US 0 Germany 3: Post Match Thoughts & Player Ratings

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The United States U-20 team was not at the races today, as they were humiliated in the opener of U-20 World Cup by Germany. The US team, boasting 12 professional players and the top college talent in the country was truly never competitive: Germany should have scored in the first four minutes as the US defenders twice fell asleep on long ball distribution.

The US performance was simply not acceptable for a competitive match at this level. A lack of organization and link up play were apparent from the first minute, despite the fact that this team has been together between residency and the national team for years. The 3-0 scoreline looks bad, but the performance was quite possibly worse than the final score would indicate.

The three best players for the US were goalkeeper Brian Perk who was hung out to dry by his fullbacks and bad giveaways almost a dozen times in this game, Gale the center back from Miami FC who snuffed out several German chances and second half sub Bryan Arguez whose insertion at halftime allowed the US to produce a good spell from minutes 45-60.

Otherwise, the US play was poor. Brek Shea showed flashes but not enough to really threaten the Germans. Tony Taylor was left on an island all alone, and Ownby was truly forgettable.

Thomas Rongen must pick up this sides confidence with two tough games remaining in the group versus Cameroon and South Korea. The US has made a habit of knocking off big teams and advancing deep in this tournament. Sadly, 2009 looks like that trend will not continue, which could be a blow for American fans confidence in the program.

PLAYER RATINGS

Perk   5

Davies  5

Opara   3

Gale  5

Mayen  5

Powers  3

Ownby 2

Jeffery 5

Shea 5

Diskerud  4

Taylor 6

Flores 4

Arguez 7

Duka 5