September 29, 2009
US U-20s take over second place in World Cup Group C
SUEZ, Egypt – Four different U.S. players scored as the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team defeated Cameroon 4-1 in its second game of the 2009 U-20 World Cup.
The three-point, three-goal win propelled the U.S. into second place in Group C on goal difference heading in to the final group match against Korea Republic on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET). A win will put the U.S. through to the Round of 16. The team also could advance with another outcome, depending on other match results. The top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-place finishers, advance.
World Cup debutantes Bryan Arguez and Dilly Duka scored a goal and registered an assist.
Arguez’s tally came in first-half stoppage time. In the opening moments of the second half Duka assisted on Tony Taylor’s eventual game-winner. Duka’s goal game in the 67th minute, assisted by Arguez. Second-half substitute Brian Ownby scored the fourth goal in second-half stoppage time.
"If you win 4-1 you're clearly happy, but I'm more happy about the fact that our team responded well to a disappointing opening game against Germany,” said Rongen, who now has a 7-4-1 record in U-20 World Cup matches. “It showed some great character and resilience to manage this game, and it was a huge game for us. We felt we needed three points to get ourselves back in the race for the group, and we did that. I'm very proud of the way that the team handled the loss against Germany and focused our energy on Cameroon. We made a few changes that helped us and that was a result that we desperately needed."
Tuesday was the fourth time that the U.S. has scored four or more goals in a game in this event, and the first time that four different Americans scored in one FIFA U-20 World Cup game.