USA-Ukraine Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings

USA-UKRAINE EXPRESS:
June 5 in Auckland
USA 0 Ukraine 3.
Goals: Kovalenko 56, 74, 79.
Att.: 7,694
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The USA went from hardly playing in the first half to playing awfully in the second as it fell, 3-0, to Ukraine. Having won their first two games, the Americans had already clinched passage into the knockout stage, but they now advance as a second-place team -- a tie would have won the group -- and will face the second-place Group C team -- Colombia, Portugal or Senegal -- in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

Under-20 World Cup: Results & Schedule

USA Player Ratings
STARTERS
5 Zack Steffen (Freiburg/GER)
Snagged a bunch of crosses. Beaten on a 30-yard free kick and two close-range shots.

2 Shaquell Moore (Huracan Valencia/ESP)
Right back's struggles hit a low when beaten by Vladyslav Kabaiev when he served up Viktor Kovalenko’s second goal.

2 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG)
Committed the foul -- unnecessary as Kovalenko had his back to the goal -- that led to the 1-0 free kick. Lost track of Kovalenko on the second goal. And missed a chance to stop Eduard Sobol when he set up the third.


3 Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC)
In his first tournament appearance, replacing central defender Matt Miazga, who was carrying a yellow card, helped backline weather the first half storm but floundered with the rest in the second half.

3 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Left back ended two rare promising sequences with bad crosses. Cautioned for one of the 22 fouls committed by the USA.

3 Marco Delgado (Toronto FC)
Defensive midfielder chased shadows as Ukraine had a 55-45 percent edge in first-half possession. Yellow-carded for flagrant foul in second. Biggest contribution was a blocked shot that may have been a handball.

3 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
Goalkeeper Bohdan Saranavskyi cheated off his line but Hyndman’s PK was still poorly taken. His intercepted pass led to Ukraine’s third goal and he missed a chance to win it back.

3 Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal/ENG)
Came down from his stellar performance against New Zealand with a thud.

3 Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)
Wouldn’t have been noticed except for drawing a (soft?) penalty kick and getting cautioned.

4 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX)
Set up the best U.S. chance (see Jamieson).

3 Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy)
Whiffed on a close-range opportunity set up by Arriola on a rare U.S. attack. Lost one-on-one battles, often getting called for fouls.

SUBSTITUTES
4 Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Sparked a couple of attacks after replacing Delgado in the 60th minute.

3 Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED)
Played the final 23 minutes without contributing.

nr Conor Donovan (Orlando City)
Replaced Hyndman in the 84th minute.

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

June 5 in Auckland
USA 0 Ukraine 3. Goal: Kovalenko 56, 74, 79.
USA -- Steffen, Moore, Carter-Vickers, Palmer-Brown, Acosta, Delgado (Sonora 60), Hyndman (Donovan 84), Zelalem, Allen (Rubin 67), Arriola, Jamieson.
Ukraine -- Sarnavskyi, Kacharaba, Burda, Chumak (Habelok 80), Polehenko, Kabaiev, Biesiedin (Yaremchuk 85), Luchkevych (Tkachuk 87), Kovalenko, Sobol, Kharatin.
Att.: 7,694.

11 comments about "USA-Ukraine Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. David Mont, June 5, 2015 at 8:06 a.m.

    "drawing a (soft?) penalty kick..."

    Come on! Can't you call a spade a spade?? One of the most egregious dives this year; already making the rounds of various websites around the world as an example of such.

  2. Garrett Isacco, June 5, 2015 at 11:21 a.m.

    These ratings are way too high. What a dreadful "performance". USA looked totally outmatched by the Ukraine in every facet of the match and especially coaching. If Tab Ramos had a game plan, it wasn't evident. If they don't improve substantially in the round of 16, they will go home.

  3. Rick Estupinan, June 5, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.

    From bad to worth.I don't even want to read about this guys any more,they are just a bad joke.Tab Ramos was never a good player and as coach forget it!

