyn Acosta was called for a foul inside the U.S. box, earning him his second yellow card of the match and giving Colombia an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot. With the USA down to 10 men, Jarlan Barrera stepped up for Colombia, but U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up big, guessing correctly to the left side and punching the ball out to keep Colombia off the score board.

The U.S. advances to play Serbia in the Quarterfinal Round at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will play on Sunday, June 14, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 12:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Rubio Rubin, 58th: Following a goal kick clearance by Steffen, a couple of U.S. players jumped up to get the ball and control it past midfield. Emerson Hyndman got to it first, heading it down to Paul Arriola, who received it and tried to get off a shot. Colombia’s Juan Quintero was able to block Arriola’s attempt but was unable to fully clear it. Rubio Rubin collected the rebound and from the right side of the box, shot to the near post with his right foot from about five yards out for the USA’s game-winning goal. USA 1, COL 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 46th minute: Colombia’s Jarlan Barrera found himself alone after leaving his defenders behind inside the USA box. He ran forward, matching up one-on-one with Steffen. Steffen was alert and came out to grab the ball before Barrera could do anything, denying a scoring opportunity.

USA – Zack Steffen and Matt Miazga, 50th minute: In another point-blank shot opportunity for Colombia, Steven Lucumi ran towards the USA net, passing defender Matt Miazga on his way. Steffen again was ready, stepping out of his goal to block the shot then getting help from Miazga, who made the final clearance.

USA – Zack Steffen (penalty kick save), 83rd minute: Kellyn Acosta challenged a play inside the box on the right side from behind and was called for a foul, granting a penalty kick in favor of Los Cafeteros. Acosta received his second yellow of the game for the foul, thus leaving the USA with 10 men on the field as Colombia prepared to take the penalty shot. Jarlan Barrera stepped up to take the shot but his attempt was s by Zack Stuffed out by Seffen, who threw his body to his right side to punch the ball out and preserve the USA lead.

USA – Paul Arriola, 84th minute: Once again, Jarlan Barrera created a dangerous play as he was in a good spot from the top of the box to send a bullet shot straight toward the USA net. This time, it was midfielder Paul Arriola, who was locked in and made a spectacular save off the line, heading the ball away from the net and keeping Colombia at bay.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. U-20 MNT advances to play Serbia in the quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday, June 14. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-7-0 all-time against CONMEBOL teams at the U-20 World Cup.
  • After losing its first six meetings against South American teams from 1981-1997, the USA has gone 6-1 against its southern continental neighbors, including wins in the final four meetings: defeating Argentina 1-0 in 2005; 2-1 victories over Brazil and Uruguay in 2007, and tonight's 1-0 win over Colombia.
  • The USA last advanced beyond the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, when it downed Uruguay 2-1 after extra time in Toronto courtesy of an Uruguay own goal and a strike from current senior Men’s National Team captain Michael Bradley.
  • The USA has advanced past the Round of 16 on three previous occasions: in 2007 (finished 7th overall), 2003 (finished 5th overall) and in 1989 (finished 4th overall).
  • This was the first victory for the USA against Colombia in the teams' only meeting in U-20 World Cup play.
  • The USA last recorded a clean sheet in a U-20 World Cup knockout round match in 2003 when the U.S. downed Ivory Coast 2-0 in the Round of 16. Tonight's shutout is the second all-time for the U.S. U-20 MNT in knockout round play at a FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship/World Cup.
  • Rubio Rubin’s goal was his second of the tournament. He last scored during the USA’s 4-0 win over New Zealand in its second group stage match of the competition.
  • Rubin, who alongside Emerson Hyndman is the only player to have been capped at the senior level, made his MNT debut for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann against then No.3-ranked Colombia last November in a friendly in London. Hyndman made his debut during the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014. 
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kellyn Acosta, Hyndman, Zack Steffen and Marky Delgado, all were starters in tonight’s match. They were the only players to start all three group stage matches for the USA as well.
  • Steffen recorded his eighth career shutout and second of the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
  • Due to his ejection from tonight’s game, Acosta will have to sit out the USA’s quarterfinal match against Serbia on June 14.
  • Additionally, forward Bradford Jamieson was injured early in the game and was taken off in the 11th minute. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being evaluated further.
  • The USA’s three substitutions of the game were: Jordan Allen for Jamieson, John Requejo for Paul Arriola and Tommy Thompson for Gedion Zelalem. The appearance was the 20th for Thompson with the U-20’s, a leading mark among the roster.

