After playing their way into the Round of 16 with a less than convincing result against Qatar, the United States U20 team will look to extend their time in Poland against France.
Les Bleus topped Group E with victories over Saudi Arabia, Panama and Mali while the U.S. won two straight over Nigeria and Qatar after an opening game loss to Group D winner Ukraine to finish second.
They overcame a two-goal deficit to draw France 2-2 in one of its final pre-World Cup friendlies in March.
Today’s match will be the second ever meeting between the two countries in this competition. The U.S. played the eventual tournament winners to a 1-1 tie in the group stage of the 2013 U20 World Cup in Turkey. It was head coach Tab Ramos’ first U20 World Cup as head coach.
Philadelphia Union defenders Mark McKenzie and Matt Real each made two appearances in the group stages. McKenzie came on as a sub in the second game and then started and wore the captain’s armband in a three-man back line against Qatar. Real came off the bench in the first and third group games. Philadelphia native CJ dos Santos, a backup goalkeeper on the team, did not play in the group stage.
The U.S. made it out of the Round of 16 in each of their last two trips beyond the group stage in the 2017 and 2015 World Cups before falling in the quarterfinals.
How to watch
Where: Bydgoszcz Stadium; Bydgoszcz, Poland
When: 11:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
TV: Fox Sports 1, Universo