While the USA centre-back skied his spot-kick as his side lost their quarter-final matchup with Serbia 6-5 on penalties, his performance during the preceding scoreless 120 minutes was flawless.
The USA saw their Under-20 World Cup run come to an agonising end at the quarter-final stage on Sunday after a 6-5 penalty shootout defeat to Serbia.
After beating Colombia 1-0 in the round of 16, Tab Ramos’ side held their opponents to a 0-0 stalemate for 120 minutes, as Tottenham Hotspur starlet Cameron Carter-Vickers and centre-back partner Matt Miazga thwarted attack after attack to help keep their side in the match.
With goalkeeper Zack Steffen also putting in a valiant performance, the game went to penalties and, after a back-and-forth affair in which both sides survived must-make and must-save scenarios, it was Nemanja Maksimovic who fired in following John Requejo’s miss to send Serbia through to the semi-finals.
Carter-Vickers was another who missed his sudden death attempt but, after a man of the match-calibre showing against a strong side, few fans were holding it against him when all was said and done.
The youngest member of the US squad at just 17, the Southend-born defender played every minute of their campaign in New Zealand and having earned rave reviews in the process, the Twitter reaction reflected the growing excitement surrounding both his club and international future.
@ohwhatitsmeels his penalty was dreadful, but Carter-Vickers looks like a top player in the making too.— Will (@willsch7) June 14, 2015
@willsch7 On a scale of unreal to unreal how unreal is Cameron Carter-Vickers?— Ben (@BenLewis0795) June 14, 2015
@SoccerByIves Carter-Vickers played well beyond his age of 17. Really excited for 2022 now.— Derek McCord (@DerekDeedok) June 14, 2015
Cameron Carter-Vickers is beast!!— バッキー@アイコン変更 (@vakky0601) June 14, 2015
@RobertWFD oh Carter-Vickers was immense. I don't blame him, at least he just stepped up and blasted it. Wouldn't have been there w/o him.— Wyatt Cash (@CashmanFC) June 14, 2015
We need to cap tie Carter Vickers ASAP. Future of our defense. #USMNT— Petey Powers (@PeteyPowers) June 14, 2015
Carter vickers was a monster tonight— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) June 14, 2015
@ussoccerfeed BC Carter-Vickers wasn't having it. He was definitely in consideration for MOTM— Dave Saldi Ⓥ (@davzanzibar) June 14, 2015
Cameron Carter-Vickers is an absolute beast of a defender and I can't wait to see him develop further. He and Steffen have amazing futures.— Jon Peck (@abellwillring) June 14, 2015
Player of the tournament: Cameron Carter Vickers @cameroncv2. He's the real deal.— Daniel Guerrero (@Sounderinpdx) June 14, 2015
Feel bad for Cameron Carter-Vickers. Helluva game (and tourney). Horrible PK— Ethan S. Zombek (@ezbeezy214) June 14, 2015
Carter-Vickers was sensational. Mature beyond his years, Spurs have a real prospect on their books.— Tom Verde (@Tom_Verde) June 14, 2015
Carter vickers is our future and potentially present at centre back. Could easily start in 2018 WC. Looks way beyond his years— jack saltzman (@jsalty123) June 14, 2015