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U.S. U-20s fall to Colombia

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The U.S. U-20s' struggles in Peru continued on Wednesday, with Thomas Rongen's side losing again, this time 2-0 to Colombia.

Several young MLSers earned playing time, including Cesar Zamora, Bryan De La Fuente, Francisco Navas Cobo and Conor Shanosky, as the U-20s conceded two second half goals in the span of three minutes. The side has now been outscored 7-0 in two games in Peru.

Here is the squad fielded by Rongen:

Starting Lineup: 18-Cody Cropper, 6-Emilio Orozco (5-Greg Garza, 59), 4-Christian Flores, 3-Korey Veeder (22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 69), 15-Bryan De La Fuente, 14-Cesar Zamora (21-Conor Shanosky, 59), 10-Francisco Navas Cobo, 16-Ernest Nungaray, 8-Moises Orozco (11-Victor Garza, 70), 7-Kevin Huezo, 19-Jerome Kiesewetter 

Subs Not Used: 17-Juan Agudelo, 24-Samir Badr, 2-Anthiny Brooks, 13-Adrian Ruelas, 9-Omar Salgado

The U-20s play Peru again on Friday.

  • Jose

    Wow come on you guys two loses so far 7 zip in 2 games not so good idc who’s playing there isn’t no. Excuse I expect more from the guys who are suppose to be our future they need to step it up.


  • anon

    Saw the first half of the game–they played well and had the majority of possession while creating some decent chances. (on balance Colombia probably had better chances but no one had a great one) So, no, the world isn’t ending yet.

    M. Orozco is a really good player.


  • Paul

    The number of Under-20 players who make it to the top level from any country is fairly small. Youth tournaments are not always the best way of predicting the future. Just ask Freddy Adu.


  • nazut

    Sucks to hear. But they are playing creme de la creme of South American talent. They can turn it around, i’m sure. Come on boys, we’re pulling for you.


  • DCU Fan in Socal

    US Soccer looks bleak, the retention of Bradley for the Men’s National team, Rongen and the no-experience as a coach Colombian guy at the helm of our future youth…WOW! We are suppose to be be heading forward in contention to perform well in 2018 or 2022 in our own back yard! Not with these clowns. WAKE UP USSF!


  • Andres

    Oo wait Colombia’s top 2 players James Rodriguez and Michael Ortega didn’t play so maybe it is tiem to panic, lol


  • Jimmy

    Can it really be so that a bunch of young guys that don’t play much are getting outscored at a foreign tournament? Oh heavens, we are doomed!

    C’mon guys, it is no surprise that this team is getting beat. Most don’t play much. It is an opportunity to see if there are a few diamonds in the ruff. Maybe only a handful of these guys will ever see action with the senior team. Nobody will care about any of these results if only a few of these guys mature into full USMNT players, who by the way will be playing with a wholly different unit of BETTER players than are with now.

    Let’s try to refrain from slashing out wrists over the outcome of youth tournaments.


  • steve

    Makes me wonder if American players peak later in their careers? I always imagine South American players as kids playing 24/7 getting into competitive youth programs at a really young age, seems like our players really start to come together much later.


  • Rad

    These were basically mls and mexican academy kids with the two gk from europe. Most of these kids will become pro’s eventually, but Rongen was just evaluating. From what it looks like, Oroozco was good. I think that kids who go to Mex academies get more opportunities for the YNT than mls academy kids because Mex Academy kids are unknown compared to mls. I really dont think many of these kids will be on the final roster.


  • otergod

    the doom and gloomers in full force huh??

    geez guys, chill out. These games are about finding players who’ll be called upon when it matters. Results in meaningless tournys with a teams missing loads of key players is nothing to go overboard with.

    as stated, we played well in the first half. 2 quick goals at the start of play in the 2nd. 1 apparently was a soft pk the other resulted in a cut into the middle, no one picked him up and netted it.

    There are a couple kids from this roster that are showing some great things, thats what we are taking away from this. Winning is nice, but not NEARLY as important as development and scouting


  • DL

    No reason to have a knee jerk reaction. This group is missing A LOT of talent. They will be fine for the U-20 world cup.


  • Josh D

    I think this is more of a “B” team from the team that played in NI. We’re also missing a few from injury.


  • Ricky B. Free

    OK so if Rongen fails at the next u-20 world cup, will he be fired or will he get another 2 years?

    These results are not important, but if the US crashes out of the world cup again. Then it will be time to fire Rongen.


  • huricano

    Like Paraguay, Colombia has a vast soccer tradition. Remember Asprilla, and Valderrama from the 90s? Those guys were awesome. And I know that’s not directly relevant to this game, but it puts the loss in context. We’ll get to the top, but lets not despair about trip-ups along the way.


  • EA

    Dammit. And I just finished my email to President Obama to have the national team disbanded.

    What should I do with the rest of my day?


  • Judging Amy

    Yep. If these guys really were the future of our NT then maybe it’d be a cause for concern. But since there’s no telling if we’ll see any of them again in a couple years or so, its kind of silly to get worked about at all.


  • ELAC

    So Bryan DeLa Fuente is an MLSer? I thought that he wasn’t counted as such by way of some SBI technicality.


  • anon

    Streaming–conked out after the first half, disappointingly.

    To put this tournament in perspective: after the milk cup everyone was talking about how the team was missing six or so guys who would probably be on the final roster. Well, this team is missing six starters from the milk cup (MacMath, Kitchen, Valentin, Powers, Molano, Ibrahim) and a few important contributors (White, Hot).


  • anon

    Got signed by Chivas USA right before the tournament to a homegrown deal, so I can’t imagine why not.

    Interesting talent; hope they keep him at LB if only for the national team’s sake.


  • Lost in Space

    I disagree. Wins Vs. Losses doesn’t matter much at the youth levels…but score-lines do. Losing 5-0 shows a lack of organization and understanding of Players and coaches.


  • MensreaJim

    This starting lineup is pretty far from our core guys, even moreso than the one for the Peru game. So 2-0 to a decent/quite good (I assume) team is not exactly a big deal.


  • otergod

    a 5-0 loss does show a lack of organization, but you must take in the roster. Its a team who has some players from previous camps, but quite a few first or second timers. Either way, they havent had too much time to play not to mention they come from several countries that play completely different styles. They are playing national teams who while they might not practice together often, they do ultimately play similar ball for their clubs.

    Take not the result to heart, but rather Rongen is getting a chance to evaluate these players, some of which are impressing.


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