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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team survived a back-and-forth match that included three penalty kicks in their opener of a trio of international friendly matches in Marbella, Spain.
Backed by two goals from midfielder Romain Gall, the U.S. U-20s came back from a goal down late to defeat Russia Under-21s, 4-3. The U.S. finished the match with ten men after Emerson Hyndman was shown a second yellow card with seven minutes remaining.
Tab Ramos’ squad initially went down 1-0 in the 13th minute when Vyacheslav Karavayev scored for Russia U-21s. The U.S. responded though in the 19th minute after a failed clearance fell to Gall, who arrived to volley a shot home.
The U.S. took the first of their two leads on the day when Junior Flores fed Andrija Novakovich for the Reading forward’s third goal of the year with the U-20s in the 45th minute to give the USA a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
Russia tied the score in the 55th minute through Aleksei Miranchuk and took the lead again in the 71st minute with a goal from Arshak Koryan, after U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made a penalty kick save only to see the rebound fired home.
In the 77th minute, the U.S. were given a chance to level the scores when Matt Miazga was taken down in the area. Substitute forward Dembakwi Yomba stepped up and fired home to tie the game at 3-3.
In the 83rd minute, the U-20s went down to ten men after Hyndman was shown his second yellow card of the match, but in second half stoppage time, a Tommy Thompson shot was handled in the box and the USA were awarded another penalty kick.
Gall this time took the penalty kick and fired home in essentially the last kick of the match.
Here’s a look at the U.S. U-20s lineup:
USA U-20s: Ethan Horvath; Shaq Moore, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, Luis Martir; Russell Canouse, Joel Sonora (Dembakwi Yomba 67′); Emerson Hyndman, Romain Gall, Junior Flores; Andrija Novakovic (Tommy Thompson 67′)
What do you think of this result? Impressed with the U-20s comeback ability? Think this starting lineup can compete with some of the best in the world?
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