There is not any positive news to report for the US U17 team. They knew they had a tall task facing a superior German side, and Germany showed that there is a wide gap between the talent level of the two teams. The Germans were dangerous from the outset, pressing the issue with great teamwork, passing, and pressure on goal. While the US held their own for the first part of the match, the breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Koray Guenter was left all alone for an easy tap in. Join me after the break for a brief description of the rest of the game and a couple of thoughts...
Germany continued to be aggressive and absolutely shredded the US with crisp passes and beautiful soccer in general. In the 40th minute, Mitchell Weiser made a nice run into the middle and took a pass from Samed Yesil to put the German side up 2-0. They would add on to this in the 43rd minute during serious pressure on goal by the Germans. Samed Yesil took advantage of a loose ball and slotted the shot home past US keeper Kendall McIntosh. Although McIntosh didn't have the best day of his career, consensus thought right now is that he is a very good prospect to keep an eye on for the US goalkeeping future. He did have some very nice saves and has plenty of time to mature and develop.
At the half, the game was pretty much over. Short of regrouping and staging a miraculous comeback, Germany would easily advance. Unfortunately the Americans didn't and could not even notch a goal.
Germany would finish the scoring in 49th minute as Marvin Ducksch was wide open and calmly took his time to fire the ball past McIntosh to finish the scoring. The US defense played extremely poorly, and Germany made them pay time and time again for it and knocked the US out of the World Cup.
It certainly has been a trying time to be a USMNT fan lately. First, in April, the U20 USMNT failed to even qualify for the U20 World Cup. Many considered this U20 team to be the deepest, most talented U20 team in US soccer history, so the loss was completely shocking. And now we are fresh off the senior USMNT Gold Cup loss to Mexico and U17 dismantling by a very good German side. Let's hope some of the US teams get a good run going sooner rather than later.