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WATCH LIVE: U-20 World Cup Round of 16 - Colombia vs. US, Ukraine vs. Senegal

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of Ukraine of USA during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Group A match between Ukraine and USA at the North Harbour Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The U.S. is bidding to make its first U-20 quarterfinal in nearly a decade when it takes on Colombia, while Ukraine’s man who kept the Yanks from finishing first in Group A will bring his hat trick heroics to a Round of 16 match against Senegal.

United States vs. Colombia
Wednesday, 3 a.m. ET
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
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You want your Yanks to be headed in the right direction? Then you want them to win this game. It doesn’t have to be easy, nor does it even have to be deserved, but the United States U-20 team should be able to top a team that came within a goal of finishing third in its group, and has the same basic tournament background. Here’s a full preview, but in short we’re pegging Emerson Hyndman and Zack Steffen to be the focal points of a U.S. result.

Ukraine vs. Senegal
Wednesday, 3 a.m. ET
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
WATCH LIVE AT 3 A.M. ET ON TELEMUNDO

Viktor Kovalenko netted a trio of goals against the U.S. in group play, and that was after scoring twice against Myanmar. The tournament’s leading scorer will challenge a Senegal back line that couldn’t keep a clean sheet against Portugal, Colombia or Qatar. Better bring your goal-scoring boots, Young Lions of Teranga.

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