USA vs. Ghana: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview for FIFA U-20 Match

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USA vs. Ghana: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview for FIFA U-20 Match
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Haven't we been here before? The United States and Ghana face off in a critical match that will decide the Americans' fate in an international tournament.

The two meet on Thursday in the group stage of the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.

You would be forgiven if you thought this was 2006. The U.S. needed a win against Ghana to ensure its passage to the knockout stage of the 2006 World Cup. Ghana won, 2-1, and instead advanced to the round of 16.

Then there was the 2010 World Cup, when Ghana beat the United States in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals. If you look, you can still probably see some remnants of what used to be Ricardo Clark in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

The Americans will be looking to atone for those losses on Thursday. A loss or a draw and they're pretty much out.

Ghana, on the other hand, is pretty much out. It'll need a win and a lot of luck to see its way through to the knockout stage.

Here's a preview for this U-20 World Cup match.

 

When: Thursday, June 27, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Kadir Has Stadium, Kayseri, Turkey

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

United States Player to Watch: Cody Cropper

Cody Cropper was massive in the draw against France. You can't blame him too much in the 4-1 loss against Spain.

It's encouraging because Cropper had a less than stellar showing at the Toulon Tournament. He let some easy goals slip out of his grasp, and like the team as a whole, had a tournament to forget.

If Cropper plays like he did against France, the United States have a chance to walk away with three points. He was making every key save and look assured in goal. Cropper can keep the score close and allow an American attack that hasn't been great recently to build confidence as the game goes on as it looks to score the critical goal.

 

Ghana Player to Watch: Frank Acheampong

The United States are definitely vulnerable at the back, and it will be up to Frank Acheampong to take advantage of that weakness.

Acheampong is a very tricky winger. He can offer width, but he's also very good at cutting inside and running at defenders.

Acheampong has spent the last couple of seasons in the Thai Premier League, where his performances were good enough for Anderlecht to buy him. It's a big leap for the 19-year-old and demonstrates the talent Acheampong possesses.

The U.S. is going to have to keep track of him at all times.

 

Prediction

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It's going to be more American heartbreak at the hands of Ghana.

The United States has looked better in this tournament, but it's still apparent the youth has a long way to go. The attack hasn't been great so far, with Alonso Hernandez in particular disappointing. Luis Gil, on the other hand, has played very well, and his goal against Spain was a thing of beauty.

This is going to be a very close match, with very little separating the two. Neither will be able to get much of an advantage for too long, so both sides will struggle creating much in the final third.

The United States has a chance to pick up the three points, but it's just not going to have what it takes to win in the end.

United States 0, Ghana 0

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