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USA Ties Record with 6-0 U-20 World Cup Win vs. New Zealand

INCHEON, Korea Republic (June 1, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used Josh Sargent’s record-tying 32nd minute strike and second half goals from Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga to earn a resounding 6-0 win against New Zealand in the Round of 16 at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The USA’s fifth all-time knockout round victory in the U-20 World Cup sees Tab Ramos’ side advance to the Quarterfinals against Venezuela at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic on Sunday, June 4. The game can be seen live at 2 a.m. ET on FS2, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo.

The U.S. was able to put their mark on the game early, with Sargent and midfielder Eryk Williamson challenging New Zealand goalkeeper Michael Woud with two headed attempts inside the first 13 minutes. The USA broke through in the 32nd minute, when Lennon’s low corner kick from the left fell for Glad whose attempt made its way through traffic before deflecting off Sargent and past Woud.

With his fourth goal of the tournament, Sargent tied Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most goals scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The goal also puts Sargent back into a tie with Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead.

The U.S. put the game out of reach in the second half with a two-goal outburst in just two minutes. In the 64th, Ebobisse took down a header from Sargent before blasting past Woud, while a minute later, Williamson’s feed down the right gave Lennon a clear path to goal to give the U.S. an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Glad would get his name on the scoresheet in the 76th minute when he rose to head home Lennon’s corner kick from the right. Two substitutes would put an exclamation point on the U.S. win as Trusty blasted home a Sebastian Saucedo – the USA’s third sub to etch his name on the scoresheet – corner kick in the 84th minute and Kunga capped the scoring in second-half stoppage time.

The 6-0 win also ties the USA’s record for largest margin of victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT also earned a 6-0 win against Turkey in its opening match of the 1993 edition in Australia.

In a unique doubleheader, the U.S. Under-20s will take on Venezuela just hours after the two nations’ senior national teams face off in a friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Fans can also follow the action on Twitter@ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Justen Glad), 32nd minute: The U.S. broke through after the half-hour mark when Lennon’s low corner kick made its way to Real Salt Lake teammate Glad. The U.S. defender took a touch forward before firing a low, right footed effort into traffic, which deflected off Sargent’s knee and past Michael Woud. USA 1, NZL 0

USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Josh Sargent), 64th minute: The U.S. increased its lead after the hour mark. A free kick out of the back found Sargent, whose flicked-on header fell at the feet of Ebobisse. He collected and turned before blasting his left-footed effort from outside the box past Woud and just under the cross bar. USA 2, NZL 0

USA – Brooks Lennon (Eryk Williamson), 65th minute: As New Zealand was responding to the goal with an attacking-minded sub, the USA put the game out of reach. Catching the Junior All Whites in transition, Williamson played a clever ball for Lennon up the right wing, where the attacker sprinted past a New Zealand defender and into the box before slotting past Woud at the near post. USA 3, NZL 0

USA – Justen Glad (Brooks Lennon), 76th minute: After originally being awarded the opening goal, Glad would get his name in the goal column of the score sheet. Lennon’s corner kick from the right found the center back rising at the six-yard box, where his header was initially saved by Woud, only to see back spin take it over the line. USA 4, NZL 0

USA – Auston Trusty (Sebastian Saucedo), 84th minute: Just seconds after earning a U.S. corner kick with a dangerous run at goal, Trusty added his name to the festivities. Sebastian Saucedo took advantage of some defensive confusion, playing a low ball directly to Trusty at the top of the area where the Philadelphia Union defender blasted his effort past Woud into the far right side netting. USA 5, NZL 0

USA – Lagos Kunga (Luca de la Torre), 90+3 minute: In the dying moments of the match, Sargent played a quick pass for substitute Kunga, who danced at the top of the area before combining with Luca de la Torre to open up enough space for him to fire past Woud. USA 6, NZL 0 FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NZL – Michael Woud, 3rd minute: After the USA’s high press forced a turnover, an alert passing sequence resulted in Lennon’s cross from the right which found Sargent. The U.S. forward powered his header towards goal, where Woud was equal to it.

