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Archive for the ‘US U-20 National Team’ Category

US U-20 vs. Serbia Highlights
   June 14, 2015 (12:48 AM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20ers were knocked out of the U-20 World Cup by Serbia in penalty kicks (6-5) tonight despite the heroics of Zack Steffen.  It was 0-0 after 120 minutes before going nine deep in the penalty shootout.  Here are some highlights.


Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

US U-20 vs. Colombia Highlights
   June 10, 2015 (2:32 AM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20 team advances to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Colombia.  Rubio Rubin scored the lone goal while Zack Steffen made a huge PK save.  The US will face Serbia in the quarterfinals.  I need sleep.

Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

US U-20 vs. Ukraine Highlights
   June 5, 2015 (1:50 AM) by Matt Benson

Ukraine is not weak.  Ukraine beat the US 3-0 tonight/this morning behind a hat trick from Viktor Kovalenko.  The US finishes Group A in second place and has to wait until tomorrow to find out their opponent for the Round of 16.  They will play the runner up from Group C next Wednesday (looks to be a 3:30 AM kickoff on the East Coast).  Here are Kovalenko’s goals.

Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

Gedion Zelalem vs. Myanmar/New Zealand
   June 3, 2015 (6:34 AM) by Matt Benson

Choo choo.  All aboard the Gedion Zelalem hype train.

Categories: Gedion Zelalem, US U-20 National Team

US U-20 vs. New Zealand Highlights
   June 2, 2015 (2:08 AM) by Matt Benson

Despite having one more game left in group play, the US U-20ers clinched a spot to the Round of 16 with a convincing 4-0 win over New Zealand.  The US has now won consecutive games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the third time in tournament history (also 2003 & 2007).  And the four-goal victory was the third largest by the US all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

And Gedion Zelalem decided to pull out a rabona.


Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

US U-20 vs. Myanmar Highlights
   May 29, 2015 (10:56 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20ers won their first game of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup by the score of 2-1.  Myanmar took a 1-0 lead after some early nervy play by the US, but Maki Tall tied things up in the first half and Emerson Hyndman scored what turned out to be the game winner on some classic US counter ball.  Here are the goals in GIF form until some full highlights become available.


Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

Meet the 2015 US U-20 Men’s World Cup Team
   May 29, 2015 (5:13 AM) by Matt Benson

I don’t know what is my favorite part, actual footage of Gedion Zelalem or Cameron Carter-Vickers’ accent.

Categories: US U-20 National Team

Catching up on links
   May 28, 2015 (1:24 AM) by Matt Benson

I am still playing catch up on the soccer world as work decided to kick me as soon as I got back into the office after the mini vacation.  Enough babbling.

In case you missed what happened on the field over the past weekend, Roderick has you covered.  I was finally able to go back to update the goal tracker from the few goals over the last week, including links to goals by Moises Orozco, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Harrison Hanley and Jonathan Bornstein.

Also earlier this week, we unveiled the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI.  Plus we picked our MVP of the season as well as goal and performance of the year.  So go check that out.

The USMNT will face Germany on June 10 and will face a pretty tough roster (shocker!) although it is missing Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.

Also while glancing at rosters, Mexico’s provisional Gold Cup roster features 11 players who play abroad.

The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France yesterday.  Here are some highlights.  Sounds like Jordan Morris was the only player who did somewhat well for the US.  Also, if you missed the roster of the team (since it came out while I was gone), here that is.  Luis Gil was apparently on the initial roster, but Real Salt Lake was able to keep him after a little talk with US Soccer.

One player on that roster, Cody Cropper, is searching for a new club after parting ways with Southampton.  While he is likely to stay in England, Ives Galarcep is hearing that Cropper is on the discovery list of at least three MLS teams.

The US U-20 team is getting ready for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and Tab Ramos had to make one roster change since Russell Canouse picked up an injury.  He was replaced by Orlando City’s Conor Donovan.  Landon Donovan also made an appearance at training this week.

Junior Flores is not on the U-20 roster and is now giving El Salvador a look as of last week.

A few players picked up new contracts in Europe over the last week.  Alfredo Morales will be playing in the Bundesliga next season as he signed an extension with Ingolstadt.  Geoff Cameron is sticking with Stoke City through 2018.  And Jon-Paul Pittman re-signed with Grimsby Town.

Nothing super new to report on Josh Gatt’s latest injury, but he is waiting on a second opinion to discover how good/bad the knee is.

DeAndre Yedlin went the full 90 minutes yesterday in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over the Malaysia XI All-Stars.  Here is a photo gallery from the game.

Oguchi Onyewu is training/trailing with NYCFC.

The man, the myth, the legend, Jonathan Bornstein was on MLS’ ExtraTime Radio this week.

Antonee Robinson was named Everton’s Academy Players’ Player of the Year.

Will recently interviewed Iranian-American goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi.  He also updated his May goalkeeper post with a bunch of goodies.

Oh yeah, something happened with FIFA this week.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Antonee Robinson, Ashkan Khosravi, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor Donovan, DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Harrison Hanley, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Bornstein, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Moises Orozco, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

A bunch of links for Thursday
   May 21, 2015 (1:38 AM) by Matt Benson

This has been a busy week for me, but here are a bunch of links from the last week or so.

In case you have been away this week, Jozy Altidore is going to be out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring injury.

One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson.  He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend.  Here is also a little video on ArJo.

Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season.  Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt.  And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.

This is from last week, but Jonathan Spector is going to stay at Birmingham City.

While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution.  But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.

Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.

The US U-20 team finished up its training in Australia with a 2-1 win over Australia’s U-20 team (highlights).  They then flew to New Zealand yesterday after the last few guys made their arrival down south where the U-20 World Cup will begin a week from Saturday.

While Gedion Zelalem made his US debut in that 2-1 win over Australia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told NBC’s ProSoccerTalk that Zelalem might be sent out on loan next season to get playing time.

J.R. Eskilson talked to US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen about being one of the more experienced players on the U-20 team.

Here is a Bundesliga video on Timothy Chandler.

According to a report out of Germany, Alfred Koroma is currently training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Christian Eissele scored one of the more interesting goals you will see on Monday.

Take this quiz on Premier League Americans.  I was able to get 14 out of 15 correct.

It looks like Benji Joya and Juan Ocegueda will be participating in the next US U-23 camp.

Sebastien Ibeagha is no longer with Horsens in Denmark and is already with Fram Reykjavik in Iceland.

Will has updated his US Soccer highlight video bank thingie.

Tim Howard and Everton have some new and pretty blah blue jerseys for next year.  At least Howard’s goalkeeper kit is kind of fun.  While Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig have a new white home kit for next season.

And finally, enjoy this pawn shop commercial featuring Joe Corona.

I am headed out of town this weekend on Friday for some fun so the site might be a little light on updates on my end.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Rubio Rubin, Sebastien Ibeagha, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen

US U-20 vs. Australia Highlights
   May 19, 2015 (1:51 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20 team defeated Australia 2-1 in a World Cup tuneup in Gosford, Australia earlier today.  The US goals were scored by Joel Sonora and Maki Tall, while Gedion Zelalem came off the bench to make his US debut.  Here is the lineup and highlights:

Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore (Kellyn Acosta, 59), Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, Desavio Payne (John Requejo, 74); Marco Delgado, Joel Soñora, Emerson Hyndman, Paul Arriola (Gedion Zelalem, 59); Maki Tall, Tommy Thompson.

Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team

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