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Chris Richards and USA advance to U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals

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The Bayern Munich prospect helped the USA knock off France in the Round of 16.

BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND - JUNE 04: L-R: Mark McKenzie, Aboubacar Keita and Chris Richards of United States celebrate after the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match between France and USA at Bydgoszcz Stadium on June 04, 2019 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND - JUNE 04: L-R: Mark McKenzie, Aboubacar Keita and Chris Richards of United States celebrate after the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match between France and USA at Bydgoszcz Stadium on June 04, 2019 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
(Photo by Tom Dulat - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Bayern Munich prospects went one for two in the Round of 16 at the U-20 FIFA World Cup. While Chris Richards and the United States picked up a big in over France, Marcel Zylla and Poland were eliminated thanks to an Italian penalty kick.

Richards and the United States scored late and held on to outlast France 3-2 in an impressive victory. This American team scored three goals against a defense that included Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka, and Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

While it wasn’t a perfect game for Richards, he still came out of it being lauded as one of the best players on the field for the Americans once again.

On the flip side, Zylla and Poland were knocked out of the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Italy on a first half penalty. Zylla came close to scoring for the hosts, but he just wasn’t able to find the back of the net.

Round of 16 Results

Colombia 1-1 New Zealand (Colombia advances 5-4 in penalty shootout)
Ukraine 4-1 Panama
Italy 1-0 Poland
Argentina 2-2 Mali (Mali advances 5-4 penalty shootout)
France 2-3 United States
Uruguay 1-3 Ecuador
Japan 0-1 South Korea
Senegal 2-1 Nigeria

Quarterfinals

June 7

Colombia vs Ukraine
Italy vs Mali

June 8

United States vs Ecuador
South Korea vs Senegal