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U.S. U-20 squad crashes out of World Cup after shellacking by Ghana

Jun 27, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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So it seems Ghana will continue to be a major thorn in the side for the United States soccer squads.

Having knocked the U.S. out of consecutive senior World Cups, the U-20 team was also eliminated on a 4-1 shellacking from the Ghanians.

The result cemented the U.S. into last place in their group, having been outscored 9-3 overall.

The United States needed a win to advance, and having fallen down 2-0 by the 60th minute, Shane O’Neill’s header brought the U.S. back within striking distance, but they crumbled late as Ghana scored twice in the final 12 minutes.

Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin, one of the brighter spots for the U.S. throughout the group stage, was forced off at halftime due to a shoulder injury.

It was always going to be tough for the U.S. to advance with Spain, France, and Ghana in their group, but such is the nature of the World Cup and coach Tab Ramos will rue finishing dead last with just one point.

“I’m disappointed with the result, certainly” said Ramos after the match. “I’m disappointed that we gave up nine goals in three games – you certainly can’t move on in a World Cup giving up nine goals in three games.”

The coach also mentioned a lack of timely decision-making and a timidness in front of goal as two key things the squad must work on.

Result or not, it will be fantastic experience for the kids to get matches in against such high-class opponents, and they certainly will be better off because of it.

  1. midtec2005 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Did we do something to Ghana, as a nation, to deserve such bad luck against them?

  2. futbolhistorian - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    You wrote:
    “ …. and coach Tab Ramos will rue finishing dead last with three defeats.”

    Factually incorrect. The US tied France. Two losses and a tie. Not much better than three losses. But you still need to get your facts straight. Your writing often has factual errors such as this.

  3. Kyle Bonn - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Thanks for pointing out the mistake

  4. talgrath - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The loss to Spain I can understand, top of the world and all of that, but losing to Ghana that badly was disgraceful. We knew the group would be tough, but Ghana looked like a winnable game on paper. I would not be surprised if Ramos is looking for a job shortly in the future, given the renewed focus on youth development by the USMNT.

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