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INCHEON, Korea Republic – The United States U20 National Team will look to replicate its performance from two years ago at the FIFA U20 World Cup when it takes on New Zealand in the knockout stage’s Round of 16 on Thursday night at Incheon Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET.
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United States news and notes
Current record: 1-0-2, 5pts, 1st Group F
The United States earned first place in Group F as it drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia in its final group game on Sunday. A 0-0 draw between Senegal and Ecuador in the other game left the U.S. on top of the group.
Brooks Lennon gave the U.S. the lead in the 40th minute against Saudi Arabia as he finished off a move begun by 2016 USL Cup winner Tyler Adams for his first goal of the tournament.
The United States had to play down a man for the second half after Cameron Carter-Vickers was sent off for a second yellow card. Carter-Vickers will be suspended for Thursday’s game, as will Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Derrick Jones and former FC Tucson defender Aaron Herrera for caution accumulation.
The absences could see a first appearance in the tournament for Steel FC defender Auston Trusty, who is the lone player of nine with USL experience in the U.S. squad who has yet to see action at the tournament.
New Zealand news and notes
Current record: 1-1-1, 4pts, 2nd Group E
New Zealand earned a place in the knockout stage after taking a draw against Vietnam and a win against Honduras before closing with a loss to France in Group E.
Recent Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 signing Myer Bevan has been key to the team’s advancement, scoring twice in the 3-1 win against Honduras that proved crucial to the side’s advancement.
New Zealand hosted the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015, and faced the United States in the group stage. The U.S. took a 4-0 victory in that meeting, including goals by then-LA Galaxy II attacking midfielder Bradford Jamieson IV, Emerson Hyndman and Paul Arriola.
This is the second consecutive tournament New Zealand has advanced to the Round of 16. Two years ago it fell 2-1 to Portugal at this stage.
Elsewhere in the Knockout Rounds
United States – GK: Jonathan Klinsmann, J.T. Marcinkowski, Brady Scott; D: Auston Trusty, Danny Acosta, Tommy Redding, Erik Palmer-Brown, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Cameron Carter-Vickers; M: Eryk Williamson, Tyler Adams, Gedion Zelalem, Derrick Jones, Luca de la Torre; F: Emmanuel Sabbi, Sebastian Saucedo, Lagos Kunga, Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Josh Sargent
New Zealand – GK: Michael Woud, Cameron Brown, Conor Tracey; D: Dane Ingham, Sean Liddicoat, Luke Johnson, Hunter Ashworth, Jack-Henry Sinclair, Reese Cox; M: Joe Bell, Connor Probert, Moses Dyer, Clayton Lewis, James McGarry, Callum McCowatt, Sarpreet Singh; F: Noah Billingsley, Henry Cameron, Logan Rogerson, Myer Bevan, Lucas Imrie
REF: ABDULRAHMAN AL JASSIM (QAT)
AR1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
AR2: Saoud Ahmed Almaqaleh (QAT)
4TH: Ryuji Sato (JPN)