Sergino Dest: ‘USMNT have to set a new standard’


Sergino Dest is all smiles as he sits in Barcelona, the sun streaming through the window as the USMNT rising star discusses life playing for one of the biggest clubs and one of the most ambitious national teams on the planet.

Life is good for the Dutch-American defender.

Dest, 20, has just launched his first campaign with Nike on an underwear line as he and several other young American stars are the talk of European soccer as they continue to develop impressively at huge clubs, all at the same time.

Speaking to ProSoccerTalk on a video call, he reflects on a whirlwind 12 months which has seen him go from just becoming a regular at Ajax to signing for Barcelona for a fee which could rise to $30 million.

“I think it has been a really good choice for me and a good development for me, because I play on the highest stage,” Dest said of his move to Barca. “We play every three days so that makes me stronger. Unfortunately I had a little quad injury but I’m back again. For me it is really helpful. I like Barcelona, the city is nice, my teammates are helping me a lot and I can’t wait to keep on going with this season with Barcelona and the USA.”

Has there been a ‘wow’ moment for him yet? A moment where it has sunk in that he was the first American in history to play in El Clasico, and that he gets to play and train alongside Lionel Messi every single day?

“It is not one moment, it is every time I am on the field, I am seeing him next to me I’m like ‘wow, okay, I always saw him on TV and now I’m playing with him!’ It is really strange but I’m blessed that I can play with him in his career,” Dest smiled.

FC Barcelona v Osasuna - La Liga Santander
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What has been his highlight with Barcelona so far?

“The Champions League games were awesome and El Clasico was really nice, but I think I will go for my goal in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev. It was my first goal for Barcelona and hopefully I will score many more,” Dest said.

The confident right back is always striving for more. More goals, more defensive solidity, more wins, more trophies. He just wants more. On and off the pitch.

Speaking about his new project with Nike, he revealed that his mindset is simply ‘why not?’ when it comes to maximizing his potential on and off the pitch.

“Why not? If we can also do that in our career, why not?,” Dest said when it comes to opportunities for him and other young USMNT stars. “I think you have to take full advantage of what you can achieve in your career, also off the pitch. If I get some opportunities, it depends on what it is, but I will always look at it and take advantage of that.”

In recent weeks he has taken advantage of being deployed in a right wing-back role by Ronald Koeman — which has suited his attacking instincts extremely well — while Dest has spoken about working on his defensive game after Kylian Mbappe (the best of the best) gave him a tough outing in the Champions League last 16.

In recent weeks Barca have surged up the La Liga standings, plus reached the Copa del Rey final in dramatic fashion, as Dest’s first season in Spain is now reaching an exciting climax.

“I feel like we still have a chance to win the league. The gap is close between us, Atletico and Real Madrid. I think it will be exciting, We still have the Copa del Rey too. We have a chance,” Dest said. “Hopefully we can win both tournaments. The ball is round.”

The matter of fact nature of that statement is quite something to hear from a 20-year-old American playing for Barcelona, challenging for the La Liga title and Spanish Cup in the latter stages of a season. It is wonderfully refreshing. As Dest says with an excited shrug and a smile, ‘the ball is round.’

Skilful and dynamic with that round ball at his feet (he was once a forward in Ajax’s youth team), does Dest feel like he can play a more attacking role for Barcelona and the USMNT in the future?

“Yeah, I can,” Dest explained. “I play wherever the coach needs me and wants me. For me, I think for my full potential it is best to play right back but right wing-back, I think I have to play it more often to know if that is really good for me. Against Sevilla it was really nice to play in that position. I got some space, I could go forward. If I lose the ball then there is someone behind me so it was not as dangerous. That gave me some good confidence in that game. I like that position, very much.”

Golden Generation for the USMNT?

On the international stage, Dest is a key member of what is starting to be dubbed as the ‘Golden Generation’ for the USMNT, alongside Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie, Zack Steffen, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah.

That may be slightly premature, but if you talk to any of those USMNT youngsters coming through at Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus, Barcelona and several of Europe’s other big clubs, they want more hype around them, not less.

They want this to be the dawn of a new era for American soccer.

“I think it is really good we have a lot of competition and we are all young guys, so we can still improve a lot,” Dest said. “For me, it doesn’t matter if I play right or left back with the national team. I just want to help the team. If the coach needs me at left winger, I play left winger! It doesn’t matter. I like it that we have a lot of young players with good potential and hopefully they develop to their best and the same for me. Then we can trigger each other, you know?”

