USA 0-3 South Korea: Live Match Analysis

PREGAME:

Thomas Rongen goes with the same 4-3-3 formation and lineup that he used on Tuesday in the resounding win over Cameroon.

Here is the lineup 4-3-3: Perk; Williams, Opara, Gale, Flores; Jeffrey, Arguez, Duka; Shea, Taylor, Cruz

For the second time in two U-20 World Cups, the US will face a team managed by a former LA Galaxy, pre DP, star signing. Last time it was Austria and Andres Herzog, this time it is South Korea and Hong Myung Bo.

SECOND HALF

Full Time whistle: 3-0 Korea victory.

Opara sent off for a questionable, but yet fair challenge, and Korea converts the PK.

Germany has scored again versus Cameroon, meaning the US still has a very good chance to advance to the next round as one of the four best third place finishers.

The Koreans are wasting chances, keeping us very much alive in this match.

Opara goes in the book for a clumsy tackle that perhaps saved a goal. Flores avoids a booking despite a rash tackle. Korea had a PK shout, but the foul was deemed to have happened just outside the area.

Korea, despite nursing a two goal lead and certain advancement with this current scoreline is pushing forward and creating as many good chances as the US.

The US still looks shaky and disjointed in midfield early in the 2nd half, and appears to have switched to a 4-4-2 to try and solidify the midfield.

Per Marosevic replaces Tony Taylor for the US. The Miami FC man ran his socks off in the first two games, but was largely ineffective today.

First Half after jump

FIRST HALF

Germany’s goal versus Cameroon is a big break for the US.

Korea’s second goal was fantastic, with good build up and confusion on the American backline. Williams lost his mark and paid.

Brek Shea pulls a breakaway shot badly. Aimed for the far post with lots of time on the shot and missed it. Good run by Shea, but a very bad miss.

South Korea 1 USA 0

Comical defending by the US off a corner leads to a Korean goal, although the Koreans seemed unsure there. Gale late closing down Kim, while Brek Shea is caught ball watching.

South Korea really unlucky with a shot that hits Perk and goes off the crossbar in the 21st minute.

Brian Perk has been busy in the first thirteen minutes of the game. Korea needs three points today and are coming out flying.

South Korea controlling the midfield in the first ten minutes.

While the US is playing a 4-5-1, it appears Tony Taylor is playing on top of the other two strikers, so the formation looks more like a 4-3-2-1, at least initially.