After struggling through a 4-1 defeat against Spain on Friday, the United States U20 MNT rebounded with a respectable 1-1 draw against France on Monday.
It wasn’t the most thrilling encounter, as a late Daniel Cuevas goal provided a valuable point, and kept the hopes for advancement alive. But the U.S. might’ve left points on the table, as Luis Gil missed a second half penalty kick that could’ve equalized much earlier in the game.
Regardless, the result and performance in defense were improved in some aspects for the U20s. Here’s how the players rated in the group match:
U20 Player Ratings vs. France
GK Cody Cropper, 7: Some good saves today from the Minnesota native, though he probably would tell you that he could have kept that penalty out. Perhaps the best U.S. player on the day, and man of the match as he kept the deficit at 1-0 with several timely saves when the French looked dangerous.
D DeAndre Yedlin, 5: The enterprising right back reigned in his attacking forays for the opening stretches of the game, then looked significantly more dangerous on the right flank when he moved up to an outside midfield position.