AFC Ajax v Chelsea FC: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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The fact that Dest, a dual national wanted by the Netherlands, and now Yunus Musah, a dual national wanted by England, Italy and Ghana, have both chosen to play for the USMNT shows that head coach Gregg Berhalter is building a talented young squad which is going places and is a tight unit that has been developing together for some time.

Dest was part of a very positive U20 World Cup run in the summer of 2019, and even though the Dutch national team (led then by his now manager at Barcelona, Ronald Koeman) pushed hard to have him represent the country of his birth, he wanted to be a key part of this USMNT rebuild.

How easy was the choice between Holland and the USA?

“It was not easy. I grew up in Holland but the U.S. gave me a chance, especially in the youth, the chance to develop myself and they had faith in me. For me it was something to pay back to the U.S., some loyalty,” Dest said. “I like the USA a lot, I like to explore the cities and I like to play with the USMNT. It was just a little bit different and it was something that fits right in my career. I thought it was the right decision for me. I have two hearts, you know. Holland also did a lot of things for me so I am also thankful for that.”

When discussing the dilemma for dual nationals over which country to represent, Dest is both respectful and reflective. He knows how tough that decision can be for players and the USMNT have a lot of young talents who have difficult decisions to make in the months and years ahead.

Folarin Balogun, Efrain Alvarez and many others are next in line to make that decision, one way or another, and Dest has this advice for them.

“I can tell them, just follow your heart and do whatever feels good for you,” Dest said. “For us, we hope that you come and play for the USMNT, but if you feel like you have to make another decision, just follow your heart.”

Next up for Dest: Domination with USMNT

There is something wonderfully positive about Dest.

He isn’t afraid of setting high goals or targets. After all, at the age of 20 he is a regular for Barcelona and the USMNT and has already played in the UEFA Champions League for, and against, some of the biggest players and clubs in the world.

There is no fear in his eyes when discussing what the USMNT can achieve in a busy 2021, as they have the Gold Cup, CONCACAF Nations League and World Cup qualifiers coming their way this summer, and first up are two friendlies against Jamaica and Northern Ireland in March.

“We have a tough schedule this year, we have a lot of tournaments and I think we have to be prepared for that and focused… and try to win all of those games!” Dest smiled. “We can. If we are just focused, we have the right players for it. The ball is round… but we have a good chance to win a lot of games.”

Panama v USMNT
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“I think we can reach more. We have to put a standard that going to the World Cup, it has to be normal for us,” Dest continued. “We have to put that as the standard. If you are at the World Cup, the World Cup is another two years so we still have time to improve and develop ourselves. We will be a different team at that time, you know? We have to work on ourselves and keep faith and we can’t predict anything, but you guys will see what happens then.”

The effervescent Dest is eager for this young USMNT group to make the most of its potential.

“I want us to win every game,” Dest laughed. “I want to play with the team and I like to play for the national team. I can’t wait to come back with them. We have a lot of camps so hopefully we can win a lot of games and represent the U.S. right and put the standard high for ourselves. Then, we can only make each other better.”

Premier League preseason schedule: Dates, calendar, summer tours


The Premier League preseason schedule ahead of the 2023-24 season looks very tasty as there are some intriguing summer tours lined up.

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Of course, the first-ever Premier League Summer Series is coming to the USA with six teams playing nine games in five cities, and you can watch all of that action across our platforms here at NBC Sports by clicking on the link above.

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Plenty of PL giants are heading to play elsewhere in the USA, Asia and Australia as the Premier League preseason schedule has now turned into a truly global celebration.

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Below is the full Premier League preseason schedule, with details via the Premier League, as you can see where teams will be heading off to all over the globe this summer.


19 July v MLS All-Stars (Washington DC)
22 July v Man Utd (New York)
26 July v Barcelona (Los Angeles)

Aston Villa

Premier League Summer Series in USA
23 July v Newcastle (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Fulham (Exploria Stadium, Orlando)
30 July v Brentford (FedExField, Landover, Maryland)


Premier League Summer Series in USA
23 July v Fulham (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Brighton (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
30 July v Aston Villa (FedExField, Landover, Maryland)


Premier League Summer Series in USA
22 July v Chelsea (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Brentford (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
28 July v Newcastle (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey)


19 July v Wrexham (North Carolina)
2 August v Dortmund (Chicago)

Premier League Summer Series in USA
22 July v Brighton (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Newcastle (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
30 July v Fulham (FedExField, Landover, Maryland)

