U.S. Knocked out of World Cup by Ghana Again
ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana on Thursday night at Kayseri.
The American U20s were outscored 9-3 in the tournament, opening with a 4-1 loss to Spain and then coming from behind to tie France 1-1. They were outshot 25-10 by Ghana.
The U.S. U20s have not advanced past the group stage since the 2007 team with Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu. The Americans were knocked out in the opening round in 2009 and failed to qualify in 2011, leading the U.S. Soccer Federation to replace coach Thomas Rongen with former national team star Tab Ramos.
The American U17s failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup and their U23s didn’t reach last year’s London Olympics.
At the senior level, Ghana also eliminated the U.S. in the opening round of the 2006 World Cup and in the second round of the 2010 tournament.
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