United States’ U-20 World Cup ends with hard-fought loss to Ecuador
USA´s Paxton Pomykal at the center of the image, seeks to feed Tim Weah against Ecuador in the quarterfinal game of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup on June 8, 2019, at Gdynia Stadium in Gdnyia, Poland. (Photo courtesy of FIFA)

GDNYIA, Poland The United States’ 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign has come to an end following a hard-fought 2-1 defeat to Ecuador in the Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at the Gdynia Stadium in Gdnyia, Poland.

The U.S. completes the 2019 Under-20 World Cup with an overall record of 3W-0D-2L.

After an even half-hour, Ecuador would break the deadlock in the 30’ thanks to a strong right-footed shot from Jose Cifuentes for a 1-0 lead.

The U.S. responded right away and Timothy Weah took advantage of a loose ball in the area off a corner kick to even the contest 1-1 in the 36’.

But Ecuador quickly regained the momentum and a 2-1 advantage thanks to a Jhon Jairo Espinoza goal minutes before halftime.

The U.S. was hoping for another comeback win, but was unable to find a way past the Ecuadorian defense, resulting in the 2-1 final.

The U.S. in the  Under-20 World Cup:

  • Last appearance / achievement: 2017 quarterfinals
  • Best achievement:  Fourth place in 1989