Crystal Palace

26 July v Millonarios (Chicago)
30 July v Sevilla (Detroit)


Premier League Summer Series in USA
23 July v Brentford (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Aston Villa (Exploria Stadium, Orlando)
30 July v Chelsea (FedExField, Landover, Maryland)

Leicester City

23 July v Spurs (Bangkok)
30 July v Liverpool (Singapore)


30 July v Leicester (Singapore)
2 August v Bayern Munich (Singapore)

Manchester City

23 July v Yokohama F Marinos (Tokyo)
26 July v Bayern Munich (Tokyo)
30 July 
v Atletico Madrid (Seoul)

Manchester United

12 July v Leeds (Oslo)
19 July
v Lyon (Edinburgh)
22 July v Arsenal (New York)
25 July v Wrexham (San Diego)
26 July v Real Madrid (Houston)
30 July v Dortmund (Las Vegas)


18 July v Rangers (Ibrox Stadium)

Premier League Summer Series in USA
23 July v Aston Villa (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
26 July v Chelsea (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
28 July v Brighton (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey)


18 July v West Ham (Perth)
23 July v Leicester (Bangkok)
26 July v Roma (Singapore)

West Ham

15 July v Perth Glory (Perth)
18 July v Spurs  (Perth)


26 July v Celtic (Suwon)
29 July v Roma (Incheon)

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Week 38


The relegation picture took center stage in terms of headlines going into the final week of the Premier League season, but several clubs took their last game of the season to show fans what might be possible in the future.

Arsenal showed that there’s desire left in their tank despite a sad stretch run, Manchester United showed a seriousness to their comeback bid, and Southampton hollered down to the Championship to look out for Saints.

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But, yes, all focus is on Goodison Park, where Everton did what it needed to claim another season in the Premier League and fans made sure the club knew that one day of success doesn’t make amends for two seasons of big struggles.

Here’s where our writers are living, as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Andy Edwards (AE), and Nicholas Mendola (NM) share their observations from across the most recent PL games.

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Week 38

1. Toffees shake off slow start, save Premier League status (Everton 1-0 AFC Bournemouth): Everton was set up with five at the back from the start and it was too negative. Sean Dyche got it right though. All they needed was one loose ball to drop to the right on-rushing central midfielder and it did in the second half as Abdoulaye Doucoure hammered home. It was a brilliant finish in what wasn’t a brilliant game (Dyche called it “hideous”). But Everton and Dyche don’t care. With loads of injuries they found a way to get it done and the history books show that Everton have still never been relegated from the Premier League and only Arsenal have a longer active top-flight streak as they will be playing at England’s top table next season, their 70th consecutive at the top level. Off the pitch there are financial issues to solve which could impact them next season but Dyche has done his job and if Everton are smart they should give him the tools to rip things up and rebuild the squad. Just staying up like this can’t happen again to Everton. They said that last season but look what happened. This time they have to make sure they are never in the relegation scrap again. A club of Everton’s size should never be in this situation. (JPW)

2. Too little, too late for Foxes as win not enough (Leicester 2-1 West Ham): “Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season. Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work. Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that. There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better. (NM)

3. Leeds final game of relegation campaign too familiar (Leeds 1-3 Spurs): It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles. The second frame was a new half but same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle. Big Sam couldn’t fix the defense and maybe it was unfixable. Leeds didn’t keep a clean sheet after February 25. At least they gave their fans a goal in nearly every game during that run to relegation. (AE).

4. Ten Hag’s men finish strong to reset standards (Manchester United 2-1 Fulham): It’s difficult not to talk big picture after a Championship Sunday like this where the top four was sorted before the matchday began in England. Manchester United is in as good shape as it’s been in some time because it had success this season while building upward from its foundation. Yes, the club still has some older key pieces in Casemiro and Raphael Varane, but Erik ten Hag’s system looks ready for finer ingredients and the boss will now have a great idea of what pieces work and what pieces are for someone else’s project. This was a successful year for Manchester United, the type that will make sure that success at Manchester United is measured in a relatively new but still very familiar way: by bigger ambition. (NM)

5. Gunners show glimpse that hunger for more remains (Arsenal 5-0 Wolves): It would have been easy for Arsenal to mail this one in given their poor finish to the season which stopped them from winning the Premier League title. But the young Gunners dug in and impressed as they finished with a flourish and proved they are hungry to close the gap on Man City next season. They can do it and with smart recruitment in midfield and defense this summer, Arsenal can acquire the extra squad depth they need to have more staying power next season. This was more than a 5-0 win. It was about showing they are here to stay. And they are. (JPW)