NZL – Michael Woud, 13th minute: A Lennon free kick was turned away by the wall, but Tyler Adams recovered the ball quickly and expertly swung a cross into the area to Williamson, who saw his nodded effort saved by Woud.

NZL – Michael Woud, 44th minute: After some sustained possession, a clever combination between Danny Acosta and Erik Palmer-Brown saw Acosta gain space on the left before firing a low blast that Woud got down to his left to keep out.

NZL – Michael Woud, 49th minute: After a spell of possession from Sargent in the box resulted in a clearance, Eryk Williamson pounced on the ball and fired a quick, low effort that forced Woud down to the ground to make another save.

NZL – Michael Would, 75th minute: Looking for his second of the match, Sargent received a pass from Luca de la Torre in midfield, before beating a New Zealand defender and firing a low effort, which Woud put out for a corner kick with a diving stop at the right post.

Additional Notes:

  • Josh Sargent’s 32nd minute strike was his fourth goal of the tournament and now ties him with Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most goals scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Sargent is also tied with Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead.
  • Brooks Lennon now has two goals and two assists at the U-20 World Cup after recording one of each against New Zealand.
  • Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad and Auston Trusty all recorded their first goals of the tournament.
  • U.S. defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Aaron Herrera as well as midfielder Derrick Jones all missed the match due to yellow card suspension. The trio will be eligible for Sunday’s Quarterfinal match against Venezuela.
  • In their place, Ramos inserted Tommy Redding and Justen Glad on the back line and Eryk Williamson in central midfield.
  • The 6-0 win ties the USA’s record for largest margin of victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT also earned a 6-0 win against Turkey in its opening match of the 1993 edition in Australia.
  • The USA is now 5-8-1 all-time in Knockout Round games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The win pushes the USA into the FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals for the sixth time. In 1989 and 1993, the U.S. earned a place in the last eight by virtue of advancing from its group. Under the expanded tournament format, the USA earned Round of 16 wins to book a place in the Quarterfinals in 2003, 2007 and 2015.
  • Ramos moves to 5-3-4 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The USA will face Venezuela in the Quarterfinals on Sunday, June 4 at 2 a.m. ET on FS2, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. The game will be played at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic, the site of the USA’s 2-0 Round of 16 victory against Mexico during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • The Quarterfinal match will occur just hours after the U.S. and Venezuela senior sides face off in a friendly match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. That game can be see on Saturday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and UniMas.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: June 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Round of 16
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,667
Weather: 69 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 5 6
NZL                         0 0 0

USA – Josh Sargent (Justen Glad) 32th minute
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Josh Sargent) 64
USA – Brooks Lennon (Eryk Williamson) 65
USA – Justen Glad (Brooks Lennon) 76
USA – Auston Trusty (Sebastian Saucedo) 84
USA – Lagos Kunga (Luca de la Torre) 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta (2-Auston Trusty, 76), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad; 20-Luca de la Torre, 8-Tyler Adams, 7-Eryk Williamson, 15-Jeremy Ebobisse (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 79); 19-Josh Sargent, 17-Brooks Lennon (13-Lagos Kunga, 79)
Subs not used: 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem, 14-Aaron Herrera, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18-Derrick Jones,
Head coach: Tab Ramos

NZL: 1-Michael Woud; 3-Sean Liddicoat, 5-Hunter Ashworth (18-Sapreet Singh, 65), 6-Joe Bell (16-Callum McCowatt, 82), 8-Moses Dyer (capt.), 9-Noah Billingsley (11-Henry Cameron, 53), 13-James McGarry, 14-Jack-Henry Sinclair, 15-Reese Cox, 17-Logan Rogerson, 19-Myer Bevan,
Subs not used: 2-Dane Ingham, 4-Luke Johnson, 7-Connor Probert, 12-Cameron Brown, 20-Lucas Imrie, 21-Conor Tracey
Not available: 10-Clayton Lewis
Head coach: Darren Bazeley

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
NZL –Henry Cameron (caution) 80th minute

Officials:
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Ahmed Almaqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: June 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Round of 16
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,667
Weather: 69 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             1          5          6
NZL                              0          0          0

