USA Player Ratings
RATING PLAYER (CLUB)
8 Zack Steffen (Freiburg/GER)
Dived low to his right to save a 68th minute free kick from Andrija Zivkovic in the closest anyone came to scoring. Handled all the routine stuff with aplomb and saved two spot kicks with shootout on the line to leave the tournament as one of its top keepers.
5 Desevio Payne (FC Groningen/NED)
Right back stifled Mijat Gacinovic’s attacks down Serbia’s left flank. Failed to come forward in a game the USA needed its backs to contribute to attack.
6 Matthew Miazga (New York
Kept Stanisa Mandic and the other Serbian attackers at bay.
6 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG)
Flawless, like his central D partner Miazga, in marking strikers and intercepting crosses. Horribly struck his spot kick far over the goal, but the 17-year-old was a key reason a team that attacked only sporadically got this far.
5 John Requejo (Tijuana/MEX)
The left back fought off Serbia’s right flank attacks, but like all of the U.S. defenders played too conservatively to help out an overmatched U.S. midfield. Shot his spot-kick weakly to the keeper.
4 Marky Delgado (Toronto FC)
The defensive midfielder defended but rarely delivered the ball to the attackers.
4 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
The captain’s frustrating night’s low came when he had a chance to unleash a shot from just outside the penalty area but lost the ball with a poor first touch late in the first half.
5 Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal/ENG)
Had his moments of switching direction with swift maneuvers, but like Hyndman was unable to bring sustained possession the midfield.
6 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX)
Most active U.S. attacker. Set up only U.S. first-half chance when he served up Thompson, who shot two feet wide from nine yards out.
5 Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Shot wide on only U.S. chance in first half. Had case for second-half PK.
4 Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED)
Hardly saw the ball in a first half. Set up a chance for Thompson in the second half. Shot too weakly on last-gasp chance in regulation time. Started off the shootout with an awfully timid strike to the keeper.
5 Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Replaced Thompson in overtime and did spark some U.S. attack. One of the four players who failed to convert a tiebreaker spot kick, banging his shot off the post.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 14 in Auckland
USA 0 Serbia 0 (Serbia wins 6-5 on penalties).
USA -- Steffen, Payne, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Requejo, Delgado, Hyndman, Arriola, Zelalem, Thompson (Sonora 103), Rubin.
Serbia -- Rajkovic, Antonov, Zdjelar, Velkovic, Babic, Maksmovic, Mandic, Gacnovic (Saponjic 68), Zvkovic, Stevanovic, Sergej (Grujic, 111).
Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal).
SHOOTOUT (9 rounds)
USA -- Rubín (saved), Payne (goal), Arriola (goal), Hyndman (goal), Zelalem (goal), Soñora (missed), Delgado (goal), Carter-Vickers (missed), Requejo (saved)
Serbia -- Zdjelar (goal), Mandic (missed), Babic (goal), Grujic (goal), Zivkovic (goal), Rajkovic (saved), Antonov (goal), Veljkovic (saved), Maksimovic (goal)
TRIVIA. The USA has failed to reach the final four at the Under-20 World Cup for more than a quarter century. Its only appearance was in 1989 when it finished fourth in Saudi Arabia.