What They're Saying: Mikey Varas

"Taking as much pride in defending as in attacking and is something that's strengthened the whole group. Something I love is after big defensive plays, you see them celebrate those actions. When you make a big play that saves a goal from being conceded, that's just as important as scoring a goal."

— U.S. coach Mikey Varas after the USA — with Joshua Wynder (Louisville City),  Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union) and Justin Che (Hoffenheim) on the backline — remained the only 2023 U-20 Men's World Cup team that hasn't conceded a goal with a 4-0 win over New Zealand.

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