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Watch Live: USA U-20 v. Ecuador, World Cup quarterfinal

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The U.S. U-20 national team play Ecuador in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday (kick off, 11:30 a.m. ET) as Tab Ramos’ youngsters will be flying high after knocking out tournament favorites France in the last 16.

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A stunning second half comeback led by Sebastian Soto saw the U.S. trail 2-1 but then Ramos made two game-changing subs as Uly Llanez and Justin Rennicks made a huge difference in the 3-2 win.

Ecuador breezed past Uruguay in the last 16, with the South American nation set up well defensively but there’s no doubting that the U.S. are favorites to advance to the semifinals where they will play either South Korea or Senegal.

Click on the link above to watch the game live online, while you can also watch it on NBC Universo.

US U-20’s win CONCACAF Championship

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The U-20 U.S. men’s national team had already clinched a spot in the U-20 World Cup in Poland next summer, but Tab Ramos’ youngsters sealed their second-straight CONCACAF Championship title on Wednesday.

Get ready to see a few of these players in USMNT squads in the months and years to come.

The young Yanks beat Mexico 2-0 in Bradenton, Florida with Alex Mendez scoring twice with a lovely finish in the first half and then the SC Freiburg product finished off a rapid counter in the second half to seal the win.

Mendez won the Golden Ball at the tournament for the best player and he also had the most goals with eight, while U.S. stopper Brady Scott was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper. Before the last two tournaments the U.S. had never won the U-20 CONCACAF Championship.

Ramos’ work with these youngsters should not be overlooked, as they’ve now been crowned champs of CONCACAF for the second time on the trot under his tutelage and he’s also led them to four-straight World Cups.

Below you can watch the two goals from Mendez which sealed the title for the youngsters.


US hammer New Zealand to reach U20 World Cup quarters

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This young U.S. team is pretty darn good.

The U.S. U-20 national team beat New Zealand 6-0 in Incheon, South Korea on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 U-20 World Cup.

A first half goal from Josh Sargent (his fourth of the tournament) set the U.S. on their way, with Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Justin Glad, Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga adding a goal each in the second half to put some extra gloss on the scoreline.

Without the suspended trio of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Herrera and Derrick Jones, Tab Ramos’ men strolled into the last eight where they will face a much tougher test against Venezuela on Sunday.

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The U.S. started brightly as Lennon skipped past one defender but then hammered over the bar and although New Zealand always carried a threat on the counter, the longer the first half went on the more likely the U.S. seemed to take the lead.

They did just that in the 32nd minute as a corner from the right was played in to Glad and he controlled before volleying towards goal through a crowd and the ball took a nick off Sargent and past Michael Woud in goal for New Zealand. 1-0 to the U.S.

Danny Acosta drilled a shot on goal which was saved well by Woud before half time and the U.S. handled a few dangerous set pieces from New Zealand with ease.

In the second half New Zealand came back into the game and captain Moses Dyer had a wonderful chance to equalize. The Kiwis broke down the right and a cutback to the penalty spot found Dyer unmarked but he scuffed his effort wide. A huge let-off for the U.S.

The U.S. then sealed the win with two goals in two minutes as Ebobisse hammered home a wonderful strike to make it 2-0 and then moments later Lennon raced clear and finished well to make it 3-0.

New Zealand never recovered and Sargent almost added a fourth but his fine turn and low shot was turned around the post by Woud.

From that corner Glad did add a fourth goal as he headed towards goal and Woud made a real mess of it. 4-0 to the USA. Game over.

Trusty then added a special strike late on as he rifled home a shot from the edge of the box after a short corner found him unmarked, and then Kunga finished off a mazy run with a cool finish to make it 6-0.

Ramos’ men will have a much tougher test next time out, but winning 6-0 in a Round of 16 game will do wonders for confidence.

LIVE: US U20s lead New Zealand; one foot in World Cup QFs

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The U.S. national team deservedly lead New Zealand 1-0 at half time in their 2017 U-20 World Cup Round of 16 clash.

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Justen Glad was originally credited with the goal but his volley looked to have taken a slight touch off Jack Sargent and in to put the U.S. 1-0 up.

Whoever the goal goes to is irrelevant as Tab Ramos’ men dealt admirably with three key absentees through suspension and are 45 minutes away from reaching the quarterfinals for the second-straight tournament.

Click play on the link above to watch the USA’s opener and click on the link above to stream the second half live.

STREAM LIVE: USA v. New Zealand, U20 World Cup Round of 16

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The U.S. national team U-20 side take on New Zealand in South Korea on Thursday with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

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Tab Ramos’ men have three starters out through suspension with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Herrera and Derrick Jones all missing, plus Gedion Zelalem is out injured for the rest of the tournament. That said, the U.S. finished top of Group F and New Zealand finished second behind France in Group E with the Kiwis the underdogs for this game.

The “Baby Nats” reached the quarterfinals two years ago before losing to eventual champs Serbia on penalty kicks, so Ramos will at least want to match that achievement with this talented group of youngsters.

Jack Sargent will once again be the main man for the U.S. after scoring three goals in the USA’s three group games, while Luca de la Torre and Brooks Lennon have also impressed in attack.

The winner of this Round of 16 clash will face Venezuela in the quarterfinals on June 4.

Click on the link above to stream the game live via Telemundo, while we will have reaction and analysis on the game right here on ProSoccerTalk.

While here is the starting lineups for the U.S. and New Zealand.