US U-20 Team Cruises Past Bermuda, Remains Unbeaten in NTC Invitational
Jurgen Klinsmann and Sunil Gulati were on hand to watch the United States Men’s U-20 team recorded their second victory in the NTC Invitational with a 4-0 victory over Bermuda.
The United States was too much for the outmatched Bermuda team. The US U-20’s controlled possession and were on the attack for much of the match. Scoring came from from Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Tommy Thompson (Sacramento Republic FC).
Thompson, a San Jose homegrown player was added to the roster only yesterday, but showed great ball control in his first national team match since 2008. His goal in the 45th minute was an acrobatic cracker that capped off a dominant half of play.
Novakovich scored in the 27th minute after the US kept sustained pressure on the Bermuda goal from Novakovich, Thompson, and Pfeffer. The few times Bermuda countered, the defense was quick to take it from their feet. Goalkeeper Zach Steffan was seldom called on yet he made an impression as a vocal leader, organizing an efficient team defense.
Coach Tab Ramos was happy with the result though in the second half he was seen on the sideline cajoling his team to keep the pressure.
In the final minutes the team obliged running two fast paced counterattacks, the second leading to a corner. The sustained pressure from that corner resulted in a 85th minute own goal.
With the win, the United States will play the similarly undefeated Australian team on Saturday in the StubHub Center.
At the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.