Gyau shines in U.S. U-20 intra-squad scrimmage

U.S. Crest

By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - MLS coaches were probably wishing that Joe Gyau was entering the upcoming draft.

Gyau, who is under contract with German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, enjoyed an impressive outing in the U.S. U-20 national team's intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday afternoon. Gyau assisted on one goal and helped create another as U.S. White defeated U.S. Grey, 3-0.

Playing in front of MLS coaches who attended the game to watch the Generation Adidas players, Gyau nearly found the back of the net when he controlled a long ball with his chest before beating his defender and smashing a shot off the left post. The ball then ricocheted off the right post, but Bobby Wood tapped it in easily to give U.S. White a 2-0 lead.

"I'm not disappointed about not scoring, but I'm glad I helped my team win. Pretty good," said Gyau of his performance.

Gyau then got his assist minutes later when he fed Wood with a pass that the 1860 Munich hit low and hard to make it 3-0. Gyau's strong outing came just three days after playing well in a 0-0 draw against a Miami select team.

Kelyn Rowe also enjoyed a good showing, especially in the first half. Rowe created the first goal when he cut by a defender before hitting a shot that Cody Cropped parried away. Conor Doyle pounced on the loose ball and knocked it in.

Of the players entering the MLS Draft, Zarek Valentin and Perry Kitchen had the best performances. Neither was exceptional, but they didn't make any mistakes either.

"It was a pretty good first half, going both ways, each team had some chances," said Kitchen. "Going into the second half we made a lot of changes, switching guys to different places. Coach (Thomas Rongen) wanted to see guys in different positions, but I thought it was good. We've been going hard (at practice) the past few days, and to grind out that game, it was good."

The U.S. U-20 national team next plays Miami FC on January 12.

U.S. White Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Zac MacMath; Zarek Valentin, Gale Agbossoumonde, Perry Kitchen, Moises Hernandez; Amobi Okugo, Moises Orozco; Joe Gyau, Kelyn Rowe, Omar Salgado; Conor Doyle. 

U.S. Grey Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Cody Cropper; Ethan White, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sacir Hot, Greg Garza; Conor Shanosky, Korey Veeder; Alex Zahavi, Alex Molano, Fabian Huerzeler, Bobby Wood.

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20 Responses to Gyau shines in U.S. U-20 intra-squad scrimmage

  1. MicahK says:

    I look forward to see him in the future for the nats scoring all types of goals for us. :D

  2. Justin says:

    He’s 50-50 to do his senior national team work in red and black.

  3. Thorpinski says:

    More like 90-10 for the USMNT

  4. M says:

    Will someone be able to show highlights of the match?

    I read that Bobby Wood scored 2 goals.

  5. Thorpinski says:

    I thought it was his father ?

  6. Gacm32 says:

    Yeah what are you smoking on? Every interview he’s done with ANYBODY, he has made it clear that he plans on playing for the U.S.

  7. Louis Z says:

    Thanks Dave, now I don’t feel as old.

  8. Der_Amerikanische_Kasier says:

    Ahh..Hoffenheim…home away from home. What a serele little town-great training atmosphere for the young men. Dieter Hopp stadion, der stadion am den Berg..

  9. Juan from L.A. says:

    Thanks Ives. Enjoy the follow up you’re giving to our U-20 team.

  10. KutamaObama says:

    Bobby Wood played for the US U-20 Whites & scored a goal then why is it that Bobby Wood is in the starting lineup for the US U-20 Greys at the end of the article…….i guess an error on Ives’ part.

  11. b says:

    Anything on Huerzeler?

  12. Will says:

    Apparently they switched around the teams throughout the game, so lineups were messed up and not really accurate.

  13. b says:

    No, there is no error. Just read the commentary and ignore the lineups because Rongen moved people around and even from one team to the other.

  14. robert daniels says:

    It’s just said that renkenn has had new problems or wed be hearing about both of them

  15. DC Josh says:

    What a win-win for US Soccer. They get to see the US-20 against/with the best MLS youngsters. Maybe US soccer should hold not only a senior training camp every year, but a U-20,U-17 training camp evey year.

  16. jonk says:

    Now that would be an interesting game — U-20 vs Combine allstars. Also, the US youth teams have camps multiple times every year.

  17. Chris says:

    This.

  18. Oranje says:

    That’s simply not true.

  19. adub says:

    if he wanted to play for ghana i dont think he would be talking about playing in the U20 world cup

  20. Brian says:

    Red and Black? T&T? What?