  4. Rick Estupinan, June 5, 2015 at 12:02 p.m.

    In front of that beautiful flag , they just look like a bunch of idiots,so uneven , just as their performances.They should really be ashamed. A team like this don't get any respect.

  5. cony konstin, June 5, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

    The US team has potential. Tab is a young coach and he needs these experiences so he can become a master coach one day. The US is still in it and still has a chance to go far. But the problem is not the players or Tab. The problem is our system. We need a soccer revolution in the US. We need a transformation from a pay to play model/coaching environment to a play for free with no adult interference environment. We need 600,000 futsal courts in our inner cities and suburbs where kids ca n play 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no cost, and with no adult interference. We the US does this then in 10 years we will have many magical players who can do the business. Meanwhile the pay to play model is an abomination if your goal is to develop world class players. Yes our pay to play model does a wonderful job in teaching life skills, fight youth obeisity, or learn how to work within a team. But that's it. I have been coaching for 40 years internationlly and domestically and what I have discovered is that the ball is round no matter where you go and players win championships not coaches. We need magical genius that can do the business. Currently we don't have any. But once we radically change our environment from a coaching environment to a sandlot/playground environment then there will be blood!!!! Later then we can create a NEW SPARTA for these magical genius to go to the next level and that next level is to conquer the world soccer scene. REVOLUTION is what we need and not more gimmicks, mumbo jumbo, $400 cleats, coaching courses, coaching clinics and nice uniforms. We just need a round ball and concrete at our feet. Then and only then will we have magical genius players that can do the business. You can't make chicken soup out of chicken menure.

  6. Santiago 1314, June 5, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

    OMG !!! TAB ??? Why did you make me get up, in the middle of the night, to watch THAT CRAP !!!Sunil isn’t Grooming you to be the National Team Coach, that does the same BS tactics that any Joe Blow can do…YOU have got to be the one to Light these Kids Up and LET THEM PLAY…Quit trying to Over Coach them… You never liked that as a player, Don’t fall into the same abyss…Build an AMERICAN Soccer Culture… High Pressure Athleticism, Quick Creative Touches/Dribbles, American Exceptionalism Attitude…We don’t play to TIE… WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN !!! NOW !!!

  7. Kim Littleton, June 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

    So much for calling in only pros! Personally, I know a college kid or two that would have done a great job. As a matter of fact, Tab should have had his players in a domestic camp play against a few top 5 D1 teams. Can't deny the amount of athleticism and technical ability at some of these top schools! Too bad.....

  8. Rick Estupinan, June 5, 2015 at 4:38 p.m.

    HISTORY WAS MADE TODAY! USA 4 HOLLAND 3.LOOKS LIKE FINALLY WE HAVE A WINNING TEAM.I JUST PRAY THAT THEY KEEP PLAYING LIKE THIS.IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.I HAVE NOT SEEN THE US PLAY LIKE THIS IN A LONG TIME .SINCE THE WORLD CUP IN SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN.KUDOS FOR JK.HE WAS SCREAMING FROM THE SIDE LINES,SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM DO.GREAT DAY FOR WORLD FOOTBALL IN THE US.

  9. Santiago 1314, June 6, 2015 at 8:40 a.m.

    USA!!..USA!!!...USA!!!... WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN!!! Right NOW... Congrats to JK and The Team!!!...When was the last time a you saw a "Sweeper" score a Goal, on a 60 yard "Steal and Go"... Beckenbaur
    ??? Maybe??

  10. Ed von Schleck, June 9, 2015 at 1 a.m.

    Tab Ramos is an incompetent coach. He was a disaster 2 years ago at the WC in Turkey and he hasn't learned anything since. The guy just does not have the brainpower to compete at that level. I hope it is a bad joke that he is being groomed to one day take over the Men's National Team. A decision like that would set US Soccer back by decades.

  11. Santiago 1314, June 9, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

    @Ed...I like Tab, but unless he pulls "A Rabbit Out Of The Hat" I will have to agree with you...I still think Vermes or Kinnear are Best Choices out there Right Now...

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