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USMNT U-20’s tie Argentina in March friendly


The U.S. Under-20 men’s national team returned to action on Saturday and walked away with a draw in front of one of the best players to ever play the sport.

Mikey Varas’ side began a two-match schedule in Argentina on Saturday, tying the Argentina U-20 national team 2-2. In front of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, the Americans continued their preparation for involvement in this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship.

Philadelphia Union duo Quinn Sullivan and Paxten Aaronson each found the back of the net for the Americans in what was another promising exercise for this young group of players. Sullivan was one of several MLS players to start in Saturday’s match, including Caden Clark, Obed Vargas, and Brian Gutierrez.

The two teams played out a draw in the 90-minute friendly as the latest match before summer invovlvement elsewhere. Several European stars were in attendance on the Argentina sidelines including Messi, Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, and Leandro Paredes.

Among some of the substitutions for the USMNT U-20’s were Kevin Paredes, Justin Che, Daniel Ederman, and Aaronson. The Americans came close to earning three points, but a late Argentina equalizer tied things up for the hosts.

Chris Brady, Markus Ferankus, Caleb Wiley, Diego Luna, and Vargas all played the full 90 minutes for the USMNT.

The USMNT U-20’s close out its camp in Argentina on March 29 against Argentinian top-flight side River Plate.


  1. I hope Gomez stays. I dont understand, Mexico doesnt rate our duals. They seem to cap tie them to keep them away from us and never play them. Most Mexican fans do not like to see foreigners. They consider US born players with bad Spanish (or with an accent ) spanish to be foreigners.

  2. Granted, a U20 match is not definitive – I mean, Mexico won the Olympics with its U23’s – but it’s still a pretty substantial indicator of trajectory.

    When your young player pool is as good (or maybe slightly better!) than Argentina’s at the moment, it’s not a bad sign at ALL for the future.

    • Youth national teams are not a perfect indicator but they do offer 2 things:
      1) An opportunity for young players to showcase themselves for club recruiters. Strong showings can open doors for young players who may otherwise not be considered.
      2) A glimpse of what the next generation may bring. A few years back most of us got our first look at Dest, Weah, Sargent, etc….
      This U-20 Team will be competing for a place in the U-20 WC as well as for the next Olympics. Earning a place in these 2 tournaments will hopefully prime the pump for Sr. National Team and make sure we don’t have another lost generation.
      The good news is that our current Sr. Squad has so many young talents (some who even qualify for this U-20 team) that we should be well positioned for the 2026 without putting too much stress on the current U-20 player pool.
      The current U-20 player pool has some very promising players:
      Clark, Gomez, Aaronson, Che, Baker-Whiting, Cowell, Booth and others. If we can secure some of the duel national talent as well as our organic talent we’ll be well positioned to make some noise in 2026.

      • I think Gomez is the #1 dual nat we need to lock in before we add any others. My gut is he’s leaning US but if one or the other offers the WC he’s going that way. If Tata gets fired after this week that helps. I don’t think it hurts they Jona Gonzalez and Efrain Alvarez were both forgotten as soon as they were tied.

      • Q: I think the FMF will be tempted. If they’d only gotten 1 pt from Honduras I’d say they would. If they struggle to beat ES even though they qualify it wouldn’t surprise me. They haven’t looked good in over a year even in wins they haven’t dominated. Seems they’ve lost fan support as well. Tata has failed to integrate new players and with his aging roster might be leaving the team in even worse shape for next cycle.

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