USA – Josh Sargent (Justen Glad)                     32th minute
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Josh Sargent)             64
USA – Brooks Lennon (Eryk Williamson)            65
USA – Justen Glad (Brooks Lennon)                  76
USA – Auston Trusty (Sebastian Saucedo)         84
USA – Lagos Kunga (Luca de la Torre)              90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta (2-Auston Trusty, 76), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad; 20-Luca de la Torre, 8-Tyler Adams, 7-Eryk Williamson, 15-Jeremy Ebobisse (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 79); 19-Josh Sargent, 17-Brooks Lennon (13-Lagos Kunga, 79)
Subs not used: 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem, 14-Aaron Herrera, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18-Derrick Jones,
Head coach: Tab Ramos

NZL: 1-Michael Woud; 3-Sean Liddicoat, 5-Hunter Ashworth (18-Sapreet Singh, 65), 6-Joe Bell (16-Callum McCowatt, 82), 8-Moses Dyer (capt.), 9-Noah Billingsley (11-Henry Cameron, 53), 13-James McGarry, 14-Jack-Henry Sinclair, 15-Reese Cox, 17-Logan Rogerson, 19-Myer Bevan,
Subs not used: 2-Dane Ingham, 4-Luke Johnson, 7-Connor Probert, 12-Cameron Brown, 20-Lucas Imrie, 21-Conor Tracey
Not available: 10-Clayton Lewis
Head coach: Darren Bazeley

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
NZL –
Henry Cameron (caution)                  80th minute

Officials:
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Ahmed Almaqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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US Soccer

USA Ties Record with 6-0 U-20 World Cup Win vs. New Zealand

INCHEON, Korea Republic (June 1, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used Josh Sargent’s record-tying 32nd minute strike and second half goals from Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga to earn a resounding 6-0 win against New Zealand in the Round of 16 at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The USA’s fifth all-time knockout round victory in the U-20 World Cup sees Tab Ramos’ side advance to the Quarterfinals against Venezuela at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic on Sunday, June 4. The game can be seen live at 2 a.m. ET on FS2, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo.

The U.S. was able to put their mark on the game early, with Sargent and midfielder Eryk Williamson challenging New Zealand goalkeeper Michael Woud with two headed attempts inside the first 13 minutes. The USA broke through in the 32nd minute, when Lennon’s low corner kick from the left fell for Glad whose attempt made its way through traffic before deflecting off Sargent and past Woud.

With his fourth goal of the tournament, Sargent tied Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most goals scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The goal also puts Sargent back into a tie with Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead.

The U.S. put the game out of reach in the second half with a two-goal outburst in just two minutes. In the 64th, Ebobisse took down a header from Sargent before blasting past Woud, while a minute later, Williamson’s feed down the right gave Lennon a clear path to goal to give the U.S. an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Glad would get his name on the scoresheet in the 76th minute when he rose to head home Lennon’s corner kick from the right. Two substitutes would put an exclamation point on the U.S. win as Trusty blasted home a Sebastian Saucedo – the USA’s third sub to etch his name on the scoresheet – corner kick in the 84th minute and Kunga capped the scoring in second-half stoppage time.

The 6-0 win also ties the USA’s record for largest margin of victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT also earned a 6-0 win against Turkey in its opening match of the 1993 edition in Australia.

In a unique doubleheader, the U.S. Under-20s will take on Venezuela just hours after the two nations’ senior national teams face off in a friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Fans can also follow the action on Twitter@ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Justen Glad), 32nd minute: The U.S. broke through after the half-hour mark when Lennon’s low corner kick made its way to Real Salt Lake teammate Glad. The U.S. defender took a touch forward before firing a low, right footed effort into traffic, which deflected off Sargent’s knee and past Michael Woud. USA 1, NZL 0

USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Josh Sargent), 64th minute: The U.S. increased its lead after the hour mark. A free kick out of the back found Sargent, whose flicked-on header fell at the feet of Ebobisse. He collected and turned before blasting his left-footed effort from outside the box past Woud and just under the cross bar. USA 2, NZL 0

USA – Brooks Lennon (Eryk Williamson), 65th minute: As New Zealand was responding to the goal with an attacking-minded sub, the USA put the game out of reach. Catching the Junior All Whites in transition, Williamson played a clever ball for Lennon up the right wing, where the attacker sprinted past a New Zealand defender and into the box before slotting past Woud at the near post. USA 3, NZL 0

