Late Goal Pushes Korea Past USMNT in Game Two of Series

April 19, 2019, 5:45 p.m. (ET)

SEOUL, South Korea – April 19, 2019 – In their second match of the four-game series, the U.S. Men’s National Team stepped on the pitch at the Korea National Training Center in Seoul with a game plan that included better midfield and defensive structure that was well composed. The strategy proved to work as No. 25 USA held No. 17 South Korea scoreless through three quarters but a late scramble in front of the goalmouth trickled over the goal line to give the hosts a 1-0 win.

“We had agreed before the match that we wanted to see significant improvements in our playing today,” said Rutger Wiese, USMNT Head Coach. “As a result of those improvements we produced several great scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, we didn’t reward ourselves with a few goals. Overall good steps forward were made today.”

USA’s game plan was met by a Korea side that can ‘up the tempo’ at any given moment, which they did countless times throughout the match. This made it difficult for the red, white and blue to stick to the preset strategy but…

On the defensive end, goalkeepers Daan Wisselink (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Jonathan Klages (Berlin, Germany) each played two quarters, and both made stellar saves throughout. USA’s offense saw a few scoring opportunities and Christian DeAngelis (Doylestown, Pa.) made the Korea goalkeeper work hard on a cracking shot that was saved just inside the right post. Deegan Huisman (Almere, The Netherlands) also had a couple of chances but failed to connect with the back of the goal.

Playing a man down in the fourth quarter was not what USA needed as the tempo picked up and finally a scramble in the goalmouth saw the winning Korea goal trickle over the goal line. The final score stood in favor of Korea, 1-0.

The U.S. Men’s National Team has tomorrow off but returns to action on Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 a.m. ET for the third game of the four-match series. For more information regarding the USMNT vs. South Korea test series including the schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking here.