[USA-FRANCE REACTION] The USA held France, featuring some of Europe's brightest young talents with the likes of Paul Pogba, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yaya Sanogo and Lucas Digne, to a 1-1 tie that kept it alive at the Under-20 World Cup in Istanbul, but Coach Tab Ramosinsisted his players didn't play as well as in the 4-1 loss to Spain on Friday.
“I think the team made a great effort," he said after the game. "Overall, I felt like as a team we didn’t have our legs today. It was a difficult match for us. We didn’t play I thought as well as we did the other day. I’m a little bit disappointed with that. Obviously, the result is what it is. We could have won the game. But we certainly want to play a lot better than we played today.”
Ramos admitted things weren’t clicking in the second game.
"It wasn’t just one player," he said. "It wasn’t just two players. I think as a team we were sluggish today. That and the fact that we’re playing against a very athletic team, you put those two together and it’s very hard to play good soccer. I think overall we have to do a lot better. If I had to assess the game, I thought it was a pretty poorly played game by both sides.”
Still, coming away with a draw after going down on a dubious penalty call and then missing a penalty kick of its own was a huge result for Ramos' young team.
“I think the result is great," he said. "That’s what’s important here -- we were able to get a draw. I look at the way I think our team can play and my disappointment is because I thought in a game like today we should have gotten all three points. I think we played poorly. But at the end of the day, I think it was great courage by the team and it was great effort. Without having our best we worked hard all the way to the end and we got a tie. I think that’s very important. Let’s not forget that France is a very important team in this tournament. We stay alive and now we go into the last game hoping for the best.”