The 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup group stage has come and gone, and now the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team faces New Zealand in the round of 16.
New Zealand went 1-1-1 in Group E, earning second place behind France. Forward Myer Bevan scored all but one of New Zealand’s goals so far, and the Kiwis are coming off a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the French.
The U.S. won Group F, going 1-0-2 and earning five points. The young Nats’ defense was praised before the tournament, but thanks to Joshua Sargent and Luca De La Torre, it has been the attack that the opposition fears.
The Americans will be without three starters after “poor refereeing” against Saudi Arabia. Defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Aaron Herrera, and midfielder Derrick Jones will all be suspended for the elimination game.
While this is obviously disappointing for the team, it may give Orlando City defender Tommy Redding another chance to start. Redding played in the U.S.’s 3-3 opening draw against Ecuador, but has yet to see the field since. With the injury to Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem, Erik Palmer-Brown will most likely move up into the midfield, where he played in qualifiers. Justen Glad, Auston Trusty, and Redding should fill in on the backline, with Danny Acosta remaining at left back. Redding or Trusty, both natural center backs, will slide over to right back, as there are no other right backs on the roster.
The winner of this match will play Venezuela at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann, J.T. Marcinkowski, Brady Scott.
Defenders: Danny Acosta, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Erik Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding, Auston Trusty.
Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Luca De La Torre, Derrick Jones, Eryk Williamson, Gedion Zelalem.
Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse, Lagos Kunga, Brooks Lennon, Emmanuel Sabbi, Josh Sargent, Sebastian Saucedo.
Goalkeepers: Michael Woud, Cameron Brown, Conor Tracey.
Defenders: Dane Ingham, Sean Liddicoat, Luke Johnson, Hunter Ashworth, James McGarry, Jack-Henry Sinclair, Reese Cox.
Midfielders: Joe Bell, Moses Dyer, Clayton Lewis, Callum McCowatt, Sarpreet Singh.
Forwards: Connor Probert, Noah Billingsley, Henry Cameron, Logan Rogerson, Myer Bevan, Lucas Imrie.
How to Watch:
Match Time: 7 a.m. ET.
Venue: Incheon Stadium — Incheon, Korea Republic.
TV: FS1, Telemundo En Vivo.
Streaming: FOX Sports Go.
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