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USA Beats Senegal 1-0 Thanks to Sargent Strike, Goes Top of Group F

INCHEON, Korea Republic (May 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used a powerful 34th minute strike from Josh Sargent to earn a 1-0 victory against Senegal in its second game at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The win puts the USA atop Group F with four points and means Tab Ramos’ side can clinch the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Already guaranteed at least a third-place finish, the U.S. can also assure advancement to the Knockout Round with a draw in Sunday’s group finale to clinch at least second place. 

The first half hour was mostly devoid of chances until Eryk Williamson poked his measured effort from outside the box just wide in the 29th minute, before Tyler Adams followed up a minute later by forcing a point-blank stop out of Senegal ‘keeper Mouhamed Mbaye.

The goal would come in the 34th minute when a clever touch by Adams unlocked the Senegal back line. Luca de la Torre got on the end of Adam’s pass and found Sargent, who turned and blasted home his third goal of the tournament. The strike also placed Sargent in a tie atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin and Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova.

Ramos’ side stayed hungry in the second half and Sargent would have tallied a second if not for alert denials from Mbaye in the 48th and 62nd minutes. Despite more second-half pressure, the U.S. midfield and back line, led by Man of the Match Cameron Carter-Vickers, continued to frustrate and limit Les Lions de la Teranga to just two attempts on goal, neither of which troubled U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.

Earlier in the day, Group F opponent Saudi Arabia raced to a 2-1 victory against Ecuador to earn their first win of the tournament. The day’s results mean the U.S. is guaranteed at least a third-place finish in Group F. The U.S. can clinch top spot in the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, while a draw would also guarantee advancement. Various other scenarios could see the USA move on to the Knockout Round as well.

The U.S. closes out group play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 at Daejon World Cup Stadium in Daejon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo. Senegal will face Ecuador simultaneously at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic. That match can be seen on FS2, Fox Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Senegal

2

1

1

0

3

2

1

+1

Saudi Arabia

2

1

1

0

3

2

3

-1

Ecuador

2

0

1

1

1

4

5

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre), 34th minute: A relentless U.S. attack found the game’s first goal just after the half-hour mark. Aaron Herrera played a ball forward that Tyler Adams deftly touched through traffic with the outside of his right boot. Luca de la Torre then ran on to the ball and centered for Josh Sargent, whose touch turned him away from his defender and simultaneously set him up to fire his third goal of the tournament past Mouhamed Mbaye. USA 1, SEN 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 30th minute: A minute after poking his effort from outside the box just wide, Eryk Williamson sprung Josh Sargent up the right side. The 17-year-old attacker alertly hit a quick ball for Tyler Adams running through the middle, but the New York Red Bulls midfielder’s low effort was well held by Mbaye.

SEN – Mouhamed Mbaye, 48th minute: The U.S. nearly found its second goal just after halftime. Playing quickly in transition, Tyler Adams threaded a ball through the Senegal defense for Josh Sargent, but Mbaye came well off his line to sweep away the danger outside his box.

USA – Derrick Jones and Cameron Carter-Vickers, 55th minute: A Senegal free kick from the right fell for Waly Diouf at the back post, but Derrick Jones bravely blocked his effort. The ball was played back in on the follow-up, where Ibrahima Niane’s open look was nodded away by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 62nd minute: Sargent remained hungry and came close just after the hour mark. Driving up the right, the U.S. attacker found Adams in the box, before the midfielder flicked back for Sargent at the top of the area. The U.S. goal scorer had to reach back, but hit a left-footed effort that forced a diving stop out of Mbaye at the right post.

Additional Notes:

  • After sitting out against Ecuador, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned, anchoring the U.S. backline and earning Man of the Match honors vs. Senegal.
  • Josh Sargent’s 34th minute goal was his third of the tournament and ties him for the Golden Boot lead with Jean-Kevin Augustin (France) and Sergio Cordova (Venezuela).
  • Sargent now sits just one goal shy of matching the U.S. record for goals by one player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, a mark jointly held by Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007).
  • Luca de la Torre recorded his second assist of the tournament on Sargent’s goal. Those two assists go along with his game-tying strike from the tournament opener against Ecuador.
  • U.S. defender Aaron Herrera received a yellow card in the seventh minute. He joins Derrick Jones, who picked up a yellow card against Ecuador, on the USA’s caution watch list.
  • Tab Ramos made two changes from the starting XI that faced Ecuador, inserting Cameron Carter-Vickers for Tommy Redding in central defense and Derrick Jones for the injured Gedion Zelalem in midfield.
  • Ramos moves to 4-3-3 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The USA and Senegal faced each for the first time in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.


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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,864
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear

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

USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre)         34th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto

Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots: 8/14
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
Fouls: 18/16
Offside: 0/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)          7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution)            60
SEN - Mamadou Diarra (caution)       86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution)       88       

Officials:
Referee:                                              Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1:                           Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2:                           Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official:                                    Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee:                    Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:    Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers

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U-20 MNT May 25, 2017

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,864
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear

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

USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre)              34th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto

Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots: 8/14
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
Fouls: 18/16
Offside: 0/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)                    7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution)                      60
SEN - Mamadou Diarra (caution)                 86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution)                 88 

Officials:
Referee:                                               Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1:                              Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2:                              Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official:                                      Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee:                       Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:         Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers

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Making His Own Way
The son of a legendary World Cup winning striker for Germany and former U.S. MNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, Jonathan has carved a different path as a goalkeeper. Just like his father, the younger Klinsmann started out as a forward and only casually played goalkeeper with friends, but eventually

 fell in love with the position as he joined the FC Bayern Munich youth team in 2008.

