See all the goals as Team USA shocks France at the U-20 World Cup – For The Win

See all the goals as Team USA shocks France at the U-20 World Cup - For The Win
France U20 vs. United States U20 – Football Match Report – June 4, 2019
The United States U-20 men’s national team squared off against mighty France in the round of 16 of the U-20 World Cup on Tuesday, and somehow prevailed with a 3-2 win against a team many considered favorites heading into the tournament.

Tab Ramos’ boys came out and attacked the French side, whose roster is sort of flabbergasting to look at. Just about everyone in the side plays for a team in Ligue 1, France’s top division. The ones that don’t play for Barcelona or in the Bundesliga. This France team isn’t a group of young prospects. They are bona fide stars already, many playing first-team football for some of the best clubs in the world.

The first goal came on a brilliant counter-attack which PSV’s Richie Ledesma break apart the France defense and then spring Sebastian Soto in with a brilliant through ball.

Aboubacar Keita (7) – At halftime, the Columbus Crew SC center back was heading for a sub-par grade. Keita made a few notable errors, and things could have been a lot worse were it not for some loose finishing by France. Then, he repeatedly proved himself an astute emergency defender. Throw in some splitting passes out of the back and he was downright masterful over the final 25 minutes.

France then scored two unanswered, and it seemed like the U.S. were out of it. But it was Soto again, broken through by a mesmerizing pass from Timothy Weah, to equalize.

Brady Scott (5.5) – One could argue that the US goalkeeper should have rushed out to close down space on Frances first-half leveler. Im leaning toward it was just too far out and Scott did what he could. However, theres no escaping that he let the initial shot get through him on Les Bleus second. The FC Koln youngster did close the game strong, though.

The comeback was completed by Justin Rennicks of the New England Revolution, who pounced on a badly misplaced save by the French keeper and gave the U.S. the lead.

Timothy Weah (7.5) – The No. 11 shirts wheels might have been the most consistent nuisance to France on the day. On the press, on the dribble, on the track-back, Weah was the one US player that couldnt be caught. After all of his hard running, the Paris Saint-Germain speedster slowed things down to expertly slip Soto into the area for the late US equalizer.

In a nervy final 11 minutes, the U.S. held on. It’s a stunning statement from Tab Ramos’ side and something that fans of U.S. Soccer should be really excited about. This is a special young group.

Sergino Dest (7) – Even with some major neglect in covering back-post threats (such as on Frances second), this was easily Dests best outing of the tournament. He constantly pushed the US forward up the right and excelled when defending against some tricky foes. To top it all off, he teed up the winner by forcing a rebound with a distance drive.

The Stars and Stripes opened the scoring when Richard Ledezma found space to run at Frances backline before unleashing Sebastian Soto with a well-timed through pass. The Hannover forward took a touch before curling a shot past Alban Lafont into the bottom corner.

Sebastian Soto (8) – The Hannover 96 youngster experienced a shaky start to the contest due to some poor touches, but quickly tidied that part of his game. Soto had no trouble cleaning up a couple throughballs for his second brace of the tournament. Both were patient, well-measured finishes, and you cant ask much more of a striker on this stage.

There was then a cooling break right after Sotos goal, which may have worked to Frances advantage, as the Stars and Stripes were beginning to heat up.

Brandon Servania (6) – It was a roller-coaster shift from the FC Dallas midfielder. Servanias steal initiated the play for the US opener and he was present at the gate to halt several rushes up the gut. The latter fact only made it more frustrating that he also wandered out of position too often, most notably on the first France goal. 

France threatened USA goalkeeper Brady Scotts goal in the 37th minute when Michael Cuisance struck the post. However, they went one better four minutes later, almost replicating USAs opening goal. Moussa Diaby dribbled at USAs backline before timing a through ball for Amine Gouiri, who did well to stay onside and score past Scott.

Chris Gloster (2.5) – Theres no sugar-coating it, this was a rough outing for the Hannover 96 left back. Gloster was beaten several times, got caught up at least as often, added little going forward and his careless giveaway directly facilitated Frances equalizing goal rush. Well chalk it up as an uncharacteristic stinker.

Diaby was a constant threat down Frances right wing for most of the second half and thats where Frances second originated from. The Paris Saint-Germain man poked a shot past Scott that hit the post and Nabil Alioui put in the second chance from close range.

Richie Ledezma (6.5) – The PSV Eindhoven talent was top notch during the opening half hour. Ledezma closed down space all over midfield, and got loose up the middle to slip Soto in alone for the icebreaker. After that, he essentially vanished from the game until being replaced just beyond the hour mark.

USA replied with an equaliser in the 74th minute when Tim Weah threaded through an intricate short pass at the top of the penalty area with the outside of his boot for Soto, and the forward showed his instinct in front of goal, scoring past Lafont for his second of the evening.

Just under ten minutes later USA substitute Justin Rennicks, who had previously played a total of nine minutes at Poland 2019, scored the winning goal, reacting the quickest after Lafont spilled a searing shot from Sergino Dest.


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