USA – Justen Glad (Brooks Lennon), 76th minute: After originally being awarded the opening goal, Glad would get his name in the goal column of the score sheet. Lennon’s corner kick from the right found the center back rising at the six-yard box, where his header was initially saved by Woud, only to see back spin take it over the line. USA 4, NZL 0

USA – Auston Trusty (Sebastian Saucedo), 84th minute: Just seconds after earning a U.S. corner kick with a dangerous run at goal, Trusty added his name to the festivities. Sebastian Saucedo took advantage of some defensive confusion, playing a low ball directly to Trusty at the top of the area where the Philadelphia Union defender blasted his effort past Woud into the far right side netting. USA 5, NZL 0

USA – Lagos Kunga (Luca de la Torre), 90+3 minute: In the dying moments of the match, Sargent played a quick pass for substitute Kunga, who danced at the top of the area before combining with Luca de la Torre to open up enough space for him to fire past Woud. USA 6, NZL 0 FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NZL – Michael Woud, 3rd minute: After the USA’s high press forced a turnover, an alert passing sequence resulted in Lennon’s cross from the right which found Sargent. The U.S. forward powered his header towards goal, where Woud was equal to it.

NZL – Michael Woud, 13th minute: A Lennon free kick was turned away by the wall, but Tyler Adams recovered the ball quickly and expertly swung a cross into the area to Williamson, who saw his nodded effort saved by Woud.

NZL – Michael Woud, 44th minute: After some sustained possession, a clever combination between Danny Acosta and Erik Palmer-Brown saw Acosta gain space on the left before firing a low blast that Woud got down to his left to keep out.

NZL – Michael Woud, 49th minute: After a spell of possession from Sargent in the box resulted in a clearance, Eryk Williamson pounced on the ball and fired a quick, low effort that forced Woud down to the ground to make another save.

NZL – Michael Would, 75th minute: Looking for his second of the match, Sargent received a pass from Luca de la Torre in midfield, before beating a New Zealand defender and firing a low effort, which Woud put out for a corner kick with a diving stop at the right post.

Additional Notes:

  • Josh Sargent’s 32nd minute strike was his fourth goal of the tournament and now ties him with Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most goals scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Sargent is also tied with Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead.
  • Brooks Lennon now has two goals and two assists at the U-20 World Cup after recording one of each against New Zealand.
  • Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad and Auston Trusty all recorded their first goals of the tournament.
  • U.S. defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Aaron Herrera as well as midfielder Derrick Jones all missed the match due to yellow card suspension. The trio will be eligible for Sunday’s Quarterfinal match against Venezuela.
  • In their place, Ramos inserted Tommy Redding and Justen Glad on the back line and Eryk Williamson in central midfield.
  • The 6-0 win ties the USA’s record for largest margin of victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT also earned a 6-0 win against Turkey in its opening match of the 1993 edition in Australia.
  • The USA is now 5-8-1 all-time in Knockout Round games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The win pushes the USA into the FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals for the sixth time. In 1989 and 1993, the U.S. earned a place in the last eight by virtue of advancing from its group. Under the expanded tournament format, the USA earned Round of 16 wins to book a place in the Quarterfinals in 2003, 2007 and 2015.
  • Ramos moves to 5-3-4 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The USA will face Venezuela in the Quarterfinals on Sunday, June 4 at 2 a.m. ET on FS2, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. The game will be played at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic, the site of the USA’s 2-0 Round of 16 victory against Mexico during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • The Quarterfinal match will occur just hours after the U.S. and Venezuela senior sides face off in a friendly match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. That game can be see on Saturday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and UniMas.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: June 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Round of 16
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,667
Weather: 69 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 5 6
NZL                         0 0 0

