The USA U-20 team can help fill that World Cup-size hole in your heart

U20 MNT starting ix

Are you suffering from World Cup withdrawals? Do you find yourself chanting USA USA USA under your breath at work? Do you book two hour meetings that aren’t real on your work calendar in hopes that it might coax the World Cup to start again? Have you walked by a bar longingly on Saturday morning, wishing you weren’t outside in the sun and instead surrounded by sweaty Americans, all covered in beer? Me too. It’s hard. I feel it too. Unfortunately nothing can actually replace the World Cup. Not even vodka (trust me). Instead, let’s look at some other solutions to attempt to fill that World Cup-sized hole (at least temporarily). Tomorrow, 7/18 (or today if you are out in the East) the USMNT U-20 team takes on the Australia U-20 team for the championship of the NTC Invitational. With the goal differential situation, the USA can win the event with a draw or victory against Australia. This tournament, held at the StubHub Center, has seen the US take on both Bermuda and Chile so far. The best part is this game is being streamed, Friday night at 7 PM PST on Throw your US jersey on and put that withdrawal to rest for the evening.

The cool thing here is that it is very likely that you will see some of these guys work their way into the full national team setup within the next four years. This team is packed with future stars, just look at this roster and the clubs they currently play for.

Tommy Thompson of the SJ Earthquakes was also called up!

Tommy Thompson of the SJ Earthquakes was also called up!


On Wednesday the U-20 USMNT team squared off with Bermuda and walked away with a 4-0 win. Highlights below, these guys aren’t afraid to get forward and get after it offensively.

On Monday the U-20 USMNT rallied to come from a goal down to beat Chile 2-1. Highlights are pretty sparse for this one unfortunately.

A couple guys in particular to keep an eye on, Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer up top. Both have played quite well during this tournament, contributing two goals each through two games. If nothing else, this should help your World Cup cravings and give you the jump on your friends on who the young guys to watch are for the next cycle. Start name dropping Romain Gall, Lynden Gooch, and Paul Arriola’s names at the bar, and watch as people are instantly wowed and buy you alcoholic beverages for imparting them with such knowledge. Or not. Worth a shot though. USA USA USA USA USA!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2014/07/18 at 5:44 PM

    Two things:

    1. If you selected the most likely 23-man roster and compared it to the 2013 qualifying roster, you’d see a very impressive thing: the current 23-man roster has more pro experience than 2013’s did — even though the 2015 cycle still has a few more months to accumulate experience.

    2. It’s also impressive which players aren’t on the roster. Three centerbacks with pro experience (Miazga, Palmer-Brown, Redding). One right back with pro experience. (Tyler Turner). And a lot more.


    • Posted by biggysf on 2014/07/19 at 11:17 PM

      Yep, good point on the experience of the roster and they are loaded at CB. Should be a fun team to watch during qualifying and hopefully the 2015 u20 WC.


  2. Posted by Spiritof76 on 2014/07/18 at 8:36 PM

    78 minutes, USA off the crossbar! Come on USA! Still 0-0.

    TSG, this was just what the doctor ordered. Thanks for posting.

    Thompson has been awfully fun to watch, also impressed w/ the work of our CBs.


    • Posted by Spiritof76 on 2014/07/18 at 8:57 PM

      WOOHOO! Go, go, USA! Gooch and Donovan lift the cup! #2010Dreamsof2014

      That and Terrence Boyd scoring against PSG today makes my day.


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