The U.S. Under-20 men's national team settled for fourth place at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, falling to Chile 4-3 in the third-place game Thursday.
Furman University centerback Walker Zimmerman scored in the first minute, Santos Laguna's Benji Joya scored and assisted on a goal, and Chicago Fire Homegrown Player Victor Pineda scored his second goal of the tournament to spearhead the U.S. attack.
Conceding three consecutive goals in a four-minute span midway through the second half immediately after Joya's goal was ultimately the U-20s' undoing, as it turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit in a flash. Pineda tallied from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute to create some late drama, but the Americans could not find the late equalizer and fell, sealing a tournament in which it lost to Denmark and defeated Turkey.
Here is the lineup that U-20 coach Tab Ramos used for the match:
U.S. U-20 LINEUP VS. CHILE
Cody Cropper; Boyd Okwuonu (Eric Miller, 79), Walker Zimmerman, Holden Fender, Juan Pablo Ocegueda; Benji Joya, Wil Trapp, Mikey Lopez (Collin Martin, 69); Victor Pineda (Dillon Serna, 88), Daniel Cuevas, Alfred Koroma (Mario Rodriguez, 73)
Mexico, meanwhile, cruised to the tournament championship, coming up with a 3-0 win over defending champion Denmark in the title game. Tournament MVP Jesus Corona, Julio Enrique Gomez, Arturo Alfonso Gomez scored the goals for El Tri.
For Mexico, the Milk Cup title is another accomplishment on the international stage after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup and finishing third at the U-20 World Cup in 2011.
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