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U-20 World Cup: US engage Ukraine for top group-stage spot


Rubin and his U-20 teammates celebrate at the World Cup.

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The United States’ U-20 team will look to improve their standing heading into the knockout stage of the 2015 U-20 World Cup with a victory over Ukraine, the match set to occur at 3 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local time).

Tab Ramos’ side has started the tournament off with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Myanmar and then a 4-0 conquest of New Zealand to become the first team to secure a spot in the round of 16.

Ukraine, on the other hand, drew New Zealand 0-0 but proceeded to blast Myanmar in a 6-0 trouncing.

In the Group A table, the U.S. occupy first place with six points while Ukraine is close in second with four points.

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For the United States, Fulham midfielder Emerson Hydman has emerged as the key player, scoring two goals thus far, including the game-winner against Myanmar. His expertise leading successful build-up has also been noticeable.

The U.S. team, as a whole, has come to play and put individuals’ promise on display.

Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem, currently hyped as one of the best young American prospects, was flashing his artful skill on the ball in his first World Cup start against New Zealand.

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FC Utrecht’s Rubio Rubin also stood out on the pitch, too, threatening the All Whites back line and bagging a brace that demonstrated why senior team manager Jurgen Klinsmann appreciates his ability so much.

FOX Sports 1 will present the English-language television broadcast of the New Zealand-U.S. clash, and NBC Universo will have the Spanish edition on TV, or online via Vivo Extra.