Despite a poor start that saw them down 1-0 in the first nine minutes of their FIFA U-20 World Cup match to soccer minnows Myanmar, the US came back to tie the game in the first half, and then Emerson Hyndman, grandson of long time SMU and recent FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, got on the end of a US counterattack to give the US their first lead and win of the tournament.
But it was Myanmar who started the game strong and deservingly earned the opening goal. In the 9th minute, after a lot of pressure in the US end, Yan Naing Oo poked home a loose ball after a corner to give the Asian nation a huge opening tally.
The US eventually settled down and started to figure out how to attack the Myanmar goal, and leveled the score less than ten minutes later. In the 17th, Maki Tall finished a chance created by Cameron Carter-Vickers, roofing a shot from the back post to tie the game.
The game went to the half tied, with the US getting more and more confidence as the half wore on. That momentum continued in the second half, culminating in the match winner from the Fulham player in the 56th minute. Emerson Hyndman made a smart run as a part of a US counterattack, and got on the end of a Rubio Rubin pass, and with a strong finish, gave the US the victory.
Hyndman was not the only player in the game with Dallas ties. Along with him, FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta played the full match at left fullback in the US win.
The US next plays the host country, New Zealand, on June 2. The US leads the group after New Zealand and the Ukraine tied, 0-0, in the opening match of the tournament.