New Zealand-USA Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings

June 2 in Auckland
New Zealand 0 USA 4. Goals: Rubin 6, Hyndman 33, Arriola 58, Rubin 83.
Att.: 15,678.
The USA clinched passage to the second round of the U-20 World Cup with a 4-0 win over host New Zealand. Coach Tab Ramos' team, far livelier and entertaining than in its opening 2-1 win over Myanmar, took an early lead, were unfazed by the All Whites’ crude brand of soccer, and took solid control of the game in the second half.

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 (Fulham/ENG)
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.

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).
Att: 15,678.

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.


"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. (

6 comments about "New Zealand-USA Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. VIC Aguilera, June 2, 2015 at 10:06 a.m.

    Like I said before, USA and Germany have the two easiest groups of all in the WC. Should they not get to the next round then the USMNT youth program should be abolished.

  2. John Soares, June 2, 2015 at 12:42 p.m.

    I don't know what was in the "punch" Tab gave the boys yesterday. Just hope he saved some for the next game. On the "Yesterday's news" front, what the Ukraine did to Myanmar is a reflection of how poor they were last week. Depending on which team shows up, it should be a good game against Ukraine. Vic, even if it was as bad as you say!? It's not! Shouldn't you be suggesting ways to improve it instead of killing it?!?!?:)

  3. brett wyatt, June 2, 2015 at 1:48 p.m.

    "Easy" or not, New Zealand is the host nation and we dominated them. It was an excellent performance. I'm excited to see Zelalem play more, I think he will only get better, and after Rubin, he was the best player on the field. As far as these ratings go, ccv should've been 8, zelalem 8, and rubin 9.

  4. Santiago 1314, June 2, 2015 at 6:07 p.m.

    Tiki-Taka comes to US Soccer!!!!…Even if it was against Lowly New Zealand…Excellent Display of Improvisational Offense… Arriola(Iniesta)started on Left, Then was at Right Mid and ended up scoring from Center…Zelalem, started on Right, moved out left(where he put on a Neymar Clinic) Assisted from Center Mid… Rubin(Suarez), ran out wide, checked underneath, was THE MAN, a Pain in their Neck all game…Jamieson, Not sure he is a Left Mid, but it’s OK for now… Hyndman(Xavi) was too far up to be effective(ala Bradley WC2014)… We need another Def Mid, Delgado has gotta go…What about Carter-Vickers(Jermaine Jones)??? Don’t we have another Hack Defender like Miazga that we could move in there and move C-V up??? That was the First USA MEN’s Team I have seen(ANY LEVEL) with that Look of “I’m Toying with You”… Way to go!!!… Just have the same Mentality against Ukraine.. We are the USA and WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN !!!! Some Sort of Combination of Creative Fast Paced Tiki-Taka, Superior Athletes and American Exceptionalism(think Holland 74) … That is what we can have as our Soccer Cultural Style…Congrats to Tab and the Boys… Hope JK was watching !!!!

  5. Robert Heinrich, June 3, 2015 at 8:33 a.m.

    Cobi Jones' comment: "If you (as a player) can be successful at U-20 WC level, that usually means a bright Nat Team future ahead." Rubin, Zelalem, Jamieson, Carter-Vickers, Hyndman, Steffen should all have very good careers and contribute at the senior level.

  6. Santiago 1314, June 3, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

    I'm not too sure about Steffen... Granted he is Young, but too many Weird mistakes... Jury still out on Jamieson

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