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.”
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.
- 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
Clima: 54 grados, con viento
Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
COL 0 0 0
USA – Rubio Rubín minuto 58
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
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 RubinRead more
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
- 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
Weather: 54 degrees; Windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
COL 0 0 0
USA – Rubio Rubin 58th minute
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
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
Referee: Antonio Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Matt Conger (NZL)
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2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wellington, New Zealand
U-20 MNT BATTLES COLOMBIA IN ROUND OF 16: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will look to advance to the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup when it meets Colombia on Wednesday, June 10 at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, Telemundo and NBC Universo with kickoff set for 3:30 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @usscocer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.
HOW WE GOT HERE: The USA finished second in Group A, after defeating Myanmar 2-1, overpowering New Zealand, 4-0 and dropping its final match to Ukraine, 0-3. Meanwhile, Colombia finished second in Group C with a 1-1-1 record, after it defeated Qatar (1-0), tied Senegal (1-1) and lost its final group match to Portugal (1-3).
Despite all six FIFA confederations being represented in the Round of 16, the USA is the sole CONCACAF team to advance to the knockout round, while Colombia joins Uruguay and Brazil as the three members of CONMEBOL in the Round of 16 after Argentina failed to advance.
- Five different players have accounted for the USA’s six goals in the tournament, matching the most ever in the competition. U.S. captain Emerson Hyndman has scored twice, while Maki Tall, Bradford Jamieson IV, Rubio Rubin, and Paul Arriola have scored one each.
- The other two times a USA U-20 World Cup team featured five different goal scorers was in 1993 and 2003.
- Hyndman, Zack Steffen, Marky Delgado, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Kellyn Acosta are the only players to start all three of the USA’s matches thus far in New Zealand. Rubin, Jamieson IV, Joel Soñora and Gedion Zelalem have also appeared in all three matches as either starters or off the bench.
- All 18 field players saw minutes in the group stage.
- Steffen, Carter-Vickers and Acosta have played every minute of all three matches.
- The only players who have yet to see any action are goalkeepers Jeff Caldwell and Thomas Olsen.
- With goals against Myanmar and New Zealand, Hyndman became the first U.S. player to score in consecutive U-20 World Cup games since Jozy Altidore in 2007.
- Five different players have also accounted for the five assists: Carter-Vickers, Jamieson IV, Rubin, Zelalem, and Desevio Payne.
- Tall suffered an injury to his left foot during the USA’s first group match and has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. He was the second player lost due to injury following Russell Canouse, who was replaced by Conor Donovan days prior to the opening match of the tournament.
- Shaq Moore, Payne, Delgado, Jordan Allen, Matt Miazga and Acosta received one yellow card apiece during the group stage. If any of those players receives a second caution in the Round of 16 and the USA wins, the player will have to sit out a match, missing the USA’s quarterfinal game. All cautions are waived following the quarterfinal round.
- 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 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.
- This is the ninth time in 14 appearances that a USA team has advanced out of the group stage.
- This is the first time the USA has advanced to the knockout stage since 2007, when the team defeated Uruguay in the Round of 16 and fell to Australia in the Quarterfinals.
- The USA did not make it out of group play in 2009, did not qualify for the 2011 tournament, and failed to advance from group play in 2013.
USA VS. COLOMBIA:
- Colombia has qualified for the U-20 World Cup on nine occasions. Its best finish was third place in the 2003 edition, when they defeated Argentina in the Third/Fourth Place match after losing to Spain in the Semifinals.
- Colombia has advanced to the Round of 16 in five U-20 World Cups: 2015, 2013, 2011, 2005, and 2003.
- In 2013, Colombia was eliminated in the Round of 16 by South Korea on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 through overtime. As hosts in 2011, Colombia defeated Costa Rica 3-2 in the Round of 16 before falling to Mexico, 1-3, in the Quarterfinals.
- The USA and Colombia have never met at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. On the international stage, the two have met twice in other competitions: at the 1993 U-17 World Cup (a 1-2 U.S. loss), and at the 1994 FIFA World Cup (a 2-1 win), which featured current U-20 head coach Tab Ramos.
- The USA is 5-7-0 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 5-1 against its southern continental neighbors, including wins in the final three meetings: defeating Argentina 1-0 in 2005 and with 2-1 victories over Brazil and Uruguay in 2007.
- Colombia is 3-2-0 all-time against CONCACAF teams. Its last two meetings were in 2013 when they defeated Costa Rica 3-2 in group play before losing to Mexico 1-3 in the Round of 16.