The U.S. national team U-20 side take on New Zealand in South Korea on Thursday with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
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Tab Ramos’ men have three starters out through suspension with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Herrera and Derrick Jones all missing, plus Gedion Zelalem is out injured for the rest of the tournament. That said, the U.S. finished top of Group F and New Zealand finished second behind France in Group E with the Kiwis the underdogs for this game.
The “Baby Nats” reached the quarterfinals two years ago before losing to eventual champs Serbia on penalty kicks, so Ramos will at least want to match that achievement with this talented group of youngsters.
Jack Sargent will once again be the main man for the U.S. after scoring three goals in the USA’s three group games, while Luca de la Torre and Brooks Lennon have also impressed in attack.
The winner of this Round of 16 clash will face Venezuela in the quarterfinals on June 4.
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While here is the starting lineups for the U.S. and New Zealand.