USA vs. France, U-20 World Cup: Recap and Reaction – Stars and Stripes FC

USA vs. France, U-20 World Cup: Recap and Reaction - Stars and Stripes FC
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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