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USA vs. Colombia: Date, Time, TV Info and Toulon Tournament Preview
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The United States will have their hands full against Colombia in their second match of the 2013 Toulon Tournament.

The Americans will be looking to rebound from a 4-1 loss to hosts France. Colombia, meanwhile, beat South Korea, 1-0.

The Toulon Tournament features youth teams from 10 different countries across the board. The countries are split in half, with a group stage leading up to the final two knockout matches.

Those dismissing the tournament as meaningless should remember Mexico are the defending champions. They went on to win gold at the 2012 Olympics and are much better than the United States at the moment.

This is also a good tuneup event for both countries, as they're taking part in the Under-20 World Cup in June.

 

When: Thursday, May 30, at 11:25 a.m.

Where: Stade des Costieres, Nimes, France

Watch: beIN Sport

 

What's at Stake

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US U-20 Coach Tab Ramos

The top teams in Groups A and B go to the championship, with the second-place teams facing off against each to determine the third-place winner.

For the United States, this is a vital game. The four-game group stage means that one loss isn't a killer, but dropping points for a second game in a row would almost eliminate the States from advancing at all.

Getting a win over Colombia would be a nice morale boost as well for American soccer. Many fans are worried about the future of the U.S. considering this youth team's rather poor results. Beating Colombia would help to allay some of those fears.

Colombia is sitting second in the group on goal difference. Beating the United States would put the country in a prime position to advance to the third-place playoff at the very least.

 

USA Player to Watch: Alonso Hernandez

Tab Ramos put Alonso Hernandez atop his 4-2-3-1 formation. The El Paso, Texas-born striker could have a very bright future with the United States.

The 19-year-old has been plying his trade with Monterrey, scoring seven goals in nine starts for their youth team and making three first-team starts.

It will be interesting to watch Hernandez's development because striker continues to be a problem for the United States. Aside from Jozy Altidore, Jurgen Klinsmann has yet to find a consistent striker who can offer much at the international level.

If he continues along this path, Hernandez could grow into a dependable option.

 

Colombia Player to Watch: Miguel Borja

Miguel Borja was the lone goalscorer in Colombia's 1-0 win. He was only substituted on in the 61st minute, but he wasted little time in making an impact. In the 63rd minute, Borja found what would prove to be the winning goal.

He scored a hat-trick for the Colombian U-20 side against Bolivia on January 15. Colombia went on to win the match, 6-0.

Given his goal in the last match, it's going to be hard for Carlos Restrepo to keep him out of the starting XI.

 

Prediction

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Colombia last won the Toulon Tournament back in 2011. All you have to do is look at their senior squad and see that clearly something is going right with the federation. The Colombians are third for World Cup 2013 qualifying in CONMEBOL.

Then you've got the United States, who have looked far from great in the beginning stages of CONCACAF qualifying.

Before the loss to France, the U-20 side had won four of its last five matches. Things are starting to look up a bit, but this match against Colombia will be a nice litmus test.

It should be much closer for the United States than their loss to France, but the Colombians will just have too much.

Colombia 2, United States 1

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