Repeatedly, U.S. U-20 goalkeeper Cody Cropper kept the U.S. in games throughout the tournament. Against Spain, Cropper had five saves, against France, four and against Ghana, five.
In the France game, three of Cropper’s saves were game-saving as his defense completely let him down. Against Ghana, the same was true as Cropper came up big, time and time again, to keep the U.S. in the match early.
Although Cropper could have done better on Ghana’s fourth goal, by then, the game was over. Without him in the net, the U.S. could have easily lost the France game by three goals and the Ghana game by six goals.
With Cropper, the U.S. legacy of outstanding goalkeepers appears to be in good hands.
While DeAndre Yedlin also proved in the tournament that he has a very bright future, it was Cropper who made the biggest impact for the U.S.