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USA-Serbia Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings

USA-SERBIA EXPRESS:
June 14 in Auckland
USA 0 Serbia 0 (Serbia wins 6-5 on penalties).
Att.: 10,826.
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After 120 minutes of scoreless play in its quarterfinal against Serbia, the USA exited the U-20 World Cup with a loss from the penalty spot. The semifinal pairings: Mali-Serbia and Brazil-Senegal.

USA Player Ratings
RATING PLAYER (CLUB)
STARTERS
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 Red Bulls)
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.

SUBSTITUTES
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).
Att.: 10,826.
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.

8 comments about "USA-Serbia Under-20 World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. Santiago 1314, June 14, 2015 at 9:18 a.m.

    Yup...stayed up to watch this one...had to close down 2 bars to do it... All the Dudes with Tats and Bikini waitress made the PKs an interesting experience...Woitalla has got the Ratings pretty much Right On...Except he put Flawless for Carter-Vickers, and only gave him a 6!?!?!?... Should have Been a 10...-4 for Missing a PK???...This 17 year old kid needs to be Paired with Brooks ASAP!!!!

  2. Santiago 1314, June 14, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

    My analysis from last night...***commented on: June 14, 2015 at 3:24 a.m....And the answer to the Question of how far(could the u20 Go).. was??? Pks in the Quarters... Not bad...Team had some real wholes and lack of consistency. ..But we can be proud of them...Some Exceptional talent in there. ..Arriola, Rubin, Hyndman, Carter-Vickers should be moved right to the Gold Cup (I know it's too late, Wishful thinking)... Olympic Team FOR SURE!!! Zelalem, needs to get away from Aresenal and Grow Tougher and Meaner...Mental and Physical light weight. .. Great Skills... Closing Down the 2nd Bar..got to go..ttyl

  3. Ginger Peeler replied, July 16, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

    Santi! You're back! I like the initial cap look, as opposed to all uppercase...it's easier on the eyes. So glad to see you again! I forgot about the game entirely until seeing the player report just now. So Miazga played well with the U-20s and then joined the senior team, for his first appearance with them, and scored a goal in the Gold Cup! Nice!!!

  4. Lou vulovich, June 14, 2015 at 12:58 p.m.

    Arriola and Thompson should have each received
    8. Their ball possession and tenacious work
    kept Serbia on it's heals the whole night.
    How do you make one substitution in 120 minute
    game,???? and take out probably the most dangerous player.
    So much praise for the US defense. Miazga
    was excellent as well as the keeper, as for
    the others it was only Serbia's poor final, pass or
    shot that allowed the US to stay in the game.

  5. Ric Fonseca, June 14, 2015 at 3:43 p.m.

    Holy mackarel Batman, I completely forgot about the game, but did see the last few minutes of reg time then the 30 mins of OT then, the gawd-awful PKs taken by several of the kids. Wow, nerees must've been the middle names or nicknames of the awfully taken PKs! Weather conditions no excuse as the game probably had been decided in regulation time; guys did look sharp on some occasions and I was duly impressed with Steffan, yet the Serbs seemed content with driving the bus in front of their goal, yet the short time I saw the game, I was somewhat impressed even though both sides noticeably tired and obviously just waited for the PKs. These guys do show promise but must ensure some resolve to do better as they progress with their playing careers.

  6. James Madison, June 14, 2015 at 6:04 p.m.

    Ineresting that both the US v. Serbia and Brazil v. Portugal matches were 0-0 and decided on kicks from the mark. Portugal, unlike Brazil, had three great chances to score from the field, but, like the US, failed on kicks.

  7. beautiful game, June 15, 2015 at 9:55 a.m.

    Making things happen and executing topportunities failed us again.

  8. Rick Estupinan, June 15, 2015 at 4:46 p.m.

    Greg Lalas , it is clear you are an American , so I commend you for your knowledge in set plays in Football (Soccer ) . The analyses you gave is very accurate and even people with general knowledge of the game don't seem to notice these details .
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