June 10, 2015
10-man U.S. U-20 men defeat Colombia, 1-0
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The 10-man United States recorded a 1-0 victory over Colombia in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time since 2007.
The USA advanced to play Serbia at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland Saturday at 11:30 PM CT (FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and NBC Universo).
After a scoreless first half, Colombia applied heavy pressure to begin the final half.
The Americans found their footing and was rewarded when forward Rubio Rubin collected a missed clearance from inside the penalty area to net the game-winning goal.
It was Rubin’s second goal of the competition. He also tallied during the USA’s 4-0 group win over New Zealand.
Defender Kellyn Acosta was called for a foul inside the U.S. penalty area, earning him his second yellow card of the match and a dismissal, giving Colombia an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot.
Jarlan Barrera took the penalty, but U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen guessed correctly to the left side and punching the ball out.
Steffen recorded his second shutout of the tournament and eighth of his U-20 career.
USA forward Bradford Jamieson was injured early in the match and was subbed in the 11th minute. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being evaluated further.