Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ramos: 'We had the game under control'
February 25th, 2013 2:18AM

TAGS:  under-20 world cup


[REACTION: USA-Costa Rica] U.S. under-20 national team Tab Ramos said he was pleased with the reaction of his players after their subpar game in their opening game at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship. “For one thing," he said, "we came out ready to play." The 1-0 win over Costa Rica moved the USA into Tuesday's quarterfinals against Canada with a berth at stake in the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.

Costa Rica, which had also clinched a berth in the quarterfinals, presented a physical test in a match that featured 45 fouls and seven yellow cards.

"We knew we were playing a very difficult opponent," said Ramos, "but I thought we had the game under control the whole time. I’m happy about that.”

Of the four lineup changes, the only surprise was leaving Daniel Cuevas, who has set up the first U.S. goal against Haiti from the penalty spot and scored the second himself, on the bench for the game against the Ticos.

“Danny had quite a few hits from the last game," said Ramos, "so he had a little bit of a thigh issue. He could have played tonight, but we thought we would save him a little bit. If anything he was ready to play 20-30 minutes at the end if we needed him to, but fortunately we didn’t need him. I think he’s in good form. He’s somebody we can select for the [quarterfinal] game if we choose. Jose Villarreal played the No. 9 role, and I think we have versatile players who can play different positions. Today you could see that the players could switch positions and I thought Jose did a pretty nice job.”

The opening two wins will mean nothing if the USA doesn't beat Canada on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to take away the fact that the players should enjoy that we won the group," he said after Friday's game, "so we want to do that for a little bit. But at the same time we have to recognize that we’re here for Tuesday’s game. Everything we’ve done so far for the past year and a half has been for Tuesday’s game, and we have to get there. Today was just another little step toward our goal.”<

  1. Wilson Cartagena
    commented on: February 25, 2013 at 11:28 p.m.
    Hope the US players respond and come out with a victory against Canada love to see them in the World Cup in the Middle East. Good luck USA
  1. Jamie Nicewander
    commented on: February 26, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
    45 fouls and seven yellow cards,,,wow. Nice way to still get the Win Tab Ramos!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
USA to face Brazil, England and the Dutch at Nike Friendlies    
The 12th edition of the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group ...
Sargent and Acosta shine at U.S. U-15 festival     
During a 60-player gathering in Bradenton, Fla., of U-15 boys aiming to become part of the ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 girls gather in Florida     
The U.S. U-15 girls national team convenes for the fifth and final time of 2015 with ...
U.S. U-18 boys split with Canada     
The Javier Perez-coached U.S. U-18 boys national team beat its counterparts from Canada, 3-1, before losing ...
Sixty U-15 boys called into national team camp     
U.S. U-15 boys national team coach John Hackworth has gathered 60 players for a Nov. 1-8 ...
Ashley Sanchez, 16, scores four for U.S. U-20 women    
The U.S. U-20 women's national team beat Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, 4-1, and got all four ...
U.S. U-20 women beat Atletico Madrid    
The U.S. U-20 women's national team beat Atletico Madrid, 3-0, on second-half goals by Marley Canales, ...
Rankings: Top 25 Fall High School Girls    
New Jersey's Northern Highlands leads the USA TODAY/NSCAA Super 25 girls Fall High School Rankings.
Rankings: Top 25 Fall High School Boys     
Newark's St. Benedict's Prep sits a top of the USA TODAY/NSCAA Super 25 Fall High School ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women to prep in Spain     
The U.S. U-20 women's national team, which is preparing for December's qualifying tournament for the 2016 ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives