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Late Gall penalty kick goal lifts U.S. U-20s over Russia in thrilling game

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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?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Love how US U17 & U20 teams will look great in friendlies and when it really matters the most, they choke at the FIFA World Cup’s. Just like the women’s national team, fantastic in friendlies but can’t win a World Cup. Let me know when this team actually does something relevant.

  2. I am very excited about Romain Gall’s future. I’ll admit I have only seen him play a few times, but he passes the eye test; he has the look of a special talent. Hopefully, his playing time with Columbus will increase dramatically next season.

    • I was disappointed he came to MLS at such a young age. He hasn’t really gelled too well yet but it generally takes someone a season. Let’s hope he dominates next season like he did this game!

      • I didn’t have any real expectations for Gall this season; it is hard enough coming in at midseason, and him being young and inexperienced makes that adjustment even more difficult. I was actually encouraged that he made the bench and got in a few games. I think Berhalter will be good for his development; like you said, it feels like next season could be big for him.

  3. man, sounds like an exciting game. i’d like to get some more detail on how they played though. hard to much into context without an idea of how the team looked.


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