Gedion Zelalem did little in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to quell any of the hype surrounding his future.
Zelalem turned in an assist and then put on a skills show with rabona and nutmeg passes during the U.S. Under-20 national team's 4-0 rout of New Zealand in the World Cup, which cemented its place in the knockout stage.
Zelalem, the 18-year-old German-born Arsenal prospect, earned his first U.S. start and validated manager Tab Ramos's decision, setting up Paul Arriola for the USA's third goal. He also had some fun at the expense of the host nation with a pair of slick moves:
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Zelalem and the USA have one more Group A game, Friday against Ukraine, which will determine the group winner.