May 30, 2015
OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
USA men win U-20 opener, 2-1
WHANGAREI, New Zealand - The U.S. Under-20 Men's national team opened up Group A play of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Myanmar at the Northland Events Center in Whangarei Saturday.
The Americans (1-0-0) sit atop Group A standings with three points, followed by New Zealand (0-0-1) and Ukraine (0-0-1), who tied 0-0 earlier in the day. Myanmar (0-1-0) is last in the group with zero points following the loss.
Myanmar grabbed the lead in the ninth minute. A corner kick was sent into the penalty area and a scramble ensued. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came out of the net, but was unable to control the ball, leaving an open net as Yan Naing Oo tapped the ball home inside the near post.
Eight minutes later, Maki Tall equalized for the USA. After Myanmar deflected a U.S. ball out of the playing field, U.S. captain Emerson Hyndman sent a high, curved corner kick to the middle of the box, where Cameron Carter-Vickers got a light touch to redirect it to the right side of the box. Tall corralled the ball and sent a right-footed kick to the back left corner.
Hyndman tallied the game-winner in the 56th minute. Rubio Rubin gained possession of the ball in the midfield and ran with it up to the outside of the penalty area, finding Hyndman making a long follow-up run. Rubin sent a pass to the right side of the box to Hyndman, who fired a 12-yard pass for a 2-1 USA advantage.
The USA continues group play against host New Zealand on Tuesday at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Kickoff is set for 3 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.