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kickoff: 3:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 6062
Weather: 54 degrees; Windy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
COL                            0          0          0

USA – Rubio Rubin    58th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 17-Desevio Payne, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 6-Kellyn Acosta; 15-Marky Delgado, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 19-Gedion Zelalem (13-Tommy Thompson, 87), 7-Paul Arriola (3-John Requejo, 84); 9-RubioRubin, 11-Bradford Jamieson IV (20-Jordan Allen, 11)
Subs Not Used: 12-Thomas Olsen, 21-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaquell Moore, 10-Joel Soñora, 16-Conor Donovan, 18-ErikPalmer-Brown
Head coach: Tab Ramos

COL: 1-Alvaro Montero (capt.); 3-Jeison Angulo, 5-Juan Quintero, 6-Andres Tello, 8-Alexis Zapata (9-Joao Rodriguez, 72); 11-Steven Lucumi (18-Carlos Ibarguen, 64), 13-Davinson Sanchez, 14-Rodin Quiñones, 16-Jarlan Barrera; 19-Victor Gutierrez (7-Deinner Quiñones, 60), 20-Santos Borre
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Luis Vasquez, 2-Aldayr Hernandez, 4-Daniel Londoño, 10-Sergio Villareal, 15-Jhoan Ayala, 17-Juan Otero, 21-Yasser Chavez (GK)
Head coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 8 / 24
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Juan Quintero (caution)          20th minute
USA – Paul Arriola (caution)             26
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           34
COL – Andres Tello (caution)             49
COL – Jeison (caution)                       54
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)           81
USA – Kellyn Acosta (ejection)          81
COL – Jarlan Barrera (caution)           86
USA - Jordan Allen (caution)              86

Officials:
Referee: Antonio Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Matt Conger (NZL)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Zack Steffen and Rubio Rubin

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U-20 MNT Jun 10, 2015

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-0 D 5-6 L North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 10,826 --
1-0 W Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand 6,062 Rubin
0-3 L North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 7,694 --
4-0 W North Harbor Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 15,678 Jamieson, Hyndman, Arriola, Rubin
2-1 W Northland Events Center; Whangarei, New Zealand 5,816 Tall, Hyndman

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-10 150 Plano, Texas Colorado Rapids 21/2
F 5-11 160 Rochester, N.Y. Real Salt Lake
M 5-8 145 Chula Vista, Calif. D.C. United 17/2
GK 6-1 168 Todd, N.C. University of Virginia
D 6-1 200 Southend-on-Sea, England Swansea City (Wales) 6/0
M 5-9 150 Glendora, Calif. Toronto FC (CAN) 5/0
D 6-2 175 Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Orlando City SC
M 5-9 155 Dallas, Texas Hibernian (Scotland) 2/0
F 6-1 165 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Nantes (France) 10/1
D 5-11 155 Powder Springs, Ga. Reus Deportiu (Spain) 3/0
GK 6-3 190 Las Vegas, Nev.
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. NAC Breda (Netherlands) 2/0
D 5-11 160 Greenwood, S.C. FC Groningen (Holland)
D 5-8 146 Carpinteria, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
F 5-10 160 Beaverton, Ore. Club Tijuana (Mexico) 7/0
F 5-9 140 Buenos Aires, Argentina Boca Juniors
GK 6-3 190 Downingtown, Pa. Columbus Crew SC 6/0
F 5-7 155 Loomis, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
M 5-11 154 Bethesda, Md. Rangers (Scotland)

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Kellyn Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Jordan Allen

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rochester, N.Y.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Paul Arriola

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
D.C. United

Jeff Caldwell

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
168

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Todd, N.C.

