Parting thoughts on the 2019 U.S. U-20 team as the cycle ends

THE UNITED STATES U-20 group’s World Cup run finished on Saturday with a 2-1 misfortune in the quarterfinals to Ecuador. It is the third back to back cycle the U-20 group has progressed to the quarterfinals and the third straight time its crusade finished there.

Since the turn of the thousand years, the U.S. group has lost in the quarterfinals in 2003, 2007, 2015, 2017, and now 2019. The current year’s group had an awesome, but not incredible run. Not at all like 2017 when it was outflanked by Venezuela in the quarterfinal. The current year’s competition was maybe progressively like 2007 or 2015 which had incredible successes in the round of 16 (against Uruguay and Colombia, individually) however were not as sharp in the accompanying game.

Expansive THOUGHTS

One major takeaway is that 2019 is likewise the second in a row cycle where the U.S. group brought a group without two of its best players. In 2017, Weston Mckennie was not discharged (as was Nick Taitague) and Christian Pulisic was with the full national group. In 2019, Josh Sargent and Tyler Adams stayed with the senior national group.

Be that as it may, this group in huge played superior to the 2017 U-20 group at the World Cup. The success over France was a standout amongst the best ever of U.S. U-20 program. The misfortune against Ukraine wasn’t terrible thinking about how trained and brilliant Ukraine plays. Qatar was just the frail part in the initial four diversions and Ramos tested a considerable amount in that game.

For the most part, the group played well all through the competition as well as all through the cycle.


In 2017, ASN archived the “Missing Years” age in American soccer where players conceived from 1990-1994 just never formed into quality first cooperative individuals at a rate of past ages. A major piece of that hole was noted in the poor exhibitions of U.S. youth national groups while those players were qualified for the U.S. U-17, U-20, and U-23 groups. That age is featured by the inability to fit the bill for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics however the U-23 group is commonly hard to assemble because of discharge issues and, frequently, senior national group duties.

The greatest sign of the disappointment of the missing years is at the U-20 level where regularly the best players are accessible – not at all like the U-23 group. During the U-20 World Cups for the “missing years” age, the outcomes were terrible. The 2009 group was three and done at the World Cup. The 2011 group didn’t qualify. The 2013 had an extreme gathering at the World Cup but at the same time was three and done.

From that point forward, the U-20 group has progressed routinely to the quarterfinals – while now missing a few key players. From a wide point of view, that for the most part implies more prospects with a higher degree more will work out to the senior group level. It doesn’t ensure achievement, however the notice signs from the “missing years” are not there.


This U.S. U-20 group is especially intriguing in light of the fact that it presumably was the most noteworthy range of abilities of players who were cut – not those like Tyler Adams or Josh Sargent who weren’t discharged.

The 2015 U-20 group had some amazing players cut – Lynden Gooch, Cristian Roldan, and Romain Gall are only three.

In this gathering, Ramos could likely have handled a whole group of players who were either cut, harmed, or missed for different reasons. Brendan Aaronson, Jonathan Amon, Frankie Amaya, Christian Cappis were altogether cut. Jaylin Lindsey was harmed. Jesus Ferreira did not get his citizenship in time.

What was likewise significant is that Ramos additionally gave call-ups to players who didn’t make this World Cup group however will’s identity key for the 2021 cycle – like Taylor Booth and Thomas Roberts.


It’s reasonable for call attention to explicit exhibitions in this competition regarding which players aided or hurt their case inside U.S. Soccer – either with the full national group or the U-23 group (which is the following coherent advance for some).

It’s just normal to have a stock watch for explicit players, however it is additionally just a preview and things will change rapidly for these players since they are still so youthful. A few players who had poor competitions will improve their inadequacies. Some who had incredible competitions will level.

Here are notes on a couple of explicit players

Chris Richards: Was maybe the best player in the group over the competition. The Bayern Munich focal protector was a stone in the back and looked prepared for enormous things ahead.

Sebastian Soto: The group’s driving scorer concocted some basic objectives and was clinical finisher. His off the ball development was top notch and he could be in-line for a late spring move because of the grim province of Hannover.

Tim Weah: Wasn’t reliably risky however the ability was there to make enchantment. He simply needs ordinary playing time.

Sergino Dest: One terrible guarded game yet plainly has ability on the ball. On the off chance that his safeguard improves, he could be extraordinary. He has things to chip away at yet he has the ability.

Paxton Pomykal: He wasn’t incredible against Ecuador however was commonly generally excellent in each other game. He appears as though he could be prepared to play a major job with the U.S. U-23 group. He has significant protective components to his game.

Chris Gloster: Gloster had some significant minutes pushing ahead however he was ordinarily extremely enduring protectively and was unrattled in 1v1 circumstances when a winger was confined against him. He looks past the U-19 level in Germany and, as Soto, he could constrain a move far from Hannover.

Chris Durkin: It was a frustrating competition for Durkin and he should get himself in a circumstance to move past it. DC United has been extreme for him to play consistently when the club is at full quality. Prior to composing too adversely about him, it’s imperative to take note of that Durkin was broadly viewed as the best U.S. player in the March camp where it drew France and vanquished Japan.

Aboubacar Keita: Another player who was not extraordinary in this competition but rather could improve. He was harmed since March and came into this competition corroded. He likewise has just made three expert recreations in his vocation – with USL League One’s Richmond Kickers. With normal expert minutes, he could progress nicely.

Konrad de la Fuente: He was one of the more youthful players in the group and is qualified for next cycle also. The last item wasn’t there in this competition however the ability is there. Will his mentors get him to make the following strides?

Justin Rennicks: Saw restricted minutes and missed over a month following his hamstring damage in March with the U-20 camp. He is a feisty and lively forward who moves well. Presently he needs to get himself on the field with New England.


It’s never simple to assess a mentor directly after a misfortune yet Tab Ramos progressed admirably, by and by. He was really cuffed a great deal with his last program given what number of player were conveying wounds lately heading into the World Cup. Brady Scott, Mark McKenzie, Justin Rennicks, Aboubacar Keita, Julian Araujo all needed predictable playing time heading into the competition because of wounds. What’s more, Timothy Weah, Ulysses Llanez, and Alex Mendez weren’t playing normally for their clubs for an assortment of reasons.

Be that as it may, Ramos was as yet ready to get a great deal out of this gathering. And keeping in mind that his strategies didn’t generally work out, he had the option to get his group to play with a great deal of heart directly until the end. That has been a sign of his groups going back to his absolute first cycle and it makes his groups very prevalent with fans.

On the off chance that this is Ramos’ last U-20 cycle, he’s been a gigantic resource and has arranged a ton of players for the following dimension.

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