After moving back to California, Klinsmann was part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy side in Irvine, Calif. Klinsmamn made 33 appearances in his final season before moving on to college at the University of California.  

California Dreaming
Klinsmann enrolled at Berkeley in the fall of 2015, appearing in eight games while making four starts during his rookie campaign for the Golden Bears. His workload increased as a sophomore in 2016 as he appeared in 14 of Cal’s 17 games, including 12 starts. Klinsmann follows a number of other highly successful goalkeepers who have made their college home with the Golden Bears, a list that includes MLS veterans Josh Saunders (2001-02), Stefan Frei (2005-08) and U.S. MNT goalkeeper David Bingham (2008–10).

The Legacy of the American No. 1
The clear-cut starting goalkeeper for the U.S. U-20 team during qualifying, Klinsmann has appeared for U.S. Youth National Teams in a variety of age groups, including a U-23 camp in 2015 while just 18 years old. In 2016, he appeared in six of eight U-20 international matches for the U.S. Klinsmann has been between the posts for six of the team’s seven matches this year, with the U.S. recording a 4-1-1 mark in those games.

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Klinsmann looks to follow in a long line of highly-decorated U.S. goalkeepers who have gone to the U-20 World Cup, a list that includes Tony Meola, Kasey Keller, Nick Rimando and Tim Howard.

The Man with the Golden Glove
At the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, appearing in five of six matches at the competition as the U.S. claim its first U-20 regional crown. Klinsmann recorded a pair of clean sheets during the tournament, including one in the final against Honduras, a match the U.S. would go on to win on penalty kicks, 5-3.  

A Busy Spring
Following the successful CONCACAF U-20 Championship in early March, Klinsmann kept himself sharp with a pair of training stints with European professional clubs. The first of the two stops was with one of his father’s former clubs in Germany, VfB Stuttgart; he also spent a portion of the spring with Everton of the English Premier League.

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Ramos is entering his third FIFA U-20 World Cup as the USA head coach, having previously led the team in 2013 and 2015.

ussoccer.com: What were the challenges in determining the final roster?
Tab Ramos: “As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group. We feel confident in the group we have selected.”

ussoccer.com: How would you compare the selection process for this roster to your previous two U-20 World Cup rosters?
TR: “One important aspect is that cooperation by M.L.S. clubs keeps improving. The league is proving that they care about young American players and their full development by being supportive of these international competitive opportunities for them.” 

ussoccer.com: The players on this roster who were not on the CONCACAF Championship roster, how did you go about selecting them and what are you hoping that they bring to the table? 
TR: “We know that at the World Cup we need to be better than we were in qualifying, so the changes made were to add players who are in good form and make the team more competitive.” 

ussoccer.com: What does Cameron Carter-Vickers bring to this team? What kind of influence are you hoping that he will rub off on the rest of the players? 
TR: “Cameron’s playing style, demeanor and experience provide a confidence boost for the team and for players playing next to him.” 

ussoccer.com: Josh Sargent has proven to be an elite player at the U-17 level. Can you speak on why he was selected and what qualities you’ve seen from him that have impressed you the most? 
TR: “We have been following Josh and discussing the possibility of him playing here for six months. John Hackworth and I have discussed providing a more difficult challenge for him. He is very dangerous around the box, holds the ball well and his runs off the ball are runs you would normally see made by a much older player.”

ussoccer.com: The younger players on the team (Tyler Adams, Brady Scott and Josh Sargent) will also be eligible to play in the 2019 U-20 World Cup. Can you speak on the value of having youngers players who can contribute now and again in the future? 
TR: “We tried to select the best team possible, so Tyler, Josh and Brady are with us because they deserve to be, not just because they are younger and are gaining more experience for the future.” 

ussoccer.com: What positive things have you seen from Erik Palmer-Brown, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem in the last two years after they went through this experience in 2015? Do you think the 2015 U-20 World Cup impacted their development since that time? 
TR: “Erik, Gedion and Cameron have already played a U-20 World Cup and that adds tremendous value to the team. This is their team now, and I am sure they cannot wait to get back in this competition after losing to Serbia on penalties in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.”

ussoccer.com: How would you describe the dynamics of this team, especially with 15 players brought back from the CONCACAF roster in addition to some new faces?  
TR: “There is a wide range of skillsets on this team. This group can cause a lot of problems for opponents with its ability in transition, with the ball and without it.”

ussoccer.com: Having gone through youth World Cups as a player and now going into your third youth World Cup as a coach, what does this experience do for a player? 
TR: “Whether you are a player or a coach, every opportunity to participate at the highest level always teaches you something new. You are always learning.” 

ussoccer.com: What would you say that you most hope this group of players will get out of, and learn from, this World Cup experience? 
TR: “My goal is always to provide the best environment and prepare them as well as possible so that they can do their best. I would like for us to continue our path of being consistent game after game, and tournament after tournament.”    

ussoccer.com: What is the mindset of the team for the next 14 days before the first game against Ecuador? 
TR: “We will utilize the preparation period to once again become a team. Unlike qualifying, in this tournament you have to be at your best from the first minute, otherwise it is very difficult to recover. Any team here can beat you.”

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