The US Under-20 NT has just gone out of the World Cup following a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes and a crazy 6-5 penalty kick shootout loss to Serbia. Zach Steffen rescued the team from bowing out with huge saves after we has passed the initial five rounds of kicks. Ouch.
And I really hate to make this remark after what just transpired with our Baby Nats, but... this was a great tourney run ended with a lesson to leave the cutesy approaches out. Do not play chess with the keeper, just hit a regular old solid try. Even a hard pass will usually do (witness the Delgado make). A little goes a long way on a penalty, do not over-think it.
- Greg Seltzer