USA – Josh Sargent (Justen Glad) 32th minute
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Josh Sargent) 64
USA – Brooks Lennon (Eryk Williamson) 65
USA – Justen Glad (Brooks Lennon) 76
USA – Auston Trusty (Sebastian Saucedo) 84
USA – Lagos Kunga (Luca de la Torre) 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta (2-Auston Trusty, 76), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad; 20-Luca de la Torre, 8-Tyler Adams, 7-Eryk Williamson, 15-Jeremy Ebobisse (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 79); 19-Josh Sargent, 17-Brooks Lennon (13-Lagos Kunga, 79)
Subs not used: 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Not available: 10-Gedion Zelalem, 14-Aaron Herrera, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18-Derrick Jones,
Head coach: Tab Ramos

NZL: 1-Michael Woud; 3-Sean Liddicoat, 5-Hunter Ashworth (18-Sapreet Singh, 65), 6-Joe Bell (16-Callum McCowatt, 82), 8-Moses Dyer (capt.), 9-Noah Billingsley (11-Henry Cameron, 53), 13-James McGarry, 14-Jack-Henry Sinclair, 15-Reese Cox, 17-Logan Rogerson, 19-Myer Bevan,
Subs not used: 2-Dane Ingham, 4-Luke Johnson, 7-Connor Probert, 12-Cameron Brown, 20-Lucas Imrie, 21-Conor Tracey
Not available: 10-Clayton Lewis
Head coach: Darren Bazeley

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
NZL –Henry Cameron (caution) 80th minute

Officials:
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Ahmed Almaqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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U-20 MNT Jun 1, 2017

USA Aims to Take Down New Zealand in 2017 U-20 World Cup Round of 16 | 7am ET | FS1, Telemundo En Vivo

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will look to advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup when it meets New Zealand on Thursday, June 1, at Incheon Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The match will be broadcast live on FS1, FOX Sports GO and Telemundo En Vivo with kickoff set for 7:00 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @usscocer_ynt.

The USA finished first in Group F, after tying Ecuador (3-3), handling Senegal (1-0) and drawing its final match to Saudi Arabia (1-1) with ten men for the entire second half. Meanwhile, New Zealand enters the match after finishing second in Group E with a 1-1-1 record, after it drew Vietnam (0-0), beat Honduras (3-1) and lost its final group match to France (0-2).

THREE STARTERS OUT
Three USA players will not be eligible to play against New Zealand, per FIFA’s Yellow card accumulation rule which requires players sit out one game should they accumulate multiple (2) yellow cards before the Quarterfinal stage. Any lingering cautions a player has accumulated from before the Quarterfinals are reset to zero at that stage of the competition.

U.S. defender Aaron Herrera and midfielder Derrick Jones both received their second yellow card of the group stage in the USA’s 1-1 tie against Saudi Arabia. Additionally, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers’ two cautions against Saudi Arabia resulted in his being sent off and a one-game suspension which he will serve when the U.S. meets New Zealand.

Head coach Tab Ramos addressed the holes the team would need to fill after the Saudi Arabia game.

“It’s difficult, anytime you go down a player,” Ramos said. “We lost Gedion (Zelalem) and now we have a few guys suspended but, I believe in this team. So, whoever has an opportunity to play, I'm sure they're going to do a great job and we're ready to go the next game.”

2015 REMATCH
At the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, the USA were drawn into Group A, which included the host nation. The pair met in their second group match and, the USA secured their ticket to the Round of 16 by defeating the Junior All Whites 4-0. Bradford Jamieson IV, Emerson Hyndman, Paul Arriola and Rubio Rubin all got on the board for the USA.

MORE: U-20 MNT Punches Ticket to Knock-Out Stage with 4-0 Win Over New Zealand

USA HISTORY AFTER THE GROUP STAGE
Thursday’s Round of 16 game vs. New Zealand will mark the fourth time that the USA will enter the initial knockout round as group stage winners. The USA have posted a 2-1 record as group winners in the Round of 16, defeating Ivory Coast (2-0) in 2003 and Uruguay (3-1) in 2007. In 2005 the USA fell 3-1 to Italy after coming out on top of its group.

Overall, the USA has advanced to the initial knockout phase nine times, posting a 4-5 record.

