"For Gedion, this was his second U-20 World Cup so his experience was invaluable for us," U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos said. "His passing ability is second to none in this tournament and we'll miss that. He was running the team from his position. Having said that, I believe in the players we have here and we've already seen what Derrick Jones can do. We are confident that the team is ready for the next challenge.”
Zelalem, who has been playing on loan for Dutch second division club VVV-Venlo from Arsenal, suffered ligament damage that requires surgery and is expected to be out for six months, according to the Washington Post.