6. Saints show talent to come straight back up (Southampton 4-4 Liverpool): It was a sad day for Saints but in James Ward-Prowse, Carlos Alcaraz, and Kamaldeen Sulemana they showed they have talented players who can lead their Championship playoff push next season. But will those star players still be around? Saints now need to cut the deadwood, start again with a new manager, and try their best to keep the six or so players they have in their current squad who will be starters in the Championship. Saints need to follow the way Fulham and Bournemouth rebounded as they hit the reset this summer. There are stars at Saints but they needed defensive solidity, a clear playing style and more experience if they’re going to get the best out of their undoubted talents. (JPW).

7. Blues get taught familiar lesson in draw (Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle): At home against a Newcastle team down its top goalkeeper and starting several second-choice players including youngsters Anthony Gordon and Elliot Anderson, Chelsea should’ve been able to finish this season with a win. But the team without finishers again failed to finish and left the stadium with a 1-1 draw and their bottom half status still baffling their talent level. Mauricio Pochettino, should he arrive as expected, needs to get a clinical finisher, although let’s be honest: Chelsea’s probably going to get significantly better just by getting a manager of Pochettino’s renown in the club over Frank Lampard’s entirely forgettable tenure as interim boss .Is it August yet? (NM)

8. Bees finish with win over much-changed champions’ (Brentford 1-0 Man City): It was a long wait for the game’s only goal, but the Brentford fans got to celebrate once more as they closed out a brilliant second season in the top flight. Bryan Mbeumo laid the ball back to Ethan Pinnock, who came streaking into the penalty area completely unmarked. Pinnock guided a low strike out of Ederson’s reach to secure victory no. 15 on the Bees’ season. City started Rico Lewis, Kalvin Phillips, Cole Palmer, and Sergio Gomez, and its only sub was 19-year-old newcomer Shea Charles. They still out-attempted the hosts 17-11 while keeping 66 percent of the ball. (AE)

9. Cooper, Hodgson finish unexpected jobs well done (Crystal Palace 1-1 Nottingham Forest): Neither Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper nor Palace counterpart Roy Hodgson would’ve seen themselves in this exact position earlier this season. Yes, Cooper might’ve thought his team would take time to adjust to the Premier League but did he expect a final few safe weekends without real repercussions? Probably not, but he did very well to navigate what became a dragged-out process and Forest did well to stick with the man who got them to the PL. Hodgson was retired at the start of the season and it surprised many that Palace cut ties with Patrick Vieira only to bring Hodgson back. The club legend did well right away, though, and he’Il only be more beloved should he decide to retire (again). (NM)

10. Emery gets Villa back into Europe (Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton): Aston Villa finished Unai Emery’s first (partial) season in charge by qualifying for the Europa Conference League with a 2-1 victory over Brighton at Villa Park on Sunday. Brighton (62 points – 6th place) entered the final day of the 2022-23 season having already qualified for next season’s Europa League, which will be the Seagulls’ first time in European competition in club history, and Villa was keen to join them. (AE)

Tigres stun Chivas with wild comeback in five-goal thriller to win Liga MX Clausura


Tigres fought back from 2-0 down to beat Chivas 3-2 after extra time in a crazy second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final, as Tigres were crowned Clausura champs.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, Chivas roared into an early 2-0 lead at Akron Stadium as Roberto Alvarado and Victor Guzman both scored inside the opening 20 minutes.

But then Tigres roared back in the second half with Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring a penalty kick with 25 minutes to go, then six minutes later Sebastian Cordova made it 2-2 to force extra time.

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When the game looked destined for penalty kicks Guido Pizarro then scored a deflected winner in the 110th minute for Tigres, as two late red cards saw Cordova sent off for Tigres and Gilberto Sepulveda sent off for Chivas.

At the final whistle it was Tigres’ players who celebrated one of the most incredible comebacks in Liga MX final history, as they secured an eight Liga MX trophy and their first since winning the Clausura in 2019.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

Second leg Chivas vs Tigres video highlights – 2-3

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

U20 World Cup schedule: How to watch live, groups, calendar, dates, times, fixtures


The U20 World Cup takes place in Argentina from May 20 until June 11 as 24 teams full of the best young players on the planet go head-to-head to be crowned World champs.

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And of course, the USA have plenty of talented youngsters so all eyes will be on Mikey Varas and his squad as they aim to go better than the quarterfinal spot they’ve reached in each of their last three U20 tournaments (2015, 2017, 2019) and they won Group B with three wins from three to reach the knockout rounds.