MORE: BOYS TO MEN: U-20 MNT Players Who Went on to Represent the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup

RETURN TO INCHEON STADIUM
The USA opened its first two Group F games  of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup at Incheon Stadium before traveling to Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon, Korea Republic, to close out group play against Saudi Arabia. In total, the USA have fared favorably in Incheon, finding a last second equalizer against Ecuador to start the tournament with a crucial point and later raking in three additional points with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Senegal.

More: De La Torre Equalizer vs. Ecuador Sets U.S. Record for Latest Goal at FIFA U-20 World Cup

The Incheon Football Stadium is located in the Dowon neighborhood of the city’s Jung District. Upon completion in 2012, it became the home ground of K-League heavyweights Incheon United FC. Though the stadium has a relatively modest capacity of 19,649, the distance between the pitch and the stand perimeter is only one meter, allowing for an intimate atmosphere and exceptional match experience. This stadium is unique in that it features a dug-out for the coaching staff and players instead of benches set back from the touchline that are found at other K-League stadiums.

‘ABBA’ PENALTY KICK SEQUENCE IN EFFECT
Having been trialed recently by UEFA, a new sequence for penalties should a game still be tied after extra time  will be implemented for the first time at a FIFA youth tournament.

Rather than the traditional sequence, where players from opposing teams take penalties following each other (ABAB), the new process will see that the team taking the first penalty of each round of kicks alternates (ABBA). If both teams are still tied after each team has taken five penalties, the same ABBA order continues into sudden death penalty kicks.

First Five Penalty Kick Rounds:

                                                             Rd 1.    Rd 2.    Rd 3.    Rd. 4    Rd. 5
Traditional: Sequence:           AB       AB       AB       AB       AB
New Sequence:                            AB       BA       AB       BA       AB

REIGN OF RED
After wearing white jerseys in their opening match against Ecuador, the USA donned its all-red kit against Senegal and Saudi Arabia. By wearing the new all red kit, the U-20 MNT was the first U.S. Youth National Team to wear the red jerseys. The side will once again wear the red kit against New Zealand on Thursday.

The newer look was first revealed by U.S. Soccer at midnight on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. It debuted when the senior U.S. Women’s National Team wore the kit during a 1-0 defeat of in the opening match of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 1. The U.S. Men’s National Team first wore the all red uniform in a 6-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Honduras on May 24.

U.S. SOCCER TEAMS’ RECENT RUN-INS VS. NEW ZEALAND
Over the last 10 months, both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams have faced New Zealand. During an international friendly in October, the MNT drew 1-1 against the Kiwis at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The WNT were victorious over New Zealand in a critical group game during the 2016 Olympics at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The 2-0 win helped the USA take fist in Group G.

During the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November, the USA also faced off against New Zealand. In their second game of group play, the USA secured three points after defeating the Oceana Confederation members 3-1.

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Five Things to Know About New Zealand U-20s

After winning Group F, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup against New Zealand in the Round of 16 on Thursday, June 1. The match will kick off at 7 a.m. ET and will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sports GO and Telemundo En Vivo.

Here are five things to know about the Junior All Whites:

How They Got Here
New Zealand reached the Round of 16 as the second place team from Group E; the Junior All Whites picked up four points during the group phase. After opening with a 0-0 draw against Vietnam, New Zealand earned a 3-1 victory against Honduras, before falling 2-0 France in its final group match.

New Zealand qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup as winners of the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation U-20 Championship. Forward Myer Bevan was named the best player of the OFC U-20 Championship and was joint top-scorer with five goals. 

U-20 World Cup History
New Zealand is making its fifth all-time appearance at the U-20 World Cup, and its fourth consecutive since the 2011 edition in Colombia. In their first three tournament appearances, the Junior All Whites were knocked out in the Group Stage without recording a single victory.

Hosting the tournament in 2015, New Zealand fell 4-0 to the USA in their second group game before rebounding to advance to the Round of 16. There, they fell 2-1 to Portugal in the nation’s first-ever knockout game at the U-20 World Cup. 

Five U.S. Collegians
New Zealand’s roster features five players that play soccer collegiately in the United States: Hunter Ashworth (University of San Francisco), Joe Bell (University of Virginia), Noah Billingsley (UC Santa Barbara), Lucas Imrie (Loyola-Chicago), and Connor Probert (University of Kentucky).

