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USA U-20s crash out of Dallas Cup in group play

The US Under-20 team’s 2016 Dallas Cup is over after a round of group play.

The Americans settled for a 3-3 draw to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Thursday and finished Group A in third place with a 1-1-1 record. Fulham FC topped the Gordon Jago Super Group bracket, followed by Monterrey Rayados, the USA, and Hoffenheim.

The Americans had twice pulled ahead Thursday, but a stoppage time goal from Hoffenheim’s Semi Belkahia forced the sides to split the points.

With two goals through the group stage, Jeremy Ebobisse was the USA’s top scorer. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan, also featured as goalkeeper in the team’s last two games, the draw and a win over Monterrey.

The Dallas Cup, established in 1980, is considered a highly competitive tournament and, for the US, it served as an important benchmark while coach Omid Namazi looks to refine his roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Men’s Championship. From there, four teams will earn a spot in the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

Up next, the U-20 team looks ahead to the 2016 U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational from June 26-July 4 in Carson, California.