The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team gave a sterling account of themselves, fighting through the final whistle in a 2-1 extra time defeat to Venezuela in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
After 90 minutes of high-intensity but scoreless soccer, the U.S. U-20s found themselves down 2-0 late in extra time after goals from Venezuela’s Adalberto Peñaranda and Nahuel Ferraresi in the 96th and 116th minutes, respectively. However, Jeremy Ebobisse rescued hope for the USA, scoring the first goal against Venezuela to this point in the tournament in the 117th minute, but a valiant U.S. side couldn’t tack on another in the waning moments to send the match to PKs.
Venezuela was all over the U.S. in the first half, and held a 26-7 shots advantage in the game. Eight were on goal, forcing U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann to make six saves.
The U.S. grew into the match slowly as Venezuela came charging out of the gate, forcing a diving save from Klinsmann in the opening minute of play and a second fine stop after a quarter of an hour had gone by. The U.S. stuck to its game plan and began to foray forward in search of its own chances only to see Sergio Córdova strike what would have been the opening goal of the game midway through the half; however his goal was correctly called back for offside after the Video Assistant Referee took a second look at the play.
The second half opened much as the first had with Venezuela going close to taking the lead on an attempt from Ronaldo Chacon but his headed shot from a corner kick thundered back off the bar and was cleared in the 48th minute. Córdova then crashed a second header off the bar moments after being stoned by Klinsmann as he bore in on goal.
The U.S. settled down as the half wore on and nearly snatched a late winner when captain Erik Palmer-Brown beat La Vinotinto goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez to a cross only to see his headed shot flash just inches outside the right post with the final play of regulation.
This is the second consecutive U-20 World Cup that had coach Tab Ramos has guided the U.S. to the Quarterfinal stage. Although the U.S. is headed home, the players do so after tying multiple program records and winning arguably the toughest group of the tournament.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
VEN – Adalberto Peñaranda (Samuel Sosa), 96th minute: A quick break by Venezuela down the USA’s right flank received a kind deflection when Adalberto Peñaranda tried to make a move past his defender with the ball deflecting out wide into the path of the onrushing Samuel Sosa. He rifled in a low across along the top of the six yard box that picked out Peñaranda, whose first time shot nestled into the far left side netting. USA 0, VEN 1
VEN – Nahuel Ferraresi (Ronaldo Lucena), 116h minute: From a corner kick, Ronaldo Lucena whipped an inswinging cross toward the back right post where Nahuel Ferraresi lay in wait and headed the ball down into the turf. It bounced back up and into the top right corner of the goal for what proved to be the game winner. USA 0, VEN 2
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Brooks Lennon), 117th minute: From a set piece, Lennon sent the ball deep into the Venezuela box toward the back left post where a trio of U.S. players were arriving. It was Ebobisse who got his head to the ball, sending a looping header back across the goal and just inside the post into the right, side netting to give the USA hope until the final whistle. USA 1, VEN 2 (A.E.T.) FINAL
- U.S. defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and midfielder Derrick Jones returned to the starting XI after missing the Round of 16 due to yellow card suspension.
- Carter-Vickers was joined in defense by fellow center back Erik Palmer-Brown and left back Danny Acosta as well as right back Justen Glad, who retained his starting spot he was handed in the Round of 16 despite the return from yellow card suspension of Aaron Herrera, who had started the first three matches of the tournament for the USA.
- Jones, Eryk Williamson and Tyler Adams were reunited in midfield in support of Luca de la Torre, Josh Sargent and Brooks Lennon, who formed the USA’s forward line.
- Adams exited the match in the 51st minute and was replaced by Jeremy Ebobisse, while Josh Sargent was withdrawn in the 83rd minute, having sustained a nasty cut to the head earlier in the match on a high boot from a Venezuela defender. Lagos Kunga replaced the U.S. striker.
- In the second half of extra time, Eryk Williamson came off for striker Emanuel Sabbi in the 112th minute and Danny Acosta parted for Auston Trusty in the 120th.
- The USA is 5-9-1 all-time in Knockout Round games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- U.S. head coach Tab Ramos moves to 5-4-4 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- The Quarterfinal match occurred just hours after the U.S. and Venezuela senior sides tied 1-1 in a friendly match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
– U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela
Date: June 4, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Quarterfinals
Venue: Jeonju World Cup Stadium; Jeonju, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 2 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 1ET 2ET F
USA 0 0 0 1 1
VEN 0 0 1 1 2
VEN – Adalberto Peñaranda (Samuel Sosa) 96th minute
VEN – Nahuel Ferraresi (Ronaldo Lucena) 115
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Brooks Lennon) 117
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta (2-Auston Trusty, 120), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 6-Justen Glad; 18-Derrick Jones, 7-Eryk Williamson (9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 113), 8-Tyler Adams (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 51); 20-Luca de la Torre, 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (13-Lagos Kunga, 83)
Subs not used: 4-Tommy Redding, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 14-Aaron Herrera, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem
Head coach: Tab Ramos
VEN: 1-Wuilker Farinez; 5-Jose Hernandez, 2- Williams Velasquez, 4-Nahuel Ferraresi, 20-Ronald Hernandez; 7-Adalberto Peñaranda (18-Luis Ruiz, 113), 16-Ronaldo Lucena (6-Christian Makoun,120+2), 8-Yangel Herrera (capt.), 19-Sergio Cordova (17-Josua Mejias, 119); 9-Ronaldo Peña (15-Samuel Sosa, 76), 11-Ronaldo Chacon
Subs not used: 3-Eduin Quero, 10-Yeferson Soteldo, 12-Joel Graterol, 13-Jan Hurtado, 14-Heber Garcia, 21-Rafael Sanchez
Head coach: Rafael Dudamel
Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 7 / 26
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 9
Fouls: 22 / 26
Offside: 1 / 2
VEN – Jose Hernandez (caution) 35th minute
VEN – Williams Velasquez (caution) 57
USA – Derrick Jones (caution) 74
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (caution) 81
VEN – Samuel Sosa (caution) 86
VEN – Yangel Herrera (caution) 90+3
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)