The United States' first game of the 2015 Under-20 World Cup is in the books, and it was a favorable result, as they defeated the Asian team 2-1 in a comeback effort. After Yan Naing Oo put the Burmese on the board in the ninth minute, the US had to scramble a bit, before Maki Tall evened the score eight minutes later for the U.S. They then took the lead for good in the 56th minute, with Emerson Hyndman taking a feed from Rubio Rubin and slotting it inside the far post.
A former Chivas USA player, Marky Delgado, got the start for the US and ended up playing the full 90 minutes for the U.S. Delgado played a holding role in midfield during the game. Those who stayed up to watch the game among the U.S. National Team soccer twitterati apparently didn't think Delgado played that great, and admittedly he was part of the contingent that struggled to string passes together early in the game. Still, I thought he did a good job patrolling the middle of the park in the second half and circulating the ball. Maybe I'm too personally invested (it's possible) but I don't think he was the disaster immediate reactions made his performance out to be.
I suppose the question will be what U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos thought, and whether Delgado will get the start for the next game, which will take place late Sunday night California time against the the tournament hosts, New Zealand.
The Americans sit atop Group A through the first round of matches, and another former Chivas USA academy player, Bradford Jamieson IV, came off the bench for the Americans in the game. Not bad for a defunct MLS club.
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