Ashworth, who scored New Zealand’s second goal in its 3-1 group stage win against Honduras, will be a redshirt sophomore at San Francisco this fall. Billingsley and Probert each will enter their sophomore season in 2017, while Bell and Imrie will start their college careers this fall. 

The USL Connection
In addition to its five U.S. based college players, New Zealand’s Myer Bevan is a member of Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in the United Soccer League. Bevan, who had a two-week trial with Whitecaps 2 earlier this spring, signed for the club just before the start of the U-20 World Cup.

Bevan scored a pair of goals for New Zealand in its 3-1 victory over Honduras in the group stage. Prior to joining the Whitecaps, he was a member of the Nike Football Academy, a full-time professional-level training program based out of St. George’s Park in England.

The Manager
Darren Bazeley has been in charge of the New Zealand U-20 National Team since 2013. A native of Northampton, England, Bazeley spent the majority of his professional playing career at Watford in England, appearing 283 times for the Hornets from 1989-99. Bazeley finished his career in New Zealand, playing with New Zealand Knights and Waitakere United.

Bazeley began his coaching career in 2008 with the Waitakere United youth team. A year later he served as an assistant coach with the New Zealand U-17 National Team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup. Bazeley was the head coach of the New Zealand U-17 team from 2011-13 before taking over the U-20s. 

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MNT Midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola Recall U.S. Run at 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

With the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup ongoing in Korea Republic, memories from the last tournament are still fresh in the minds of MNT midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola.

Pivotal in the U-20 MNT’s run to the Quarterfinals in New Zealand, just two years later the pair now finds itself involved in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s crucial camp ahead of World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

“Two years ago at the U-20 World Cup, you see the first team and you want to be there,” Arriola told ussoccer.com. “I wanted to be here as soon as possible, as soon as I could, but I knew that I had to play well at the club level, and at that time luckily I had a great U-20 World Cup and our team was excellent, with full-on professionals that helped us throughout the tournament.”

“It was exciting times,” Acosta added. “It was one of my dreams to play in a World Cup and it was definitely a great experience. Overall we did a really good job and came up a little bit short losing to Serbia in PKs. We were close to being able to make that jump into the final.”

Drawn into Group A, the U.S. opened the tournament with a 2-1 win against Myanmar before an Arriola strike paced the USA to a 4-0 rout of hosts New Zealand. Though they dropped their final group match 3-0 to Ukraine, the team rebounded in the Round of 16 to take a 1-0 win against Colombia before a 6-5 shootout defeat to Serbia put the USA out of the tournament in devastating fashion.

Both players have followed the progress of the team currently in Korea. After playing to a 1-0-2 record to win Group F, this U-20 MNT crop also finds itself in the Round of 16 and with a rematch of sorts against New Zealand (Thursday; 7 a.m. ET on FS1 and Telemundo En Vivo).

Looking back, with a bit of luck the 2015 team would have been playing at least in a Semifinal. So now that the stakes are higher, what advice could be offered to the group now heading into the Round of 16 and beyond?

“With our group we understood that it was do-or-die,” Arriola said. “We faced Colombia in the Knockout Stage and it was an amazing team. They came out firing on all cylinders, and we came out having to defend a lot and then took our chances.  In these games it’s do-or-die, so you have to leave everything on the field because you don’t know if it’s your last game.”

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As Arriola alluded to, some players may see their international careers end at the tournament, while others are just at the beginning. Both he and Acosta are the latest of 11 players in the current MNT camp that took the path from the U-20 World Cup to the senior team. They wish the same for the guys trying to accomplish something special half a world away.

“They’ve been doing a great job,” Acosta said. “Tab always has his teams ready and prepared, and now they have a big game coming up against New Zealand. Hopefully they can keep up the momentum and move forward.”

Current MNT Camp’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Experience

Player

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Tim Howard

1999

Nick Rimando

1999

DaMarcus Beasley

2001

Clint Dempsey

2003

Jozy Altidore

2007

Michael Bradley

2007

Dax McCarty

2007

Jorge Villafaña

2009

DeAndre Yedlin

2013

Kelly Acosta

2013, 2015

Paul Arriola

2015 

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