USA Player Ratings
6 Zack Steffen (Freiburg/GER)
Displayed impressive footwork outside the box in the 6th minute, punched out a threatening cross in the 20th minute and preserved the shutout with a diving save in the 80th minute and a one-on-one win in the 89th.
5 Desevio Payne (FC Groningen/NED)
Right back was yellow-carded for needless foul in New Zealand’s half.
5 Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Helped stifle New Zealand’s aerial attacks. But yellow-carded for flagrant foul when he should have been able to steal the ball cleanly. Hit inaccurate long passes.
7 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG)
Central defender did his job in the back and sparked attacks. His header off post led to the 1-0 lead and he forced two first-half saves by All Whites keeper Oliver Sail.
5 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Left back, like right back Payne, kept All Whites’ flank attack -- if they had one -- at bay.
6 Marco Delgado (Toronto FC)
Defensive midfielder covered well for Hyndman and Zelalem.
7 Emerson Hyndman
Scored in back-to-back games with a crisp strike from 16 yards to give USA a 2-0 halftime lead. Main marshal in U.S. midfield until Zelalem came alive in the second half.
7 Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal/ENG)
Smooth and comfortable on the ball, like when he cruised through a crowd of All Whites to set up the third goal. Highlight reel-worthy nutmeg and rabona created U.S. chances.
7 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX)
Excellent finish on third goal with low, 18-yard shot off the inside of the post for the 3-0. Frequently threatened down the flank.
8 Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED)
Center forward tormented All Whites' defense all game long. Helped set up second goal by challenging keeper, and pounced to poach the USA’s fourth goal.
6 Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy)
Deserves credit for the 1-0 as his shot, after a superb first touch, was headed into net when Rubin tapped it in. Won air battle that led to 2-0.
Here is Gedion Zelalem's rabona. pic.twitter.com/EtUlov3ECu— Over There (@socceroverthere) June 2, 2015
6 Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Set up a chance for Rubin seconds after replacing Jamieson in the 62nd minute. Composure on the ball in penalty area helped create fourth U.S. goal.
6 John Requejo (Tijuana/MEX)
Replaced Rubin in 84th minute and forced two good saves from Sail.
NR Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Replaced Delgado with three minutes left.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 2 in Auckland
New Zealand 0 USA 4. Goals: Rubin 6, 83, Hyndman 33, Arriola 58.
New Zealand -- Sail; Edge, Wynne, Brotherton, Mitchell; Tuilom, Stevens (Blake, 62), Dyer, Lewis; Ridenton (Patterson, 46), Billingsley (Holthusen, 82).
USA -- Steffen; Payne, Carter-Vickers, Miazga; Acosta; Delgado (Sonora, 87), Hyndman, Zelalem, Arriola; Rubin (Requejo, 84), Jamieson (Thompson, 62).
TRIVIA: The 4-0 win was the USA’s biggest margin of victory in a U-20 World Cup game since a 6-1 over Cameroon in 2009 -- and its first shutout since a 1-0 win over Egypt in 2005.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"I’m very happy with the team and happy that we got through the first two games. The team did a
good job today. I think we played relaxed, the combination of players we have on the field is a good one. We wanted to find space in between the opposing lines and created a lot of options. The game
opened up early for us, we wanted to open up the field as fast as possible. We came here to win games. I told the boys that this team has a lot of talent, but we have to take it one at a time. The
first game was difficult, this one was not easier. As a nation we normally don’t progress so quickly, so we are obviously very happy about that."
-- Tab Ramos after the USA's impressive 4-0 win over New Zealand sent it into rhe knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup. (FIFA.com)