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Fuel Soccer Talk: Venezuela knocks off US; US U-20 team falls in quarterfinals; Breaking down two great soccer towns

Not a good weekend for the boys!

USMNT: Venezuela shocks US side 3-0 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio  – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 3-0 to Venezuela in front of 23,955 at Nippert Stadium in its final warm-up match ahead of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

The U.S. began with some promising attacking play early on and nearly stormed ahead in the seventh minute when Weston McKennie’s glancing header was saved by Venezuela ‘keeper Wuilker Fariñez at the right post.

Venezuela grabbed the lead nine minutes later. Jhon Murillo pounced on Zack Steffen’s misplayed pass out of the back, leading to Salmon Rondón putting La Vinotinto ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute. On the half-hour mark, Jefferson Savarino converted his own rebound to give Venezuela a 2-0 lead.

The USA nearly cut the score in half in the 34th minute when Nick Lima’s cross from the right was turned directly into the path of McKennie, whose first-time effort was once again denied by Fariñez with a diving stop at the right post.

Back the other way, Venezuela earned a third goal when Rondón latched onto a cutting ball over the top before beating a screened Steffen from close range in the 36th minute.

Next up, the USMNT opens the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup against Guyana on Tuesday, June 18 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. Coverage of the USMNT’s first visit to Minnesota begins at 10 p.m. ET on FS1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook page, Twitter(@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT).

FOR MORE ON THE GAME  

What went went wrong for the USMNT in this surprising loss?

US U-20 team falls to Ecuador in quarterfinal match

Soccer is a bouncing ball! After an impressive come-from-behind victory over France, the the U.S. U-20 men’s national team fell to South American U-20 champions Ecuador 2-1 in an exciting U-20 World Cup match in Poland. The loss marked the third straight in the quarterfinal stage for the American side.

Ecuador, which beat fellow South American side Uruguay to reach the quarterfinals, controlled much of the first half. A goal from Tim Weah squared the game but Ecuador scored just before halftime to regain the advantage.

FOR AN EXCELLENT RECAP OF THE GAME

Here are highlights from the win over France

And what went went wrong for the U-20 side?

USSOCCER.com presents look at soccer towns Chicago and St. Louis

With Chicago Fire of MLS squaring off against USL championship side Saint Louis FC in the 2019 Fourth Round, USSOCCER.com presented an excellent piece looking back at the rich Open Cup history of two great soccer towns.

This is a must read!

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