England, Brazil and hosts Argentina are among the favorites to win the tournament as Argentina stood in at the last minute to host the event after the tournament was moved from Indonesia.

Below is everything you need for the U20 World Cup.

2023 U20 World Cup schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: May 20 to June 11
  • Group stage kick-off times: 2pm ET, 5pm ET
  • Location: Argentina
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo
  • Streaming en Español: Telemundo, Online via

2023 U20 World Cup schedule

All kicks off times ET

Round of 16

Match 38: Tuesday, May 30: USA vs New Zealand – 1:30pm
Match 37: Tuesday, May 30: Uzbekistan vs Israel – 5pm
Match 40: Wednesday, May 31: Brazil vs Tunisia – 1:30pm
Match 42: Wednesday, May 31: Colombia vs Slovakia – 1:30pm
Match 39: Wednesday, May 31: England vs Italy – 5pm
Match 41: Wednesday, May 31: Argentina vs Nigeria – 5pm
Match 44: Thursday, June 1:  Gambia vs Uruguay – 1:30pm
Match 43: Thursday, June 1: Ecuador vs South Korea – 5pm


Match 46: Saturday, June 3: Winner Match 37 vs Winner Match 40 – 1:30pm
Match 47: Saturday, June 3: Winner Match 42 vs Winner Match 39 – 5pm
Match 48: Sunday, June 4: Winner Match 43 vs Winner Match 32 – 1:30pm
Match 45: Sunday, June 4:  Winner Match 38 vs Winner Match 44 – 5pm


Match 49: Thursday, June 8: Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46 – 1:30pm
Match 50: Thursday, June 8: Winner Match 47 vs Winner Match 48 – 5pm

Third-place game

Match 51: Sunday, June 11: Loser Match 49 vs Loser match 50 – 1:30pm


Match 52: Sunday, June 11: Winner Match 49 vs Winner mtahc 50 – 5pm

Group stage results

Group A


Saturday, May 20: Guatemala 0-1 New Zealand – 2pm
Saturday, May 20: Argentina 2-1 Uzbekistan – 5pm
Tuesday, May 23: Uzbekistan 2-2 New Zealand – 2pm
Tuesday, May 23: Argentina 3-0 Guatemala – 5pm
Friday, May 26: New Zealand 0-5 Argentina – 5pm
Friday, May 26: Uzbekistan 2-0 Guatemala – 5pm

Group B

Saturday, May 20: USA 1-0 Ecuador – 2pm (92nd minute winner from Jonathan Gomez)
Saturday, May 20: Fiji 0-4 Slovakia – 5pm
Tuesday, May 23: USA 3-0 Fiji – 2pm
Tuesday, May 23: Ecuador 2-1 Slovakia – 5pm
Friday, May 26: Slovakia 0-2 USA – 2pm
Friday, May 26: Ecuador 9-0 Fiji – 2pm

Group C

Sunday, May 21: Israel 1-2 Colombia – 2pm
Sunday, May 21: Senegal 0-1 Japan – 5pm
Wednesday, May 24: Senegal 1-1 Israel – 2pm
Wednesday, May 24: Japan 1-2 Colombia – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Japan 1-2 Israel – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Colombia 1-1 Senegal – 5pm

Group D

Sunday, May 21: Nigeria 2-1 Dominican Republic – 2pm
Sunday, May 21: Italy 3-2 Brazil – 5pm
Wednesday, May 24: Italy 0-2 Nigeria – 2pm
Wednesday, May 24: Brazil 6-0 Dominican Republic – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Brazil 2-0 Nigeria – 2pm
Saturday, May 27: Dominican Republic 0-3 Italy – 2pm

Group E

Monday, May 22: England 1-0 Tunisia – 2pm
Monday, May 22: Uruguay 4-0 Iraq – 5pm
Thursday, May 25: Uruguay 2-3 England – 2pm
Thursday, May 25: Iraq 0-3 Tunisia – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: Iraq 0-0 England – 2pm
Sunday, May 28: Tunisia 0-1 Uruguay – 2pm

Group F

Monday, May 22: France 1-2 South Korea – 2pm
Monday, May 22: Gambia 2-1 Honduras – 5pm
Thursday, May 25: France 1-2 Gambia – 2pm
Thursday, May 25: South Korea 2-2 Honduras – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: South Korea 0-0 Gambia – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: Honduras 1-3 France – 5pm