Club:
University of Virginia

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Southend-on-Sea, England

Club:
Swansea City (Wales)

Marky Delgado

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, Calif.

Club:
Toronto FC (CAN)

Conor Donovan

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Emerson Hyndman

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
Hibernian (Scotland)

Bradford Jamieson IV

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Matt Miazga

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Nantes (France)

Shaq Moore

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Reus Deportiu (Spain)

Thomas Olsen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Erik Palmer-Brown

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
184

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:
NAC Breda (Netherlands)

Desevio Payne

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greenwood, S.C.

Club:
FC Groningen (Holland)

John Requejo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
146

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Carpinteria, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Rubio Rubin

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Beaverton, Ore.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Joel Soñora

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Club:
Boca Juniors

Zack Steffen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pa.

Club:
Columbus Crew SC

Tommy Thompson

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Loomis, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Gedion Zelalem

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bethesda, Md.

Club:
Rangers (Scotland)

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Ukraine 3 2 0 1 9 0 9 7
United States
3 2 1 0 6 4 2 6
New Zealand
3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Myanmar 3 0 3 0 2 13 -11 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Ghana 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 7
Austria 3 1 0 2 3 2 1 5
Argentina 3 0 1 2 4 5 -1 2
Panama 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Portugal
3 3 0 0 10 1 9 9
Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 4
Senegal
3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
Qatar
3 0 3 0 1 7 -6 0

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Serbia 3 2  1 0 4 2 2 6
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Mali
3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Mexico
3 1 2 0 2 5 -3 3

Group E

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 3 3 9
Nigera 3 2 1 0 8 4 4 6
Hungary
3 1 2 0 6 5 1 3
Korea DPR
3 0 3 0 1 12 -11 0

Group F

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Germany 3 3 0 0 16 2 14 9
Uzbekistan 3 1 2 0 6 7 -1 3
Honduras
3 1 2 0 5 11 -6 3
Fiji 3 1 2 0 4 11 -7 3

Group A

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
1 May 30 New Zealand vs. Ukraine 0-0 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
2 May 30 United Sates vs. Myanmar 2-1 W Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
13 June 2 New Zealand vs. United States 0-4 W North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
14 June 2 Myanmar vs. Ukraine
0-6 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
25 June 5 Myanmar vs. New Zealand 1-5 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
26 June 5 Ukraine vs. United States 3-0 L North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Group B

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
3 May 30 Argentina vs. Panama 2-2 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
4 May 30 Ghana vs. Austria 1-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
15 June 2 Argentina vs. Ghana 2-3 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
16 June 2 Austria vs. Panama 2-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
27  June 5 Austria vs. Argentina 0-0 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
28 June 5 Panama vs. Ghana 0-1 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Group C

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
5 May 31 Qatar vs. Columbia 0-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
6 May 31 Portugal vs. Senegal 3-0 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
17 June 3 Qatar vs. Portugal 0-4 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
18 June 3 Senegal vs. Columbia 1-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
29 June 6 Senegal vs. Qatar 2-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
30 June 6 Columbia vs. Portugal 1-3 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand

Group D

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
7 May 31 Mexico vs. Mali 0-2 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
8 May 31 Uruguay vs. Serbia 1-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
19 June 3 Mexico vs. Uruguay 2-1 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
20 June 3 Serbia vs. Mali 2-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
31 June 6 Serbia vs. Mexico 2-0 Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
32 June 6 Mali vs. Uruguay 1-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand

