USA Aims to Continue Run vs. Venezuela in U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals | 2am ET | FS2, Telemundo En Vivo
JEONJU, Korea Republic (June 3, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will look to advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Semifinals for just the second time when it faces Venezuela on Sunday, June 4 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic. The match will be broadcast live on FS2 and Telemundo En Vivo with kickoff set for 2:00 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on twitter at @ussoccer_ynt.
The U.S. finished atop Group F, drawing 3-3 with Ecuador and defeating Senegal 1-0 before a 10-man U.S. side played to a 1-1 tie with Saudi Arabia, the U-20 MNT then downed New Zealand 6-0 in the Round of 16. The six-goal output against the Junior All-Whites matched a 6-0 win against Turkey at the 1993 edition for the USA’s largest margin of victory at a FIFA U-20 World Cup.
On Sunday, the USA will look to advance to the Semifinals for the first time since 1989, when the side had its best all-time finish, taking fourth place.
Venezuela enters the match after finishing first in Group B and also as the only remaining team in the competition yet to concede a goal. After a perfect start to the group stage, where La Vinotinto took down Germany (2-0), Vanuatu (7-0) and Mexico (1-0), Venezuela faced a tough Japan side in a match that nearly went to penalties had it not been for New York City FC defensive midfielder Yangel Herrera’s 108th minute winner.
The winner of the USA-Venezuela match will face either Portugal or Uruguay in the Semifinals. The other side of the bracket sees Italy meeting Zambia and Mexico confronting England. The first two Quarterfinal matches take place on June 4 in Jeonju and Daejeon, while the opposite side of the USA bracket will kick off from Suwon and Cheonan, respectively, on June 5.
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinal Pairings:
June 4, 2 a.m. ET: Venezuela vs. USA; Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju
June 4, 5 a.m. ET: Portugal vs. Uruguay; Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon
June 5, 4 a.m. ET: Italy vs. Zambia; Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
June 5, 7 a.m. ET: Mexico vs. England; Cheonan Sports Complex, Cheonan