As we all expected, the United States Under-20’s easily dispatched of France to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. Sebastian Soto’s brace and Justin Rennicks late winner propelled the young U.S. team to a round they’ve had trouble dealing with. In fact, the U.S. haven’t reached the semifinals of this competition since 1989.
Standing in their way of a berth in the final four is South American Youth Champions Ecuador. This Champion vs. Champion match-up will surely be an interesting one with so much on the line. Ecuador’s group stage wasn’t anything to brag about as they advanced via one of the third-place spots having won only once. Despite their mediocre run to the knockout rounds, they turned it around against Uruguay and won 3-1 to make it this far.
Tab Ramos will have everyone available to him for selection with Alex Mendez and Chris Durkin returning from suspension. The lineup selection will be tough for Ramos with several players proving against France that they deserve more minutes. In particular, Uly Llanez and Richie Ledezma. The latter started against France and provided a scrumptious assist and was overall very dangerous. The former came on in the second half and was a difference maker. Ramos will have to decide if he can leave either player out of the lineup after such good performances.
United States lineup:
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