U20s Dominant over Indomitable Lions


What a difference a few days makes.

The same US youth international squad that struggled to do anything – dribble, pass, defend – against a German squad full of reserve youth players routed Cameroon 4-1 today in Suez, Egypt.

Strong play through the spine of the team, from the young Gale Agbossoumonde to the languid Bryan Arguez to the speedy Tony Taylor, the US youth team proved it belonged.

Throughout the first half, the US played the athletic Cameroon side to a standstill, equaling them in possession and on the scoreboard. That is, until a late corner led to an opportunistic Arguez goal. A half of of stalemate soccer sent the US into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead.

That 1-0 lead quickly doubled (before even ESPN2 could friggin’ get back from commercial) after Dilly Duka bolted downfield on a counterattack – for Cameroon’s Djousse had just blown a major scoring opportunity – and set Taylor up for an easy finish.

Just like that, the US was up 2-0 and the Indomitable Lions looked defeated.

The Cameroon gaffer quickly made changes, subbing out both starting strikers for fresher ones.

But the subs did little to stem the US tide, as the diminutive Dilly Duka ran rampant in the Cameroonian half. Counter after counter went down Duka’s flank, and the Cameroonian defenders were left helpless for much of the half. Duka’s brilliance culminated in a stunning, if lucky, far post lob that caught the Cameroon keeper off his line. Errant cross or masterful strike, it was a fitting cap to Duka’s dazzling display.

Cameroon would strike back, though, as Ike Opara capped his pedestrian evening with a weak foul in the box. The Cameroonian captain, Banana Yaya, easily placed the ball in the net from the spot, giving the Cameroon squad a faint glimmer of hope.

That hope was crushed only seconds later as the US continued its onslaught on the Cameroon net. Taylor went on one final brilliant run off an Arguez through ball, only to see a wicked bounce and slight nudge force him to misfire high over the goal.

Taylor went down injured a few minutes later, which saw Brian Ownby brought on as a fresh set of legs. Those legs proved to be too much as Ownby took a Jared Jeffrey through ball from midfield and coolly slotted the ball into the far post, ending any faint hope of a miracle from the African side.

Thanks to a solid team defensive effort and the emergence of a remarkable young midfielder, the “Baby Nats” overcame the Indomitable Lions – a feat that isn’t to be taken lightly.


One Response

  1. When I was watching the first half I was thinking oh boy here we go again. The goal right before half time really changed everything. Jeffrey looks like a real good player as does Duka.

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