Group E

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
9 June 1 Nigeria vs. Brazil 2-4 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
10 June 1 Korea DPR vs. Hungary 1-5 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
21 June 4 Nigeria vs. Korea DPR 4-0 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
22 June 4 Hungary vs. Brazil 1-2 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
33 June 7 Hungary vs. Nigeria 0-2 Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand
34 June 7 Brazil vs. Korea DPR 3-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand

Group F

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
11 June 1 Germany vs. Fiji 8-1 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
12 June 1 Uzbekistan vs. Honduras 3-4 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
23 June 4 Germany vs. Uzbekistan 3-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
24 June 4 Honduras vs. Fiji 0-3 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
35 June 7 Honduras vs. Germany 1-5 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
36 June 7 Fiji vs. Uzbekistan 0-3 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand

Round of 16

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
37 June 10 Ghana v Mali
0-3 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
38 June 10 Serbia v Hungary 2-1 a.e.t. Otago Stadium; Dunedin, New Zealand
39 June 10 United States v Colombia
1-0 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand
40 June 10 Ukraine v Senegal
1-1 (1-3 PKs) North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
41 June 11 Germany v Nigera
1-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
42 June 11 Austria v Uzbekistan
0-2 Northland Events Centre; Whangarei, New Zealand
43 June 11 Portugal v New Zealand
2-1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
44 June 11 Brazil v Uruguay
0-0 (5-4 PKs) Stadium Taranaki; New Plymouth, New Zealand

Quarterfinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
45 June 14 Brazil v Portugal 0-0 (3-1 PKs) Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
46 June 14 Mali v Germany 1-1 (4-3 PKs) Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
47 June 14 United States v Serbia 0-0 (5-6 PKs) North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
48 June 14 Uzbekistan v Senegal 0-1 Wellington Regional Stadium; Wellington, New Zealand

Semifinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
49 June 17 Brazil v Senegal 5-0 Christchurch Stadium; Christchurch, New Zealand
50 June 17 Serbia v Mali 2-1 a.e.t. North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Third Place

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
51 June 20 Senegal v Mali 1-3 North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

Final

No. Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
52 June 20 Brazil v Serbia 1-2 a.e.t. North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team - 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Stats

Record: 3-1-1 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Kellyn Acosta

D 4 4 350 0 0 0 3/1

Jordan Allen

F 3 2 218 0 0 0 2/0

Paul Arriola

M 4 4 383 1 0 2 1/0

Jeff Caldwell

GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Cameron Carter-Vickers

D 5 5 480 0 1 1 0/0

Marco Delgado

M 5 5 445 0 0 0 1/0

Conor Donovan

D 1 0 7 0 0 0 0/0

Emerson Hyndman

M 5 5 473 2 0 4 0/0

Bradford Jamieson IV

F 4 3 203 1 0 2 0/0

Matt Miazga

D 4 4 390 0 0 0 1/0

Shaquell Moore

D 2 2 180 0 0 0 1/0

Thomas Olsen

GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Erik Palmer-Brown

D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0

Desevio Payne

D 3 3 300 0 1 1 1/0

John Requejo

D 3 1 134 0 0 0 1/0

Rubio Rubin

F 5 4 407 2 1 5 0/0

Joel Soñora

F 4 1 107 0 0 0 0/0

Zack Steffen

GK 5 5 480 0 0 0 0/0

Maki Tall

F 1 1 48 0 0 0 0/0

Tommy Thompson

F 4 1 153 0 0 0 0/0
Gedion Zelalem M 5 4 422 0 1 1 0/0

Own Goal



0

Totals


5 5 450 7 4 18 11/1

Opponent Totals

5 5 450 4 2 10 10/0

2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Jeff Caldwell

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Thomas Olsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0

Zack Steffen

5 5 450 7 4 3 0.80 3-1-1

Totals

5

5 450 7 4 3 0.80 3-1-1

Opponent Totals

5

5 450 4 7 2 1.40 1-3-1

Updated through June 14, 2015

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