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March 29, 2011

USA U-20s vs. Suriname: Player Ratings and Some Game Stats

The opening game for USA's U-20s was on March 29th, 2011. After 20 minutes the Suriname side looked visibly defeated. The U-20s will advance from group play after Panama defeated Suriname 3-0 Thursday night (March 31st) but will play Panama Saturday evening to determine who wins the group.

The four winners of each Quarterfinal game will represent CONCACAF in the U-20 World Cup this summer in Colombia. The U-20s can expect to play either Guatemala (hosts) or Honduras in the Quarterfinals. 

Player Ratings
 In all honesty, I only watched the first half. After a 3-0 lead on the scoreboard (and a near 80-4 lead in something else...) I wasn't all that excited to watch a continuation of the game for only a lone goal. US received more than their fair share of touches so it was easier to see a player's mindset. Apologies to Moises Orozco, Sebastien Ibeagha, and Omar Salgado, whom I did not get to watch.

Bobby Wood - Age 19, 1860 Munich, Germany - (16...14/2) - Always looking forward with his first touch. Sent in several passes from distance but is content with playing the correct, safe ball as well. Possesses a controlled, hard shot he can put on frame from outside the 18.

Kelyn Rowe - Age 19, UCLA - (15...13/2) - Amazing movement off the ball. Out of all 11 players on the field he's doing everything he can to get the ball at his feet. His passing could use some work but his shooting more than makes up for it.

Joseph Gyau - Age 18, Hoffenheim, Germany - (12...9/3) - A great build up and goal that would score on most teams, not just a lackluster Suriname. Sometimes dribbles too much but he uses his strength and speed to get out of mistakes. Decent off the ball as well.

Gregory Garza - Age 19, G.D. Estoril Praia, Portugal - (10...8/2) - The RB pushed forward and sent in good crosses off both feet. Short range passes upfield slipped him up a bit but overall he did more than well.
Sebastian Lletget - Age 18, West Ham United, England - (9...8/1) - He's willing to step up in clutch opportunities but also content with stepping out of the light. Sent in a great free kick then hit the post from outside the box minutes later. An accurate shot to say the least.
Zarek Valentine - Age 19, Chivas USA - (9...7/2) - The ball ended up on the other side of the field more times than not but answered when he needed to.

Amobi Okugo - Age 20, Philadelphia Union - (8...3/5) - Was unwilling to push the ball forward and consistently played the overly safe ball backwards instead of looking to his strikers. Strong, and a good defender, but needs to focus on helping the offense and not just the defense.
Conor Doyle - Age 19, Derby County FC, England - (8...6/2) - Showed great speed with and without the ball but botched a breakaway early with a bad touch. Similar to Lletget in that he'll go minutes without touching the ball.
Gale Agbossoumonde - Djurgardens IF, Sweden - (6...3/3) - A pressuring attack would have exposed Agboss with his poor positioning. Distribution looked shakey as well.
Perry Kitchen - DC United - (6...5/1) - Hardly got the ball at his feet but did well with it when he did.
Zac MacMath - Philadelphia Union - (1...1/0) - Plays soccer.
Game Stats

This is why I did not continue to keep stats after the first half...

USA - 78.17
SUR - 3.83

First Half

Pts 9.00 0.30 11.20 1.40 5.90 0.10
Opp 37 3 45 13 12 1
Succ% 24.3 10.0 24.9 10.8 49.2 10.0

U-20s vs Suriname Highlights

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