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Bulls Abroad: USA U-20s wrap up Four Nations Tournament with 2-0 loss to England

The USA U-20s went to England in October looking for experience, and they got a lot of that.

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New York Red Bulls' Academy product Marcello Borges played no part in the USA U-20s' third and final game of the Four Nations Tournament.

The match, against England, saw the young Americans once again lose a close game, as had been the case in their first two matches of the tournament. Borges started both those games: the 1-0 loss to Germany, and the 5-3 loss to the Netherlands that the USA had been leading midway through the second half.

Absent Borges, it was much the same story for the USA: the team competitive but not able to get the better of its opponent. Two late goals saw England win the match (and the tournament).

These results don't count for much in the greater scheme of things. They are simply data points for U-20s head coach Tab Ramos to use to fashion a squad capable of qualifying for next year's 2017 U-20 World Cup - and performing well once it gets there.

To that end, the current focus is on building a team for the CONCACAF 2017 U-20 Championship, which kicks off in February.

There are a few months to go before that tournament starts, and youth international rosters can be quite fluid, but at the moment Borges looks well placed to win a call-up for the CONCACAF competition in Costa Rica. And he is currently the only RBNY prospect in the U-20 player pool who appears to have a shot at representing the U-20s in big tournaments that 2017 will bring.