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Bulls Abroad: Miazga, U-20s Fall to Serbia in World Cup

After a hard fought match, U-20s drop out in WC quarters via PKs

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The U-20 USMNT lost to Serbia 0-0 a.e.t (6-5 after penalty kicks) early Sunday morning in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The young American team played fantastic defense, led by New York Red Bulls defenseman, Matt Miazga and Tottenham's, Cameron Carter-Vickers. They helped the USA keep a clean sheet for 120 minutes, but none of their teammates could find the back of the Serbian net.

During penalty kicks, the US's first miss was a microcosm for what would come the rest of the way. The US missed 4 of their 9 kicks, including 3 of the last 4. Serbia wasn't much better, but in penalty kicks, it only takes one better kick than your opponent to advance.

The good news for the Red Bulls is that Miazga should return to the team this week. Possibly in time to be considered for the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 20th, and (much, much less likely) maybe even for their US Open Cup match against the Atlanta Silverbacks on June 16th. It will be up to Jesse Marsch to determine how much rest Miazga needs after a busy tournament on the other side of the world, but the player should be back with the RBNY squad shortly.